UMBC Women’s Basketball Welcomes Gettysburg to the RAC on Tuesday

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball returns home after opening the season on the road this past weekend to host Gettysburg on Tuesday. The Retrievers fell to Fordham and Hofstra to open the campaign and sit at 0-2 on the year.

Gettysburg Game Info:
UMBC Retrievers (0-2) vs. Gettysburg Bullets (0-0)
RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
Tuesday, November 14 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Live video on ESPN 3, live stats at
Social Media:
@UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers (0-2):

-The Retrievers are coming off two losses to open the year at Fordham (55-46) and Hofstra (71-55) this past weekend. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) started her career on a fast pace, leading the team in scoring against the Rams, and in rebounds against the Pride.

-Summers is averaging 13 points per game, pulling down eight rebounds per contest. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) had a big night against Hofstra, pouring in 17 points to bring her season average to 10.5 ppg.

-Freshman Melody Van Ness (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) and senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) are averaging 8.5 and 8 ppg respectively.

Scouting the Bullets (0-0):

-This will be the first game for the Bullets this season after finishing 2016-17 with a 20-8 record, going 14-6 in Centennial Conference play. Gettysburg did not lose a single player from last year's squad, returning leading scorer Emily Gibbons.

-Gibbons poured in 18.9 points per game a year ago, pulling down 13.3 rebounds, both the best on the team last year. Emma Dorshimer was the only other Bullet to average over ten points per contest, scoring at a 16.7 ppg clip.

All-Time Series:

-The Retrievers and Bullets are meeting for the sixth time on Tuesday, with UMBC holding a 3-2 lead in the series.

-The two teams met last year in Baltimore with the Retrievers taking home a 71-51 victory. UMBC used a 19-6 third quarter to distance themselves from the Bullets in the win. Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) led the Retrievers with 18 points off the bench, going 7-9 from the floor.

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 16 games played and 33 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 364 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 49 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 290 points to reach 1,000.

-Sophomores Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Tyler Moore are closing in on 500 career points, needing 247 and 245 respectively, with Oliver just 33 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 continue their home stand against LIU Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 17. Tip-off with the Blackbirds is set for 7 p.m. with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call on ESPN 3.