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RETRIEVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FACES CONFERENCE LEADER MAINE IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
Anastasia Goncharova and the Retrievers face conference leader Maine on Saturday night.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to take the lead at 40-39 over
BLACK BEAR UPDATE:
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers travel the
All-time Series vs.
Last Meeting: Jan. 26, 2005 (
First Meeting: Jan. 24, 2004 (
UMBC’s last win: NA
* UMBC has yet to ink a win against the Black Bears and makes their first trip to
* The match-up takes on different meaning for the Black Bears as
Conference Championship Picture Coming Into Focus
* With one remaining game left in the America East Regular season the America East Conference championship bracket is beginning to take shape with four spots known. The top-three seeds are locked into position with Maine No. 1, Harford No. 2 and New Hampshire No. 3. UMBC will play in the opening round game against the No. 7 seed next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Possible Retriever opponents include
Freshman Robinson Emerging Over Last Four
* Freshman Amanda Robinson has been emerging over the last four games as the 6’2” center has come off the bench to average 10.0 ppg, including a career-high 20 points against
UMBC Takes On Top-Three In Conference Down The Stretch
* The way the league is panning out this year UMBC has drawn the short straw heading into the final three games of the season with having to play the top-three teams in the conference standings. UMBC has faced
Rohde Emerging As Defensive Specialist
* Sophomore Sharri Rohde, who normally garners the task of guarding the opponent’s top player, has emerged as a defensive force. Rohde entering the week ranked in overall America East statistics in 7th place in steals at 1.76 spg and 5th in block shots at 1.04 bpg. In America East Conference games Rohde is third in steals at 1.81 spg and ranks 6th in blocks at 1.06 bpg. Last week Rohde recorded six blocks including tying a career-high with four against
Pender Ranks Fourth In Nation Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Chart
* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Feb. 28, 2005, dropped to fourth in three-point percentage. Pender led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for five straight weeks and enters this week shooting 48.4 percent from the field at 60-of-124.
40 Minute Nights
* In 13 of UMBC’s 17 conference games at least one player has played 40 minutes. Sharri Rohde leads UMBC with seven 40-minute nights on the season while Matea Pender and Brittnie Hughes have logged all the minutes on five occasions this season. Rohde has played all 40 minutes 11 times in her career.
* UMBC has had trouble after falling behind this year showing their need to get ahead early on. UMBC when trailing at halftime is 1-13 this year and are 0-12 when trailing with 10 minutes left in the game. The Retrievers are 7-3 when leading with five minutes left in the game and 6-4 when leading at halftime, showing the ability to sustain leads once ahead.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Goncharova’s Career-Day Against UNH
* 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.
Double-Double...Mate Pender tallied her fourth double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds against
Opponent Points Rebounds
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 8-9 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 19.0 ppg, shooting 52.9 percent from the field (55-of-99) and 65.9 percent from three-point range (29-of-44). Pender has seven 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 six 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 (93 assists) and Sharri Rohde (88 assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 15.0 assists per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts.
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
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
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
Drabyn Out For Season...Freshman Kristin Drabyn suffered a broken finger and has been sidelined the rest of the 2004-05 season.
Senior Tyecia Powell Out For Remainder Of Season...Senior Tyecia Powell suffered a season ending knee injury at
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 (