Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball travels up I-695 to take on local-rival Towson on Tuesday morning. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. as a part of Towson's STEM Day. The Retrievers are coming off a 66-52 defeat at the hands of LIU Brooklyn on Friday night. Senior Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) led the way with 13 points off the bench.
Towson Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-3) at Towson Tigers (0-3)
Where: SECU Arena – Towson, Md.
When: Tuesday, November 21 – 11:00 a.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats available at TowsonTigers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers (1-3):
-The Retrievers enter Tuesday's meeting with the Tigers at 1-3 on the year, most recently losing to LIU Brooklyn on Friday. The Blackbirds hit ten three pointers en route to a 66-52 victory. Senior Lakiah Sims led the Retrievers with 13 points off the bench, going 6-6 from the floor.
-Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) leads the Retrievers with 9.8 points per game, pulling down a team best 6.3 rebounds per contest. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) is second on the team, scoring an 8.5 ppg clip.
Scouting the Tigers (0-3):
-Towson returns home for a Baltimore battle after losing their third straight game to start the year. Their most recent game was away this past Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Tigers rallied back in a strong second half, but fell 81-63 to the Panthers. The Tigers have out-rebounded their opponents in every game this season, most recently out-rebounding Pitt 46-36.
-Sophomore guard Nukiya Mayo leads the Tigers averaging 9.3 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game to start off the season. Redshirt senior Raine Bankston follows right behind her teammate with 27 points, for a 9.0 point per game average.
-Towson and UMBC will be meeting for the 52nd time in the all-time series with the Tigers holding a 37-14 lead.
-Both teams have met every year dating back to 2006, renewing the rivalry after taking a hiatus in 2005. Last year the Tigers defeated the Retrievers 59-48 in Baltimore, and have won the last six meetings. The last UMBC victory came in 2010 at the RAC.
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 14 games played and 31 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 308 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.
-UMBC will return after Thanksgiving for the Navy Classic on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26. The four-team, two-day tournament features host Navy, UMBC, St. Bonaventure, and North Dakota State. UMBC takes on St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Retrievers will play NDSU or Navy on Sunday with time to be determined.