Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (5-4) opens the America East Conference portion of their 2004-05 schedule when the Retrievers travel to Stony Brook, N.Y. for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Seawolves on Wednesday night. Stony Brook swept the series from the Retrievers last year in the first ever two meeting between the two programs. Fans can follow the action online by clicking the live stats link to Stony Brook's game tracker, listen to the game via Stony Brook's official website or hear the game on SBU's student radio station at wusb.fm/sports.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC heads into America East Conference play with a strong non-conference season despite falling in their last two games. The Retrievers in their first nine games have put together a 5-4 mark, ranking among the league leaders in numerous categories including first in field goal percentage at 43.4 percent, first in assists per game at 17.89 apg and second in defensive field goal percentage at 36.3 percent. Matea Pender leads the Retrievers into the New Year averaging 14.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Over the last five games teammate Sharri Rohde has started to emerge as well, averaging 8.0 ppg with 17 assists and six block shots. Rohde over the last five is shooting 56.7 percent from the floor.
STONY BROOK UPDATE: Stony Brook last Monday night fell to Harvard, 87-69 despite 19 points from Mykeema Ford. Ford heading into this week's action leads the Seawolves and is tied for the league lead in scoring (17.0 ppg) and is also tops in the conference in assists (5.5 apg), while ranking second in steals (2.25 spg) and eighth in three-pointers made (1.62 pg) heading into the week.
Who's Up Next: The Retrievers stay on the road to open the conference season as they travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
All-time Series vs. Stony Brook: Meeting No. 3
Last Meeting: Feb. 7, 2004 (Stony Brook 53, UMBC 43)
First Meeting: Jan. 7, 2004 (Stony Brook 53, UMBC 49)
UMBC's last win: NA
Streak: Stony Brook has won two in a row
Series Record: Stony Brook leads the series 2-0
* UMBC opened the season with five wins in their first seven game but have fallen in their last two games, leaving the Retrievers at 5-4 to end non-conference play. UMBC's five wins is the most since going 8-8 during the non-conference season in 1990-91, UMBC's first year in the East Coast Conference and four years after going Division-I
* The Retrievers are currently on a three-game road stretch that has them playing at Towson, Stony Brook and Hartford. The Retrievers are 2-1 away from home this season.
* UMBC with their 67-49 win over American reached five wins in their first seven games, the fastest in the program's Division-I history in reaching five wins topping 10 games in 1994-95 and 1990-91.
* When UMBC hits at least seven three-point field goals in a game they are 5-0 this season.
* Sharri Rohde tallied a team-high 15 points against Towson to lead UMBC in scoring for the first time this season. Rohde dropped 7-of-11 field goals, setting a career-high in single-game field goals made and coming two points from her career-high in points at 17 set last year against Loyola (Md.) Rohde also tallied five assists for the sixth time in her career and a career-high three block shots. Over the past five games Rohde is averaging 8.0 ppg, shooting 56.7 percent from the field and has a team-high 17 assists and six blocks.
* UMBC, despite shooting 35.4 percent from the floor in their last two games, steal leads the conference in field goal percentage at 43.4 percent on the season. Sharri Rohde is shooting 55.1 percent and Matea Pender 51.6 percent from the field.
* In UMBC's five wins this season Matea Pender is averaging 20.6 ppg, shooting 58.5 percent from the field (38-of-65) and 66.7 percent from three-point range (20-of-30). In four of those five games Pender has scored 20 or more points.
* UMBC after leading or being tied at halftime in their first six games has trailed opponents heading into the break the last three contests.
* UMBC in their last three games has 16 blocks as a team, six from Sharri Rohde. Rohde set a career-high three blocks against Towson in the Retrievers' latest outing.
* UMBC leads the conference in assists per game at 17.89 while also leading the league in assist-to-turnover ration at 1.07. Sharri Rohde has the team's top assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.43.
* Anastasia Goncharova did not play against Towson after an ankle injury. Her status is questionable for the conference opener.
NEWS AND NOTES:
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.
Retrievers In Top-10 in Latest NCAA Statistics Release...UMBC ranked as a team in the top-10 in the NCAA statistic charts in three-point field goals per game. The NCAA updated national statistics are thru games as of Dec. 20, 2004. The Retrievers ranked seventh in three-point field goals per game as a team with a 7.8 average. Individually thru games of Dec. 20, Matea Pender ranked second in three-point field percentage (62.2 percent), 12th in three-point field goals per game (2.9) and 46th in field goal percentage (54.8 percent).
Starting Strong/Finishing Strong...UMBC is 4-1 this season when scoring the opening basket of the game and 5-1 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game, showing the ability to start strong and finish strong. In UMBC's five wins this year they have tallied over 30-points in the second half while in their three of their four losses they have scored less than 25 points in the remaining 20-minutes. The Retrievers against American scored 48-second half points, including a 31-13 run over the final 10 minutes to break a 36-36 tie and seal the 67-49 win.
Defense Wins Games...UMBC is proving defense wins games. The Retrievers rank second in the America East in scoring defense, allowing 55.6 ppg, third in scoring margin at + 4.4, fourth in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and second three-point field goal defense at 24.6 percent. UMBC also ranks second in turnover margin, + 2.11, fourth in steals, 8.44 spg and third in block shots at 3.22 bpg.
Long Range Shooters...UMBC is becoming well known for their three-point shooting as they lead the league once again in three-point field goals per game. The Retrievers have averaged 7.33 treys per game which is tops in the AE charts. UMBC last year set new America East records in their first season from behind the arc, recording the conference's all-time best three-point field goals made mark at 194 for the season and the attempted mark as well at 578. Matea Pender leads UMBC with 23 treys, a 2.56 per game average.
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 by tying her season-high of 25-points.
Retrievers Go With Pender…UMBC is following the lead of junior Matea Pender as the Retrievers are 5-1 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 20.6 ppg, shooting 58.5 percent (38-of-65) from the field and 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from three-point range. Pender already has four 20-point 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 11 three-point baskets against Lafayette and their 11 versus Morgan State was three treys 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 three occasions this season and is 5-0 when hitting at least seven treys.
Retrievers Showing Unselfish Play…UMBC as a team recorded 20 assists or more in four 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. Leading the way is Brittnie Hughes with 39 assists on the season and Sharri Rohde with 33. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 17.89 assist per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts. UMBC ranks first in assist/turnover ratio in the AE charts at 1.07.
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 percentage is 32 assists on 32 field goals set in 1986 by St. Louis against Loyola (Ill.).
Retrievers Break Out The Offense…Shooting 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field, the UMBC Retriever scored 87 points against Morgan State. The last time UMBC scored at least 87 points in a game was on Feb. 14, 2000 with an 87-56 win over St. Francis (N.Y.). UMBC scored at least 80 points on one occasion since then, losing two years ago to Robert Morris, 85-82, 3OT. The Retrievers are shooting 43.4 percent on the season, tops in the America East Conference to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).