Women's Basketball Takes On Coppin State in Midweek Showdown

Photo by Zoe Pekins
Photo by Zoe Pekins

BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's basketball team will close out a three-game home stretch on Wednesday, Nov. 13 when they welcome the Coppin State Eagles. The opening tip is set for 5 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. The Retrievers are coming off their first loss of the season where they fell, 72-61, to the Howard Bison on November 9.

Coppin State Game Info:

What: UMBC Retrievers (1-1) vs. Coppin State Eagles (0-1)

Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.

When: Wednesday, November 13 - 5:00 p.m.

How to Watch: Live video on ESPN+, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com

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Scouting the Retrievers

The Retrievers faced their first setback of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Howard Bison, 72-61. The Retrievers closed the gap to as much as five on two occasions but the Bison were able to stave off any comebacks. Te'yJah Oliver led the Retrievers with 17 points along with Janee'a Summers' 14 points and seven rebounds.

Oliver leads the team with 19.5 points per game, shooting 50 percent from the field (16-32). The senior also leads the team with seven steals. Paula Rubio paces the team with 11 assists, while Jen Gast has pulled down 16 rebounds. 

Nationally, the Retrievers rank 37th and first in the America East in field goal percentage (.487)  and 26th in steals (26), which is second in the conference.


Scouting the Eagles

Coppin State opened its season on Saturday with a 107-33 loss at Rutgers. Oluwadamilola Oloyede led the Eagles with eight points and nine rebounds.

The Eagles return five letterwinners from last season, including MEAC Defensive Player of the year Chance Graham, who ranked 10th in the NCAA last season with 11.6 RPG; Graham was also named First Team Preseason All-MEAC. 

Coppin State was chosen to finish 10th in the MEAC this season; last year, the Eagles fell in the MEAC Quarterfinals to Bethune-Cookman, 55-49.


All-Time Series

UMBC leads the overall series with Coppin State, 16-11 and is currently on a four-game winning streak.

In last year's meeting, the Retrievers defeated the Eagles, 57-52. Lucrezia Costa and Janee'a Summers helped lead the team on a 12-1 run in the fourth quarter to help the Retrievers comeback for the victory. 


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 of 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.


Top Dawgs

So far this season, the Retrievers have posted numbers that have them ranked in the Top 50 nationally. 
Te'yJah Oliver 26th in the nation and first in the America East in total steals with seven; she also ranks 34th in the country in field goals made with 16. In the America East, Oliver is fourth in scoring with 19.5 ppg and fourth in 3FG percentage, shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Jen Gast ranks 16th in the country and first in the conference in double-doubles after posting a 12 point, 11 rebound game against Gettysburg. She's also sixth in the conference in rebounding, averaging eight boards a game.

Paula Rubio is currently 45th in the nation in total assists with 11. She ranks first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio at 3.67.


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. 



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.