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UMBC WOMEN’S HOOPS LOOKS TO CHANGE FORTUNES IN SECOND HALF OF CONFERENCE SEASON WITH STONY BROOK SATURDAY NIGHT
Matea Pender scored 30 points against Stony Brook on Jan. 5.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers will look to turn their fortunes around as they head in to the second half of conference play. At the midway point, the Retrievers are in a three-way tie for eighth place at 2-7. UMBC suffered their worst scoring output in their D-I era in a 55-27 defeat to
STONY BROOK UPDATE: Stony Brook enters the game at 2-7 in the conference with wins over the other two 2-7 teams, UMBC and Northeastern. The Seawolves are fueled by Mykeema Ford’s 17.2 ppg, second in the conference. Teammate Jessica Smith ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 14.8 ppg as the duo accounts for 45.5 percent of SBU’s total scoring.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers travel to
All-time Series vs. Stony Brook: Meeting No. 4
Last Meeting: Jan. 5, 2005 (Stony Brook 68, UMBC 66)
First Meeting: Jan. 7, 2004 (Stony Brook 53, UMBC 49)
UMBC’s last win: NA
Streak: Stony Brook has won three in a row
Series Record: Stony Brook leads the series 3-0
Against Stony Brook
* Stony Brook holds a 3-0 advantage over UMBC in the all-time series, sweeping both of last year’s meetings and winning the league opener on Jan. 5, 68-66. In the three games, the Seawolves have defeated UMBC by a mere 5.3 ppg, the closest a two-point loss earlier this year and the largest margin a 10-point defeat last year at Stony Brook.
* Stony Brook enters the game with one of the leading point scoring duos in the conference in Mykeema Ford (17.2 ppg) and Jessica Smith (14.8 ppg). The Retrievers feature Matea Pender, 14.1 ppg, who entered the week leading the nation in three-point field goal percentage. Stony Brook’s offense ranks second in the conference at 66.1 ppg while UMBC’s scoring defense is second, allowing 56.7 ppg.
* UMBC has had trouble after falling behind this year showing their need to get ahead early on. UMBC when trailing at halftime is 1-8 this year and are 0-8 when trailing with 10 minutes left in the game. The Retrievers are 6-3 when leading with 10 and five minutes left in the game and 5-2 when leading at halftime, showing the ability to sustain leads once ahead.
Pender Top Three-Point Shooter In Nation For Fourth Week In A Row
* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Jan. 31, 2005, leads the nation in three-point percentage at 53.9 percent. It is the fourth week in a row this season that Pender has led the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage. Pender heading into the week has made 41-of-76 from three-point land. In games won this year Matea has converted 24 of her 41 total three-pointers on the year.
Retrievers Held Scoreless From Outside The Arc
* UMBC, after coming off a sensational 13 three-point field goal effort, including their first 24 points all came from trifectas, was held scoreless from outside the arc against
* Anastasia Goncharova recorded career numbers against
-Nine three-point baskets ties conference mark for treys in a game.
-Nine three-point baskets is one off the UMBC record for three-pointers in a game. Jami Lange holds the UMBC record of 10 set on Feb. 22, 1999 against
-Nine Three-point field goals in the most treys connected in the least amount of attempts (10).
-33 points scored is most by a UMBC women’s basketball player off the bench.
-33 points scored is the sixth most points scored in a game in Retriever women’s basketball program history.
Retriever’s Double-Digit Assists Mark Ends at 17-Games
* The Retrievers held a 17-game streak of recording double-digit assists heading into
Retrievers One Free Throw Attempt Is Lowest In Program’s History
* UMBC against
* In UMBC’s seven wins this season Matea Pender is averaging 19.1 ppg, shooting 53.5 percent from the field (46-of-86) and 64.9 percent from three-point range (24-of-37). In four of those six games Pender has scored 20 or more points. In games lost Pender is averaging 10.8 ppg.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Pender Holds Top Slot on NCAA Charts...Matea Pender held her top slot on the NCAA national statistics chart for three-point field goal percentage (53.9 percent) as of games thru Jan. 31, 2005. Pender also ranks 35th in treys per game at 2.4. Pender has led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for four weeks straight.
Retrievers Capture 200th D-I Win...The UMBC Women’s Basketball program won their 200th game during their 19-year Division-I history. The Retrievers last win over
Double-Double...Just two games after recording UMBC’s first double-double since Shalayna Johnson (1999-2003) scored 37 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac on Mar. 1, 2003, Matea Pender recorded her second one of the season against
Senior Tyecia Powell Out For Remainder Of Season...Senior Tyecia Powell suffered a season ending knee injury at
Retrievers Open Conference Home Slate With Win...UMBC won their first home conference game for the first time in six years with their win over BU, 59-51. UMBC’s last conference win in their home opener prior to last Wednesday night was a 62-54 victory over UNC Asheville in 1998, UMBC’s last year in the Big South Conference.
Pender and Goncharova join UMBC’s 30-point game club...Matea Pender and Anastasia Goncharova each have had a career games for UMBC this year. Pender at Stony Brook, scored a career-high 30 points against the Seawolves on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Pender’s 30-points rank tied for 12th on UMBC’s all-time single-game points scored chart. Goncharova against
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 7-5 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 19.1 ppg, shooting 53.5 percent (46-of-86) from the field and 64.9 percent (24-of-37) from three-point range. Pender has six 20-point plus 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 13 three-point baskets against
Retrievers Showing Unselfish Play…UMBC as a team recorded 20 assists or more in five 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. Brittnie Hughes (66 assists) and Sharri Rohde (58assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 15.44 assists per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts. UMBC ranks second in assist/turnover ratio in the AE charts at 0.94.
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’s made is 32 assists on 32 field goals set in 1986 by
Rookies Take A Seat...For the first time since the Retrievers’ NEC title game at the end of the 2002-03 season, a UMBC freshman did not record any playing time as UMBC against Stony Brook played all upper classmen the entire game. The game broke a span of 38 games where a freshman had recorded playing time.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Kasanová To Redshirt Freshman Year...UMBC prior to the season lost freshman Zuzana Kasanová to an ACL tear to her knee. Kasanová will red shirt this season and have all four years of eligibility at the start of the 2005-06 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 (