Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball returns to the RAC for a Wednesday night tilt with American at 7 p.m. The Retrievers are coming off an 0-2 weekend at the Navy Classic with losses to St. Bonaventure (63-54) and North Dakota State (67-53). Senior guard Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 17 against the Bonnies and a career high 25 against the Bison.
American Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-6) vs. American Eagles (3-3)
Where: RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, November 29 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN 3, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters the mid-week matchup on a four-game losing streak after dropping both games of the Navy Classic this past weekend. Senior Laura Castaldo was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 17 points against St. Bonaventure and a career high 25 against North Dakota State.
-Castaldo leads the team averaging 14.3 points per game. She is pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game, good for second on the team. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) leads the squad with 6.9 rebounds per contest, scoring at a 9.0 ppg clip. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) leads the team averaging just under three assists per game.
Scouting the Eagles:
-The Eagles come into the contest at 3-3 on the year after going 1-1 in the TD Bank Classic at America Eat foe Vermont this past weekend. American squeeked past the Catamounts 64-62, before falling to Villanova 65-60 which saw a furious comeback fall short.
-Emily Kinneston and Cecily Carl lead the team averaging over ten points per game. Kinneston is scoring at a 13.3 ppg clip, grabbing 5.5 rebounds and dishing out a team best 3.3 assists per game. Carl is averaging 11.5 ppg while cleaning the glass at a team best 9.5 rebounds per game.
-The Eagles and Retrievers will be meeting for the 18th time in the all-time series with American holding an 11-6 lead.
-American is 5-1 in the last six matchups, with the lone UMBC win coming in 2015 when they won 47-46 in Baltimore. Last year the Eagles handled the Retrievers in D.C., 70-53.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
-Head coach Phil Stern named seniors Laura Castaldo and Carly Harris (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler Area), and sophomore Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) as captains for the 2017-18 season. Castaldo enters her final season after being named to the America East All-Conference Third Team a year ago. Harris played in 20 games last year, making her first career start against Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 10. Moore played in every game last year, averaging 8.2 points per game, shooting 35.4 percent from three.
-UMBC will rely heavily on their underclassmen in 2017-18, with just five upperclassmen on the roster. The team features six freshmen and four sophomores of the 15 on the roster.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only 11 games played and 28 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 198 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 42 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 206 points to reach 1,000.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 20 wins for 300 in his career and 14 for 200 at UMBC.
AE on ESPN3:
-All 13 UMBC women's basketball home games will be streamed live on ESPN 3, as part of year two of an 11 deal the America East Conference made with ESPN last year.
-The agreement 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 ESPN3" 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.
#AEChamps Headed Back to Portland
-The 2018 America East Tournament will be held once again at the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, Maine. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played in Portland on March 3-4 with the championship being played at the highest remaining seed on Friday, March 9.
-With the addition of UMass Lowell being eligible for postseason play, there will be a first-round play-in game between the eight and nine seeds on February 28 to determine who heads to Portland as the eight seed.
-UMBC will continue their three-game home stand against Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Retrievers and Lions tip-off at 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.