Retrievers Close out Non-Conference Play Against Eastern Shore on New Year’s Eve

Retrievers Close out Non-Conference Play Against Eastern Shore on New Year’s Eve

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball closes out the non-conference schedule against Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday. The Retrievers are coming off a 73-68 victory at Morgan State on Dec. 20, snapping a five-game losing streak. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the way with 25 points, just one short of a career high.

Eastern Shore Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-5) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (3-9)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Monday, December 31 - 3:30 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN+, live stats on UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC heads into the final contest of 2018 at 7-5, coming off a 73-68 victory against Morgan State on December 20 that snapped a five-game losing streak. Junior Te'yJah Oliver dropped a season high 25 points with freshman Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in a career high 16 points on 8-10 shooting with nine rebounds.

-Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) leads the Retrievers on offense, averaging 12.2 ppg and a team best 6.3 rpg. She has scored in double figures in nine of 12 games this year. Oliver is the only other Retriever in double figures at 10.9 ppg. Junior Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) has made 35 three pointers on the year, shooting 43.2 percent from deep.

Scouting the Hawks:

-Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off a 70-49 loss to George Mason on Saturday. The Hawks were down just four at halftime, but the Patriots ripped off a 23-9 third quarter to take command of the game. The Hawks are 3-9 on the year, but just 1-8 on the road.

-Ciani Byrom leads the team on offense, averaging 14.6 ppg while dishing out a team best 48 assists on the year. Keyera Eaton is also averaging over ten points per game at 12.0 ppg. Bairesha Gill-Miles leads the team on the boards grabbing 7.4 rpg while chipping in 9.1 ppg.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the 16th time that the two sides will meet, with the Retrievers holding a slim 9-6 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Hawks have gotten the better of the Retrievers in recent years, winning two of the last three.

-Last year, the Hawks defeated the Retrievers 66-43 in Princess Anne. The Retrievers are 5-2 all-time in games played in Baltimore.

Conference Honors:

-Junior Te'yJah Oliver and freshman Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) were named America East Player and Rookie of the week respectively on December 24 for their efforts against Morgan State.

-Oliver and Jackson join Janee'a Summers, Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) and O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) who earned America East Player awards earlier in the season.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will travel to defending America East champion Maine on Saturday, Jan. 5 to open the conference season. Tip-off with the Black Bears is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN3.