Women’s Basketball Hosts Vermont for Annual Midday Madness Game

Women’s Basketball Hosts Vermont for Annual Midday Madness Game

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball returns from a snow filled trip in Albany to take on the Catamounts for the team's annual Midday Madness game on Wednesday morning. The team will host students from nearby elementary schools as the Retrievers look to get their first win in America East play. UMBC is coming off a 64-44 loss to UAlbany on Saturday to fall to 7-11, 0-5 AE on the year.

Vermont Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-11, 0-5 AE) vs. Vermont Catamounts (7-11, 3-3 AE)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, January 23 - 11:00 a.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+ ($$), live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: Midday Madness
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #WE, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers come into the midweek matchup at 7-11, 0-5 AE on the year after dropping their sixth straight to UAlbany, 64-44 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) led the team with nine points and seven rebounds as no Retriever reached double figures.

-Summers leads UMBC in scoring at 11.8 points per game. She is the lone Retriever averaging double figures, with juniors Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Tyler Moore are second and third on the team at 9.9 and 7.1 ppg respectively. UMBC is averaging 58.4 ppg as a team, giving up 62.5 ppg to opponents.

Scouting the Catamounts:

-The Catamounts come to Baltimore also at 7-11 on the year and 3-3 in America East play after a thrilling 58-57 win against Binghamton on Saturday in Vestal. Trailing by four with 20 seconds left, Vermont hit a pair of free throws, getting a split by Binghamton on the next possession. The Catamounts hit the game tying three the next possession with under ten seconds to go and won in overtime.

-Hanna Crymble leads the Catamounts at 15.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg, the only Vermont player over double digits in points. Candice Wright is second in scoring at 8.3 ppg and leads the team and the conference in blocked shots with 56. Vermont averages 52.7 ppg, giving up 60.2 to opponents.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the 33rd meeting all-time between the two schools with the Retrievers leading the series 17-15. UMBC has dominated the series of late, winning eight of the last ten matchups, with just one loss since 2014.

-Last year the two each won the other's home court. UMBC pulled off a come from behind 52-51 win in Burlington on a Lakiah Sims layup with 58 seconds left in the contest.

Vermont Connection:

-UMBC assistant coach Courtnay Pilypaitis will be coaching against her alma mater on Saturday. Pilypaitis amassed over 1,900 points, 800 rebounds, and 600 assists. She finished with 1,993 points scored, 905 rebounds, and 636 assists in 4,060 minutes played.

-Pilypaitis led the Catamounts to back-to-back America East Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009-10. The four-time all-conference selection helped Vermont earn their first ever NCAA Tournament win with an upset against Wisconsin in 2010. She earned America East Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Moore Where That Came From:

-Junior captain Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) has seen a rise in her play since being inserted into the starting lineup on December 9. In that stretch, she has four double digit scoring performances coming in four of the last five games. She is shooting a career best 39 percent from three and 38 percent from the floor this year, averaging 7.1 ppg and 10.2 ppg over that stretch.

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 remain in Baltimore to take on New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off with the Wildcats is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN3.