Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball returns after a ten-day hiatus to take on the Eastern Shore Hawks on Thursday night. The Retrievers are coming off a 58-38 loss to George Mason on Dec. 11 that saw Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) score a team high ten points. UMBC has yet to win on the road, sitting at 1-10 on the year.
Eastern Shore Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-10) at Eastern Shore Hawks (2-8)
When: Thursday, December 21 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hytche Arena – Princess Anne, Md.
How to Watch: Live stats at EasternShoreHawks.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the meeting with the Hawks at 1-10 on the year, having lost their last eighth contests. Most recently, the Retrievers fell to George Mason 58-38 on December 11. Sophomore guard Te'yJah Oliver led the Retrievers with ten points and four assists. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added six points and nine rebounds in the loss.
-Senior guard Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retriever offense, scoring at a 13.9 ppg clip. She also grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 84.8 percent from the charity stripe.
-Oliver and Summers are two-three in scoring, netting 9.6 and 8.3 ppg respectively. Oliver is dishing out 2.2 assists per game while Summers leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Scouting the Hawks:
-Maryland Eastern Shore will close out a three-game homestand against the Retrievers after defeating Division III Wesley College on Saturday (97-30) and falling to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday (66-63) to move to 2-8 on the year.
-Bairesha Gill-Miles and Martha Thompson lead the Hawks offense averaging 10.9 and 10.0 ppg respectively. Gill-Miles is collecting 6.2 rebounds per game, while Thompson is dishing out 2.0 assists per game. Alexus Hicks leads the team with 28 assists, shooting a team best 30.8 percent (12-39) from three.
-This will be the 15th meeting between the Retrievers and Hawks, with UMBC holding a 9-5 lead in the series.
-Last year, the Retrievers fell at home to Eastern Shore 70-57. Pandora Wilson led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Hawks handed the Retrievers their first loss of the 2016-17 season.
-UMBC is 3-3 all-time in games played in Princess Anne, winning the last two played there in 2014 and 2015.
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.
Welcome Back Tyler:
-Sophomore guard Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) made her 2017-18 debut against George Mason after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. The sophomore registered five points in ten minutes, going 2-3 from the field and 1-2 from three. Last year, Moore averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg, good for fourth and fifth on the team respectively.
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 close out 2017 and the non-conference schedule with a matchup against Princeton on Dec. 30 in New Jersey. Tip-off with the Tigers is set for 4 p.m.