Women's Basketball Faces La Salle in Opening Game of Navy Classic on Saturday

Women's Basketball Faces La Salle in Opening Game of Navy Classic on Saturday

The UMBC women's basketball will travel to Annapolis to take on the La Salle Explorers on Saturday, Nov. 30 as they open the Navy Classic, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy. The opening tip is set for 1 p.m. UMBC is coming off a week's break after they were defeated by the William & Mary Tribe, 76-48.

 

La Salle Game Info:

What: UMBC Retrievers (2-4) vs. La Salle Explorers (5-1)

Where: Navy Classic - Annapolis, Md. - Alumni Hall

When: Saturday, Nov. 30 - 1 p.m.

How to Watch: Live stats at NavyStats.com

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

 

Scouting the Retrievers

UMBC is on a three-game skid after falling to William & Mary on November 23, 76-48. Te'yJah Oliver chipped in 17 points, while Janee'a Summers almost put her second double-double of the year with nine points and seven rebounds.

 

On the year, the Retrievers are averaging 65.5 points, shooting an America East-leading 45.4 percent from the field. From beyond the arc, UMBC is shooting 36.8 percent, which ranks third in the conference. 

 

Oliver leads the Retrievers, averaging 21.3 points per game, while Summers is averaging 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a contest. Paula Rubio leads the squad with 5.5 assists per game. 

 

Lyric Swann was named America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending 11/25. Swann averaged 11.0 points and shot 35 percent from the field, including 50 percent from the three-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line; the freshman also added three rebounds, five assists, and one steal during the week.  

 

Scouting the Explorers

La Salle enters the contest on a four-game winning streak, most recently earning a 79-46 victory over Coppin State on Tuesday night. Freshman Claire Jacobs put up 12 points in the win, while Shalina Miller brought down 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. 

 

Overall on the year, La Salle is scoring 70.7 points a game and averaging 44.3 rebounds. The Explorers make an average of 9.2 three-point field goals per game, a number which ranks 18th in the country; the team is shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. 

 

Jacobs leads the team with 12.3 points per game as she shoots 41.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the three-point line; Kayla Spurill (10.3 ppg) and Jordon Lewis (9.0) follow her. Miller ranks 14th in the nation in blocked shots with 16 on the year.

 

All-Time Series

This will be the fifth meeting between the Retrievers and the Explorers, with La Salle holding a 3-1 lead in the series.

 

In their last meeting on December 6, 2015, the Retrievers earned a 60-29 victory over the Explorers. Laura Castaldo led UMBC with 17 points, while Amanda Hagaman got her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

 

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, several Retrievers have posted numbers that have them ranked in the top 50 nationally and top 20 among America East players. 

 

Paula Rubio is 25th in the nation with 33 assists and ranks second in the America East. 

 

Te'yJah Oliver ranks 17th in the nation in points per game (21.3), 25th in field goals made (45), and 45th in three-point field goals made (17). Just as Oliver wears 3 on her jersey number, it's also her number for rankings as she ranks third in the America East in steals (14), scoring, and field goal percentage (.479). 

 

In the America East, Janee'a Summers ranks second in rebounding, bringing down 7.5 boards per game; the junior also ranks 17th in scoring, averaging 10.3 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.