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RETRIEVERS TRAVEL TO BINGHAMTON FOR AE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ROAD GAME ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Retrievers women’s basketball team travels to play the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday night a West Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers trailed conference leader Maine by four points with just under 10 minutes to play as America East Rookie of the Week Courtney Doughman drained a trey on the Black Bears. Unfortunately for the Retrievers, the Black Bears responded by scoring 19 of the games final 27 points to take a 60-45 win over the Retrievers. Doughman scored a career and game-high against the Black Bears, tallying 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 5-of-6 from three-point range. Maria Brown and Sharri Rohde chipped in seven points each in the loss. The Retrievers shot 58.3 percent from behind the arc and 40.9 percent from the field in the first half only to go cold from the field shooting 26.9 percent from the floor and 14.3 percent from three in the second half.
BEARCAT UPDATE: The Binghamton Bearcats are currently on a five-game win streak and have equaled their win total from last season. Binghamton defeated Stony Brook 54-45 last week and Northeastern 44-29. Against the Seawolves Rachel Laws netted 15 points and Leala Wegwerth recorded a double-double on 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Bearcats, who have won eight of their last 11 regular season games dating back to last season, has been tough down the stretch of games as of late, holding the Seawolves to 22 points and Northeastern to a mere 15 points in the second half in their previous two games. The Bearcats are led by Laws with 14.2 points per game.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers return home to host Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in UMBC RAC Arena.
All-time Series vs. Binghamton: This will be the first meeting between UMBC and the Bearcats. Prior to UMBC’s inception into the America East the Retrievers had only played two current conference schools in Boston U. and Hartford.
Doughman Named AE Rookie Of The Week...Freshman Courtney Doughman was named by the America East as Wilson Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 25. Doughman had an outstanding week averaging 14.0 points per game en route to picking up the conference's weekly honors and becoming the first ever UMBC women's basketball player to earn a conference weekly award. Doughman, who came off the bench as a reserve in both games on the week, scored a career-high 17 points against conference leader Maine. Doughman hit 6-of-9 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range in 24 minutes of work. On the week the 5-8 guard shot 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the floor and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from three-point range.
Retrievers Look To Play Spoilers In Binghamton’s West Gymnasium Finale...The Retrievers will look to play the spoiler role as the Bearcats play their final game in West Gymnasium on Wednesday night. The Bearcats are moving to the Binghamton Events Center and open that venue with Maine on Feb. 7.
From Down Town…The Retrievers in the latest NCAA statistics (games as of Jan. 19) rank 13th in the country in three-point field goals per game with an average of 7.2. The Retrievers have been hot from behind the arc in their last three games, shooting 47.7 percent from three-point range. The Retrievers are 31-of-65 on three-point attempts during the last three games, including their game against Northeastern where the Retrievers knocked down 14 treys, five of them from Heather Luttrell. Anastasia Goncharova has the Retrievers’ most three-point buckets with 34 on the year. As a team the Retrievers are shooting 33.0 percent from three-point range.
Retrievers Shoot To The Top Of Record Charts...The Retrievers produced stellar numbers against Northeastern last week as they set a number of new team single-game marks. The Retrievers 14 three-point baskets made against Northeastern ties for second in the America East record books and is a UMBC record. In addition, the Retrievers set school records for field goal percentage at 67.4 percent (31-of-46) and three-point field goal percentage at 63.6 (14-of-22).
Out Of The Box...The Retrievers, who have had trouble getting out of the box and not shot better than 50 percent from the floor in a half, jumped out on Northeastern by going 9-of-9 from the field to start the game. The Retrievers in the half shot 70.0 percent on 14-of-20. The Retrievers in the second half shot 65.4 percent to set a new school single-game mark of 67.4 percent. The Retrievers were also hot from outside the arc, shooting 88.9 percent on 8-of-9 from three-point land in the first half.
Freshman Luttrell Breaks Single-Game Mark, Streak Ends At Six Consecutive...Retriever freshman Heather Luttrell broke UMBC’s single-game mark for three-point percentage by going 5-of-5 from behind the arc against Northeastern. Luttrell continued her streak into the next game against New Hampshire making her first trey before her streak was broken with a missed three-point attempt in the remaining seconds of the first stanza. Luttrell scored a career-high 15 points in the game against NU. Luttrell started off the game going 3-of-3 in the first half and tacked on two more in the second. Luttrell was 5-of-7 from the field on the day and also had four assists and three steals. Against NHU, Luttrell was just 1-of-2 from the field with three points.
All Five Starters Hit Double Digits...Five Retrievers scored double-digits against Northeastern as four players on the team recorded career-highs in the game. Maria Brown led the team with 19 points, followed by Anastasia Goncharova with 16, Heather Luttrell with 15, and Tyecia Powell and Sharri Rohde with 11 each. Brown, Luttrell, Powell and Erin Voss all had career-high nights in the scoring column. The Retrievers scored 78 points in the game a team-high this season the highest total since tallying 82 in a triple overtime game against Robert Morris last year. The last time the Retrievers scored 78 or more points in a regulation game was against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 24, 2001 when the Retrievers won 79-67.
Lending A Helping Hand...Maria Brown and Sharri Rohde have been dishing out the goods to their teammates as of late. Since entering conference play, Rohde has been averaging 3.33 apg and Brown 2.83. Rohde ranks sixth in the AE charts for conference assists while Brown ranks ninth and teammate Erin Voss 10th. Brown had a career-high night with six assists in the Northeastern game while Rohde in that same game handed out five helpers. Brown leads the team with 28 assists on the year.
Retrievers Scoring On The Rise...After averaging 39.4 ppg in the first seven contests, the Retrievers’ scoring has started to rise averaging 54.2 points per game since starting conference play. UMBC had their best output of the season against Northeastern with 78 points.
