Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball concludes their two-game New York road trip at six-time defending champion Albany on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a 53-49 loss to Stony Brook on Wednesday. UMBC had the lead for a majority of the game, before a second half surge by the Seawolves propelled them to victory. Seniors Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) paced UMBC with 12 points each.
Albany Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (3-23, 2-11 AE) at Albany Great Danes (21-5, 10-3 AE)
Where: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
When: Saturday, February 17 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Watch live on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Black and Gold are coming off a tough 53-49 loss to Stony Brook on Wednesday that saw them leading throughout. However, a furious rally in the second half by the Seawolves gave them the victory, taking their first lead since the first quarter late in the game. Seniors Laura Castaldo and Brittani Burgess paced UMBC with 12 points each.
-Castaldo leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.6 ppg as UMBC is averaging 51.6 points per game as a team. Castaldo is fourth on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.3 boards per game. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) is averaging 6.7ppg, leading the team with 5.5 rpg. Brittani Burgess sets the table on offense dishing out 2.8 assists per game.
Scouting the Great Danes:
-Albany is coming off a 66-53 win against Hartford last Sunday that saw a pair reach double figures. Jessica Fequiere led the way with 20 points on 7-13 shooting, while Tiana-Jo Carter recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Mackenzie Trpcic came just short of a double-double, scoring nine points with 12 assists.
-Fequiere leads the Great Danes averaging 18 ppg, while Carter is right behind her at 11.3 ppg, the only two Albany players in double figures. Carter is leading the team in rebounding at 5.3 rpg with Fequiere leading the team in blocks with 52. Trpcic leads Albany and the America East averaging 6.7 assists per game.
-UMBC and Albany will be meeting for the second time this year and 32nd time in the series with the Great Danes leading 20-11. Earlier this year Albany edged out UMBC 78-75 in Baltimore in January. The Retrievers had a chance at the buzzer to tie but could not get a shot off.
-Albany had won 12 straight before UMBC swept the series last year, with the last UMBC win in Albany coming in 2011.
-Laura Castaldo is quickly approaching the top ten in three different categories. She is 14 three pointers away from 150 for her career, while needing 27 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.
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.
-The Retrievers will return to Baltimore for the home finale on Senior Night against Hartford. UMBC will honor their five seniors; Chukwuma Chiamaka (Lagos, Nigeria), Carly Harris (Glenshaw, Pa.), Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga.), Laura Castaldo and Brittani Burgess pregame. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.