Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball travels to Maine for a Sunday matinee with the Black Bears on ESPN 3. The Retrievers are coming off an 81-51 loss to Binghamton their last time out on Wednesday. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the charge with 13 points as UMBC fell to 2-18, 1-6 AE on the year.
Maine Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-18, 1-6 AE) at Maine Black Bears (12-8. 5-2 AE)
Where: Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, Maine
When: Sunday, January 28 – 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream available on Watch ESPN and the ESPN App
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off an 81-51 loss to Binghamton their last time out on Wednesday. Senior Laura Castaldo led the charge with 13 points as UMBC fell to 2-18, 1-6 AE on the year. Freshman forward Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) chipped in 10 points while Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) led the team with eight rebounds.
-Castaldo leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.9 ppg as UMBC is averaging 53.1 points per game as a team. Castaldo is third on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.7 boards per game. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Summers are averaging 7.8 and 7.4 ppg with Summers leading the team with 5.7 rpg. Burgess sets the table on offense dishing out 2.9 assists per game.
Scouting the Black Bears:
-Maine comes into the contest at 12-8, 5-2 AE fresh off handing New Hampshire their first home loss of the year in a 56-46 victory on Wednesday. Three Black Bears reached double figures led by Blanca Millan with 16 points. Fanny Wadling had a double-double for Maine, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds.
-Millan is one of three Black Bears averaging over ten points per game at 17.7 ppg. She is pulling down 5.3 rpg while shooting 48 percent from the floor. In conference play, Millan is averaging 19.0 ppg shooting 47 percent. Julie Brosseau and Tanesha Sutton are both scoring at an 11.7 and 10.7 ppg clip for Maine.
-Maine and UMBC will be meeting for the 30th time with the Black Bears holding a 17-12 advantage in the series. Earlier this year, Maine won in Baltimore, 64-50 on Midday Madness.
-The Retrievers are 4-8 all-time in games played in Maine with the last victory coming on February 2, 2013 when the Retrievers took down Maine 86-79.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only one game played from reaching the top ten in program history. She is 24 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 92 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. The men will open the facility against Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 3 while the women will host Binghamton in their first game in the arena on Thursday, Feb. 8.
-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.
-Continuing its dedication to fostering leadership on and off the field, the America East Conference and its member institutions will again conduct #SpreadRespect games, including the contest against Maine. It is the fourth-straight year each America East men's and women's program will host a SpreadRespect night. SpreadRespect games, formerly branded You Can Play Nights, were created with the purpose of furthering awareness and education to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. That respect also extends to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and more.
-UMBC will host Stony Brook on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the final game at the RAC Arena at 7 p.m. on America East TV.