BALTIMORE – After falling in a 69-61 battle with Morgan State on Wednesday night, the UMBC women's basketball team will welcome another local rival as the Loyola Greyhounds visit the RAC Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN3, with Troy Green and Raven Harris on the call.
Live stats will be available at umbcretrievers.com and fans can follow the women's basketball twitter account (umbcwbb) for updates. Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
At the game, UMBC Sports Marketing will be for toys for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots. Fans who bring one new, unopened toy will be able to purchase a $5.00 general admission ticket to the game.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC stays on its home court after falling, 69-61, to Morgan State on Wednesday night. Even though the Retrievers outshot the Bears, 52.5% to 40.4%, they could not overcome a 24-11 Morgan State advantage in the third quarter.
-Junior Laura Castaldo reset her career-highs in points (22), field goals made (7), and free throws (6) against the Bears, while senior Pandora Wilson and freshman Tyler Moore also contributed double-figures. Castaldo also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while senior Emily Russo led with four assists.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 57.1 ppg and 33.8 rpg. The Retrievers rank third among America East teams in field goal percentage (39.2) and 3-point FG percentage (35.0), while taking the top spot in free throw percentage (72.0).
-Junior Lakiah Sims leads the Retrievers, averaging 10.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Wilson and Castaldo are not far behind, averaging 10.6 and 10.5 ppg, respectively. Among conference players, all three players rank in the top 20 in scoring figures. Sims ranks fifth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage (50.8), while Moore ranks sixth in three-point FG (40.5).
Scouting the Greyhounds:
-Loyola travels down the road with a 3-5 record after falling to Delaware, 47-45, on Wednesday in a game that went down to the final seconds. The Greyhounds led, 44-42, with 18 seconds to go before the Blue Hens knocked in three free throws to seal the win.
-Junior Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 15 points, marking her seventh double-figure game of the season. Senior Lauren Daugherty and freshman Stephanie Karcz each grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
-Betz-White, a preseason All-Patriot League selection, leads Loyola with 15.5 ppg and ranks second in the Patriot League in field goal percentage (44.8). She helps to pace the Greyhounds who are averaging 56.2 ppg and 31.9 rpg.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 52, Loyola 46:
UMBC women's basketball's Taylor McCarley knocked down eight of her 10 free throw attempts en route to moving into fourth all-time at UMBC in free throws made (296). McCarley finished with a game-high 18 points to help the Retrievers hold off Loyola, 52-46, in non-conference action at Reitz Arena on Dec. 20, 2015. UMBC used a quick 5-0 run in the fourth quarter behind a trey from McCarley and a long jumper from junior Pandora Wilson to escape a 37-37 tie and get the distance it needed to finish the game at the free throw line, hitting 10-of-14 shots at the charity stripe in the final 2:14 to hang on for the victory.
Look, Ma! I'm On TV!:
On Nov. 20, 2016, the America East Conference and ESPN announced an 11-year extension to their current media rights agreement that will result in an unprecedented number of events being carried on ESPN platforms. The agreement commences with the 2016-17 academic year and will run through 2026-27. America East's nine member institutions will work collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to develop their own in-house production operations on their campuses. This will result in a significant increase in national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 branded "The AE on ESPN3" showcasing more than 3,000 America East events over the term of the agreement, starting with all men's and women's basketball games and adding other sports in future years. The remainder of all UMBC women's basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN3
Up Next: The Retrievers will take some time off before heading back to the Big Apple to take on LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tip-off from the Barclay Center is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.