Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball looks for their best start in program history against Coppin State on Wednesday morning. The Retrievers are 4-0 on the year after going 2-0 at the Seton Hall Classic against UTSA and Kennesaw State. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament Team along with junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist). Summers and Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) were named America East Player and Rookie of the Week.
Coppin State Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (4-0) at Coppin State Eagles (0-2)
Where: Physical Education Complex Arena - Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 14 - 11:00 a.m.
How to Watch: Live video on CoppinStateSports.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are off to their best start since the 1985-86 season and have a chance for the best start in program history with a win against the Eagles on Wednesday. Most recently the Retrievers went 2-0 in the Seton Hall Classic, knocking off UTSA (72-58) and Kennesaw State (57-53) to remain unbeaten.
-Summers leads the way averaging 16.0 ppg, collecting 6.5 rebounds per contest. She has hit double figures in each of the first four games, scoring a career high 22 points against Gettysburg in the season opener. Oliver is the only other Retriever averaging double figures, scoring at a 10.8 ppg clip.
-UMBC leads the America East shooting 45 percent from the floor, allowing a league best 33.6 percent shooting by opponents. The Retrievers are giving up just 51 ppg, tops in the league.
Scouting the Eagles:
-Coppin State is 0-2 to start the year with losses against #25 West Virginia (78-37) and #9 Maryland (93-36). The Eagles will play just one home game in the non-conference against UMBC, going on the road the entire month of December before opening MEAC play.
-Chance Graham leads the Eagles on offense, scoring at a 13.0 ppg clip. She is averaging 12.0 rebounds per game with three steals and four blocks. Only six different Eagles have scored in the early going, as Coppin State is shooting just 22.1 percent from the floor.
-The Retrievers and Eagles will be meeting for the 27th time all-time with UMBC leading the series 15-11. The last time these two played was back in the 2016-17 season, with the Retrievers winning 73-63 at UMBC.
-The last matchup played at Coppin State was in 2015 with the Retrievers eeking out a 68-61 win in double overtime. Pandora Wilson led the charge with a game high 21 points in the win.
-Summers was named to the Seton Hall Classic All-Tournament Team, scoring in double figures in each of her first four games. Rubio scored 12 points in her first collegiate game, and is averaging 2.0 assists per game over her first four games.
Heating Up From Deep:
-The Retrievers are shooting 35.8 percent from three in the early going, second best in the America East behind Maine (36.1 percent). Eight different Retrievers have hit a three pointer, led by Dominika Skrocka with 11. All 11 of her three's have come over the last three games, including five against UTSA.
Off to the Races:
-The Retrievers are off to their best start since the 1985-86 season when they also started 4-0. That year the team lost their fifth game, so with a win, UMBC can achieve the best start to a season in program history.
-UMBC will return home for a pair of games, starting with Notre Dame (Md.) on Friday, Nov. 16. Tip-off with the Gators is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+ with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call.