Archive for December 2008
Darryl Proctor Dominated Saint louis yesterday scoring 29 points, the most he’s scored in a UMBC uniform, but it wasn’t enough for a win. After the teams biggest upset ever against Nebraska, UMBC wanted to go into conference play riding a two game win streak, but the Billikans saw that that wouldn’t happen with an 81-60 win.
As expected freshman Chauncey Gilliam replaced Richard Flemming in the starting lineup and scored 10 points, the second most after Proctor. Otherwise the team struggled shooting the ball. Though everybody on the team played they only added a combined 21 points. The team shot 38.2$ from the field and 81.8% from the free throw line, but failed to make a single three point shot while Saint Louis shot extremely well hitting 53.2% of their total shots from the field.
This was Meghan Colabella’s game. She recorded a double double with 15 points but more impressively 20 rebounds, the most since 1999. She did have some help though. Michelle Kurowski scored 18 points, Erin Brown scored 13, and Carlee Cassidy scored 11. rebounding won the game for them. they outrebounded Rider 56-40 largely in part to Colabella’s 20. 12 defensive and 8 offensive. Her performance made her a selection to the all-tournament team. One great thing about the three scheduled tournament this non-conference season is the team is getting a lot of experience playing in something similar to the conference tournament which is what matters. they are now 8-5 going into conference play
to my loyal fans who check out my site for not posting the women’s results or a men’s preview…I’ll get the womens results…no point in doing a men’s preview since then already played, I’ve been taking care of some stuff lately.
Chauncey Gilliam is a star in the making for the men’s basketball team. He was a huge reason for that upset over Nebraska with 21 points and 8 rebounds. But the guy is just a freshman. To do that is simply amazing when you’re a freshman in the America East going up against a big 12 team. That performance may have just put Gilliam in the starting lineup replacing Richard Flemming. All season Flemming has struggled with fouls and he has struggled all around his last two games. the move would make the most since, at least just to try and get a spark from Flemming. there is no denying he’s talented but you have to put your five best guys on the floor every night and right now Gilliam is one of the best. Gilliam would likely play shooting guard moving Darryl Proctor back to the power forward where he played last year and was a first team all-conference selection. It would also move Matt Spadafora back to shooting guard where he played last year at a higher level than he has been this season.
F- Meghan Colabella (8.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6bpg)
F- Erin Brown (7.8ppg, 5.1rpg, .475 FG%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (24.0ppg, 2.7rpg, .415 FG%)
G- Michelle Kurowski (15.8ppg, 4.8rpg, .451 FG%)
G- Michele Brokans (1.3rpg, 3.4apg, 2.4 Assist-Turnover Ratio)
G- Katie Brooks (10.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg)
C- Stephanie Wisniewski (5.1ppg, 2.6rpg, .500 FG%)
F- Shaunice Parker (10.3ppg, 7.9rpg, .439 FG%)
G- Amanda Sepulveda (10.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg)
G- Danielle Costantino (2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, .368 FG%)
G- Tammy Meyers (14.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.1apg)
F- Ashley Anderson (5.9ppg, 4.9rpg, .449 FG%)
UMBC wants to do anything to break a three game slide going into the new year and conference play. But Rider may be 2-8 but they have played top competition and will be more than ready to take on UMBC. It should be interesting to see if what Carlee Cassidy does because great players can single handedly break their teams out of slumps.
Four players scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough in an 83-62 loss. Erin brown lead the team with 15 points followed by Carlee Cassidy with 14 and Meghan Colabella and Michelle Kurowski with 10 each. The problem was rebounding. UMBC was out rebounded 58-37. It also did not help that they shot just 32.4% from the field, 25% from three and 66.7% from the line. Basicalyl ti was not a good night for UMBC and all of it lead to their third loss in a row to drop their record to 7-4 going into their final conference game tomorrow.
F- Meghan Colabella (7.9ppg, 6.6rpg, .418FG%)
F- Erin Brown (7.2ppg, 5.2rpg, .457FG%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (24.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (16.3ppg, 4.8rpg, .383 3pt%)
G- Michele Brokans (1.5ppg, 3.1apg, 2.7 Assist-to-turnover ratio)
G- Katie Brooks (11.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg)
Louisiana Tech (6-5):
F- Adrienne Johnson (13.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.5spg)
F- Shanavia Dowdell (17.4ppg, 9.5rpg, .543FG%, .429 3-pt%, 2.6bpg)
G- Tiawana Pringle (6.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1spg)
G- Whitney Jones (12/7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.2apg)
G- Jasmine Bendolph (3.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg)
G- Sidney Stewart (5.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg)
Louisiana Tech is an extremely good shooting team Dowdell is an exceptional player that can single handedly carrie her team. I used way more then the three stat categories just to show how good she is. But UMBC can’t be counted out. Cassidy is arguably the best scorer in school history ad has scored 30 points three times this season. Though we lost two straight, Stern will have his girls ready and they will want to turn it around before conference play starts.
