Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball welcomes Denver to the RAC Arena on Thursday night to close out a three-game home stand. The Retrievers will have their final non-conference home game streamed on ESPN 3 against the Pioneers. Last time out, the Retrievers got a game-high 15 points from Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South), but fell to Columbia 60-44 on Sunday.
Denver Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-8) vs. Denver Pioneers (5-4)
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When: Thursday, Dec. 7 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN 3 with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCwbb, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC is coming off a 60-44 loss to Columbia on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Laura Castaldo scored a game-high 15 points to lead UMBC. Classmate Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) added nine points off the bench in the loss.
-Castaldo leads the Retrievers averaging 13.9 points per game, pulling down 4.1 rebounds per contest. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.8 boards per contest while scoring at an 8.4 ppg clip. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is second on the team with 9.5 ppg, averaging 1.9 assists per game.
Scouting the Pioneers:
-The Pioneers head east after taking down Northern Arizona, 80-75 on Sunday afternoon. Denver has a +7.0 scoring margin, and are outrebounding opponents by just under four rebounds per game.
-Madison Nelson leads the team in scoring, averaging 10.9 points per game, with Carie Weinman scoring 9.2 ppg off the bench, good for second on the team. Jordyn Alt leads the team on the boards, pulling down 8.2 rebounds per game for the Pioneers.
-The Pioneers and the Retrievers will be meeting for the first time in the all-time series on Thursday. Earlier this year, the Retrievers played a Summit League team, when they fell to North Dakota State 67-53 back on November 26.
-UMBC has only played two games against Summit League foes. One coming this year against North Dakota State and another back in 2005 against Fort Wayne. The Retrievers knocked off the Mastodons 75-53 in that meeting.
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 10 games played and 27 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 169 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 39 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 191 points to reach 1,000.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 16 wins for 300 in his career and 10 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 head to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason on Monday, Dec. 11. Tip-off with the Patriots is set for 7 p.m.