Women’s Basketball Closes Opening Weekend at Hofstra on Sunday

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

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Hempstead, N.Y.—UMBC women's basketball closes out their season opening weekend at Hofstra on Sunday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a 55-46 loss to Fordham on Friday night. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) led the way with 15 points adding five rebounds in her collegiate debut.

Hofstra Game Info:
UMBC Retrievers (0-1) at Hofstra Pride (0-0)
David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex – Hempstead, N.Y.
Sunday, November 12 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Live video and live stats available at GoHofstra.com
Social Media:
@UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers (0-1):

-UMBC comes into the Sunday matinee after dropping the season opener, 55-46 to Fordham on Friday. Freshman Janee'a Summers had a magnificent college debut, leading the Retrievers with 15 points and five rebounds. Classmate Melody Van Ness (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) chipped in ten points and two steals in the loss.

-Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) scored eight points, grabbing four rebounds in the loss, while classmate Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) had a game best four steals against the Rams.

Scouting the Pride (0-0):

-Sunday will be the first game of the 2017-18 season for the Pride, who finished last year at 13-18, 5-13 CAA.

-The Pride return three seniors who will lead the team. Preseason All-CAA First Team selection Ashunae Durant will lead the team after averaging 16.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game a year ago. Aleana Leon will help bolster the lineup, averaging 9.5 points per contest in 2016-17.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC and Hofstra will be meeting for the seventh time in the all-time series with the Black and Gold holding a 4-2 advantage. This will be the first meeting since the 1997-98 season where the Pride won 64-54 on November 29.

-The Retrievers are 2-0 all time in Hempstead, winning games in 1992 (70-43) and 1991 (68-57).

Oh Captain, My Captain:

-Head coach Phil Stern named seniors Laura Castaldo and Carly Harris (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler Area), and sophomore Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) 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.

Youth Movement:

-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.

Milestone Watch:

-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.

-Sophomores Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Tyler Moore are closing in on 500 career points, needing 264 and 245 respectively, with Oliver just 34 assists away from 100.

-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.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers head home to host Gettysburg on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Tip-off with the Bullets is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN 3.