Women's Basketball Heads to Maine for Saturday Matinee

Women's Basketball Heads to Maine for Saturday Matinee

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Following a 69-62 loss to Binghamton on Wednesday night to open America East conference play, the UMBC women's basketball team will head north to Bangor, Maine to face the Maine Black Bears on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for noon on ESPN3.

Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC fell in its America East opener at Binghamton, 69-62, on Wednesday night. While the Retrievers led 32-31 at the half, the Bearcats used a 10-0 at the end of the third quarter to take a commanding lead. Junior Laura Castaldo would hit back-to-back treys to cut the deficit to 55-52 early in the fourth, but Binghamton would hold on to its lead until the end.

-Freshman Te'yJah Oliver followed up her stellar performance against Coppin State by shattering her career-high in points (26), field goals made (9), and three-pointers made (6). Senior Taylor McCarley chipped in 13 points while dishing out a season-high seven assists.

-On the season, UMBC is averaging 57.6 points, 34.0 rebounds, and 12.1 assist per game. The Black and Gold rank second among America East teams in three-point FG percentage (35.9) and fifth in steals per game (7.3). UMBC also ranks in the top five in defensive rebounds (24.3 pg, fifth) and three-point baskets made (6.3, fifth).

-Freshman Tyler Moore ranks 14th among conference players in scoring, averaging 10.9 ppg and ranks sixth in three-point field goal percentage (41.0).  Junior Lakiah Sims sits at sixth in rebounding, grabbing 6.1 boards per contests, and in field goal percentage, hitting 46.3 percent from the floor.

Scouting the Black Bears:
-Maine opened its America East schedule with a hard-fought battle against Vermont before falling to the Catamounts, 55-52. Freshman Julie Brosseau hit a three-point basket with 29 seconds remaining on the clock to bring the score within one at 53-52, but two Vermont free throws and a missed three-pointer from Maine's Laia Sole sealed the win.

-Sole hit a career-high 21 points against Vermont, while Brosseau chipped in a career-high 15 points. Sole currently ranks 19th among conference players in scoring, averaging 9.2 points per outing. Brosseau rounds out the top ten in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 39.5 percent of her shots from long distance. Senior Sigi Koizar helps to pace Maine, averaging 14.0 ppg, which ranks third among America East players. Overall, the Black Bears are averaging 57.2 points, 32.0 rebounds, and 12.3 assists on the season. 

Last Time They Met: Maine 72, UMBC 38
UMBC women's basketball fell, 72-38, to Maine on Feb. 6, 2016 at the RAC. The Black Bears held UMBC to just 27 percent shooting, while giving up just 17 second half points. Junior Taylor McCarley led the way with 14 points as the Retrievers fell to 13-10, 4-6 AE on the year. The Black Bears led 31-18 at the half and held UMBC to just 22.2% shooting from the field and outscored the Retrievers, 41-20, in the second half to prevail.

Up Next:
UMBC returns home to the RAC on Wednesday, Jan. 11 to face Hartford in an America East match-up. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.