Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball will face a familiar foe in UMass Lowell to kick off the 2018 America East Tournament. The First Round contest will take place on Wednesday at the UMBC Event Center at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. The Retrievers are coming off a 61-39 victory up in Lowell on Sunday that saw UMBC shoot 51 percent from the floor for the game, shooting 71 percent in the first half.
UMass Lowell-America East Tournament First Round Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (4-25) vs. UMass Lowell River Hawks (4-25)
Where: UMBC Event Center – Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, February 28 – 6:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Watch live on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @AmericaEast, @AEHoopsNews, #RetrieverNation, #AEChamps, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
- The Retrievers are coming off a 61-39 victory up in Lowell on Sunday that saw UMBC shoot 51 percent from the floor for the game, shooting 71 percent in the first half.
-Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) leads the Retrievers in scoring at 11.9 ppg as UMBC is averaging 51.8 points per game as a team. Castaldo is fourth on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.2 boards per game. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) is averaging 6.8 ppg, leading the team with 5.5 rpg. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) sets the table on offense dishing out 2.8 assists per game while pulling down 5.0 rpg.
Scouting the River Hawks:
-UMass Lowell will be making their first postseason appearance at the Division I level since their transition from the Division II level. The River Hawks are 4-25 on the year and are coming off a 61-39 loss to UMBC on Sunday.
-Kayla Gibbs leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Brianna Rudolph and Paula Lopez are averaging over eight points per game at 9.4 and 8.7 respectively. Lopez is dishing out a team best 2.7 assists per game.
-This will be the third time this year that the River Hawks and Retrievers will meet, with UMBC winning the first two. Overall, this is the 11th meeting between the two with UMBC leading 6-4.
2018 America East Tournament:
-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.
-The winner of Wednesday's first round contest will play No. 1 Maine on Saturday at 12:02 p.m. Winner of that game will play the winner of No. 4 Stony Brook and No. 5 New Hampshire. The other two quarterfinal matchups will feature No. 2 Albany vs. No. 7 Vermont and No. 3 Binghamton against No. 6 Hartford.
-The winner of Wednesday's first round contest will play No. 1 Maine on Saturday at 12:02 p.m. Winner of that game will play the winner of No. 4 Stony Brook and No. 5 New Hampshire.