Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball, fresh off their 73-65 victory against UMass Lowell in the America East Tournament First Round, joins the other top seven seeds in Portland for the America East Quarterfinals this weekend. UMBC sits at 5-25, winners of two straight.
America East Tournament Info:
What: #8 UMBC Retrievers (5-25) vs. #1 Maine Black Bears (20-9)
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4
Where: Cross Insurance Arena – Portland, Maine
How to Watch: Watch live on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, @AEHoopsNews, @AmericaEast, #RetrieverNation, #AEChamps
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters the quarterfinal round at 5-25 on the year, winners of their last two against UMass Lowell, with the most recently victory coming on Wednesday against the River Hawks in the America East Tournament First Round. Four Retrievers reached double figures, led by 23 points by Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and a career best 21 points from Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park).
-Castaldo leads the Retrievers in scoring at 12.3 ppg as UMBC is averaging 52.5 points per game as a team. Castaldo is fourth on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.1 boards per game. Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) sets the table on offense dishing out 2.8 assists per game while pulling down 5.2 rpg and averaging 6.8 ppg.
Scouting the Black Bears:
-Maine enters the conference tournament as the outright regular season champion for the first time since 2004-05 after coming back to defeat Albany 74-69 in overtime last Sunday. Three Black Bears hit double figures led by Tanesha Sutton with 27. Dor Saar and Blanca Millan added 11 points each.
-Millan leads a trio of Black Bears who average over ten points a game at 17.7. She is also third on the team with 5.2 rpg and a team best 90 steals. Sutton and Julie Brosseau are averaging 12.0 and 11.5 ppg respectively with Sutton leading the team with 7.2 rpg.
-UMBC and Maine will meet for the 31st time in the all-time series, with the Black Bears leading 18-12, including 2-0 this year. Maine has won nine of the last ten, with the lone UMBC win coming last February in Baltimore.
Castaldo Amongst the Program Leaders:
-Senior Laura Castaldo will end her career as one of the best players in program history. She eclipsed 1,000 career points on senior night against Hartford and is currently 18th in program history in scoring.
-She ranks fifth in games played (121), sixth in minutes played (3,833), sixth in three pointers made (145), sixth in three pointers attempted (479) and sixth in free throw percentage (171-222, 77%).
#AEChamps Tournament Facts:
-The 2018 America East Tournament will be held in Portland, Maine for the second straight year at the Cross Insurance Arena. Last year, the Albany Great Danes won the conference tournament for the sixth consecutive season as the two seed. Maine knocked off regular season champion New Hampshire in the semifinals to reach the title game.
-Maine won the regular season outright for the first time since 2004-05, and will face the Retrievers, who are the eight seed for the first time in program history. The two sides have never met in tournament play.
-Of the 33 champions in conference history, 20 have come as a one seed, with six and four coming from two and three seeds. The lowest seed to win a title came in 2007 when UMBC did it as a seven seed. No eight seed has beaten a one seed in quarterfinals.
UMBC in the AE Tournament:
-The Retrievers are 2-0 all-time against one seeds, defeating Boston University (2012, 77-61) and Hartford in the 2007 championship game, 48-46. UMBC is 7-13 all-time in tournament play.
-UMBC became the first team to win the tournament as a seven seed, doing so in 2007 defeating Hartford 48-46 in the finals.
-Head coach Phil Stern has the 13th most wins in tournament play with seven and is the leader in tournament wins amongst current head coaches. The last Retriever win in the tournament came in 2015, when UMBC knocked off No. 3 Stony Brook, 49-47 on a game winner by Taylor McCarley in the closing seconds.