Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball opens their 15th America East season against defending regular season champion New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon. The Retrievers are currently on a nine-game losing streak, most recently falling to Princeton, 77-40 on Saturday in New Jersey. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the team with ten points on 4-7 shooting.
New Hampshire Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-12) at New Hampshire Wildcats (9-4)
Where: Lundholm Gym – Durham, N.H.
When: Wednesday, January 3 – 11:00 a.m.
How to Watch: Live steam available on Watch ESPN, live stats at UNHWildcats.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #AEHoops, #RetrieverNation
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are currently on a nine-game losing streak, most recently falling to Princeton, 77-40 to end the non-conference schedule. Senior Laura Castaldo led the way with ten points on 4-7 shooting. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) returned home to pour in eight points and collect six boards.
-Castaldo leads the team with a 13.1 ppg average. She pulls down 3.8 rebounds per game, and is shooting 31.4 percent from distance. Summers leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.8 rpg while averaging 8.3 ppg. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is averaging 8.5 ppg, good for second on the team.
Scouting the Wildcats:
-New Hampshire comes into conference play at 9-4, going a perfect 5-0 at home. Most recently, the Wildcats took down Cornell, 48-45 on Saturday in Durham. Three Wildcats hit double figures, led by 16 points and seven rebounds from Olivia Healy.
-Four Wildcats are averaging over ten points per game, led by reining America East Player of the Year Carlie Pogue. Pogue is averaging 15.5 ppg, collecting 5.8 rpg. Healy is second on the team with a 13.1 ppg average, followed by Kat Fogarty (11.3) and Brittni Lai (11.0). Fogarty leads the team with 6.3 rpg, while Lai is dishing out 4.5 assists per game.
-UMBC and New Hampshire will be meeting for the 30th time with the Wildcats holding a slim 15-14 advantage all-time. UNH has won the last three meetings, including a sweep last year.
-The last UMBC victory came in 2015, where the Retrievers took a 65-55 decision in Durham. Current assistant coach Taylor McCarley led the charge with 27 points and five rebounds, going 8-10 from the floor and 9-11 from the foul line.
-All-time, UMBC is 6-8 in games played in New Hampshire.
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 8 games played and 25 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 128 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 34 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 172 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 a three game homestand against Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tip-off with the Catamounts is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.