20 - Matea Pender
Height: 6-1
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Sibenik, Croatia
High School: Croatian National Team
Position: G

AS A SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Came on as a solid player of the bench in the final two games of the regular season for the Retrievers, scoring eight points at Albany and five at Vermont, going a combined 5-of-5 from the field in those games and 2-of-2 from three-point range…played in 17 games on the year, logging the most minutes at home against New Hampshire with 17…shot the ball just under 40.0 percent from the field…made her final seven attempts from the field in the regular season…averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.1 rpg.

2002-03: Miss the entire season after undergoing knee surgery (ACL) during the fall.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001-02): Enjoyed a fine freshman season, earning Northeast Conference All Rookie Team honors...started 18 contests...averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game…was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on January 21...made a huge splash in UMBC’s opening night victory against Virginia Commonwealth by scoring 15 points and pulling down six rebounds in 26 minutes of action...also connected on three of her four three-point field goal attempts...followed that outing with 16 points in her first NEC contest at Mount St. Mary’s (11/20/01)...scored 17 points and grabbed six boards in the victory at Lehigh (12/8/01)...recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Navy (12/16/01)...was sensational in the home victory versus Wagner (1/19/02), pouring in a season-high 28 points (10-for-17), the most by a Retriever in 2001-02...also came up with six steals and seven rebounds against the Seahawks...followed that performance with 17 points and seven rebounds at home against Sacred Heart (1/21/02)...scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 19 minutes in the home victory against Central Connecticut State (2/16/02).

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a member of the Croatian National Team prior to her arrival at UMBC...was selected as the top high school player in her league...named the Most Valuable Player of the Junior Tournament in Croatia in 1999-2000.

PERSONAL: Born on November 15,1982...daughter of Mate and Smiya Pender...is undecided about a major...enjoys reading and listening to music...is a big fan of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant...enjoys the music of Jennifer Lopez.