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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, TOWSON MEET FOR 40TH TIME ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Phil Stern and the Retrievers are looking for their sixth win in the last seven meetings against Towson.
Freshman Morgan Hatten has come off the bench to score nine points in each of the last two games.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from three-point range the previous two games, the Retriever’s offense sputtered against Drexel, shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 15.8 percent on three-point attempts as UMBC fell to the Dragons 67-53. The Retrievers received nine points from Brittnie Hughes and Morgan Hatten each while Anastasia Goncharova chipped in eight points and seven from freshman Amanda Robinson. Despite the setback the Retrievers still rank amongst the top shooting teams in the conference, ranking second in field goal percentage at 44.7 percent and third in three-point field goal percentage at 37.6 percent.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers dive into America East Conference play as they hit the road for two games to start the conference season next week. UMBC begins at Stony Brook on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
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UMBC’s last win: Nov. 23, 2002 (UMBC 55,
* UMBC has secured their first winning season in non-conference play since joining the East Coast Conference in 1990, four seasons after going Division-I. That year UMBC went 8-8 in non-conference action their best non-conference record until this year. UMBC will be going for a sixth win in their final non-conference game against Towson, marking the most non-league wins in a season since their eight wins in 1990-91. UMBC has recorded five wins just once since than, the 2002-03 season where the Retrievers reached the Northeast Conference title game.
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* UMBC with their 67-49 win over American reached five wins in their first seven games, the fastest in the program's Division-I history in reaching five wins topping 10 games in 1994-95 and 1990-91.
* UMBC is showing up in the NCAA Charts both individually and as a team. Matea Pender ranks second in three-point field goal percentage at 62.2 percent and 12th in three-point field goals per game at 2.9. UMBC as a team ranks in the top-15 in two categories: ranking seventh in three-point field goals per game at 7.8 and 11th in assists per game at 18.4.
* When UMBC hits at least seven three-point field goals in a game they are 5-0 this season.
* UMBC is proving defense wins games. The Retrievers rank second in the America East in scoring defense, allowing 55.0 ppg, third in scoring margin at + 7.1, fourth in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 39.4 percent shooting from the floor and second three-point field goal defense at 23.2 percent. UMBC also ranks second in turnover margin, + 2.88, third in steals, 9.00 spg and fourth in block shots at 3.12 bpg.
* The Retrievers shot 52.1 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from three-point range their previous two games before going 21-of-57 (36.8 percent) and 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from three-point range in their loss against Drexel.
* Matea Pender’s streak of six-consecutive double-digit performances was broken in the game as she finished 0-for-5 from the field with no points in the game. UMBC is 5-1 when Pender hits double-digits in scoring.
* The Retrievers entered the game allowing only three 30-point halves by their opponents out of 14 halves of basketball this season before Drexel dropped 33 first half points and 34 second half points.
* UMBC for the first time this season failed to get a player in double-digits. High scorers for the Retrievers were Brittnie Hughes and Morgan Hatten with nine points each.
NEWS AND NOTES:
UMBC Reaches Five Wins the Fastest in D-I Era…The Retrievers with their 67-49 win over American reached five wins the fastest in the Retrievers’ program Division-I history. UMBC had four wins in their first six games this season entering that contested and reached five in their first seven games with the win. The fastest UMBC had hit five wins prior to this season was in their 10th game of the 1994-95 and 1990-91 seasons. UMBC’s all-time fastest time was five wins in the first six games during the 1985-86 season.
Retrievers In Top-10 in Latest NCAA Statistics Release...UMBC ranked as a team in the top-10 in the NCAA statistic charts in three-point field goals per game. The NCAA updated national statistics are thru games as of Dec. 20, 2004. The Retrievers ranked seventh in three-point field goals per game as a team with a 7.8 average. Individually thru games of Dec. 20, Matea Pender ranked second in three-point field percentage (62.2 percent), 12th in three-point field goals per game (2.9) and 46th in field goal percentage (54.8 percent).
Starting Strong/Finishing Strong...UMBC is 4-1 this season when scoring the opening basket of the game and 5-1 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game, showing the ability to start strong and finish strong. In UMBC’s five wins this year they have tallied over 30-points in the second half while in their two of their three losses they have scored less than 25 points in the remaining 20-minutes. The Retrievers against American scored 48-second half points, including a 31-13 run over the final 10 minutes to break a 36-36 tie and seal the 67-49 win.
