BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's basketball will begin its new era under head coach Johnetta Hayes on Tuesday, November 5 as they host the Gettysburg Bullets. The opening tip is set for 4 p.m. The game is the first of the home opening doubleheader as the men's basketball team will face Valley Forge at 7 p.m.
Gettysburg Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (0-0) vs. Gettysburg College Bullets (0-0)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Tuesday, November 5 - 4:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN3, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: Home Opener Doubleheader / Light Up Foam Stick Giveaway
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @AmericaEast, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC enters the 2019-20 season after finishing 10-20 overall and 3-13 in America East play. The Retrievers fell to #2 Hartford, 65-48, in the America East Tournament Quarterfinals.
This season, the Retrievers bring back 12 returning players from the 2018-19 season, including all five starters and top scorers Janee'a Summers (11.4 ppg) and Te'yJah Oliver (11.2 ppg). Summers also earned 6.9 rpg, ranking her among the top five in the conference.
The Retrievers average 55.5 points per game last season and ranked third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (32.3). As a team, the Retrievers averaged 36.3 rebounds per contest.
Scouting the Bullets
Gettysburg enters its fifth season under head coach Nate Davis and finished the 2018-19 season with a 22-6 overall record and 18-2 record in the Centennial Conference play. The Bullets fell to Haverford, 62-40, in the championship title game and in the NCAA Division III Tournament game to Christopher Newport, 82-78.
The Bullets were predicted to finish first in the Centennial Conference preseason poll for the second year in a row. Gettysburg returns Emma Hahner, an all-conference second-team selection from last year who, and Ashley Gehrin, who averaged 12.2 ppg a season ago. The Bullets graduated top scorer Emma Dorshimer, who topped the team with 16.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
Gettysburg as a team averaged 68.2 ppg, while giving up just 56.8 points to opponents, and 43.2 rpg in 2018-19.
UMBC leads the series with Gettysburg, 5-2. Last season, the Retrievers defeated the Bullets, 65-51 at the Event Center. Janee'a Summers scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double.
A New Beginning
On April 26, 2019, former UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall introduced Johnetta Hayes as the ninth head coach in program history. Hayes comes to UMBC from Texas Southern, where she posted a 115-73 overall record and led the Lady Tigers to an NCAA Tournament appearance, two WNIT bids, and the WBI.
Hayes brings to her staff assistant coaches TJ Royals and LaDey'ah Forte, both who were with her at Texas Southern, and Christie Rogers, who most recently was an assistant coach at Radford where the Highlanders won two Big South regular season titles.
Summers and Oliver not only return as the top of the bunch for UMBC but also for the America East. Last season, Oliver finished the season 12th in scoring among conference player and Summers finished 14th.
Summers finished the year with a .874 free throw percentage (83-95), landing her second among AE players and 23rd nationally. Oliver finished right behind her at third, with a .793 percentage (69-87).
New Swann, Same Pond
Freshman Lyric Swann is no stranger to the UMBC Retriever lifestyle. Her mom, Karyn, was a standout for the Black and Gold from 1988-92. Karyn was named the East Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year after the 1990-91 season and ranks 13th in program history with 247 assists.
AE on ESPN
Once again this year, every Retriever men's and women's home basketball games will be streamed on either ESPN3 or ESPN+.
The agreement between the America East and ESPN commenced with the 2016-17 academic year and will run through 2026-27. America East's nine-member institutions will work collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to develop their own in-house production operations on their campuses. This will result in a significant increase in national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 branded "The AE on ESPN" showcasing more than 3,000 America East events over the term of the agreement, starting with all men's and women's basketball games and adding other sports in future years.