Portland, Maine – Three UMBC women's basketball student-athletes earned America East All-Conference honors, the conference announced Friday. This is the most All-Conference selections the program has received since joining the league in 2004. The honors were selected by the league's coaching staffs, with the exception of the All-Academic Team, in which nominees were solicited from the institutions.
For the second year in a row, senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) received First Team and All-Defensive Team honors. McCarley is currently fourth in scoring (13.9 per game), third in assists (4.7), fifth in free throw percentage (80.8), and first in steal (2.3) in the conference, while leading the league in assists (5.4) and steals (2.8) in conference games.
McCarley now ranks in the top five in UMBC's all-time lists in scoring (fourth, 1,427), assists (third, 484), and steals (third, 236).
Junior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) earned her first nod to the All-Conference list, earning Third Team honors. The guard averaged 11.6 points per game and ranks third among conference players in three-point field goal percentage (38.1). Castaldo notched her 500th career point against Hartford on January 11.
Senior Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was selected to the All-Academic team after completing her final season with a 3.53 GPA in Health Administration and Policy. During her time at UMBC, Wilson was named to the America East Honor Roll twice and the Commissioner's Honor Roll, while also being inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. The forward is third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.6 ppg and a team-high 5.0 rebounds per contest.
The third-seeded Retrievers (15-14, 10-6 AE) travel to Portland, Maine to face No. 6 Hartford (16-13, 7-9 AE) in the quarterfinals of the America East Championship on Saturday. The Retrievers and the Hawks split the season series, each winning on the road. Hartford defeated UMBC, 80-73, at the RAC Arena in January, while the Retrievers handed the Hawks a 64-47 loss at Chase Family Arena in February.