UMBC Women’s Basketball Heads to the Garden State for the Seton Hall Classic This Weekend

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball, fresh off an 81-42 victory against Eastern on Thursday night, heads to New Jersey for the Seton Hall Classic on Saturday and Sunday. The Retrievers are 2-0 on the year, and will take on UTSA (University of Texas, San Antonio) and Kennesaw State at the two-day tournament.

UTSA Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-0) vs. UTSA Roadrunners (1-0)
Where: Walsh Gymnasium - West Orange, N.J.
When: Saturday, Nov. 10 - 2 p.m.
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops, #WE

Kennesaw State Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-0) vs. Kennesaw State Owls (1-0)
Where: Walsh Gymnasium - West Orange, N.J.
When: Sunday, Nov. 11 - 11 a.m.
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops, #WE

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers head into the weekend at 2-0 defeating Gettysburg (65-51) and Eastern (81-42) this past week to open the season. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) has led the Retrievers in scoring each game, reaching double figures in both. Against the Eagles, all but one player scored, with Summers being the only Retrievers with ten points.

-Summers is averaging 16.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg after posting her fourth career double-double with 22 pts and 10 reb against Gettysburg. Both Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) are up over 8.0 ppg with Rubio netting 9.5 ppg and Oliver right at the 8.0 ppg mark.

-UMBC has forced 42 turnovers through two games, collecting 26 steals and shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three.

Scouting the Roadrunners:

-The Roadrunners are 1-0 on the year, defeating Concordia Texas 78-51 to open the year. UTSA had two players hit double digits, forcing 22 turnovers and scoring 28 points off those turnovers.

-Marie Benson led the way with 29 pts on 8-18 shooting going 13-17 from the charity stripe. Benson collected 15 rebounds in just 21 minutes for the double-double. Tija Hawkins chipped in 14 points in the win, going 6-10 from the floor in just 20 minutes.

Scouting the Owls:

-Kennesaw State comes into the tournament at 1-0 with an 80-70 win against Middle Georgia State on Wednesday. The Owls were picked to finish fifth in ASUN after going 7-19, 3-13 ASUN a year ago.

-Five different Owls scored at least 10 points in the season opening win led by Carlotta Gianolla with 24. Gianolla added nine boards, going 10-20 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the line. Alexis Poole (16), Kamiyah Street (15), Lexi Mann (12), and Amani Johnson (10) also reached double figures.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC will be playing both UTSA and Kennesaw State for the first time this weekend.

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.

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:

-UMBC will have be back on the road, heading to local-rival Coppin State on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 11 a.m.