Women's Basketball Entertains Vermont in Saturday Tilt

Women's Basketball Entertains Vermont in Saturday Tilt

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BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's basketball team will stay at the RAC to continue America East play a as they welcome the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, January 14 at 1 p.m. The conference tilt will be televised on ESPN3 with Troy Green (play by play), Raven Harris (color) and Hailli Woo (sideline) 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.

Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC fell in its America East home opener, 80-73, to the Hartford Hawks on Wednesday night. The Retrievers scored 45 points in a first half, the most this season, while seeing 16 lead changes before the intermission. A hot streak for the Hawks in the third quarter propelled[SL1]  them to victory, despite a rally by the Retrievers in the final stanza.

-Junior Laura Castaldo netted her 500th point on a fast-break layup late in the fourth quarter, as the guard finished the night with 16 points. Freshman Tyler Moore reset her career-high with 20 points, sinking four shots from long distance, while classmates Te'yJah Oliver and Lucrezia Costa each chipped in double-digit figures.

-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 57.4 points, 34.2 rebounds per game and 7.7 steals per game. The Black and Gold rank third among conference opponents in three-point field percentage, making 34.4 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

-Senior Taylor McCarley leads UMBC as she averages 11.5 points and 3.9 assists per game. Castaldo and Moore rank ninth and tenth, respectively, among conference players in three-point field percentages (38.1 and 37.9), while Moore sits at third in trifectas made with 2.4 per game. Junior Lakiah Sims ranks sixth in rebounding, averaging 5.9 boards per game.

Scouting the Catamounts:
-Vermont is off to a 1-2 start in America East play after falling most recently to Binghamton, 64-55, after kicking off their conference schedule with a 55-52 victory over Maine. Against the Black Bears, the Catamounts used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to create a substantial lead heading into the half. While Maine surged in the final stanza, cutting Vermont's lead down to one at times, the Catamounts prevailed after hitting free throws down the stretch.

-The Catamounts are led by junior Sydney Smith and freshman Hanna Crymble, who are averaging 10.6 and 9.5 ppg, respectively. Crymble leads all freshmen scorers for Vermont, while ranking third among the same in the America East; she trails only Hartford's Sierra DaCosta (12.2 ppg) and UMBC's Tyler Moore (11.0 ppg). Overall on the season, the Catamounts are averaging 55.5 points and 37.9 rebounds per outing, as the Catamounts averaging a league-leading 26.8 defensive caroms per game.

Series History:
Since 2004, the Catamounts and Retrievers have met 28 times with a deadlocked 14-14 series. The two teams have met only twice in the postseason, with the Retrievers defeating the Catamounts in the 2007 tournament and the Catamounts evening the score in 2013. Currently, UMBC is on a five-game winning streak against Vermont.

Last Time They Met: UMBC 74, Vermont 60
Junior Taylor McCarley scored a game-best 26 points in a 74-60 win against Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. The junior became the all-time leader in free throws made and free throws attempted, as well as scoring her 1,000th career point. UMBC won their fourth in a row to move to 17-10, 8-6 AE. UMBC opened the game with a flurry, scoring the first eight points of the game, capped by a Pandora Wilson "and-one", scoring five on the run. Vermont woke up in the second, putting together a string of seven straight points, cutting the Retriever lead to just 28-20. The Catamounts would get the lead down to as many as three, but the Retrievers fought back, taking a 39-32 lead into the locker rooms. UMBC would continue to keep their lead in double digits, but the Catamounts would not go away, chipping away at the lead. Vermont would cut the deficit to eight late in the quarter. However the Retrievers would hold on to win 74-60, making free throws down the stretch.

Up Next:
UMBC will head up to the Empire State to face five-time defending America East champions Albany on Monday. The Retrievers and Great Danes will meet at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.