Retriever Women’s Basketball Continues Home Stand Against Columbia on Sunday

Senior Guard Carly Harris
Senior Guard Carly Harris

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball continues their three-game home stand against Ivy League foe Columbia on Sunday at the RAC. The Retrievers fell to American, 61-48 in their most recent outing, as sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the charge.

Columbia Game Info:
What:
UMBC Retrievers (1-7) vs. Columbia Lions (3-5)
Where:
RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When:
Sunday, December 3 – 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Live video on ESPN 3, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media:
@UMBCAthletics, @UMBCwbb, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops, #COLvUMBC

Scouting the Retrievers:

-Last time out, the Retrievers fell to American 61-48 at the RAC on Wednesday. Oliver and Castaldo each scored in double figures with 11 and 10 respectively. Castaldo added four assists and three rebounds, while sophomore Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) added seven points and career best eight rebounds with Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) poured in eight points.

-Castaldo leads the team with 13.8 points per game, averaging 4.1 rebounds per game, second most on the team. Freshman Janee'a Summers is scoring at an 8.6 ppg clip while pulling down a team best 6.9 rebounds per game. She already as two double-doubles on the year, coming against Hofstra and Towson.

Scouting the Lions:

-The Lions head to Baltimore after taking down Boston College 68-60 in New York on Wednesday afternoon. Columbia has only played two home games this year, going 1-1 at home with a 2-1 record on the road. The lone road loss came to America East foe UMass Lowell in early November.

-Camille Zimmerman leads the Lions in almost every statistical category. She is averaging 20.5 ppg, grabbing 7.9 boards per game with 22 assists shooting 54.1 percent from the floor. Freshman Riley Casey is second on the team scoring at a 9.0 ppg clip having started every game for the Lions.

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 11 games played and 28 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 198 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 42 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 206 points to reach 1,000.

-Sophomores Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Tyler Moore are closing in on 500 career points, needing 210 and 245 respectively, with Oliver just 30 assists away from 100.

-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.

Up Next:

-UMBC will continue their three-game home stand against Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Retrievers and Lions tip-off at 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.

All-Time Series:

-The Lions and Retrievers will be meeting for the sixth time with UMBC leading the series 4-1, including a win last year in New York.

-Last year the Retrievers got a career high from Taylor McCarley in the win. The lone Retriever loss in the series came in 2015, as the Lions won a closely contested matchup at the RAC in overtime.

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 10 games played from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 158 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 41 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 196 points to reach 1,000.

-Sophomores Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Tyler Moore are closing in on 500 career points, needing 199 and 245 respectively, with Oliver just 29 assists away from 100.

-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.

Up Next:

-UMBC concludes their home stand as they welcome Denver to the RAC on Thursday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN 3.