Rookies Coming To Play…The freshman class this season has put together solid numbers for the Retrievers in their debut, averaging 35.8 percent of the Retrievers’ total scoring. Sharri Rohde, who leads the team in rebounding average at 5.8 rpg, is averaging a team fourth best 6.8 ppg, including a 17-point night against Loyola. Heather Luttrell posted a career-high 15 points against Northeastern going 5-of-5 from three-point range and Courtney Doughman had a career-high night with 17 points off the bench with five treys against Maine. Brittnie Hughes, after opening the season with an injury, saw her first action against Radford and netted her first collegiate points against Loyola with four points.
Santos Cashing In At Charity Stripe...Mariana Santos has been spectacular at the free throw line this season, hitting 27-of-28 attempts for a 96.4 free throw percentage. Against Hartford, Santos was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line as she scored 16 points off the bench for the Retrievers. Santos is 9-of-9 from the free throw line in conference games.
Getting The Nod…Head Coach Phil Stern has started freshman Sharri Rohde in all of the team’s games thus far, making her and teammate Maria Brown the only two to start every game. Fellow freshman Heather Luttrell broke into the starting lineup for the first time at UNC and against Maryland Courtney Doughman got the start as three rookies opened the game on the floor for UMBC.
Hitting The Airwaves…UMBC will be featured on the airwaves a couple times this season. The Retrievers made a TV appearance on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they played Hartford at 12 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet. WJFK-AM, THE JOCK will broadcast the first end of a men and women's doubleheader on Wed., Feb. 4 as veteran broadcasters Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier will handle the play-by-play and analyst duties respectively. The Retrievers’ women's hoops team can also be caught on Teamline on six different occasions. Teamline can be accessed through the basketball home page and is a free service provided by UMBC Athletics.
Stern Carries Color Commentary...Head coach Phil Stern carried the color commentary at the UMBC men’s basketball game against Princeton University back on Dec. 2 at UMBC RAC Arena. Stern joined play-by-play man Gary Stein on the airwaves. Stern is a master of the famed Princeton-style offense and gave substantial in depth insight into the system of play during WJFK’s broadcast.
Keep Me In Coach...Head coach Phil Stern has stuck with some of his players for all 40 minutes on a number of occasions including keeping three players in the entire game against Northeastern. Sharri Rohde, Anastasia Goncharova and Maria Brown all played 40 minutes as the Retrievers set a new record for single-game field goal percentage against the Huskies. Brown logged a second 40-minute game in the Retrievers next outing against New Hampshire.
Retrievers In The America East Charts...At the start of the week, freshman Sharri Rohde’s rebounding has her listed in conference charts, ranking 10th in defensive rebounds with 4.53 per game and 16th in overall rebounding at 5.5 per game. Anastasia Goncharova ranks fourth in three-point percentage at .298 and third in three-point field goals made at 2.27 per game. Goncharova also ranks 17th in scoring at 10.5 ppg.
Brown Snags Career-High...Sophomore guard Maria Brown stole a career-high six balls versus American earlier this season. Brown’s six steals were a part of her big defensive effort as she rejected two shots as well. Brown has six blocks on the season and leads the team with 16 steals.
No Charity Allowed...In the latest NCAA statistics release (games thru Jan. 19), UMBC ranked second in the country in fouls per game at 12.6. UMBC finished fifth in the nation last year in fouls per game at 13.5.
Phil Stern Era Moves Into Second Season…Head coach Phil Stern has begun the second season in his tenure at the helm of the Retriever women's hoops program. Stern in his first season took the Retrievers to the conference title game for the first-time ever and posted a 14-16 record. Stern, known to revitalize struggling programs, continues to build for the future, bringing in six newcomers this year and signing three to National Letters of Intent for the 2004-05 campaign.
Retrievers New Beast In The America East…The Retrievers will make their first appearance in the America East this season as UMBC moves into the conference with all its 20-intercollegiate sports. Prior to this year, UMBC spent five seasons in the Northeast Conference and six in the Big South Conference. At the end of last season, the America East had a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 23 compared to 31 held by the NEC (second lowest). The America East’s current RPI for this season is 16 in the country.
Starting From Scratch…With the departure of all-five starters from last year's squad, Phil Stern will be looking for players to step up into the starting role this year. Out of the six returning players, the Retrievers have a total of 26 starts combined prior to the start of the 2003-04 campaign, an average of 4.33 starts per player. Matea Pender returns with the most total starts after earning the nod in 18 games her freshman year in 2001-02 before sitting out last season with a knee injury. Anastasia Goncharova has the most starts under head coach Phil Stern with four last year in 27 games played.
Going Global…The Retrievers' 10-player roster contains three international players. The team's lone senior Mariana Santos is from Brazil while sophomore Matea Pender is a native of Croatia and junior Anastasia Goncharova is from Russia. In addition to players from the around the world, the majority of UMBC's squad is from outside the state lines. Maria Brown (Frederick, Md.) and Tyecia Powell (Baltimore, Md.) are the Retrievers' women's hoops only Maryland natives.
UMBC Picked 10th in Preseason Conference Poll…UMBC was picked to finish in last place in the preseason conference polled release by the America East Conference. Maine was a unanimous pick for the top spot receiving nine first place votes. Boston University was selected second followed by Vermont. UMBC, who is entering their first season in the AEC, did not place anyone on the preseason all-conference team.
Retrievers Ink Three For 2004-05…UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend UMBC for the 2004-05 academic year. The list includes Indiana natives Kristin Drabyn (Avon, Ind./Avon) and Jennifer Ferguson (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) along with local talent Morgan Hatten (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill).