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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD BACK ON THE ROAD TO TAKE ON STONY BROOK SUNDAY
Freshman Mackenzie Butler recorded a career-high four blocks in UMBC's 48-41 win over Albany last Thursday.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off is first conference win with a 48-41 victory over
SEAWOLVES UPDATE: Stony Brook is off to an 11-6 record with a 4-2 mark on the season as the Seawolves are tied for second in the America East standings. The Seawolves hold the league’s top individual team RPI ranking at 29th in the nation due in a large part to its win over top-25 ranked
Who’s Up Next: UMBC returns home for two straight games, hosting
Game Notes: UMBC against Stony Brook is the Retrievers 18th game of the season, seventh in the America East Conference and 11th road game. The game marks the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs with Stony Brook holding a 4-0 all-time advantage. Stony Brook is one of two teams in the America East Conference UMBC has yet to earn a win against. The game could mark a good starting point for Matea Pender to break out of her four game scoring slump in which she has went 4-for-21 from the field and averaged 4.3 ppg. Last year at Stony Brook, Pender went off for 30 points and eight rebounds. Pender in the second meeting against SBU scored 19 points. Stony Brook will counter Pender with the top scoring duo in the conference in Mykeema Ford and Jessica Smith. Smith scored 17 points in both games last year against UMBC and is having a sensational season, averaging 15.9 ppg. Ford tallied 19 points in the last meeting between the two programs and ranks 21st in the nation with 5.6 apg.
RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- A few of the Retriever veterans had some large success against Stony Brook last year, including Matea Pender, who scored her career high of 30 points at Stony Brook and tallied 19 points against SBU at home. Pender went 7-for-15 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 10-of-10 at the free throw line in her 30-point night. She added eight boards as well. Heather Luttrell tallied double figures in both games, scoring 12 points in each game while Sharri Rohde scored 16 points in one game and eight in another.
- The Retrievers used a stellar defensive effort to win their first conference victory of the year in a 48-41 win over
- Junior Sharri Rohde is off to a solid conference start as the Retriever forward is averaging 12.8 ppg in six conference games this season. Rohde led UMBC to a 48-41 win over
- Senior Matea Pender, who last year led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for the majority of the year and finished the year third in the country at 48.3 percent, ranks 21st in the nation as of games through Jan. 23, 2006. Pender currently is averaging 44.9 percent from outside the arc, making 35-of-78 three-point field goals.
- UMBC in the last released NCAA statistics as of games through Jan. 23, 2006, ranked ninth in the nation with 17.8 apg. The NCAA Statistics are released every Tuesday afternoon.
- UMBC against Stony brook pits the Retrievers on the road for the ninth time in the last 11 games. UMBC is currently 3-7 in road games. UMBC to start conference play traveled in four of the first five league games, traveling approximately 3,286 miles to reach the three farthest programs in the first three weeks of league play. Once the Retrievers move into February next week, UMBC will play six of its final nine games at home, where the Retrievers currently hold a 5-1 mark.
News and Notes...
America East Conference Ranked 12th in RPI Poll...America East women’s basketball teams are a combined 57-40 (.588) in the 2005-06 non-conference season. As a conference, America East currently ranks 12th in the nation in The Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI Report, but more importantly, is fourth among I-AA conferences. Only the Colonial (eighth), Atlantic 10 (10th) and
Lending a helping hand...UMBC leads the America East Conference for the second consecutive season in assists per game and ranks ninth in the NCAA Statistics through games Jan. 23, 2006. The Retrievers to date have recorded 17.6 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 845career points, 16th all-time. The last time UMBC had an active member on the top-20 scoring list was during the 2002-03 season.
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 10 treys to reach fourth on UMBC’s all-time three-point baskets made chart.
Rohde’s Perfect Day From The Field...Junior Sharri Rohde was a force inside against
Rohde’s Start Streak...Junior Sharri Rohde extended her streak to 73 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.
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 assists and blocks category. Rohde currently has 202 career assists, 10th all-time and 57 career blocks, ranking 11th all-time.
Hughes Joins All-Time Assists Chart...Junior Brittnie Hughes recorded three assists against
UMBC Featured on AE TV...The second installment of "America East On Campus" showcased a feature on the UMBC women's basketball team. The second show debuted on New England Sports Network (NESN) January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in a 30-minute window between two Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games, followed by a broadcast on Cox Sports Television at 9 p.m. NESN re-aired the show on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and again on January 29 at 2:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable in Albany and Time Warner Cable in Binghamton will also broadcast the show in the month January with programming times and dates to be announced. Please check America East's online schedule for the latest programming information. A streaming video will also be available through the internet via America East All Access, provided by CSTV.
Indiana Trio Make Most Of Trip To Hoosier State...UMBC’s
Hughes Earns America East Conference Co-Player of the Week (12-4-05)...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
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.
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.
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
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 (