BALTIMORE – Following the team's third-straight win in conference play over UMass Lowell, 79-72, on Sunday, the UMBC women's basketball team will take to the hardwood again as they welcome the Stony Brook Seawolves to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, January 25. The game will tipoff at a special time of noon, as the game will serve as this year's Midday Madness game and will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein (play by play), Paul Mittermeier (color) and Hailli Woo (sideline) on the call.
What is Midday Madness?
In it's 12th year, Midday Madness is an exciting day where 1,800 elementary and middle school students from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County come to UMBC for a women's basketball game. In addition to the game, students enjoy a tour of campus led by our student-athlete tour guides and a pep rally. It is our hope that this positive experience will encourage students to pursue the goal of someday attaining a college education.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters the contest on a three-game winning streak, most recently defeating UMass Lowell, 79-72, on Sunday. The Retrievers overcame an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to move to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in America East play.
-Senior Taylor McCarley and freshman Tyler Moore helped to lead the offensive front, scoring 22 and 18 points, respectively. Senior Pandora Wilson (14), junior Laura Castaldo (14) and freshman Te'yJah Oliver (10) each hit the double-figure mark as well, marking the first time all season that the starting five registered double-digit outputs.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 59.5 points per game, 34.6 rebounds per game, and 7.9 steals per game, which still holds at fifth among America East teams. The Retrievers are now fourth among conference teams in free throw percentage (71.1) and still hold onto the second spot in three-point field goal percentage (34.7).
-McCarley paces the team as she averages 13.6 ppg and 4.2 assists per game, leading the team with 59 helpers so far this season. Moore leads the team with 48 three-pointers made and ranks second in the conference in the same category (2.5 per game). The freshman also ranks third among conference players in three-point field goal percentage, netting 39.3 percent of her shots from long distance. Castaldo sits at sixth in free throw percentage, going 38-47 (80.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Seawolves:
-Stony Brook used a fourth quarter surge against Binghamton on Sunday but fell to the Bearcats, 48-40. The Seawolves (9-10, 2-4 America East) trailed, 14-10, with two minutes remaining in the first half before the Bearcats netted two treys to take a 10 point lead into halftime. Stony Brook's Jerell Matthews chipped in nine of her career-high 13 points in the second half, going 4-6 from the field as part of the comeback effort.
-Stony Brook is paced by Kori Bayne-Walker and Davion Wingate, who are averaging 11.4 and 11.2 ppg, respectively. Bayne-Walker currently ranks third among America East players in field goal percentage, knocking in 47.6 percent of her shots and is second in assists per game, dishing out 4.4 helpers. Christa Scognamiglio averages 5.7 caroms per game, which ranks seventh among conference leaders. Overall, the Seawolves are averaging 57.1 ppg, 33.9 rpg and 11.1 apg.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 69, Stony Brook 65 (OT)
UMBC would need an extra session again against Stony Brook, this time holding on for a big 69-65 win against the Seawolves on February 11, 2016. Juniors Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led the way with 23 and 20 points respectively to move the Retrievers to 14-10, 5-6 AE on the year. After trailing by seven midway through the fourth quarter, UMBC cut its deficit to two with 13 seconds left on the clock before McCarley hit a driving layup to tie up the game and send it into overtime. The junior would also hit a pair of key buckets in extra time to help the Retrievers hold on for the win.
Stony Brook holds a 16-14 advantage over UMBC, including a five-game winning streak from 2014-15. The Retrievers and Seawolves have met four times in the America East Tournament, with UMBC holding a 3-1 advantage in those games.
UMBC will head back out on the road as they head to Durham, N.H. to face the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday, February 28. The conference tilt is scheduled to tipoff on ESPN3 at noon.