Women's Basketball Faces Virginia in Cavalier Classic

Women's Basketball Faces Virginia in Cavalier Classic

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After snapping an extended losing streak with a 57-45 victory over LIU Brooklyn last week, the UMBC women's basketball team will return to the hardwood to face Virginia in the Cavalier Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC put an end to a seven-game losing streak on Dec. 21 after defeating LIU Brooklyn, 57-45. The Retrievers used 22 points off turnovers and 16 bench points from senior Taylor McCarley to take down the Blackbirds.

-Freshman Tyler Moore led all Retrievers with 19 points after going 6-of-13 from the field and knocking in four treys. The freshman also went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe and had two steals on her way to being named America East Rookie of the Week. Junior Laura Castaldo chipped in 15 points, but had a career-night for herself with eight rebounds and six take-aways.

-On the season, UMBC is averaging 57.9 ppg and 33.1 rpg. The Retrievers are still on top of the America East in free throw percentage (72.3), stand second in three-point field goal percentage (36.9), and fourth in field goal percentage (39.0).

-Moore is averaging 10.5 ppg and ranks third among America East players in three-point field goal percentage (45.1), with 23 treys on the season so far. Castaldo is averaging 11.1 ppg and ranks ninth among conference players in field goal percentage (45.2)

Scouting the Cavaliers:
-Virginia picked up its fourth consecutive victory on Dec. 21 with a 60-50 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. The Cavaliers used a 13-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to break open the game, which was close, 25-20, at the half. Junior guard J'Kyra Brown scored a team-high 14 points to go along with nine boards and two assists.

-The Cavaliers are led by junior Lauren Moses, who is averaging 11.9 ppg with 50 percent efficiency from the field. Moses and freshman Jocelyn Wiloughby lead the team in rebounding, with 6.1 and 6.2 rpg, respectively. On the season, Virginia is averaging 68.0 ppg and allowing an ACC-leading 51.5 ppg from its opponents. The Cavaliers also collect 39.0 rebounds per contest. 

Last Time They Met: Virginia 61, UMBC 46
Sophomore Kristin Coles recorded a career-high 11 points off the bench and the UMBC women's basketball team forced a season-high 14 steals, but the Retrievers fell at Virginia, 61-46, on Dec. 18, 2010 at the John Paul Jones Arena. Coles was 5-of-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 in the first half, when UMBC shot 50 percent (9-18) from the field, while holding the Cavaliers to 38.5 percent (10-26). After falling behind 8-5, the Retrievers battled back with a 7-1 run capped by a junior Michelle Kurowski layup with 12:42 to go. Virginia bounced back and was up nine with 3:17 to go, before UMBC cut the lead to four at the half, 25-21, with an Erin Brown three at the 27 second mark. Following a first half that featured 31 turnovers between the two teams, Virginia opened the second half on a 14-5 run over the first 4:23 of the first half to take a 42-26 lead and held on for the victory.

Up Next: UMBC will have a quick turnaround as it faces Liberty on Thursday, Dec. 28 in the Cavalier Classic. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.