Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball opens the 50th season in program history against Fordham on Friday. The Retrievers are coming off a 15-16, 10-6 AE season a year ago, making it to their second straight postseason appearance in the WBI Tournament. This year the Retrievers welcome six newcomers to Baltimore, returning nine players from last year's team.
Fordham Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (15-16, 10-6 AE) at Fordham Rams (22-12, 11-5 A-10)
Where: Rose Hill Gym – Bronx, N.Y.
When: Friday, November 10 – 5:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stats available at FordhamSports.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers enter the new campaign after a 15-16, 10-6 AE finish a year ago. UMBC lost two of their top scorers in Taylor McCarley (13.6 ppg) and Pandora Wilson (10.7 ppg), but return senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) who averaged 11.3 ppg, earning a spot on the America East All-Conference Third Team.
-Castaldo added 4.0 rebounds per game, knocking down a team best 37.8 percent of three pointers. Also returning for the Black and Gold are sophomores Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md.) who saw significant minutes as freshmen. Moore averaged 8.2 ppg while hitting a team best 56 triples while Oliver averaged 7.7 ppg, dishing out 66 assists.
Scouting the Rams:
-Fordham comes into the season after a 22-12 season, going 11-5 in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams are led by Stephanie Gaitley, who enters her seventh season on the sidelines in the Bronx. The Rams lose Danielle Burns, who averaged 8.8 ppg a year ago.
-The Rams return their All-Atlantic 10 First Team and Defensive Team leader G'mrice Davis. Davis lead the team a year ago averaging a double-double with 14.6 ppg and 12.8 rpg. Also returning for the Rams is junior Lauren Holden. Holden played the second most minutes a year ago, despite missing one game averaging 8.5 ppg.
-The Rams and Retrievers will be meeting for the fourth time, with Fordham holding a 2-1 lead in the series. This will be the first meeting between the two since 2009 and the third meeting in the Bronx.
-Last time these two met, UMBC came away with a 62-56 victory. After the Rams went up 31-18 at the break, UMBC made a furious comeback, outscoring Fordham 44-25 in the final 20 minutes to earn the victory. Current assistant coach Carlee Cassidy scored a game-high 18 points in the win.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
-Head coach Phil Stern named seniors Laura Castaldo and Carly Harris (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler Area), and sophomore Tyler Moore as captains for the 2017-18 season. Castaldo enters her final season after being named to the America East All-Conference Third Team a year ago. Harris played in 20 games last year, making her first career start against Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 10. Moore played in every game last year, averaging 8.2 points per game, shooting 35.4 percent from three.
-UMBC will rely heavily on their underclassmen in 2017-18, with just five upperclassmen on the roster. The team features six freshmen and four sophomores of the 15 on the roster.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only 18 games played and 35 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 437 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 49 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 306 points to reach 1,000.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 21 wins for 300 in his career and 15 for 200 at UMBC.
AE on ESPN3:
-All 13 UMBC women's basketball home games will be streamed live on ESPN 3, as part of year two of an 11 deal the America East Conference made with ESPN last year.
-The agreement commenced with the 2016-17 academic year and will run through 2026-27. America East's nine-member institutions will work collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to develop their own in-house production operations on their campuses. This will result in a significant increase in national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 branded "The AE on ESPN3" showcasing more than 3,000 America East events over the term of the agreement, starting with all men's and women's basketball games and adding other sports in future years.
#AEChamps Headed Back to Portland
-The 2018 America East Tournament will be held once again at the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, Maine. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played in Portland on March 3-4 with the championship being played at the highest remaining seed on Friday, March 9.
-With the addition of UMass Lowell being eligible for postseason play, there will be a first round play-in game between the eight and nine seeds on February 28 to determine who heads to Portland as the eight seed.
-The Retrievers continue their opening weekend road swing by heading to Long Island to take on Hofstra on Sunday, Nov. 12. Tip-off with the Pride is set for 2 p.m.