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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON NON-CONFERENCE SLATE WITH NAVY FRIDAY NIGHT
Brittnie Hughes scored 15 points with seven assists last year against Navy.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC’s looked poised to tie last year’s total wins mark after building a 17-point lead on
MIDS UPDATE: Navy enters the game with a 6-4 mark including a 71-65 defeat of Radford on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Mids are led by Carly Meyer with 14.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Meyer leads three players in double figures on the season with Ashley Pelzek averaging 13.1 ppg and Betsy Burnett 10.7 ppg. Pelzek is coming off a strong performance against Radford, scoring a game-high 24 points, going 5-for-6 from outside the arc and 8-for-11 from the field.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC enters conference play at
Game Notes: UMBC against Navy is the Retrievers 11th game of the season and sixth on the road. The game marks the seventh consecutive season the two teams have met with Navy holding a 4-2 advantage over that span. UMBC broke a three-game win streak by the Mids with a 59-46 win at home over Navy. The Retrievers this season has won two games against the Patriot league (Lafayette and American) and the last five, sweeping Lafayette, American and Navy last year. Navy has won eight of the last 10 games played in
RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- UMBC continues to shot well outside the arc, shooting above 40.0 percent the last four games and above 47.0 percent the last three games. UMBC leads the league through Dec. 28 with 6.4 treys per game. Senior Matea Pender leads UMBC as the Retriever guard is shooting 66.7 percent over the last four games, making 14-of-21 attempts from three-point range. Over that same span Kristin Drabyn is 7-of-10 from the three-point land.
- Brittnie Hughes’ as of games through Dec. 19 ranked 30th in the nation at 5.62 assists per game. NCAA national statistics are released every Tuesday afternoon and will release again the on Jan. 3. Hughes recorded one assist her last time out and is averaging 5.2 apg, second in the AE standings.
- UMBC also in the last released NCAA statistics ranked sixth in the nation with 19.6 apg and 28th in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 35.0 percent from the field. UMBC enters this game at 19.9 apg and holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.
- UMBC has been very efficient from the field to date this season with the Retrievers shooting 45.8 percent. UMBC has yet to shoot below 40.0 percent in a game this season, including shooting a season-high 54.5 percent against IPFW, making 30-of-55 attempts from the field.
- UMBC in the final five minutes of its nine games this season has turned over the ball a 13 times, averaging 1.3 turnovers per game in the final five minutes. During that same span of time, UMBC has handed out 22 assists and holds a 1.7 assist to turnover ratio.
News and Notes...
UMBC In Midst of Five Game Swing...UMBC is in the middle of a stretch of five games on the road and eight of nine away from home. UMBC played three games in six days to start the road swing, traveling to Drexel and
UMBC Faces Third of Three Patriot League Schools...UMBC takes on three Patriot League schools this season in American, Lafayette and Navy. The Retrievers faced the same three schools last season with wins in all-three contests. UMBC currently has a five-game win streak against the conference, dating back to the 2003-04 season with a loss to American.
Lending a helping hand...UMBC leads the America East Conference for the second consecutive season in assists per game and ranks sixth in the NCAA Statistics through games Dec. 19, 2005. The Retrievers to date have recorded 19.9 apg. UMBC has six games with 20-plus assists this season, including 26 against Fairleigh Dickinson as the Retrievers came one assist away from their single-season mark of 27, set in 1985 against Shippensburg. Brittnie Hughes dished out a career-high 10 assists against
Pender Reaches All-Time Top-20 Scoring Chart...Senior Matea Pender joined UMBC’s all-time top-20 chart for points scored after recording 13 points against IPFW. Pender currently has 764 career points, 19th all-time. The last time UMBC had an active member on the top-20 scoring list was during the 2002-03 season. Pender is currently on pace to reach 1,000 career points and become the 15th Retriever to ever break the 1,000 point plateau.
Rohde’s Start Streak...Junior Sharri Rohde extended her streak to 66 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.
Pender Becomes Fifth Retriever To Reach 100 Treys For Her Career...Senior Matea Pender recorded five treys against Drexel to become the fifth player in UMBC history to reach 100 career three-point baskets. Pender needs 20 treys to reach fourth on UMBC’s all-time three-point baskets made chart.
Rohde Moving Up Assists and Blocks All-Time Charts...Junior Sharri Rohde, who is UMBC’s active leader in assists, blocks and steals, is moving up the Retrievers all-time charts in the assist and blocks category. Rohde currently has 189 career assists, 11th all-time and 49 career blocks, ranking 12th all-time. With 153 career assists, junior Brittnie Hughes is closing in on an all-time top-10 ranking.
Hughes Earns America East Conference Co-Player of the Week...Brittnie Hughes was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 4, 2005. Hughes led UMBC to back-to-back wins as the junior point guard averaged 18.0 ppg and 6.5 apg in two contests. Hughes opened the week at American, scoring a career-high 19 points with nine assists and a 9-of-9 performance at the free throw line.
Hughes Named To Second All-Tournament Team...When it comes to tournaments, UMBC junior point guard Brittnie Hughes has stepped up to the challenge, earning a spot on both all-tournament teams this season. Hughes won a spot on the Retriever Tip-Off Tournament team after leading the Retrievers to the title. At
Block Party...Amanda Robinson’s six blocks against
Pender Named MVP Of Retriever Tip-Off Tournament....Senior Matea Pender was named Retriever Tip-Off Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 14.5 ppg in the two games. Pender shot .500 from outside the arc, making 5-for-10 while shooting 47.6 percent from the field on 10-of-21. Pender added 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the two-day event.
Double-Double...UMBC Amanda Robinson recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson. Dating back to last season, Robinson has double-digit scoring in six of her last seven games.
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.
UMBC Captures Tip-Off Tournament Title...UMBC for the first time in the three-year history of the Retriever Tip-Off Tournament captured the title, defeating
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.
America East Tournament Returns To
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.
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.
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 (