Women's Basketball Hits the Road For First Time; Takes on Wagner on Saturday

Photo by Zoe Pekins
Photo by Zoe Pekins

For the first time this season, the UMBC women's basketball team will hit the road as part of a six-game road swing, starting with a contest against the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Spiro Sports Center. The game will be featured on NEC Front Row with the opening tip scheduled for 1 p.m. The last time out for the Retrievers, they bounced back from a loss against Howard to take down local rivals Coppin State, 71-48, on Wednesday night.

 

Wagner Game Info:

What: UMBC Retrievers (2-1) at Wagner Seahawks (1-2)

Where: Spiro Sports Center - Staten Island, N.Y.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1 p.m.

How to Watch: Live video on NEC Front Row, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com

Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @AmericaEast, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

 

Scouting the Retrievers

The Retrievers used a 20-0 run in the third quarter to take down the Coppin State Eagles, 71-48, at the UMBC Event Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Te'yJah Oliver sparked the run, going 4-5 from the three-point line, contributing to her 19-point game.

 

Janee'a Summers notched her ninth career double-double after she put up 16 points and tied her career-high of 12 rebounds. Paula Rubio reset her career-high in assists, dishing out nine.

 

UMBC ranks 33rd in the nation in field-goal percentage (48.0) and 47th in total assists (46). Among America East schools, the Retrievers are second in scoring defense, allowing just 56.7 points per game and third in scoring offense, averaging 74.7 points a contest.

 

Scouting the Seahawks

All Wagner needed on Wednesday night was a last-second layup off to defeat Saint Peter's, 90-89, for its first victory of the season. Emilija Krista Grava capped off her spectacular 45-point evening with the winning layup, the most by a Seahawk since the 2015 season.

 

Krista Grava is second in the nation and first in the Northeast Conference in field goals made with 32, seventh in total points with 71, and 17th in points per game with 23.7. Alex Cowan ranks 15th in three-pointers made with 10 on the year.

 

The Seahawks rank 13th in the NCAA in assists with 56, 43rd in three-point field goals made (22), and 36th in assists per game (18.7).

 

All-Time Series

This will be the first time since the 2012 season that the Retrievers and Seahawks are meeting. Before, the teams met twice a year from 1999-2003 while UMBC was a member of the Northeast Conference. Currently, UMBC holds a 6-5 lead in the series.

 

Last time out, the Retrievers pulled out a 48-43 victory over the Seahawks at the Hawk Classic on December 28, 2012 to snap a five-game losing streak. 

 

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.

 

Top Dawgs

So far this season, the Retrievers have posted numbers that have them ranked in the Top 50 nationally and the top 20 among America East players.

 
Te'yJah Oliver ranks 22nd in field goals made with 22, 28th in total points with 58, and 50th in three-point field goals made with eight. In the America East, she's fourth in scoring with 19.3 ppg and fourth in 3FG percentage, hitting 50 percent from the field.

 

Paula Rubio is sixth in the nation in assists with 20 and 25th in assists per game, averaging 6.7 per contest. She's first in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 5.0 (20 assists, four turnovers), which ranks 36th in the country.

 

Janee'a Summers is fifth in the America East in rebound, averaging 7.3 boards per game. She's also 15th in the conference in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game.

 

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.