Women’s Basketball Travels South to Face-Off Against UMBC: 5 Things to Know

THE MATCHUP: The Stony Brook University women’s basketball team (20-3, 11-2 America East) hits the road to take on UMBC (3-16, 2-7 America East) on Monday, February 14 at 5 pm The game is set to air on ESPN+ with Paul Mittermeier (play-by-play) and Raven Harris (analyst) on the call.

SERIES HISTORY: The Seawolves and Retrievers are no strangers to each other as this matchup marks the 38th time these two teams will go head-to-head. Stony Brook currently holds a 23-15 record against UMBC. The first time these two teams saw each other was Jan. 7, 2004, where the Seawolves defeated the Retrievers, 53-49, in Baltimore, Md. The last time these two teams faced-off was Feb. 1, 2020, where Stony Brook defeated UMBC, 66-49, at the UMBC Event Center.

LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves fell to Maine, 61-55, on Saturday, February 12, marking only their third loss of the season and second in the conference. senior guard Anastasia Warren led all scorers with a game-high 13 points. It was the 14th time this season she has finished in double figures. Earlette Scott knocked down 12 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Gigi Gonzalez filled the stat sheet for Stony Brook finishing with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, pulled down three rebounds, and dished out two assists.

STRONG ISLAND BASKETBALL: The Seawolves did not let up on defense against the Black Bears, forcing 18 turnovers. Senior forward Nairimar Vargas-Reyes came off the bench to pull down a team-high eight rebounds. Stony Brook’s defense has been able to shut down shooting from beyond the arc as the team’s three-point field goal defense ranks tenth in the nation (25.3) amongst the NCAA ranks. The Seawolves currently lead the America East in the battle for the boards with 915 total rebounds and averaging 39.8 per game.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: The Retrievers could not pull passed the River Hawks falling short, 70-68, on Saturday, February 12, at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena. With the loss, UMBC dropped to 3-16 (2-7 America East) on the season. UMBC’s scoring offense is led by graduate forward Janee’a Summers. Summers currently leads the Retriever’s averaging 13.6 points over 16 starts. Summers currently sits within the top 50 in the nation and second in the America East rankings for free-throw percentage (85.5). Head coach Johnetta Hayes is in her third year at the helm of UMBC. Hayes helped UMBC to its highest seed in the America East Playoffs since the 2016-17 season and helped the team double its conference wins from the previous season in her first year as head coach.

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