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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO BINGHAMTON FOR 1 P.M. TILT ON SATURDAY
Amanda Robinson tallied 16 points the first go around with the Bearcats.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC came off its bye weekend to defeat
Who’s Up Next: UMBC returns home for Senior Night on Tuesday, February 28 against Stony Brook at 7 p.m. in RAC Arena.
Game Notes: UMBC against
RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- Retrievers 7-1 Over Last Eight Games...UMBC returned to the winning trail with a win over
- Swarming Defense...UMBC’s defense has been swarming as of late, holding opponents to 50.2 ppg and 33.8 percent shooting during last eight 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. In addition, UMBC held
- Rohde Keeping The Retrievers Rolling...UMBC’s junior Sharri Rohde is averaging 17.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shooting 60.7 percent from the floor during the Retrievers’ last eight games in which UMBC has went 7-1. Rohde was held scoreless until the 11:27 mark in the second half against
- UMBC Among Nations Best Improved Teams...UMBC is one of the nations most improved teams ranking tied for eighth with seven more wins than last year.
- UMBC Among Nations Top Assisters...UMBC in the last released NCAA statistics as of games through Feb. 20, 2006, ranked 19th in the nation with 16.8 apg. The NCAA Statistics are released every Tuesday afternoon.
- No Place Like Home...UMBC has a 9-2 home record this season with the Retrievers final home game and Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. UMBC’s best home record was a 10-0 mark during the 1993-94 season.
Nations Top Improved Teams
School 04-05 05-06 Dif.
William & Mary 4-24 14-10 10
Stony Brook 8-20 16-8 8
Elon 4-24 12-14 8
IUPUI 7-21 15-9 8
UMBC 8-20 15-9 7
Retriever Up Rising
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 15 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 15 wins are seven more than its 2004-05 record of eight victories (UMBC recorded four wins in 2003-04).
- UMBC’s seven additional wins this season ranks UMBC as the eighth best improved team in the nation (see chart on page 3)
- UMBC’s 15 wins secures UMBC with its first .500 season since going 15-13 in 1993-94.
- UMBC’s 15 wins is the most regular season wins since wining 17 regular season games during the 1990-91 season.
- UMBC’s 15 wins is tied for the second most wins since the Retrievers turned Division-I in 1986-87. UMBC’s top seasons came in 1990-91 (17 wins), 1986-87 (15 wins), 1993-94 (15 wins).
- UMBC’s six-game win streak (ended Feb. 14, 2006), was the longest since joining the America East Conference.
- The last time UMBC went on a six-game win streak was during the 1993-94 season in which UMBC set a school record with 10 consecutive wins.
- UMBC the last two years recorded its best start since joining Division-I, this year opening the year 6-1.
- UMBC’s seven conference wins is the Retrievers’ most wins in the league, topping the four-win mark set in 2003-04.
- UMBC is 9-2 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.
News and Notes...
America East Conference Ranked 11th in RPI Poll...America East has maintained its 11th ranking in The Collegiate Basketball News Women’s RPI Report and ranks third among I-AA conferences. Only the Colonial (eighth) and
Pender, Rohde, Hughes Reaching New Career Scoring Milestones...Matea Pender, Sharri Rohde and Brittnie Hughes continue to reach new career milestones in the scoring category. Pender recently passed the 900-point barrier and is closing in on 1,000 career points. Pender ranks 15th all-time on UMBC’s career scoring chart. Rohde blew by the 700-point plateau with 19 against
Relentless Retrievers...UMBC has come-from-behind in 12 of its 15 wins this season, including three wins after trailing by 10 or more points. The Retrievers overcame a 10 point deficit by
Lending a helping hand...UMBC leads the America East Conference for the second consecutive season in assists per game and ranks 19th in the NCAA Statistics through games Feb. 20, 2006. The Retrievers to date have recorded 16.8 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
Sharri Rohde Named America East Wilson Player of the Week For Second Time (2-12-06)...UMBC junior Sharri Rohde tallied a career high 23 points against Boston U. and recorded her second career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Vermont en route to her second conference player of the week award. Rohde averaged 19.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg on the week. Her first weekly award came for the week ending Jan. 30, 2006 after posting two 20-point performances. Rohde that week averaged 20.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.
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 drained a three-pointer against
Rohde’s Perfect Day From The Field...Junior Sharri Rohde was a force inside at
Rohde’s Start Streak...Junior Sharri Rohde extended her streak to 80 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 ranks ninth all-time for starts.
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 230 career assists, ninth all-time and 61 career blocks, ranking 10th all-time. Amanda Robinson ranks tied for 13th with 48 blocks in her career.
Hughes Joins All-Time Assists Chart...Junior Brittnie Hughes recorded three assists against
Hughes Sets New Personal Single Season High Assists Mark...Brittnie Hughes with 104 assists on the year has set a new personal single-season mark for assists. Hughes with 104 assists ranks seventh 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.
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 (