Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball begins their America East Tournament run as the seven seed, traveling to two seed Hartford on Wednesday night. The Retrievers went 2-1 over their final two games, including a big win against New Hampshire 55-47 on Saturday to earn the seven seed. UMBC used a big third quarter push to take control of the game and move to 10-19, 3-13 AE on the year.
America East Tournament Quarterfinal Game Info:
What: No. 7 UMBC Retrievers (10-19) at No. 2 Hartford Hawks (21-9)
Where: Chase Arena - West Hartford, Conn.
When: Wednesday, March 6 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, @AEHoopsNews, #AEPlayoffs, #WE
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the contest winners of two of the last three, including a big 55-47 victory over New Hampshire to earn the seven seed and a spot in the America East Tournament. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the way with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals going 9-12 from the foul line. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds with freshman Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) adding eight points and career high five assists.
-Summers and Oliver are the only two Retrievers averaging double figures at 11.3 and 11.1 points per game respectively. Summers is pulling down a team best 6.8 rebounds per game. Oliver has dished out 59 assists and is shooting 39 percent from the floor. Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) is the team leader from three, knocking down a team high 52 triples and shooting 38.5 percent from deep.
Scouting the Hawks:
-Hartford comes into the conference tournament at 21-9, having won their last five contests including a 68-56 win against UAlbany to close out the regular season. The Hawks were down after the first quarter, but used a second and third quarter charge to take control of the game that saw four Hawks reach double figures.
-Lindsey Abed leads a trio of Hawks in double figures at 14.7 ppg. She is the team leader from three, connecting on 84 triples and shooting 41 percent from three. Sierra DaCosta and Ella Awobajo are also in double figures scoring, averaging 11.5 and 10.9 respectively. Jade Young leads the team on the glass, collecting 5.5 rebounds per game.
-This will be the 37th all-time meeting, and third this year with the Hawks leading the series 28-8. Hartford has outscored the Retrievers 158-99 over the two games this year. Most recently, the Hawks defeated the Retrievers 92-47 in early February in West Hartford.
-This is just the fourth time that the two will meet in the America East Tournament. The Retrievers are 1-2 all-time in those games with the lone win coming in 2007 when the Retrievers defeated the Hawks to win the title, becoming the first and only seven seed to win the tournament.
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 356 and tied for third in percentage at 34.8.
-She currently owns the fifth best three-point percentage in a single season at 38.5 percent and is sixth in three pointers made by a junior with 52 this year.
UMBC in the AE Tournament:
-UMBC is 7-14 all-time in tournament play.
-UMBC became the first team to win the tournament as a seven seed, doing so in 2007 defeating Hartford 48-46 in the finals.
-The last Retriever win in the tournament came in 2015, when UMBC knocked off No. 3 Stony Brook, 49-47 on a game winner by Taylor McCarley in the closing seconds.
#AEPlayoffs Tournament Facts:
-The 2019 America East Tournament will be held at the home courts of the higher seed in each round of the tournament. This is the first time in over 20 years the tournament will be in this format.
-Maine won the regular season outright for the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years. It is their conference best 16th regular season title in program history. The Black Bears will look to repeat as conference champions, defeating Hartford last year, 74-65.
-Of the 34 champions in conference history, 21 have come as a one seed, with six and four coming from two and three seeds. The lowest seed to win a title came in 2007 when UMBC did it as a seven seed. No eight seed has beaten a one seed in quarterfinals.