Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (8-15, 3-11 America East) is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since their Dec. 11th win over American as the Retrievers host Vermont (11-12, 7-7 AE) on Wednesday night at UMBC RAC Arena. The game can be followed live on UMBCRetrieves.com Radio with play-by-play broadcaster Troy Green and by using UMBC's live stats on www.umbcretrievers.com.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers, who in their previous four games lost by an average of 5.5 ppg, ended a seven-game skid with a 69-53 win over Albany last Saturday night at UMBC RAC Arena. The game marked UMBC's first win over the Great Danes in their short lived all-time series as the Retrievers jumped out to a 26-21 lead at halftime following the strong play from Amanda Robinson off the bench. Robinson in the first half tallied eight UMBC points helping the Retrievers go from a six-point deficit to an five point lead prior to the break. In the second half Matea Pender scored 15 of her game-high 18 points including 4-of-4 from outside the arc allowing the Retrievers to score 43 second-half points and take the 69-53 win. Four Retrievers finished with double-digits in the scoring columns as Pender tallied 18, Robinson 13 points and Brittnie Hughes and Sharri Rohde each scoring 12 points. Hughes and Rohde each have a three-game double-digit scoring streak going. Heather Luttrell led UMBC with nine rebounds and five assists as the Retrievers dished out 22 helpers in the game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont since their win over UMBC in the first meeting has dropped four of five contests yet still remains fixed at fourth place in the conference standings due to their solid 6-3 start. Lani Boardman leads Vermont with 15.3 ppg followed by Katie McNamara at 10.6 ppg. In their last outing Vermont lost to New Hampshire 65-55.
Who's Up Next: The Retrievers play their final home game of the season as the Retrievers host Senior Day on Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. against Hartford. The game will air on AE TV.
All-time Series vs. Vermont: Meeting No. 4
Last Meeting: Feb. 2, 2005 (Vermont 55, UMBC 27)
First Meeting: Jan. 31, 2004 (UMBC 65, Vermont 55)
UMBC's last win: Jan. 31, 2004 (UMBC 65, Vermont 55)
Streak: Vermont has won two in a row
Series Record: Vermont leads the series 2-1
* UMBC's only win out of three attempts game at home last year as the Retrievers won their first America East Conference game with a 65-55 win over the Catamounts. Since that win Vermont has won back-to-back games and holds the all-time series at 2-1. Vermont won the earlier meeting this season 55-27.
* The Retrievers versus Vermont match-up focuses on outside the arc as Vermont and UMBC rank one and two respectively in three-point field goals per game. Vermont enters the game leading the conference with an average of 7.13 treys per game with 164 on the year while UMBC ranks second at 6.74 three-point baskets per game and 155 on the season. UMBC features Matea Pender who ranks second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 52.3 percent.
* UMBC suffered their worst scoring output in their D-I era in a 55-27 defeat to Vermont last Wednesday night. UMBC, who entered the game second in the league in scoring and first three-point field goals per game, went 13-of-50 from the field and 0-of-12 from three-point range. The game also marked the first time this season the Retrievers have not hit double-digits in assists, finishing as a team with eight helpers. UMBC also was unable to make it to the foul line until 24 seconds left in the game as Kristin Drabyn was fouled upon making her lay-up. She hit UMBC's only charity stripe attempt in the game. Matea Pender finished with six points and seven rebounds to lead UMBC. For Vermont, Chrissy Battram scored a game-high 12 points.
UMBC Takes On Top-Five In Conference Down The Stretch
* The way the league is panning out this year UMBC has drawn the short straw heading into the final five games of the season of playing the top-five teams in the conference standings, almost in exact ascending order. UMBC when they hosted Albany was ranked fifth in the conference standings as the Retrievers pulled out a 69-53 win. UMBC's next opponent is Vermont (fourth), followed by Hartford (second), before traveling to New Hampshire (third) and Maine (first) to end the season. Facing the top teams in the league to end the season will challenge UMBC has all 10 teams make the league tournament with the bottom four play on opening night to play-in to the quarterfinal round.
Rohde Leads League In Free Throw Percentage In Conference Play
* Sophomore Sharri Rohde leads the league in free throw percentage in conference play, having hit 32-of-33 attempts from the charity stripe over the league's first 14 games. Rohde is an impressive 97.0 percent from the free throw line after making a career-high 8-of-8 free throws in the second meeting against Binghamton and 2-of-2 in the last outing versus Albany.
Rohde Emerging As Defensive Specialist
* Sophomore Sharri Rohde, who normally garners the task of guarding the opponent's top player, has emerged as a defensive force. Rohde currently ranks in overall America East statistics in 3rd place in steals at 1.87 spg and 8th in block shots at 0.87 bpg. In America East Conference games Rohde is tied for first in steals at 2.00 spg with NU's Marlene Zwarich and ranks 9th in blocks at 0.79 bpg.
