Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball heads to Navy for the Navy Classic this weekend after coming off a 95-64 loss to Towson on Tuesday. The Navy Classic will see the Retrievers take on St. Bonaventure on Saturday and either host Navy or North Dakota State on Sunday.
Navy Classic Info:
What: 2017 Navy Classic
Who: UMBC (1-4), St. Bonaventure (3-2), North Dakota State (4-0) and Navy (3-0)
Where: Alumni Hall – Annapolis, Md.
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26 – 1 and 3:15 p.m. each day
How to Watch: Games featuring Navy will be streamed on Patriot League Network, live stats at NavySports.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the weekend tournament after dropping a 95-64 decision to local-rival Towson on Tuesday. The Retrievers got a game high 24 points from Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South), tying her career high. Towson pulled away in the second half, going 15-18 from the foul line.
-Castaldo leads the offense averaging 11.6 points per game, while collecting 4.4 rebounds per contest. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) has had a stellar start to her career, averaging 9.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg to lead UMBC. She has two double-doubles on the year, coming against Hofstra and Towson. Senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) is dishing out 3.2 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio at two.
Scouting the Bonnies:
-The Bonnies come into the weekend tournament at 3-2 on the year, most recently knocking off defending Patriot League champion Bucknell on Tuesday. St. Bonaventure has wins over Bucknell, Niagara and Eastern Michigan this year and are averaging 67.2 points per game.
-Mckenna Maycock leads the Bonnies averaging 12.8 points per game and pulling down a team best 8.2 rebounds per game. Mariah Ruff and Danielle Migliore are up over ten points per game, scoring 12.8 and 10.2 respectively. Ruff is also dishing out 7.0 assists per contest.
-UMBC and St. Bonaventure will be meeting for the first time in program history. They Retrievers have already played an A-10 team this year, falling to Fordham 55-46 to open the season.
-All-time, the Retrievers are 8-41 against teams from the Atlantic 10.
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 13 games played and 30 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 273 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 45 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 248 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 will play NDSU or Navy on Sunday with time to be determined on day two of the Navy Classic.