Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball hits the road to open the month of February against Vermont on Saturday. The game will also be Vermont's Rally Against Breast Cancer Game. The Retrievers are coming off a 69-44 to Stony Brook on Wednesday in the final game at RAC Arena. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the way with 18 points, as freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added seven and six rebounds.
Vermont Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-20, 1-8 AE) at Vermont Catamounts (6-15, 3-5 AE)
Where: Tom Brennan Court at Patrick Gym – Burlington, Vt.
When: Saturday, February 3 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Watch live on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off a 69-44 to Stony Brook on Wednesday in the final game at RAC Arena. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the way with 18 points, as freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added seven and six rebounds to sit at 2-20, 1-8 AE on the year.
-Laura Castaldo leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.7 ppg as UMBC is averaging 51.9 points per game as a team. Castaldo is third on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.5 boards per game. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Summers are averaging 7.5 and 7.4 ppg with Summers leading the team with 5.6 rpg. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) sets the table on offense dishing out 2.7 assists per game.
Scouting the Catamounts:
-Vermont comes into the contest at 6-15, 3-5 AE on the year after falling to Binghamton, 62-48 on Wednesday. Hayley Robertson was the lone Catamount in double figures, scoring 11 points. Sydney Smith chipped in nine points and eight rebounds in the loss.
-Hanna Crymble and Smith led the Catamounts averaging 18.5 and 11.4 ppg respectively. Crymble is also leading the team with 5.7 rpg while Cassidy Derda is second at 5.0 rpg. Katie Lavelle set the table on offense, dishing out 4.4 assists per game.
-UMBC and Vermont will be meeting for the 32nd time in the all-time series, with the Retrievers holding a slim 16-15 lead. Earlier this year, the Catamounts defeated UMBC in Baltimore 72-58 after trailing at halftime.
-UMBC has won the last three meetings in Burlington and are 6-8 all time in Vermont.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is 23 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 72 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.
-UMBC assistant coach Courtnay Pilypaitis will be coaching against her alma mater on Saturday. Pilypaitis amassed over 1,900 points, 800 rebounds, and 600 assists. She finished with 1,993 points scored, 905 rebounds, and 636 assists in 4,060 minutes played.
-Pilypaitis led the Catamounts to back-to-back America East Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10. The four-time all-conference selection helped Vermont earn their first ever NCAA Tournament win with an upset against Wisconsin in 2010. She earned America East Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.
-The Retrievers will host Binghamton in their inaugural game at the brand new UMBC Event Center. Tip-off with the Bearcats is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN 3.