Pender Ranks Second In Nation Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Chart
* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Feb. 20, 2005, moved back up to second after falling to third last week in three-point percentage. Pender led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for five straight weeks and enters this week shooting 52.3 percent from the field at 58-of-111.
* UMBC has had trouble after falling behind this year showing their need to get ahead early on. UMBC when trailing at halftime is 1-10 this year and are 0-10 when trailing with 10 minutes left in the game. The Retrievers are 7-3 when leading with five minutes left in the game and 6-4 when leading at halftime, showing the ability to sustain leads once ahead.
* In UMBC's eight wins this season Matea Pender is averaging 19.0 ppg, shooting 52.9 percent from the field (55-of-99) and 65.9 percent from three-point range (29-of-44). In four of those eight games Pender has scored 20 or more points. In games lost Pender is averaging 12.3 ppg.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Pender Back To No. 2 Ranking on NCAA Charts...Matea Pender has moved back up to No. 2 in the NCAA national statistics chart for three-point field goal percentage as of games thru Feb. 20, 2005. Pender, who held the top spot in the nation for five consecutive weeks, is shooting 52.3 percent from outside the arc. Pender also ranks 23rd in treys per game at 2.5.
* Anastasia Goncharova recorded career numbers against New Hampshire, posting 33 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the three-point arc and 12-of-13 from the field. Goncharova finished last week shooting 78.9 percent from the field (15-of-19) and 73.3 percent from three-point range (11-of-15) for a 20.5 ppg average.
-Nine three-point baskets ties conference mark for treys in a game.
-Nine three-point baskets is one off the UMBC record for three-pointers in a game. Jami Lange holds the UMBC record of 10 set on Feb. 22, 1999 against Long Island.
-Nine Three-point field goals in the most treys connected in the least amount of attempts (10).
-33 points scored is most by a UMBC women's basketball player off the bench.
-33 points scored is the sixth most points scored in a game in Retriever women's basketball program history.
Double-Double...Just two games after recording UMBC's first double-double since Shalayna Johnson (1999-2003) scored 37 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac on Mar. 1, 2003, Matea Pender recorded her second one of the season against Albany with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pender finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Boston University two games prior. Pender's in the second meeting with Boston U., recorded her third double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Pender and Goncharova join UMBC's 30-point game club...Matea Pender and Anastasia Goncharova each have had a career games for UMBC this year. Pender at Stony Brook, scored a career-high 30 points against the Seawolves on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Pender's 30-points rank tied for 12th on UMBC's all-time single-game points scored chart. Goncharova against New Hampshire topped Pender's performance with 33 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 from three-point range. The last time a UMBC player prior to this season hit 30-points in a game was Shalayna Johnson on March 1, 2003 when she set the school record with 37 against Quinnipiac.
Pender Named America East Co-Player of the Week For Second Time This Season...UMBC junior Matea Pender was named America East Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 12, 2004. Pender had a stellar week for the Retrievers dropping double-digits in three-consecutive games to up her streak to six-straight double-digit performances and scored her third and fourth 20-plus point performances of the year. Pender on the week shot 58.3 percent from the floor (21-of-36) and an outstanding 72.2 percent from three-point range (13-of-18). Against Lafayette she tallied a career-high six made three-point baskets (6-of-8), netting 22-points, and followed that up going 5-of-6 from behind the arc two nights later against American as she led UMBC with 25-points.
Retrievers Go With Pender…UMBC is following the lead of junior Matea Pender as the Retrievers are 8-8 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 19.0 ppg, shooting 52.9 percent from the field (55-of-99) and 65.9 percent from three-point range (29-of-44). Pender has seven 20-point plus performances, topping last season's one 20-point performance the entire year. Courtney Doughman produced that performance with a 22-point effort against Albany.
Retrievers Dial Long Distance…UMBC's 13 three-point baskets against New Hampshire was one trey off their school record of 14 set by the Retrievers last year at Northeastern. UMBC has hit double-digits in three-point field goals made on five occasions this season.
Retrievers Showing Unselfish Play…UMBC as a team recorded 20 assists or more in six games this season, eclipsing their total amount of assists in any one game all of last year with 21 in each of the first two. Against Lafayette UMBC set a season-high 23 assists as a team. Brittnie Hughes (79 assists) and Sharri Rohde (75 assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 15.22 assists per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts.
Retrievers Capture 200th D-I Win...The UMBC Women's Basketball program won their 200th game during their 19-year Division-I history. The Retrievers last win over Binghamton put them at 200 career win since turning D-I at the start of the 1986-87 season.
