Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball will usher in a new era as they make their UMBC Event Center debut against the visiting Binghamton Bearcats on Thursday night on Spread Respect Night. The Retrievers are coming off a hard fought 52-51 victory against Vermont on Saturday. UMBC held the lead for a majority of the game before the Catamounts came back late. Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) provided the heroics, hitting a layup late to give UMBC the win.
Binghamton Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (3-20, 2-8 AE) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (16-8, 7-4 AE)
Where: UMBC Event Center – Baltimore, Md.
When: Thursday, February 8 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Catch the action on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app. Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
- The Retrievers are coming off a hard fought 52-51 victory against Vermont on Saturday. UMBC held the lead for a majority of the game before the Catamounts came back late. Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) provided the heroics, hitting a layup late to give UMBC the win.
-Senior tri-captain Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.4 ppg as UMBC is averaging 51.9 points per game as a team. Castaldo is third on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.3 boards per game. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) are averaging 7.3 ppg with Summers leading the team with 5.6 rpg. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) sets the table on offense dishing out 2.6 assists per game.
Scouting the Bearcats:
-Binghamton comes into the contest at 16-8, 7-4 AE after escaping Long Island with a 69-64 victory against Stony Brook on Monday. The Bearcats used a 16-8 second quarter to push ahead, having to hold off a furious fourth quarter rally from the Seawolves. Senior Imani Watkins led the way with 25 points.
-Watkins leads the team averaging 22.0 ppg and is third on the team at 4.5 rpg. She is fast approaching a few milestones, needing just five points to hit 2,000 for her career and needing 29 points to tie the school record of 2,024. Kai Moon is second on the team at 11.9 ppg while Alyssa James is averaging 10.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg with 3.4 blocks per game.
-UMBC and Binghamton will be meeting for the second time this year and the 33rd time overall. Earlier this year the Bearcats came away with an 81-51 victory in Vestal.
-The Retrievers are 9-5 all time in games played in Baltimore, including a 53-45 win at the RAC last year.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is 22 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 67 points to reach 1,000. Castaldo is currently in the top ten in minutes played and games played.
-Head coach Phil Stern can also reach some milestones in 2017-18. He needs 14 wins for 300 in his career and eight for 200 at UMBC.
-Continuing its dedication to fostering leadership on and off the field, the America East Conference and its member institutions will again conduct #SpreadRespect games, including the contest against Maine. It is the fourth-straight year each America East men's and women's program will host a SpreadRespect night. SpreadRespect games, formerly branded You Can Play Nights, were created with the purpose of furthering awareness and education to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. That respect also extends to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and more.
UMBC Basketball Has a New Home:
-UMBC women's and men's basketball, as well as the department of athletics is set to move into the brand new UMBC Event Center in the coming weeks. The $90 million facility will house UMBC athletic department, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. The men will open the facility against Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 3 while the women will host Binghamton in their first game in the arena on Thursday, Feb. 8.
-Construction began in February 2016 and will be located next to Retriever Soccer Park and host various events from sporting events to graduations and concerts.
-UMBC will host New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the UMBC Event Center. Tip-off with the Wildcats is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.