Women’s Basketball Opens Second Half of #AEHoops Play at Hartford on Wednesday

Women’s Basketball Opens Second Half of #AEHoops Play at Hartford on Wednesday

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball continues the conference season, opening the second half of play at first place Hartford on Wednesday night on ESPN3. The Retrievers are currently in eighth place, a half game up on New Hampshire after the first eight games. UMBC has been off since their 57-44 loss at Stony Brook last Wednesday.

Hartford Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (8-13, 1-7 AE) at Hartford Hawks (15-8, 8-1 AE)
Where: Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion - West Hartford, Conn.
When: Wednesday, February 6 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN3 (Jonny Wincott & Dan Lovallo), live stats at HartfordHawks.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers come into the contest at 8-13, 1-7 AE after falling on the road to Stony Brook, 57-44 last Wednesday night. The Retrievers got off to a sluggish start, but found their form in the second half. UMBC rallied back to within single digits, but could not complete the comeback. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

-Summers leads the Retrievers averaging 11.9 points per game while pulling down a team best 6.8 rebounds per game. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is the only other Retriever averaging double figures at 10.0 ppg. Classmate Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) has been on a tear during the conference season, averaging 10.8 ppg, shooting 44 percent from three just in conference games.

Scouting the Hawks:

-Hartford comes into the matchup tied for first in the league at 15-8, 8-1 AE on the year, most recently coming off a 73-62 win against Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon. Three Hawks reached double figures, led by Jade Young with 21 points adding eight rebounds. Hartford has been stellar at home, going 8-2 this year.

-Lindsey Abed leads the three Hawks in double figures at 13.3 ppg. She also leads the team shooting 41.2 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from three. Sierra DaCosta and Ella Awobajo are also in double figures at 11.3 and 10.9 ppg resepectively.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the second meeting this year and 36th overall between the two with the Hawks leading the series 27-8 winning the last four meetings. Earlier this year, Hartford defeated the Retriever 66-52 in Baltimore. UMBC trailed by just three into the fourth, but the Hawks used a 25-11 fourth quarter to pull away.

-The last Retriever victory up in Hartford came on February 10, 2017 when UMBC defeated the Hawks 64-47 behind hot three point shooting.  

Milestone Watch:

-Junior Tyler Moore is just 12 points away from number 500 for her career. Moore has scored 155 points already this year, after scoring 78 last year and 255 during her freshman campaign.

Conference Honors:

-Junior Te'yJah Oliver and freshman Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) were named America East Player and Rookie of the week respectively on December 24 for their efforts against Morgan State.

-Oliver and Jackson join Janee'a Summers, Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) and O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) who earned America East awards earlier in the season.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will return home for a pair of games, starting the defending champion Maine on Saturday, Feb. 9 on ESPN3. Tip-off with the Black Bears is set for 1 p.m. at the UMBC Event Center.