Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball returns to the hardwood against Binghamton on Wednesday night. The Retrievers sit at 2-17, 1-5 AE after dropping a heartbreaking 78-75 decision to six-time defending champion Albany on Sunday afternoon. Redshirt senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, adding seven assists.
Binghamton Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-17, 1-5 AE) at Binghamton Bearcats (12-7, 3-3 AE)
Where: Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center – Vestal, N.Y.
When: Wednesday, January 24 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video available on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
- The Retrievers sit at 2-17, 1-5 AE after dropping a heartbreaking 78-75 decision to six-time defending champion Albany on Sunday afternoon. Redshirt senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, adding seven assists. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the Retrievers with 19 points as freshman Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) also hit double figures with 12 points.
-Castaldo leads the Retrievers, averaging 11.8 ppg, shooting 36.9 percent from the floor. 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 7.9 and 7.9 ppg each. Summers leads the team in rebounding at 5.8 per game.
-Burgess leads the team in assists, dishing out just under three a game at 2.9. In conference play, Burgess is averaging 10.3 ppg and leading the team with 5.7 rpg.
Scouting the Bearcats:
-Binghamton enters the mid-week matchup at 12-7, 3-3 AE after taking down UMass Lowell on Sunday afternoon, 76-46. Four players hit double figures, led by preseason All-Conference selection Imani Watkins with 33.
-Watkins leads the team and the league averaging 21.8 ppg, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor including 32.7 percent from three. Kai Moon is the only other Bearcat in double figures with 11.8 ppg. Alyssa James is averaging 9.7 ppg and a team best 9.5 rpg with 77 blocked shots.
-The Bearcats and Retrievers will be meeting for the 32nd time in the all-time series with Binghamton holding a 19-12 advantage. Last year, the two teams split the season series, with each team winning on their home court.
-The Retrievers fell to the Bearcats 69-62 in Vestal last year before defeating Binghamton 53-45 in Baltimore. UMBC has not won at Binghamton since the 2014-15 season.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only two games played from reaching the top ten in program history. She is 27 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 105 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 continues their road swing at Maine on Sunday, Jan. 28. Tip-off with the Black Bears is slated for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.