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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES ON BINGHAMTON IN QUARTERFINALS OF AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT
Head coach Phil Stern and the Retrievers head into the America East Tournament at the No. 5 seed.
Broadcast Information: Fans unable to make the America East Conference Tournament will have plenty of media avenues to follow the Retrievers. UMBC will air through its website broadcast at www.umbcretrievers.com. Troy Green will call the play-by-play for all UMBC games beginning on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Fans should also check out the America East Conference’s official website (www.americaeast.com) championship section to follow the entire tournament. Up-to-date brackets, times, live stat links and AE Television Information will be constantly updated through out the tournament. America East Television will broadcast both semifinal games on Saturday and the championship game held on Sunday with live video streaming for Saturday and Sunday games. Links to the Retrievers audio broadcast and the America East Championship site are located at the top of the page.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC heads into the conference tournament after having a streaky conference season. The Retrievers dropped their first five league games, only to turn around and become one of the hottest teams in the league by winning six straight games. After an overtime loss to top seeded
Who’s Up Next: A win would send UMBC to the semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. UMBC will take on the winner of the No. 1 seed in
Game Notes: UMBC against
Retrievers Take Third Shot At AE Conference Tournament...When UMBC meets
A Tale of Two Halves...UMBC’s win against
Rohde Keeping The Retrievers Rolling...UMBC’s junior Sharri Rohde in conference games only ranks third in field goal percentage at 57.1 percent, fifth in scoring at 14.8 ppg, eighth in assists at 2.94 apg and 11th in rebounding at 6.4 rpg, making her the only player to rank in the top-11 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-16 conference games.
Swarming Defense...UMBC’s defense holds some of the better numbers in the conference, ranking second in field goal percentage defense at 37.7 percent and second in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.1 ppg. UMBC has the sixth best three-point field goal percentage defense at 32.6 percent and is third best in rebounding defense at 35.5 rpg. UMBC this season when holding opponents to under 60 points is 14-1.
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 769 for her career. Hughes is closing in on 600 career points after passing the 500 mark earlier this 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.
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 16.4 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 three more treys to reach second.
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 83 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 tied for eighth 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 238 career assists, ninth all-time and 63 career blocks, 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 116 assists on the year has set a new personal single-season mark for assists. Hughes with 116 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 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.
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 (