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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO BEANTOWN IN SEARCH OF FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN AGAINST BOSTON U.
Brittnie Hughes has three-straight double-figure games and is closing in on 100 assists this season.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC extended its win streak to four straight games with a 65-53 win over
Who’s Up Next: UMBC returns home for its AE TV game against
Game Notes: UMBC against
RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- Swarming Defense...UMBC’s defense has been swarming the past four games, holding opponents to 44.8 ppg and 30.3 percent shooting during that span. During the last four, 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
- UMBC Offense Complementing The Defense...UMBC’s offense has been complementing its defense lately, scoring over 60 points in the last three games and averaging 61.5 ppg and a 42.9 shooting percentage over the last four. During that span UMBC has a positive 16.8 ppg scoring margin over opponents.
- Retrievers Ranking High In Conference Categories...UMBC is ranking high on a number of conference categories including leading the league in assists per game at 17.3 and field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 36.9 percent shooting. UMBC ranks second in scoring defense (58.0 ppg), scoring margin (+5.5 ppg), field goal percentage (43.4 percent), and three-point field goal percentage (34.8 percent).
- Rohde and Hughes Heating Up...UMBC’s junior duo of Sharri Rohde and Brittnie Hughes have heated up lately as Rohde is averaging 16.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.5 apg over the last four games while Hughes is averaging 13.3 ppg, 3.5 apg and 2.75 spg during that same span. Rohde is shooting 60.0 percent from the floor over the last four, going 24-for-40 from the field. Hughes is currently on a three-game double digit scoring streak.
- UMBC Among Nations Top Assisters...UMBC in the last released NCAA statistics as of games through Jan. 30, 2006, ranked 12th in the nation with 17.3 apg. The NCAA Statistics are released every Tuesday afternoon.
- No Place Like Home...UMBC has a 7-1 home record this season with four of the final seven 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...
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 12 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 12 wins are four more than its 2004-05 record of eight victories (UMBC recorded four wins in 2003-04).
- UMBC is on a four-game win streak, the longest since joining the America East Conference.
- UMBC’s 12 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 four conference wins is tied for the Retrievers’ most wins in the league, set in 2003-04.
- UMBC is 7-1 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 11th in the RPI poll and third among I-AA conferences.
America East Conference Ranked 11th in RPI Poll...America East has moved up one spot to 11th in The Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI Report and now ranks third among I-AA conferences. Only the Colonial (eighth) and
Sharri Rohde Named America East Wilson Player of the Week (1-30-06)...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 12th in the NCAA Statistics through games Feb. 6, 2006. The Retrievers to date have recorded 17.3 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 882 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 five 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 76 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 213 career assists, tied for ninth all-time and 58 career blocks, ranking tied 10th all-time. Amanda Robinson joined the top-15 for all-time blocks, ranking 14th with 45 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 92 assists on the year is closing in on her single-season mark of 99 assists set last year. Hughes with 92 assists ranks 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 (