Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball will hit the road for a non-conference matchup with the Patriots on Monday night. The Retrievers have lost seven straight, most recently falling to Denver, 70-48 on Thursday. Freshman Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career high 14 points on 5-9 shooting.
George Mason Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-9) at George Mason Patriots (9-2)
Where: EagleBank Arena – Fairfax, Va.
When: Monday, December 11 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and stats at GoMason.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC heads to Virginia after suffering their seventh straight loss with a 70-48 defeat at the hands of Denver on Thursday. UMBC got a career day from freshman Kristen Teklits who pumped in 14 points on 5-9 shooting.
-Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the team scoring 13.9 points per game, grabbing 4.1 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is averaging 9.6 ppg while freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) is leading the Dawgs on the glass, pulling down 6.8 rpg.
-Senior post Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) is leading the America East with 12.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, dishing out 12 assists to just one turnover.
Scouting the Patriots:
-The Patriots are off to their best start in 25 years at 9-2 after dismantling Eastern Kentucky, 64-41 on Saturday thanks to a big second half. George Mason has not lost at home this year, winning all seven games played at EagleBank Arena this year.
-Three Patriots are averaging double figures this year, led by Nicole Cardano-Hillary at 18.2 ppg. Natalie Butler is at 18.1 ppg while leading the team with 13.7 rpg. Jacy Bolton has started every game for the Patriots, pouring in 12.7 ppg in 11 games.
-This will be tenth time in the all-time series between George Mason and UMBC with the Patriots leading 7-2. This will be the first meeting since 2011 between the two schools.
-Back in 2011, the Retrievers came away with a 65-53 victory at the RAC. The Retrievers have never won in Fairfax, going 0-5 in the previous five meetings in Virginia.
Efficient and Effective:
-Even though she is only averaging 8.4 minutes per game this year after coming off a foot injury, senior Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) has been a key cog for the Retrievers this year. Sims is averaging 4.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg, but per 40 minutes those number rise exponentially.
-Sims is averaging 22.9 ppg and 5.7 apg per 40 minutes. Her ability to score both inside and out causes headaches for opposing defenses. Sims is also a great passer from her post position, dishing out 12 assists on the year with just one turnover for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 12.0
Have a Day Kid:
-Freshman Kristen Teklits made a big impact for the Retrievers against Denver on Dec. 7, coming off the bench for a career high 14 points on 5-9 shooting. The freshman led the Retrievers in scoring for the game going 3-7 from the three point line, helping UMBC make a comeback against the Pioneers.
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 10 games played and 27 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 169 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 39 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 191 points to reach 1,000.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 16 wins for 300 in his career and 10 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 have off the next ten days for finals, returning to action on Thursday, Dec. 21 when they head to Maryland Eastern Shore. Tip-off with the Hawks is set for 6 p.m.