WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ROUTS MORGAN STATE, 87-52

Baltimore, Md. - The UMBC Women's Basketball team (2-1) exploded with 50-first half points to go up by 30 at the break, 50-20, over Morgan State (0-2) as the Retrievers downed the Bears by a final of 87-52 on Tuesday night at Hill Top Field House. The Retrievers received 25 points from Matea Pender (Sibenik, Croatia/Croation National Team) as the junior forward tallied 20 in the first half.

After trailing 7-6 with 16 minutes left in the first half UMBC went on a 15-0 run as Heather Luttrell (Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern) drained two treys and two jumpers for eight of the 15 points. The Retrievers extended that run to 26-4 as Kristin Drabyn (Avon, Ind./Avon) came off the bench to score seven quick points.

The Retrievers placed four players in double-figures including two in the first half as Pender and Luttrell each had 10 points just under the halfway mark of the first stanza.

With 10 points in the second half Brittnie Hughes (Roanoke, Va./Northside) who for the third consecutive game dished out six assists, joined Pender, Luttrell and Drabyn in double figures. Drabyn finished with 10 for her second-consecutive double-digit performance.

All 11 eligible Retrievers tallied points in the game as UMBC shot 55.6 percent from the floor on 30-of-54. The Retrievers went 11-of-25 from three-point range, three away from the school record set last year of 14 treys in a game.

Pender went 9-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range.

Markema Hollingsworth finished with 15 points for Morgan State.

UMBC returns to action when they host Navy on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in UMBC RAC Arena.

Notes: UMBC's 35-point victory is there largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent since scoring a 95-49 (46-point) victory over Coppin State on Feb. 1, 1988…the 35-point victory ties for second largest margin of victory against a D-I opponent as UMBC defeated Coppin State on Jan. 22, 1987 by a final of 91-56 (35-points)…the last time UMBC scored at least 87 points in a game was on Feb. 14, 2000 with a 87-56 win over St. Francis (N.Y.)…UMBC has scored at least 80 points on one occasion since then, losing two years ago to Robert Morris, 85-82, 3OT…Matea Pender is averaging 22.5 ppg in her last two games and 18.0 ppg in three games this season…over the last two she is shooting 63.0 percent (17-of-27) form the field and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from three-point range…Brittnie Hughes dished out six assists in each of UMBC's first three games played…the Retrievers as a team have recorded at least 20-assists in all three games this season…freshman Kristin Drabyn is off to a solid start averaging double-digits at 10.0 ppg…all 11 eligible Retrievers scored in the game...Jennifer Ferguson scored her first collegiate points as she tallied both of UMBC's final two baskets for four on the night…Pender and Heather Luttrell had 10-points each by just under the halfway mark in the first half…four Retrievers finished in double-digit scoring (Pender, Luttrell, Drabyn, Hughes)…UMBC's 11 three-point baskets is three treys off their school record of 14 set by UMBC last year at Northeastern…the Retrievers grabbed 46 rebounds on the night…UMBC never reach at least 40 in their 28 games last year and is most rebounds by a UMBC team in the Stern era.