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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON AT ALBANY
Brittnie Hughes and the Retrievers take on Albany on Saturday at 2 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC lost for the second consecutive game for the first time since the middle part of January as the Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 62-46 last Tuesday night at UMBC RAC Arena. UMBC led at halftime, 30-29, but a 16-4 spurt by Stony Brook opened the game up in the second half as the Seawolves recorded the win. After all the America East Conference action took place last week, UMBC’s playoff picture is starting to come into focus, with the Retrievers locking up the fourth or fifth seed and playing Binghamton, who will receive the fourth or fifth seed, in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament. The two teams will meet at 8:30 on March 10. UMBC on the season is led by Matea Pender at 12.6 ppg, followed by Sharri Rohde at 12.5 ppg and Brittnie Hughes with 10.7 ppg. Rohde also leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 rpg while Hughes leads in assists at 4.3 apg.
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RETRIEVER QUICK SHOTS
- Conference Picture Coming Into Focus...The University of Hartford (22-3, 14-1 America East) has secured the top seed for the upcoming nine-team conference tournament. The Hawks will host the league championship on March 9-12 at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion. By virtue of Boston University's (16-10, 9-6) loss to Maine on Wednesday night, Stony Brook University (18-8, 11-4) has clinched the No. 2 seed, while the Terriers will be the No. 3 seed.
- Swarming Defense...UMBC’s defense continues to be a daunting task for opponents as the Retrievers rank first in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.2 percent shooting, fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense, keeping opponents to 31.9 percent outside the arc and second in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.0 ppg.
- Rohde Keeping The Retrievers Rolling...UMBC’s junior Sharri Rohde in conference games only ranks second in field goal percentage at 58.2 percent, fourth in scoring at 15.3 ppg, eighth in assists at 3.00 apg and 10th in rebounding at 6.5 rpg, making her the only player to rank in the top-10 in all four categories in conference games. Rohde has earned two conference weekly honors during league play and tallied 20-plus points on four occasions. The Retriever forward has scored double figures in 13-of-15 conference games.
- UMBC Among Nations Best Improved Teams...UMBC is one of the nations most improved teams ranking tied for ninth with seven more wins than last year.
- No Place Like Home...UMBC finished the 2005-06 season with a 9-3 home record, its best record at RAC Arena since going 10-0 during the 1993-94 season. UMBC’s nine home wins are tied for the fourth most wins at home in a single-season in UMBC history.
Nations Top Improved Teams
School 04-05 05-06 Dif.
William & Mary 4-24 15-12 11
Stony Brook 8-20 18-8 10
IUPUI 7-21 16-10 9
Elon 4-24 12-15 8
UMBC 8-20 15-10 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 ninth 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 9-3 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 just cracked the Retrievers’ top-20 in points scored and has 761 for her career. Hughes is closing in on 600 career points after passing the 500 mark earlier this year.
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 25th in the NCAA Statistics through games Feb. 27, 2006. The Retrievers to date have recorded 16.3 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
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 scored three three-point baskets against Stony Brook to jump up to third all-time. She needs five more treys to reach second.
ohde’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 82 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 236 career assists, ninth all-time and 62 career blocks, tieing for ninth all-time. Amanda Robinson ranks 13th with 49 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 112 assists on the year has set a new personal single-season mark for assists. Hughes with 112 assists ranks second 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 (