Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball hosts Stony Brook on Wednesday night in the final game in the RAC Arena before the men and women head to the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers are coming off a 69-36 loss to Maine on Sunday afternoon as they sit at 2-19, 1-7 AE on the year.
Stony Brook Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-19, 1-7 AE) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (11-10, 3-5 AE)
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, January 31 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video available at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops, #FarewellRACArena
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off 69-36 loss to Maine their last time out on Sunday. Sophomore Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) led the way with nine points as UMBC fell to 2-19, 1-7 AE. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added eight points in the loss, while senior Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) chipped in seven rebounds.
-Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.4 ppg as UMBC is averaging 52.3 points per game as a team. Castaldo is third on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.6 boards per game. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Summers are averaging 7.6 and 7.4 ppg with Summers leading the team with 5.6 rpg. Burgess sets the table on offense dishing out 2.8 assists per game.
Scouting the Seawolves:
-Stony Brook comes into the contest at 11-10, 3-5 AE after falling to Albany 64-58 on Saturday. Shania Johnson was the only Seawolf to hit double figures, leading all scorers with 29 points on 12-31 shooting, including 3-16 from three.
-Johnson leads the team averaging 15.1 ppg while grabbig 3.7 rpg. She is shooting 38 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from three. Jerell Matthews is the only other player to average over ten points per game, scoring at a 14.2 ppg clip. Cheyenne Clark leads the team at 9.4 rpg.
-Stony Brook and UMBC will be meeting for the 33rd time with the Seawolves holding a 17-15 advantage in the series. UMBC has had the upper hand recently, winning three of the last five meetings.
-Last year the teams split the season series with both teams winning on their respective home courts.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is 24 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 90 points to reach 1,000. Castaldo is currently in the top ten in minutes played and games played.
-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.
Farewell RAC Arena:
-Wednesday marks the end of an era, as the final game will be played in the RAC Arena. For 45 years, the RAC has been the home to both men's and women's basketball. Wednesday will be 517th women's game played there, with 274 wins.
-During the course of those 45 years, the women's program has won one America East Tournament title and one America East Regular Season Title, as well as playing two postseason tournament games. The only postseason victory came in 2016 when UMBC defeated Fairfield in the first round of the WBI.
-The RAC has seen many memorable women's games played there, including the most points scored in Division I history back on November 15, 2009 in a 102-65 win against UMES.
-UMBC will hit the road to take on Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tip-off with the Catamounts is set for 2 p.m. on ESPN 3.