Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball head coach Phil Stern announced the 29 game slate on Thursday, which features 17 home contests. All 17 home games will be streamed on ESPN3, in addition to every America East road contest.
The season opens with a pair of home games against Division III teams in Gettysburg (Nov. 6) and Eastern (Nov. 8). The Retrievers then hit the road for three straight, starting with a pair against UTSA (University of Texas, San Antonio) and Kennesaw State at the Seton Hall Classic Nov. 10-11. UMBC ends the three-game road swing at Coppin Sate on Nov. 14. Following the road trip, UMBC will host Notre Dame (Md.) and Towson on Nov. 16 and 20 before ending the month on Nov. 28 at American.
December will keep the Retrievers in the state of Maryland, starting with a road contest against Maryland on Dec. 2. UMBC will host Mount St. Mary's and Hofstra the following week, before having 11 days off for finals. The Retrievers return to action on Dec. 20 at Morgan State before closing out the non-conference and 2018 against Eastern Shore on Dec. 30.
"The non-conference schedule will challenge us in many ways. We are excited to renew our local rivalries this year," Stern said of the non-conference slate.
The new year brings with it the conference season, and the Retrievers will have a bye on the first day of games. The Black and Gold open their conference schedule at defending champion Maine on Jan. 5 before hosting runner-up Hartford and UMass Lowell on Jan. 9 and 12. UMBC will then head to upstate New York to take on Binghamton (Jan. 16) and Albany (Jan. 19) before returning to Baltimore to host Vermont (Jan. 23) and New Hampshire (Jan. 26). The Retrievers close out the month on Long Island at Stony Brook on Jan. 30.
February starts with the Retrievers on the road at Hartford on Feb. 6 before hosting Maine (Feb. 9) and Binghamton (Feb. 13). Trips to UMass Lowell on Feb. 16 and Vermont on Feb. 20 set up the last two home games of the season against Albany (Feb. 23) and Stony Brook (Feb. 27) on Senior Night.
The regular season comes to a close on Saturday, March 2 at New Hampshire.
"The America East will be an interesting battle this season. Our league has four new coaches, so there are a lot of unknowns going into the year," Stern said of the conference schedule.
The America East Tournament will change its format from recent years, going back to an eight-team tournament with each round hosted by the higher seed. The tournament has been played at one site for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in recent years. All games will be streamed on ESPN3 with the championship airing on ESPN U on March 15.
2018-19 UMBC Women's Basketball Schedule
|Thurs. 8||EASTERN (PA)|
|Sat. 10||vs. UTSA^|
|Sun. 11||vs. Kennesaw State^|
|Wed. 14||at Coppin State|
|Fri. 16||NOTRE DAME (MD)|
|Wed. 28||at American|
|Sun. 2||at Maryland|
|Thurs. 6||MOUNT ST. MARY'S|
|Thurs. 20||at Morgan State|
|Sun. 30||EASTERN SHORE|
|Sat. 5||at Maine*|
|Sat. 12||UMASS LOWELL*|
|Wed. 16||at Binghamton*|
|Sat. 19||at Albany*|
|Sat. 26||NEW HAMPSHIRE*|
|Wed. 30||at Stony Brook*|
|Wed. 6||at Hartford*|
|Sat. 16||at UMass Lowell*|
|Wed. 20||at Vermont*|
|Wed. 27||STONY BROOK*|
|Sat. 2||at New Hampshire*|
|Wed. 6||America East Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Sun. 10||America East Tournament Semifinals|
|Fri. 15||America East Tournament Championship|
HOME GAMES IN BOLD
^-Seton Hall Classic Game (West Orange, N.J.)
*-America East game
America East Tournament played at highest seed each round