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UMBC SET TO HOST RETRIEVER TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY CLOSE CALL AMERICA ON SATURDAY
Matea Pender and the Retrievers open action on Saturday at 3 p.m.
UMBC women's basketball will begin the 2005-06 season when they host Morgan State on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in the third annual Retriever Tip-Off Tournament presented by Close Call America. Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson will play in the first game slated to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can listen to the action on WLG-1370 AM or by clicking on the audio link on www.umbcretrievers.com. Fans can also follow the action with live stats via the Retrievers' website.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC enters the 2005-06 with a lot of optimism on the season having returned five starters and eight players with starting experience. Head coach Phil Stern, entering his fourth year at the Retriever helm, will have an upperclassman dominated team for the first time since entering the America East Conference. The Retrievers are led by Matea Pender, who averaged 13.3 ppg last year and shot 48.8 percent outside the arc, the third best percentage in the nation. Brittnie Huges returns at the point guard spot after leading UMBC in assists last years as the Retrievers finished as the top assisters in the America East. Sharri Rohde has a streak of 56 consecutive starts and ranked in the America East charts in points per game, assists, steals, blocks and assist/turnover ratio.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC will face either
RETRIEVER TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY CLOSE CALL
Scouting Morgan State...First-year head coach Donald Beasley and Morgan State were picked to finish 11th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll. Last year the Lady Bears finished last (11th-place) in the conference with a 4-23 overall record and 2-16 league mark. The Lady Bears, who defeated Bethune-Cookman twice last season for their lone conference wins return eight letterwinners, including two starters in junior guard Whitney Johnson (9.2 points, which ranked 19th in the MEAC, 2.5 rebounds) and sophomore center Britney Griffin (4.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Also returning for
Scouting Fairleigh Dickinson...FDU lost three starters from a squad that went 2-25 last year and 1-17 in the
Retriever Quick Shots
- UMBC returns eight letterwinners and has added four freshmen and a junior college transfer to the 2005-06 squad.
- UMBC returns all five starters from the 2004-05 season and all eight returnees have starting experience.
- Senior Matea Pender ranked third in the nation at the end of last year with a 48.8 percent three-point field goal percentage.
- Matea Pender was named to the
- Matea Pender posted the third largest points per game increase last season in Division I with an 11.8 ppg increase. Pender averaged 1.5 ppg in 2003-04 and 13.3 ppg in 2004-05.
- Junior Sharri Rohde enters the season with 56 consecutive starts and has not missed a start in her entire collegiate career, starting all 28 games as a freshman and sophomore.
- UMBC topped the league in assists last season, averaging a conference best 15.0 assists per game. Brittnie Hughes led the Retrievers with 3.54 apg, fifth best in the conference. Sharri Rohde ranked second on the team with 3.32 apg, sixth best in the league.
- UMBC tallied seven games with 20-plus assists including a 23 assists night against Lafayette, four off the Retrievers' all-time single-game team mark of 27.
- UMBC sophomore Amanda Robinson emerged over the final three games of last season, averaging 19.5 ppg in the final week of the regular season and being named co-rookie of the week by the America East. In the season finale Robinson scored 12 points for her third consecutive game with double-figures.
- In 14 out of the final 18 games last season, at least one player on the Retriever squad played all-40 minutes. Sharri Rohde leads UMBC with 11 40-minute nights in her career while Brittnie Hughes has logged all the minutes on the court on seven occasions.
News and Notes...
UMBC Hosts Tournament For Third Consecutive Season...UMBC will open the season with its own home tournament for the third consecutive year. The Retriever Tip-Off Tournament presented by Close Call
For Starters...UMBC is looking for a season opening win for the first time since the 2002-03 season at
Pender’s Lead...Last season in UMBC’s eight wins Matea Pender average 19.0 ppg, shooting 52.9 percent from the field (55-of-99) and 65.9 percent from three-point range (29-of-44). In four of the eight games Pender scored 20 or more points.
Former NEC Foes Possible Opponents...Two of UMBC’s former foes in the Northeast Conference could reacquaint themselves with the Retrievers this season. Fairleigh Dickinson and Robert Morris are in opposite brackets for both tournaments UMBC will be playing in this season. FDU will take on
UMBC Adds Two Non-Conference Games In 2005-06...With Northeastern having moved to the Colonial Athletic Conference, UMBC will play two less conference games and added two non-conference games to the 2005-06 schedule. UMBC will play 16 conference games, eight home and eight away, and face 11 non-conference opponents, leading up to the America East Tournament.
America East Tournament Returns To
International Students...UMBC has developed a reputation for having international students on its roster, including two in 2005-06. UMBC has graduated two international students the last two years and will graduate senior Matea Pender at the conclusion of the upcoming season.
Hitting the Airwaves...UMBC will hit the airwaves with six games broadcasted live on WLG-1370 AM, all home games and some away games via www.umbcretrievers.com and a televised game against Vermont on Feb. 12 at RAC Arena. All WLG broadcast games will also run live via the website for fans outside the broadcasting network. UMBC will also broadcast live stats via the web for all home games at RAC Arena.
Retrievers Picked Ninth In Preseason Conference Poll...The UMBC women’s basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the America East Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
UMBC Inks Two for 2006-07...UMBC head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern announced the signings of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend UMBC for the 2006-07 academic year. Carlee Cassidy (