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UMBC TO FACE FORMER FOE FDU IN TOURNAMENT TITLE GAME
Sharri Rohde and the Retrievers face Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday.
UMBC will begin the 2005-06 season when they host Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the third annual Retriever Tip-Off Tournament presented by Close Call
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC got off to a 1-0 start with a 72-50 win over
KNIGHTSí UPDATE: The Fairliegh Dickinson Knights defeated
Whoís Up Next: UMBC travels to
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
- Coach Phil Stern used 11 different players in the opener by the 10:23 mark in the first half. UMBC played all 13 available players in the game.
- UMBC tallied 24 assists in the game, one more assist the the teamís single-game best a year ago when the Retrievers tallied 23 assists against
- Amanda Robinsonís six blocks tied Eunice French for the most blocks recorded in a single game by a Retriever. Robinson had three blocks in the first five minutes against
- UMBC as a team blocked nine shots in the game, with Nicole Dixon recording two and Mackenzie Butler one.
- UMBC did not have one player of 30 minutes in the opener. 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.
- 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 extended her streak to 57 consecutive starts and has not missed a start in her entire collegiate career, starting all 28 games as a freshman and sophomore and every one this year.
- 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.
News and Notes...
UMBC Reaches First Title Game in Home Tournament...UMBC will open the season with its own home tournament for the third consecutive year and with its win over
For Starters...UMBC opened with a win for the first time since the 2002-03 season at
Penderís Lead...Last season in UMBCís 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.
UMBC To Meet One of Two Possible NEC Foes ...Two of UMBCís 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 defeated Columbia in the opening round of the Retriever Tip-Off Tournament presented by Close Call America and will meet UMBC on Sunday, Nov. 20. Robert Morris takes on Loyola (
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 womenís basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the America East Conference Preseason Coachesí Poll.
UMBC Inks Two for 2006-07...UMBC head womenís 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 (