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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON RECAP
The UMBC women’s basketball team closed out their first year in the America East Conference and their second year under head coach Phil Stern with a number of notable highlights including setting some team single-game records and a couple of conference single-season records. The Retrievers, who entered this past season with no returning starters and one senior on the squad, also found some growth in their youth as a sophomore and two freshmen finished as three of the Retrievers top four in scoring average. Over the course of the season the Retrievers took on three NCAA Tournament bound teams and finished with a 4-24 record, 4-14 in the conference.
Retrievers Set AE Single-Season Three-Point Field Goals Mark In Opening Season...The Retrievers in their first year in the America East Conference became the new single-season leader for made three-point baskets in a season. The Retrievers connected on 194 three-point baskets on the year as Anastasia Goncharova hit 70 of those made treys to lead UMBC. The Retrievers broke the old record of 188 set by Vermont in 1999-2000.
Retrievers Become AE Single-Season Three-Point Field Goals Attempted Leader...UMBC with 17 attempts against Vermont eclipsed the America East single-season record for three-point field goals attempted, set by New Hampshire in 2001-02 with 526 attempts. The Retrievers entered their game on Mar. 2 against Vermont with 525 attempts on the season and took 17 shots from outside the arc to set the new mark. The Retrievers finished the year 578 three-point field goal attempts.
Retrievers Break Single-Game Marks From Outside The Arc...The Retrievers produced stellar numbers in the first meeting with Northeastern 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).
Freshman Luttrell Surpasses Single-Game Mark, Streak Ends At Six Consecutive Treys...Retriever freshman Heather Luttrell broke UMBC’s single-game mark for three-point percentage by going 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the first meeting with 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.
Retrievers Leave Paw Prints In Conference Stats Lists...A number of Retrievers finished the 2003-04 season among the conference leaders in various categories. Leading the way was Anastasia Goncharova who finished as the top Retriever in overall scoring. Goncharova ranked 16th in scoring with 10.4 ppg. She also ranked second overall in three point field goals made (2.50) and third in three-point percentage (.329). In conference games Goncharova ranked first in three-point field goals made with 2.89 per game, second in three-point percentage at .374 and 14th in scoring with 11.4 ppg. Sophomore Maria Brown led the Retrievers in conference game only in the scoring column. She finished the year at 11.7 ppg for 11th in the AE charts. Brown also ranked eighth in assists with 3.00 per game. Brown in overall games was 10th in assists at 2.75. Freshman Sharri Rohde made her mark in her rookie debut, finishing all games ranked 20th in rebounding at 4.9 per game and ninth in conference games in assists at 2.83 helpers per game.
Retrievers Rank In Top-Two In All-Three AE Conference Games Shooting Charts…The Retrievers hit their stride putting the ball in the hoop once the conference season began, finishing the year ranking in AE conference games only in the top-two for the three shooting categories (field goal %, 3-pt field goal %, free throw %). As a team the Retrievers led the conference in league games in field goal percentage, finishing first after shooting 43.9 percent from the field. The Retrievers ranked second in league games in three-point field goal percentage (37.9 percent) and free throw percentage (78.1 percent).
UMBC In NCAA Stats (Games as of 3-15)…The Retrievers for the second consecutive year ranked in the top-5 in the nation in fouls per game at the end of the year, this year ranking second with 13.5 fouls per contest. UMBC also as a team ranked high in three-point field goals made, averaging 6.9 per game and ranking 21st in the country. Individually Anastasia Goncharova finished the year ranking 30th in three-point field goal made per game, hitting an average of 2.5 treys per game.
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 in the America East Conference. Doughman, who came off the bench as a reserve in both games on the week, scored a then 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.
Brown Paves The Way To Retriever Victories…In games won by the Retrievers this year Maria Brown has been outstanding, averaging 36. 2 minutes per game and scoring 14.0 ppg. Brown shot 69.2 percent from the field in the Retriever wins, including 66.7 percent from three-point range. Brown was also perfect from the charity stripe, knocking down 14-of-14 free throws. Brown averaged 5.3 rpg and 3.25 apg. Brown led the charge in one the Retrievers’ top wins of the year in a come-from-behind victory over New Hampshire as Brown in the final two minutes of the game and the Retrievers trailing by four spotted up outside the three-point line, draining the basket to pull the Retrievers within one, 47-46. After making a stop on the defensive end Brown hit a jumper from just inside the arc to give the Retrievers the lead, 48-47 with 12 seconds remaining as the Retrievers held off a potential game-winning shot to claim the victory. Brown had a game-high 16 points on 4-of-4 from three-point range and 6-of-8 from the field.
Freshmen Paint Picture Of Bright Future…The freshman class this season provided a glimpse of coming years as a number of individuals in this past season’s rookie class saw a number of minutes on the hard wood. Freshman Sharri Rohde highlighted the Retriever freshman class as the rookie forward was just one of two players to start in every game on the season, the other being sophomore point guard Maria Brown. Rohde averaged third on the team in scoring at 7.0 ppg and led the team on the boards with 4.9 rpg. Rohde hit a career-high 17 points against Loyola and recorded double digits in three of the Retrievers’ final four games of the season. Classmates Courtney Doughman, Heather Luttrell and Brittnie Hughes also excelled on the season for the Retrievers. Doughman earned the starting nod for the first time against the University of Maryland and took over as a regular starter midway through the conference season. Doughman finished the year starting 14 games, playing in 27 and averaged 6.3 ppg including a 22-point showing against Albany. Luttrell hit double-digits in the season opener and netted 15 against Northeastern, going 5-of-5 from 3-pt range. Luttrell averaged 2.4 ppg and started nine games while playing in 27. Hughes was slowed by an ankle injury to start the year but came in strong towards the end, up her playing time and recording minutes in five of the team’s final six games of the season. Hughes averaged 1.3 ppg through 11 games played. The Retriever freshman averaged 33.5 percent of UMBC’s total scoring.