Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball returns to the friendly confines of the UMBC Event Center on Thursday to take on in-state rival Mount St. Mary's. The Retrievers have lost their last three games, most recently falling to #7 Maryland on Sunday, 91-62. Junior Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) led the way with a career high 18 points on 6-7 shooting from three.
Mount St. Mary's Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (6-3) vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (4-3)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Thursday, December 6 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN+, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: International Night, Mini Basketball Hoop Giveaway- First 100 students
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers are coming off a 91-62 loss to #7 Maryland on Sunday afternoon. Dominika Skrocka led the way with a career high 18 points on 6-7 shooting from three. The Retrievers dropped their third straight game after starting the year 6-0.
-Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) leads the team averaging 13.2 ppg. She is also first on the team with 6.2 rpg. Skrocka and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) are up over 9.0 ppg at 9.6 and 9.3 respectively. Skrocka ranks fifth in the nation in three point field goals made with 28.
Scouting the Mountaineers:
-Mount St. Mary's comes into the contest riding a three game winning streak, most recently defeating Gardner-Webb on the road on Tuesday, 69-62. Four different Mountaineers reached double figures, led by Juliette Lawless with 20.
-Lawless leads four Mountaineers averaging double figures on the year at 16.3 ppg. She is also the team leader in rebounding at 4.1 rpg. Michaela Harrison (13.0 ppg), Daly Sullivan (12.4 ppg) and Jatamikah Settle (10.3 ppg) are also in double figures.
-This will be the 38th meeting all-time between the two schools with Mount St. Mary's leading the series, 28-9. This will also be the first time the two meet since the 2007 season and just the fourth time since UMBC was a member of the NEC.
-UMBC has won two of the last three meetings, including a 68-40 win back in 2007 in Baltimore. Current assistant coach Carlee Dewey led the Retrievers with 16 points as UMBC used a 31-18 first half to pull away from the Mountaineers early.
-Redshirt freshman O'lesheya Braxton was named America East Rookie of the Week on Nov. 26 for her efforts in the loss against Towson. Braxton had career highs in points (15), rebounds (10) and assists (5) for her first career double-double.
Stern Approaching Milestone:
-UMBC bench boss Phil Stern is in his 17th season at the helm of the Retrievers and his 23rd season overall. Stern recorded win number 200 with UMBC on Friday against Notre Dame of Maryland. He now has 294 career wins, over 23 years of coaching.
-The Retrievers close out their mini home stand against Hofstra on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tip-off with the Pride is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN+.