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UMBC HOLDS BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY
Phil Stern and the women's basketball team open play on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in RAC Arena.
UMBC held its basketball media day on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in conjunction with the America East Conference call. The America East Conference announced the preseason coachesí poll for both the men and women, with UMBC menís team selected to finish eighth in the league and the Retriever womenís team picked to finish ninth. Click inside the full story for full coverage and read comments from Retriever menís head coach Randy Monroe and womenís head coach Phil Stern.
The menís basketball team lost two key seniors in steady guard Rob Gogerty, and rugged post man Andrew Feeley following last season. Coach Monroe, however, wasted no time in reshaping his roster. Eight of the 14 players on the 2005-06 roster are new to the program. In addition, the Retrievers return sophomore Brian Hodges (9.2 ppg), senior John Zito (6.7 ppg 3.9 rpg) and junior Chris Pugh (3.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg) for the 2005-06 campaign.
On the womenís side, Coach Stern is excited about the depth and experience his team possesses. For the first time in the America East Conference the womenís basketball team will be upperclassman dominated and have depth at the post position. UMBC returns fifth-year senior Matea Pender (13.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) to lead the offense along with Brittnie Hughes (9.0 ppg, 3.53 apg) and Sharri Rohde (8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
The UMBC menís team opens play on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at UMBC RAC Arena while the womenís team will open at home on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in the UMBC Tip-Off Tournament presented by Close Call