Defense Wins Games…UMBC and the America East Conference are proving defense wins games. UMBC is 3-0 this season when holding an opponent to below 40.0 from the field. The top-four teams in the conference standings,
Pender Named America East Co-Player of the Week For Second Time This Season...UMBC junior Matea Pender was named America East Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 12, 2004. Pender had a stellar week for the Retrievers dropping double-digits in three-consecutive games to up her streak to six-straight double-digit performances and scored her third and fourth 20-plus point performances of the year. Pender on the week shot 58.3 percent from the floor (21-of-36) and an outstanding 72.2 percent from three-point range (13-of-18). Against
Retrievers Go With Pender…UMBC is following the lead of junior Matea Pender as the Retrievers are 5-1 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 20.6 ppg, shooting 58.5 percent (38-of-65) from the field and 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from three-point range. Pender already has four 20-point performances, topping last season’s one 20-point performance the entire year. Courtney Doughman produced that performance with a 22-point effort against
Retrievers Dial Long Distance…UMBC's 11 three-point baskets against Lafayette and their 11 versus Morgan State was three treys off their school record of 14 set by the Retrievers last year at Northeastern. UMBC has hit double-digits in three-point field goals made on three occasions this season and is 5-0 when hitting at least seven treys.
Retrievers Showing Unselfish Play…UMBC as a team recorded 20 assists or more in four games this season, eclipsing their total amount of assists in any one game all of last year with 21 in each of the first two. Against Lafayette UMBC set a season-high 23 assists as a team. Leading the way is Brittnie Hughes with 35 assists on the season and Sharri Rohde with 26. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers average 18.4 assist per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts and 11th in the nation. UMBC ranks first in assist/turnover ratio in the AE charts at 1.12.
20 Field Goals Made/20 Assists...UMBC against Navy recorded an assist on all 20 of their field goals made for a 100.0 percent assist to field goal percentage. Brittnie Hughes led UMBC with seven assists in the game. The NCAA record for assist to field goal percentage is 32 assists on 32 field goals set in 1986 by
Retrievers Break Out The Offense…Shooting 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field, the UMBC Retriever scored 87 points against
Hughes Named to All-Tournament Team…Sophomore Brittnie Hughes was named to the UMBC Retriever Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament team after finishing the opening weekend with 9.0 ppg and 6.0 apg. Hughes also stole seven balls. Hughes set a career-high for points in a game in the first half against
Hitting The Airwaves…With the newly launched umbcretrievers.com, the majority of home games and a few road contests will be broadcast live on the internet through www.umbcretrievers.com. Play-by-Play announcer Troy Green will bring the action on all contests via the web. Umbcretrievers.com will also broadcast live stats for all men's and women's basketball home games. In addition UMBC will play a home televised contest as part of the America East Television package when UMBC hosts
RETRIEVERS ON AIR
Nov. 20 Coppin State 4:00
Nov. 21 Mount St. Mary’s 4:00
Dec. 7 Radford 7:00
Dec. 11 American 7:00
Dec. 18 Drexel 5:00
Dec. 28 at
Jan. 8 at
Jan 15 Northeastern 7:00
Feb. 5 Stony Brook 7:00
Metro TV NY/Fox Sports Net
All homes games and selected away contests.
Home Sweet Home...The Retrievers for the first time in their 36 seasons have 15 home games as UMBC welcomes six non-conference opponents and all-nine America East foes to RAC Arena in 2004-05. The Retrievers best home mark was a 10-0 record at RAC Arena in 1993-94. UMBC's career home record is 185-143.
Retrievers No Longer New Beast In The America East…The Retrievers are no longer the new kids on the block in the America East Conference as they open their second season in the mid-major conference. Despite a full season in league play the Retrievers still received no love from their conference foes, being picked to finish 10th in the league for the second consecutive year.
Going Global…The Retrievers' 13-player roster contains three international players.
Senior Anastasia Goncharova is from
Infirmary Report: UMBC prior to the season lost freshman Zuzana Kasanová to an ACL tear to her knee. Kasanová will red shirt this season.
Retrievers Ink Three For 2005-06…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 2005-06 academic year. The list includes Melissa Book (