There is no better way to come back from a very disappointing effort and a loss to American then by beating Big 12 Nebraska. UMBC became the first team in 31 non-conference opponents to come away with a win in Lincoln to break the eighth-longest streak in the nation in front of 8,293 fans.
Nebraska entered the game number 53 in RPI, and that win will definitely raise the conference RPI to likely give the conference champion a higher seed than UMBC received last year.
At one point in the first half, the retrievers built themselves a 20 point lead, and then went into the half up by sixteen. Nebraska battled back in the second half, but a block by Darryl Proctor with 1.2 seconds left sealed the win for UMBC.
After losing to American, Monroe called out Matt Spadafora, Justin Fry, and Richard Flemming and said that they all have to step up if they want to win and they cannot just sit and rely on Proctor and Jay Greene to win game. Spadafora certainly had himself a fine game with 11 points and three rounds, but he went five for five from the foul line including four in the final two minutes of the game along with a steal that made is a two possession game for the cornhuskers both times.
As for Fry, he got into foul trouble down the stretch along with the rest of the team, only Proctor ended the game with less then three fouls, but a dunk three minutes in really set the tone of the game.
Proctor and Greene did both lead the team. Proctor scored 15 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and Greene was an assist away from a double-double with 13 points and nine assists, but the star of the game was the freshman phenom, Chauncey Gilliam. He lead all scored with 21 points with eight rebounds. Coming into the game Gilliam lead all American East players in field goal percentage and sunk 82% of his shots in the game to raise his percentage to .647.
Gilliam’s performance in the game highlighting a remarkable season so far may just put him into the starting lineup in place of Richard Flemming who has struggled all season with fouls. Because of four fouls early in the second half he only played 13 minutes and did not score a point in that time. If that move is made that would move Proctor to power forward and Spadafora to shooting forward where they played last year and Gilliam would take over the two-guard spot.
With the win the players will have something to celebrate over their Christmas break before they come back to practice on Sunday to prepare for their final non-conference opponent, St. Louis.
C- Justin Fry (8.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg)
F- Richard Flemming (9.0ppg, 4.8rpg, .476 FG%)
F- Darryl Proctor (17.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4spg)
G- Matt Spadafora (8.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg)
G- Jay Greene (13.2ppg, 6.7apg, 4.0rpg)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, .614 FG%)
F- Chris Balham (1.0ppg, 0.8rpg, .429 FG%)
G- Steve Harley (13.6 ppg, 2.1apg, .479 FG%)
G- Sek Henry (8.0ppg, 3.7rpg, .574 FG%)
G- Ade Dagunduro (8.3 ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1spg)
G- Ryan Anderson (5.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg)
G- Paul Velander (8.8ppg, 1.7rpg, .480 FG%)
While I don’t think we’ll win this game I’m not going to rule anything out, mostly because Nebraska is no where near as good as their 7-2 record shows. But After the American game Monroe called out Matt Spadafora, Richard Flemming, and Justin Fry and said that they all need to step up if they want to beat a good team. We will see what happens but We still have Darryl Proctor who plaed phenomenal against Georgetown last year and put 13 up on Pittsburgh this year, and Jay Green who is just outright a good point guard. We’re working the bench a little more which should help but if UMBC wants to beat Nebraska who is a Big 12 team, more than just those do have to get it done, and more than just one of the three that Monroe called out have to step up.
It wasn’t a good week for UMBC with three loses and no wins, but I will say that the depth on the men’s basketball team isn’t as bad as I thought early on. We were running just six guys and I was afraid that if we ever got in a situation where we had to play an unproven guy, we would be done, but everybody played against American. I was most worried about the forwards because forwards tire faster and we only were playing three. Well Jake Wasco played very good for a freshman making just his second appearance for more than a minute of game time. He played 17 minutes, got up and down the floor well, moved his feet, and played solid defense. We all know what we have in Chauncey Gilliam, but he’s getting better and better. But Bakari Smith was the man that I wanted to see. He did not score or do anything special in his four minutes of game time, but he played hard and played good defense. Finally, Brett Burrier only played a minute, but that kid is athletic, and not bad for a walk-on. I’m not sure why Monroe started to use they, because it wasn’t at a point where he saw a loss yet when he started using them. I guess having three players leave the team because they aren’t playing to cut your bench to four kind of scared him, but either way, I was happy with what I saw.