UMBC Women’s Basketball Hosts Eastern on Thursday Night

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball continues their two-game opening home stand against Eastern University on Thursday night at the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers are 1-0 on the year, coming off a 65-51 win against Gettysburg on Tuesday night to open the year. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) had a career night, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double.

Eastern Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-0) vs. Eastern University Eagles (0-0)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Thursday, November 8 - 5:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN+ ($$), live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers come into the contest at 1-0 after defeating Gettysburg 65-51 on Tuesday night to open the new season. Janee'a Summers led the charge with 22 points on 7-13 shooting with 10 rebounds. Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) also hit double figure with 12 and 13 points respectively.

-UMBC shot 43.9 percent from the floor, forcing 23 Gettysburg turnovers. The Retrievers had 16 steals in the contest, going 14-16 from the charity stripe.

Scouting the Eagles:

-Eastern comes into the new season after a 6-19, 3-11 MAC Freedom campaign in 2017-18, and features a team with five newcomers and just one senior.

-The Eagles will be without last year's top scorer Taylor Price, who averaged 13.0 ppg and averaged 33.4 minutes per game. Regie Robinson returns as the lone senior on the team. Robinson played in 18 games last year, averaging 10.8 ppg and a team best 8.6 rpg.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with the Retrievers winning all three of the previous matchups. This will be the first meeting since the 2014-15 season.

-Last time these two met, UMBC came away with a 93-68 win on Nov. 14, 2014. In that game, four different Retrievers reached double figures, forcing 33 turnovers and shooting 55.9 percent from the floor.

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 hit the road for a pair of games at the Seton Hall Classic this weekend. UMBC will take on UTSA (Texas, San Antonio) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. before ending the weekend against Kennesaw State on Sunday at 11 a.m.