Retrievers Open Conference Home Slate With Win...UMBC won their first home conference game for the first time in six years with their win over BU, 59-51. UMBC's last conference win in their home opener prior to Boston U. was a 62-54 victory over UNC Asheville in 1998, UMBC's last year in the Big South Conference.
20 Field Goals Made/20 Assists...UMBC against Navy recorded an assist on all 20 of their field goals made for a 100.0 percent assist to field goal percentage. Brittnie Hughes led UMBC with seven assists in the game. The NCAA record for assist to field goal's made is 32 assists on 32 field goals set in 1986 by St. Louis against Loyola (Ill.).
Rookies Take A Seat...For the first time since the Retrievers' NEC title game at the end of the 2002-03 season, a UMBC freshman did not record any playing time as UMBC against Stony Brook played all upper classmen the entire game. The game broke a span of 38 games where a freshman had recorded playing time.
Hughes Named to All-Tournament Team…Sophomore Brittnie Hughes was named to the UMBC Retriever Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament team after finishing the opening weekend with 9.0 ppg and 6.0 apg. Hughes also stole seven balls. Hughes set a career-high for points in a game in the first half against Coppin State and went on to set her new mark at 12 points.
UMBC Reaches Five Wins the Fastest in D-I Era…The Retrievers with their 67-49 win over American reached five wins the fastest in the Retrievers' program Division-I history. UMBC had four wins in their first six games this season entering that contested and reached five in their first seven games with the win. The fastest UMBC had hit five wins prior to this season was in their 10th game of the 1994-95 and 1990-91 seasons. UMBC's all-time fastest time was five wins in the first six games during the 1985-86 season.
Home Sweet Home...The Retrievers for the first time in their 36 seasons have 15 home games as UMBC welcomes six non-conference opponents and all-nine America East foes to RAC Arena in 2004-05. The Retrievers best home mark was a 10-0 record at RAC Arena in 1993-94. UMBC's career home record is 185-143.
Hitting The Airwaves…With the newly launched umbcretrievers.com, the majority of home games and a few road contests will be broadcast live on the internet through www.umbcretrievers.com. Play-by-Play announcer Troy Green will bring the action on all contests via the web. Umbcretrievers.com will also broadcast live stats for all men's and women's basketball home games. In addition UMBC will play a home televised contest as part of the America East Television package when UMBC hosts Hartford on Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. at UMBC RAC Arena. Currently the game is set to air on Metro TV NY and Fox Sports New England.
RETRIEVERS ON AIR
Nov. 20 Coppin State 4:00
Nov. 21 Mount St. Mary's 4:00
Dec. 7 Radford 7:00
Dec. 11 American 7:00
Dec. 18 Drexel 5:00
Dec. 28 at Towson 7:00
Jan. 8 at Hartford 12:00
Jan 12 Boston U. 7:00
Jan 15 Northeastern 7:00
Jan. 26 Maine 7:00
Jan. 29 New Hampshire 7:00
Feb. 5 Stony Brook 7:00
Feb. 19 Albany 7:00
Feb. 23 Vermont 7:00
Feb. 26 Hartford 12:00
Metro TV NY/Fox Sports Net
Feb. 26 Hartford 12:00
All homes games and selected away contests.
Retrievers No Longer New Beast In The America East…The Retrievers are no longer the new kids on the block in the America East Conference as they open their second season in the mid-major conference. Despite a full season in league play the Retrievers still received no love from their conference foes, being picked to finish 10th in the league for the second consecutive year.
Going Global…The Retrievers' 13-player roster contains three international players. Senior Anastasia Goncharova is from Russia junior Matea Pender is a native of Croatia and freshman Zuzana Kasanová hails from the Slovak Republic. In addition to players from the around the world, the majority of UMBC's squad is from outside the state lines. Tyecia Powell (Baltimore, Md.), Amanda Robinson (Lusby, Md.) and Morgan Hatten (Potomac, Md.) are the Retrievers' women's hoops only Maryland natives.
Senior Tyecia Powell Out For Remainder Of Season...Senior Tyecia Powell suffered a season ending knee injury at Albany and will miss the remainder of her senior year. Powell, a 5-11 center, started all 19 conference games last year but was been limited in her action prior to her injury this season.
Kasanová To Redshirt Freshman Year...UMBC prior to the season lost freshman Zuzana Kasanová to an ACL tear to her knee. Kasanová will red shirt this season and have all four years of eligibility at the start of the 2005-06 season.
Retrievers Ink Three For 2005-06…UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend UMBC for the 2005-06 academic year. The list includes Melissa Book (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook High School), Mackenzie Butler (Reno, Nev./Reno High School) and Suzanne Morris (Cleveland, Tenn./Walker Valley High School).