Women’s Basketball Opens Three-Game Home Stand Against Vermont on Saturday

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

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Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball welcomes Vermont to the RAC on Saturday to open a three-game home stand. The Retrievers sit at 1-13, 0-1 AE after suffering a heartbreaking 56-51 loss to America East preseason favorite New Hampshire on Wednesday. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the way with 12 points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists in the loss. UMBC had the lead throughout the game, but the Wildcats took the lead with a minute to go, and held on for the win.

Vermont Game Info:
What:
UMBC Retrievers (1-13, 0-1 AE) vs. Vermont Catamounts (4-10, 1-0 AE)
Where:
RAC Arena – Baltimore, Md.
When:
Saturday, Jan. 6 – 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Live stream on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call
Social Media:
@UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC is coming off a tough 56-51 loss to America East preseason favorite New Hampshire on Wednesday morning. Senior Laura Castaldo led the way with 12 points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists in the loss. UMBC had the lead throughout the game, but the Wildcats took the lead with a minute to go, and held on for the win.

-Castaldo leads the offense with 13.0 ppg, collecting 3.8 rpg. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) and sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) are both averaging over eight points per game at 8.3 and 8.1 each. Summers leads the team with 6.6 rpg. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) leads the team with 2.5 assists per game.

Scouting the Catamounts:

-Vermont comes to Baltimore after defeating UMass Lowell, 63-55 on Wednesday to open America East play. Hannah Crymble and Sydney Smith led the way with 16 points and 15 points respectively. The Catamounts held the River Hawks to 36 percent shooting, forcing 17 turnovers in the victory.

-Crymble and Smith lead the Catamount offensively averaging 19.2 and 11.8 ppg respectively. Crymble is pulling down a team best 5.7 rebounds per game while Smith is second at 5.4 rpg. Katie Lavelle sets the table on offense, dishing out 4.1 assists per game.

All-Time Series:

-The Catamounts and Retrievers will be meeting for the 31st time in the all-time series, with the Retrievers holding a slim 16-14 advantage. Last year, the Retrievers swept the season series.

-UMBC has won the last seven meetings dating back to 2014. The last Catamount victory came on January 18, 2014 in Burlington.

Vermont Connection:

-UMBC assistant coach Courtnay Pilypaitis will be coaching against her alma mater on Saturday. Pilypaitis amassed over 1,900 points, 800 rebounds, and 600 assists. She finished with 1,993 points scored, 905 rebounds, and 636 assists in 4,060 minutes played. 

-Pilypaitis led the Catamounts to back-to-back America East Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10. The four-time all-conference selection helped Vermont earn their first ever NCAA Tournament win with an upset against Wisconsin in 2010. She earned America East Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named conference Player of the Year as a sophomore. 

Milestone Watch:

-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is only seven games played and 24 starts from reaching the top ten in program history. Castaldo also need 88 minutes played to join the top ten. She is 32 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 160 points to reach 1,000.

-Sophomores Te'yJah and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) are closing in on 500 career points, needing 174 and 220 respectively, with Oliver just 18 assists away from 100.

-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.

Up Next:

-UMBC continues their home stand against Maine on the team's annual Midday Madness game on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. with the Black Bears on ESPN 3.