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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GOES FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE SATURDAY NIGHT
Matea Pender dropped 20 points on New Hampshire in the first meeting this year.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC extended its win streak to three straight games with a 63-37 win over second place
Who’s Up Next: UMBC travels to take on
Game Notes: UMBC against
RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- Swarming Defense...UMBC’s defense has been swarming the past three games, holding opponents to 42.0 ppg and 28.0 percent shooting during that span. Over the last two games, the Retriever defense has held two of the top offensive teams in the league to season lows in field goal percentage and points per game. Against
- Retrievers Contributions Coming From All Angles...UMBC is getting a little assistant from everyone as of late. Against Binghamton Amanda Robinson netted 16 points with 14 by Brittnie Hughes. Heather Luttrell came off the bench to spark the Retrievers in each half, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds. Prior to
- Pender Among Nations Elite...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 48.8 percent, ranks 17th in the nation as of games through Jan. 30, 2006, averaging 44.7 percent from outside the arc, making 38-of-85 three-point field goals.
- UMBC Among Nations Top Assisters...UMBC in the last released NCAA statistics as of games through Jan. 30, 2006, ranked 13th in the nation with 17.3 apg. The NCAA Statistics are released every Tuesday afternoon.
- No Place Like Home...UMBC has a 6-1 home record this season with five of the final eight regular season games at RAC Arena. UMBC moved past its toughest schedule after playing five for the first seven league games on the road. UMBC’s best home record was a 10-0 mark during the 1993-94 season.
News and Notes...
News and Notes...
Stern Continues Growth of Retrievers’ Program...Head coach Phil Stern continues to build the UMBC women’s basketball program towards the top of the America East Conference, having made progressive steps forward each year. UMBC with 11 wins has surpassed its win total from the previous year for the second consecutive season. Below are current notes on UMBC’s growth this season.
- UMBC’s 11 wins are three more than its 2004-05 record of eight victories (UMBC recorded four wins in 2003-04).
- UMBC is on a three-game win streak, the longest since joining the America East Conference.
- UMBC’s 11 wins are the most since Stern’s first year, where he directed UMBC to a 14-16 mark.
- UMBC the last two years recorded its best start since joining division I, this year opening the year 6-1.
- UMBC’s three conference wins tied last year’s mark and are one off its 2003-04 mark of four wins, with eight games left in the regular season.
- UMBC is 6-1 at home, the best mark since going 10-0 in 1993-94.
- UMBC’s current success is coming as the America East Conference is ranked 12th in the RPI poll and fourth among I-AA conferences.
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
Sharri Rohde Named America East Wilson Player of the Week...UMBC junior Sharri Rohde tallied back-to-back 20-point performances and averaged a double-double in two games against
Lending a helping hand...UMBC leads the America East Conference for the second consecutive season in assists per game and ranks 13th in the NCAA Statistics through games Jan. 30, 2006. The Retrievers to date have recorded 17.5 apg. UMBC has seven 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 870 career points, 15th all-time.
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 seven 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 75 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 208 career assists, 10th all-time and 58 career blocks, ranking tied 10th all-time. Amanda Robinson joined the top-15 for all-time blocks, ranking 14th with 44 in her career.
Hughes Joins All-Time Assists Chart...Junior Brittnie Hughes recorded three assists against
Hughes Closing In On Single Season High Assists Mark...Brittnie Hughes with 91 assists on the year is closing in on her single-season mark of 99 assists set last year. Hughes with 91 assists ranks tied for eighth among all-time juniors with Shawne Heckler leading with 117 assists her junior year.
UMBC Sets Attendance Record At RAC Arena...On January 26, 2006, UMBC welcomed seven local middle and elementary schools to campus for "Midday Madness,” as the Retrievers defeated
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. A streaming video will also be available through the internet via America East All Access, provided by CSTV.
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.
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
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 (