Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball returns to the RAC after a tough 65-54 loss to Hartford on Monday afternoon that saw three Retrievers hit double figures. Sophomore Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) led the way with 13 points on 3-5 shooting from three. Classmate Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) had 12 on a perfect 5-5 shooting while senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) added 11 for her second straight game in double digits.
Albany Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-16, 1-4 AE) vs. Albany Great Danes (16-3, 5-1 AE)
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When: Sunday, January 21 – 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN 3 and Watch ESPN app with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off a tough 65-54 loss to Hartford on Monday afternoon that saw three Retrievers hit double figures. Sophomore Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) led the way with 13 points on 3-5 shooting from three. Classmate Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) had 12 on a perfect 5-5 shooting while senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) added 11 for her second straight game in double digits.
-Senior guard Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retriever offense that is averaging 52.0 ppg, by averaging 11.4 ppg. She is pulling down 3.8 rpg, shooting 31.0 percent from three. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is scoring at an 8.1 ppg clip with freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) leads the team at 5.9 rpg, averaging 7.3 ppg.
Scouting the Great Danes:
-Albany heads to Baltimore at 16-3, 5-1 AE on a five-game winning streak after most recently defeating UMass Lowell, 61-52 on Thursday. The River Hawks took the lead into halftime, but the Great Danes used a 16-4 third quarter run to take the lead and hold on for the win. All-Conference performer Jessica Fequiere led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
-Fequiere leads the team and is second in the America East averaging 19.2 ppg. She also leads the team with 6.4 rpg. Tiana-Jo Carter is the only other Great Dane in double figures, averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Sophomore Mackenzie Trpcic leads the conference with 111 assists, averaging 5.7 per game.
-UMBC and Albany will be meeting for the 31st time in the all-time series with the Great Danes holding a 19-11 advantage. Last year, the Retrievers swept the season series, snapping Albany's 24 game home winning streak in the process.
-The Retrievers won at SEFCU Arena 64-56 before taking a 63-60 decision at the RAC. The wins against the Great Danes were the first in the series since February 23, 2011.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only three games played and 20 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. She is 28 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 134 points to reach 1,000. Castaldo reached the top ten in minutes played against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Jan. 13.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 15 wins for 300 in his career and nine for 200 at UMBC.
A New Home on the Horizon:
-UMBC women's and men's basketball, as well as the department of athletics is set to move into the brand new UMBC Event Center in the coming weeks. The $90 million facility will house UMBC athletic department, men's and women's basketball and volleyball.
-Construction began in February 2016 and will be located next to Retriever Soccer Park and host various events from sporting events to graduations and concerts.
-UMBC will hit the road for the next two contests, starting at Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Tip-off with the Bearcats is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN 3.