Women's Basketball, 2007
In 2007, UMBC Athletics reached a major milestone when the women's basketball team won the America East Conference basketball championship and earned a spot in the NCAA Division I Basketball championship series. Seeded seventh in AEC, the Retrievers defeated the first seed Hartford Hawks (University of Hartford) 48-46 in front of UMBC students, fans, the Pep Band, Cheerleading Team, and the Dance Squad, who all made the trip to Binghamton, NY to support their team. Their victory was also the first time that a seventh seeded team had won the AEC championship game. UMBC was seeded 16th and faced first seed Connecticut in the NCAA championship, losing 82-33.
The men's basketball team followed the women's success in 2008 with their own championship victory to the NCAA Division I series. The Retrievers were defeated in the first round by Georgetown, 66-47.