Women's Basketball Welcomes Maine for Saturday Afternoon Tilt

Women's Basketball Welcomes Maine for Saturday Afternoon Tilt

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BALTIMORE - After starting the second half of America East play with a 53-45 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday night, the UMBC women's basketball team will look to continue that momentum as they welcome the University of Maine Black Bears to the RAC Arena on Saturday, February 4. The conference clash will tipoff on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. 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 opened the second half of America East play with a 53-45 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday night. The Retrievers held the Bearcats scoreless for the last 3:06 of the first half and used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to build up a substantial lead. UMBC would allow Binghamton only eight points in the final stanza.

-Junior Laura Castaldo led the Retrievers with 15 points after going 3-3 from beyond the arc, while also adding seven rebounds. Senior Taylor McCarley added 11 points and nine boards, while freshmen Allison McGrath and Te'yJah Oliver each chipped in nine points.

-On the season, UMBC is averaging 59.1 points per game, 34.5 rebounds per game, 12.3 assists per game and 7.9 steals per game, the latter two which rank fifth among America East teams. The Retrievers also rank second among conference teams in free throw percentage (71.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (34.3), while also coming in at number four in trifectas made (6.2 per game).

-McCarley continues to pace UMBC, averaging 13.7 points (fourth in the conference), 4.4 assists (fourth in the conference) and 2.2 steals per game (first in the conference). The senior is also two steals away from taking over third place in the UMBC record books. Castaldo is hitting 43.7 percent of her shots from the field (11th among conference players), while also ranking second in three-point field percentage (39.8).

Scouting the Black Bears:

-Maine enters the second the half of America East play with a 5-4 record after defeating Vermont, 59-43, on Wednesday night. The Black Bears outscored the Catamounts, 21-15, in both the second and third quarters and held Vermont to just 2-of-21 shooting from the three-point range. Freshman Laia Sole (13 points/10 rebounds) and redshirt-sophomore Tanesha Sutton (10 points/13 rebounds) each recorded their first career double-doubles in the win.

-Senior Sigi Koziar, who became just the seventh Maine player to eclipse the 1,500-point plateau in her 13-point performance against Vermont, paces the Black Bears. The Vienna, Austria native has notched double-digits in 13 of her 21 games this season and currently ranks eighth in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg). Koziar also ranks fourth in free throw percentage, hitting 81.0 percent of her shots from the charity stripe.

-Sole has been averaging 9.8 ppg, followed by classmate Blance Millan with 8.8 ppg. In conference-only games, Sole and Millan both rank in the top 10 in scoring (12.1 and 12.0 ppg, respectively). Overall on the season, the Black Bears are averaging 58.6 ppg and 34.5 rpg, while holding their opponents to only 57.9 ppg (ranks third in the conference).

Last Time They Met: Maine 72, UMBC 40
The UMBC women's basketball team (5-10, 0-2) got a game-high 12 points from freshman Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy/Liceo Classico Enrico Perito), but host Maine (8-9, 1-1) shot a blistering 52.9% (18-34) from the field in the second half , including 50% (7-14) on three-pointers, to defeat the Retrievers, 72–40, on January 7 at the Cross Insurance Center. Senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was the only other Retriever in double-digits, with ten points, while Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) pulled down ten rebounds.

Series History:
UMBC and Maine will be meeting for the 28th time, with the Black Bears holding a 16-11 advantage over the Retrievers. Maine has won the last seven games in the series and the last three at RAC Arena.

Up Next:
UMBC will return back to the road for a Thursday night conference tilt against Hartford on February 9. The conference clash will tipoff on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. from Chase Family Arena.