Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball closes out their two-game home stand against LIU Brooklyn on Friday night. The Retrievers are coming off a 72-45 victory against Gettysburg on Tuesday night that saw three in double figures. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the charge with 18 points and eight rebounds to move UMBC to 1-2 on the year.
LIU Brooklyn Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-2) vs. LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (1-1)
When: Friday, November 17 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
How to Watch: Live video available on ESPN 3, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers (1-2):
-UMBC sits at 1-2 on the year after taking down Gettysburg, 72-45 on Tuesday in their home opener. Laura Castaldo led the way with 18 points on 7-17 shooting, grabbing a team best eight rebounds. Freshman Melody Van Ness (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) and sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) each hit double figures with 12 and ten respectively.
-Castaldo and freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) lead the offense, averaging 11.3 points per game. Summers leads the team averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, just ahead of Castaldo's 5.7 rpg.
-UMBC forced 26 turnovers against Gettysburg and have a +6.3 turnover margin for the year. The Retrievers are also shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line, which is tops in the America East and 13th nationally.
Scouting the Blackbirds (1-1):
-LIU Brooklyn heads to Baltimore at 1-1 on the year, most recently defeating Saint Peter's 57-46 in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The Blackbirds started the year with a 62-51 loss to Yale back on November 10.
-Two Blackbirds are averaging double figures on the year, led by Denisha Petty-Evans. Petty-Evans is scoring at a 15.5 ppg clip, pulling down 4.0 rebounds per contest. Jeydah Johnson is up over ten points per game, pouring in 13.0 points per game, shooting a team best 37.0 percent from three. DeAngelique Waithe has been a force in the post during the early part of the year, pulling down a team best 11.0 rebounds per game, with eight of her 22 boards coming on the offensive end.
-The Retrievers and Blackbirds will be meeting for the 11th time in the all-time series with UMBC leading the series 6-4. UMBC has won three of the last four dating back to 2002 when both were members of the Northeast Conference.
-Last year the Retrievers took down the Blackbirds 57-45 at the Barclay's Center in downtown Brooklyn. Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) led the way with 19 points on 6-13 shooting.
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.
-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 15 games played and 32 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 328 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 49 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 272 points to reach 1,000.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 20 wins for 300 in his career and 14 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 hit the road as they head up I-695 to take on local-rival Towson on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Tip-off from SECU Arena is set for 11 a.m.