Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball closes the non-conference schedule against Princeton on Saturday. The Retrievers are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak after falling to Eastern Shore 66-43 back on December 21. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) led the charge with nine points each.
Princeton Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-11) at Princeton Tigers (9-3)
Where: Princeton, N.J. – Jadwin Gymnasium
When: Saturday, December 30 – 4:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats at GoPrincetonTigers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off a 66-43 loss at the hands of Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 21. Laura Castaldo and Janee'a Summers led the Dawgs with a game-high nine points each. Freshman Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and sophomore Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) each chipped in eight points in the loss.
-Castaldo made her return to the court after missing the last two games with an injury to lead UMBC in scoring. She leads the team for the year averaging 13.4 ppg, while collecting 3.9 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Summers are each over eight points per game at 8.9 and 8.3 respectively. Summers leads UMBC with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Tigers:
-Princeton has won three in a row and sit at 9-3 on the year. Most recently they took down Saint Joseph's and Chattanooga at the Gator Holiday Classic. The Tigers are only 2-2 in games played at Jadwin Gym, but are 5-1 on the road in 2017-18.
-Bella Alarie and Leslie Robinson lead the Princeton offense averaging 15.8 and 10.3 ppg each. They are also the top two rebounders on the team at 9.5 and 7.4 rpg respectively. Robinson also sets the table on offense dishing out 3.8 assists per game.
-Princeton and UMBC will be meeting for the fifth time with the Tigers holding a 3-1 lead in the series. The lone Retriever win came back in 1988 where UMBC took a 74-61 victory in the Loyola Tournament.
-UMBC fell to the Tigers 69-58 last December 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 9 games played and 26 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 148 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 36 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 182 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.
#AEHoops Preseason Poll:
-UMBC was picked to finish fifth by the coaches of the America East in the annual preseason poll. Defending regular season champion New Hampshire was selected to win the league, garnering eight first place votes. The defending tournament champions, Albany, picked up the other first place vote, finishing second with 53 points. Binghamton and Hartford rounded out the top four with 51 and 43 points respectively.
-The Retrievers came in fifth with 34 points, just ahead of Maine in sixth with 31 points. Last year the Black Bears reached their second straight tournament championship appearance. Vermont (24 points), Stony Brook (16) and UMass Lowell (8) rounded out the nine-team field.
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.
-UMBC opens America East play with a road trip to New Hampshire on Wednesday Jan. 3. Tip-off with the Wildcats is slated for 11 a.m.