Women’s Basketball Welcomes Maine to the RAC on Midday Madness

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball continues their three-game homestand against Maine on their annual Midday Madness contest on Wednesday. The Retrievers are coming off a 72-58 loss to Vermont on Saturday. Senior Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) led the Retrievers with season bests in points (17), rebounds (7) and assists (4) in the loss.

Maine Game Info:
UMBC Retrievers (1-14, 0-2 AE) vs. Maine Black Bears (8-7, 1-1 AE)
RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
Wednesday, January 10 – 11:00 a.m.
How to Watch:
Live stream available on ESPN 3, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media:
@UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC enters the contest after a 72-58 loss to Vermont on Saturday. Senior Lakiah Sims led the Retrievers with season bests in points (17), rebounds (7) and assists (4) in the loss that dropped UMBC to 1-14, 0-2 AE.

-Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retrievers averaging 13.2 ppg while pulling down 3.8 rpg. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) are second and third on the team averaging 8.5 and 7.9 ppg respectively. Summers is leading the Retrievers with 6.5 rpg.

Scouting the Black Bears:

-The Black Bears are coming off a tough 66-62 overtime loss to Binghamton in Maine on Saturday. Three Black Bears scored in double figures, led by Blanca Millan with 21. Julie Brosseau (20) and Fanny Wadling (12) helped pace the Maine offense.

-Millan leads the Black Bears averaging 17.4 ppg. She is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, including 36.7 percent from three. Brosseau is the only other Maine player over ten points per game at 12.7 ppg. Tanesha Sutton leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 rpg.

All-Time Series:

-Maine and UMBC will be meeting for the 29th time in the all-time series with the Black Bears holding a 16-12 advantage. Last year, the two teams split the season series with each team winning on their home court.

-Before last year's 66-62 win at the RAC, Maine had won the previous seven contests dating back to 2014. Taylor McCarley led the Retrievers with a game high 21 points, as Laura Castaldo (12) and Lakiah Sims (11) each hit double figures for UMBC.

Milestone Watch:

-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only six games played and 23 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 48 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 30 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 144 points to reach 1,000.

-Sophomores Te'yJah and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) are closing in on 500 career points, needing 160 and 218 respectively, with Oliver just 16 assists away from 100.

-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.

Up Next:

-UMBC concludes their three-game homestand against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tip-off with the River Hawks is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.