Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball kicks off the America East season against the defending champion Maine Black Bears on Saturday afternoon. Maine was picked to win the conference in the preseason poll, while the Retrievers were picked to finish 8th in the league. UMBC is coming off a 73-67 loss to Maryland Eastern Shore on New Year's Eve to finish non-conference play at 7-6.
Maine Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-6, 0-0 AE) at Maine Black Bears (8-6, 1-0 AE)
Where: Cross Insurance Center - Bangor, Maine
When: Saturday, January 5 - 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream available on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN app, live stats at GoBlackBears.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers come into conference play at 7-6, having dropped the most recent contest to Maryland Eastern Shore, 73-67 on New Year's Eve in overtime. Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) sent the game into the extra frame with a three with under ten seconds to go. Classmate Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the way with 17 points, with Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) adding 16 pts and eight rebounds.
-Summers leads the Retrievers averaging 12.5 ppg and collecting a team best 6.5 rebounds per game. Oliver is the only other Retriever scoring in double figures at 11.4 per contest. She is averaging 19.3 ppg over her last three games. Junior Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) is leading the America East, shooting 43.2 percent from three, averaging 8.2 ppg.
Scouting the Black Bears:
-Maine comes into the contest at 8-6, 1-0 AE having defeated New Hampshire to open conference play on Wednesday, 67-46. The Black Bears were led by Parise Rossignol who pumped in a team best 18 points. Tanesha Sutton recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds with Blanca Millan adding 13 pts. Maine is 3-1 at home this year, with the only loss coming in a 66-63 thriller to then #20 Duke in November.
-Millan leads the team and the America East in scoring, averaging 18.1 ppg. She is shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and has 40 steals on the year, tops in the conference. Tanesha Sutton and Rossignol are both over ten points a game at 14.0 and 10.1 respectively. Sutton provides the inside presence for Maine, grabbing a team best 7.6 rebounds per game.
-Maine and UMBC will be meeting for the 32nd time in the all-time series, with the Black Bears holding a 19-12 lead. Maine has gotten the better of the two in recent years, winning 10 of the last 11 meeting dating back to 2014.
-Last year, the Black Bears won all three meetings, including a 65-43 win in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament in Portland.
-UMBC will return home for a pair of America East contests next week. The Retrievers will host Hartford on Wednesday, Jan. 9 on ESPN+ before welcoming UMass Lowell to the UMBC Event Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 on ESPN3.