BALTIMORE – After a break in the action, the UMBC women's basketball team will travel to the Big Apple for the second time this season as they head to face LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Barclays Center. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 5 p.m., which will be broadcast on NEC Front Row. This will be the first meeting of the two teams since the 2002-03 season, when both were members of the Northeast Conference.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes off a ten-day break since facing crosstown rivals Loyola (Md.), where the Retrievers dropped a hard-fought battle to the Greyhounds, 70-65, on Dec. 10. UMBC knocked down an impressive 10-of-17 shots from long distance, but shot 39 percent from the field overall.
-The Retrievers were led by freshman Tyler Moore, who reset her career-high with 19 points after going 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Moore also grabbed a career-high eight boards during the game. Classmate Lucrezia Costa chipped in a personal-best 13 points, her first double-digit output of the season, while another freshman, Allison McGrath, netted six points after going 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 58.0 ppg and 33.3 rpg. The Retrievers rank second in the America East and 26th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (38.0), while still holding onto the top spot among conference teams in free throw percentage (71.7).
-Junior Lakiah Sims paces the Retrievers, averaging 10.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg, while classmate Laura Castaldo follows behind at 10.7 ppg. Among conference players, Moore ranks fifth in the America East in shots made from beyond the arc (19) and three-point percentage (44.2). Sims and Castaldo rank third and eighth, respectively, in field goal percentage (50.8 and 45.2).
Scouting the Blackbirds:
-LIU Brooklyn is on a three-game losing streak, most recently suffering a 66-57 setback at the hands of Columbia on Dec. 12. The Blackbirds enter the contest at 1-9, with their only win being a 58-48 victory against America East member Stony Brook.
-Shanovia Dove leads the Blackbirds with 13.2 ppg and ranks tenth among all NEC players, while Aja Boyd is third within the conference ranks in field goal percentage at 51.5. Dove and Boyd help to pace a LIU Brooklyn team that is averaging 52.6 ppg and 34.1 rpg.
The Last Time They Met: LIU Brooklyn 62, UMBC 58
Despite receiving 30 points from senior Shalayna Johnson, UMBC fell to Long Island, 62-58, in a Northeast Conference matchup on Jan. 25, 2003. The Blackbirds scored nine straight points over four minutes to take a 46-35 lead with 14:10 left; senior Nicki Winston tallied five points in that run and senior Tamika Dudley capped it with a layup. Down 48-38 with 13:26 left, UMBC rode the play of Johnson as it used an 18-5 spurt for a 56-53 cushion with 3:51 to play. Johnson scored nine of her game-high 30 points during that span. But LIU would come through for its sixth win in eight outings as it closed the contest on a 9-2 spurt, beginning when junior Jessica Brookes drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:33 left for a 56-56 tie. Dudley gave LIU a 58-56 lead with 2:43 left with a layup, but Lara Seamon answered with a jumper for a tie game with 2:21 to play. Freshman Erin Pinchbeck hit a jumper with 1:59 left to put the Blackbirds up for good, 60-58, and came up with a critical steal after Johnson rebounded her own miss for the Retrievers.
Up Next: UMBC will travel to Charlottesville to take on Virginia and Liberty in the Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28 and 29. Tip-off against the Cavaliers is at 7 p.m., while the Retrievers will take on the Lady Flames at 4:30 p.m.