Win or Go Home: Retrievers Battle New Hampshire for Spot in #AEPlayoffs on Saturday

Win or Go Home: Retrievers Battle New Hampshire for Spot in #AEPlayoffs on Saturday

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball will head to Durham with a spot in the America East Tournament on the line on the final day of the regular season. UMBC needs to win to get into the conference tournament and will be the seven seed if they win. A loss eliminates UMBC from the tournament. The Retrievers are coming off a 70-59 loss to Stony Brook on Wednesday night. Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) led the way with 19 points on 7-10 shooting. Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

New Hampshire Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (9-19, 2-13 AE) at New Hampshire Wildcats (6-22, 3-12 AE)
Where: Lundholm Gym - Durham, N.H.
When: Saturday, March 2 - 12:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, live stats at UNHWildcats.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #WE, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC comes into the season finale at 9-19, 2-13 AE on the year after dropping a tough 70-59 decision to Stony Brook on Wednesday night. Tyler Moore had a game high 19 points on 7-10 shooting with Oliver adding 15 in the loss.

-Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) is leading the Retrievers on offense averaging 11.3 points per game and a team best 6.8 rebounds per game. Oliver is the only other Retriever in double figures at 10.9 ppg, averaging 19.7 ppg over her last three games. Tyler Moore leads UMBC from three, hitting a team best 51 three pointers, shooting 39 percent from deep.

Scouting the Wildcats:

-New Hampshire comes into the contest at 6-22, 3-12 AE on the year, and are coming off a 78-53 loss to UAlbany on Wednesday afternoon. The Wildcats were down just seven at the break, but a big 29-9 third quarter propelled the Great Danes past the Wildcats. UNH is 4-9 at home this year compared to 2-13 on the road.

-Kari Brekke and Caroline Soucy have lead the team in conference play, averaging 10.1 ppg and 8.8 ppg respectively. Brekke has dished out 66 assists, good for just under 3.0 per game. Maggie Ahearn leads the team averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the 33rd meeting between the two schools all-time with the Wildcats leading the series 17-15. UMBC won the only other meeting this year, 64-62 in late January in Baltimore. Te'yJah Oliver provided the heroics with a jumper in the paint with 3.5 seconds left to give UMBC their first conference win of the year.

-New Hampshire has won five of the last six match-ups including a 9-6 record all-time in games played in Durham. The last Retriever win at Lundholm Gym came on January 30, 2015, 65-55.

#AEPlayoffs Scenarios:

-UMBC is still alive in the hunt for a spot in the America East Tournament. A win by the Retrievers on Saturday will give them the seven seed in the tournament, while a loss will knock them out making UNH the seven seed and UMass Lowell the eight seed. UNH secured a spot in the tournament with the River Hawks loss to Maine on Wednesday.

Moore Earns Academic All-District Honors:

-Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team on Thursday afternoon, becoming just the second player in program history to earn the award. She joins Michelle Kurowski as the only players to earn the award, with Kurowski earning the distinction two years in a row.

-Moore holds a 3.80 grade point average working toward a degree in psychology.

Making Moore History:

-Tyler Moore is have a career year for the Retrievers, and is leaving her mark on the program in a number of ways. Moore is currently tenth all-time in three pointers attempted with 352 and tied for third iin percentage at 34.8.

-She currently owns the fifth best three-point percentage in a single season at 38.9 percent and is sixth in three pointers made by a junior with 51 this year.

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.