UMBC Women’s Basketball Hosts New Hampshire in their Annual Play 4 Kay Game

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball closes out their two-game home stand against New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon at the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers come into the contest at 3-21, 2-9 AE after dropping a 68-53 decision to Binghamton on Thursday. UMBC got a big contribution from senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) with 20 points, as classmate Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) added ten points and 11 rebounds.

New Hampshire Game Info:
What:
UMBC Retrievers (3-21, 2-9 AE) vs. New Hampshire Wildcats (15-10, 6-6 AE)
Where:
UMBC Event Center – Baltimore, Md.
When:
Sunday, February 11 – 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch:
Catch the action on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media:
@UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

- The Retrievers come into the contest at 3-21, 2-9 AE after dropping a 68-53 decision to Binghamton on Thursday. UMBC got a big contribution from senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) with 20 points, as classmate Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) added ten points and 11 rebounds.

-Castaldo leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.8 ppg as UMBC is averaging 52.0 points per game as a team. Castaldo is third on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.2 boards per game. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) and sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) are averaging 7.1 and 7.0 ppg with Summers leading the team with 5.5 rpg. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) sets the table on offense dishing out 2.7 assists per game.

Scouting the Wildcats:

-New Hampshire comes to Baltimore on a two-game losing streak, most recently falling to Maine in Bangor on Thursday 77-46. Olivia Healy and Carlie Pogue led the way with 15 and 10 points respectively.

-Both Pogue and Healy lead the Wildcats on offense averaging 14.5 and 12.5 ppg. Pogue is pulling down 6.0 rpg while Healy leads the team at 6.4 rpg. Kat Fogarty is the only other Wildcat averaging double figures at 11.6 ppg. Brittni Lai sets the table on offense, dishing out 4.1 assists per game.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC and New Hampshire will be meeting for the second time this year and the 31st time in the all-time series. The Wildcats won the first meeting this year and lead the series 16-14.

-Earlier this year, the Wildcats came from behind for a 56-51 victory in Durham in early January. UNH is 7-3 in the last ten meetings between the two schools.

Milestone Watch:

-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is 18 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 47 points to reach 1,000. Castaldo is currently in the top ten in minutes played and games played.

-Sophomores Te'yJah Oliver and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) are closing in on 500 career points, needing 119 and 192 respectively.

-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.

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.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will hit the road for two straight starting with a Valentine's Day game against Stony Brook on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Tip-off with the Seawolves is set for 7 p.m.