Retrievers Open 2018-19 Season Against Gettysburg on Tuesday

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball kicks off the 2018-19 season against Gettysburg College on Tuesday night at the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers are coming off a 5-26, 3-13 AE campaign and will return seven players from last year's team.

Gettysburg Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (0-0) vs. Gettysburg College Bullets (0-0)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Tuesday, November 6 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN+ ($$), live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: 90s Night- UMBC fanny pack giveaway for the first 250 students in attendance
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC comes into the new year after a 5-26, 3-13 AE season. The Retrievers defeated UMass Lowell in the America East Tournament First Round, before falling to eventual champion Maine in the quarterfinals. The Retrievers had just one non-conference win, before winning three games in conference.

-The Retrievers will be without last year's leading scorer Laura Castaldo, but return Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) who both averaged over six points per game. Summers scored at a 6.7 ppg clip, leading the team with 5.4 rpg. Oliver averaged 6.7 ppg, playing in all but one game last year.

-UMBC averaged 52.2 ppg, giving up 64.3 ppg. The Retrievers are the youngest team in the country, sporting no seniors on the roster. The average age is 19.0 with six true freshman on the roster, the sixth most of any team in the country.

Scouting the Bullets:

-Gettysburg is coming off a record breaking season last year. The Bullets set a program record with 26 wins, winning the Centennial Conference title. Head coach Nate Davis was named Centennial Coach of the Year, going 19-1 in conference games. Last week, the Bullets were ranked 19th in the D3Hoops.com Preseason Poll.

-Gettysburg returns Preseason All-American pick Emma Dorshimer, who averaged a team best 14.6 ppg last year. She shot 40.1 percent from the floor, and was second on the team with 15 blocks. The Bullets averaged 67.0 ppg, giving up just 52.6 ppg to opponents.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the seventh meeting all-time between the two schools, with the Retrievers leading the series 4-2. This will also be the third straight year the two meet, with UMBC winning the last two by an average of 23 points.

-Last year the Retrievers defeated the Bullets 72-45. Laura Castaldo led three Retrievers in double digits. UMBC was only up by two at the break, but used 25-6 fourth quarter to pull away from Gettysburg.

Leaders of the Pack:

-UMBC will return seven players from last year's team, including three juniors and three sophomores and one redshirt-freshman. There will be no seniors on the team, but the Retrievers will rely on their two captains, sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) and junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.).

-Summers led the team with 5.4 rpg, scoring at a 6.7 ppg clip. Moore was a captain last year, and played in just 19 games after coming back from an early season injury. She averaged 4.1 ppg, shooting 30.5 percent from the floor.

AE on ESPN:

-Once again this year, every Retriever men's and women's home basketball games will be streamed on either ESPN3 or ESPN+.

-The agreement between the America East and ESPN commenced with the 2016-17 academic year and will run through 2026-27. America East's nine-member institutions will work collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to develop their own in-house production operations on their campuses. This will result in a significant increase in national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 branded "The AE on ESPN" showcasing more than 3,000 America East events over the term of the agreement, starting with all men's and women's basketball games and adding other sports in future years.

Going International:

-Of the seven newcomers, five are foreign born. Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) is a junior college transfer from Southwest Tennessee CC who coach Stern says will come in a be a key part of the team right away.

-Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain), Silvia Ferreiros (Lugo, Spain), Sariah Penese (Wellington, New Zealand) and Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) come to Baltimore with a lot of international experience, ready to make an immediate impact for the Retrievers.

Youth Movement:

-Seven newcomers will be suiting up for the Retrievers for the first time. A total of six freshman and one junior college transfer will play for the Black and Gold in 2018-19. The Retrievers are the youngest team in the country with an average age of 19, and have the sixth-most true freshmen with six, behind FAU and Wichita State (8) Vermont, Oklahoma and SMU (7).

-Joining the five international freshman will be Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Tania Hill (Brandywine, Md./Capital Christian Academy). Both players bring a lot of experience and talent to UMBC and will compete for playing time right away.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will continue their two-game opening home stand against Eastern University on Thursday night. Tipoff with the Eagles is set for 5 p.m. on ESPN+.