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, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (7-15, 2-11 America East) is looking to get over the hump after falling in the last four games by an average of 5.5 ppg as the Retrievers host Albany (11-11, 6-7 AE) in America East women's basketball action on Saturday night at RAC Arena at 7 p.m. Albany captured the earlier meeting this season coming from behind and taking a 52-46 win. 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 dropped their second consecutive decision by a three-point margin as Binghamton fought back from a 30-27 halftime deficit and used a 12-0 run to propel them to a 57-54 win over UMBC, snapping a four game losing streak and extending UMBC's skid to seven straight. The Retrievers, who trailed by no more than six in the second half, closed the gap to two on a couple of occasions and behind a Matea Pender jumper with 15 seconds left returned gap to three at 57-54. Erin Voss tied up Jen Blues on the Bearcats inbound play giving UMBC one last change with seven seconds remaining but a deflected inbounds play allowed Binghamton to hold UMBC from getting a potential game tying shot off. Sharri Rohde finished with 12 points going 8-of-8 at the free throw line while Brittnie Hughes tallied 11 points. Heather Luttrell grabbed eight rebounds. Matea Pender was held to five points in the game.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany sits tied for fifth place and are a game out of third in the conference standings. The Great Danes are in a four-way tie with any of the teams capable of moving anywhere from a tie for third to eighth place in one game. Albany has lost two in a row and is led by Danielle Hutcheson's 14.7 ppg and Jen Schumacher's 12.1 ppg.

Who's Up Next: The Retrievers continue their four game home stand with Vermont at home on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. 

All-time Series vs. Albany: Meeting No. 4

Last Meeting: Jan. 19, 2005 (Albany 52, UMBC 46)

First Meeting: Feb. 4, 2004 (Albany 75, UMBC 58)

UMBC's last win: NA

Streak: Albany has won three in a row

Series Record: Albany leads the series 3-0

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Against Albany

* UMBC has yet to get into the all-time series with Albany winning all three contests, both last year and the earlier match-up this season. UMBC, who lost by an average of 15.5 ppg in both meetings last year, fell to the Great Danes by six points in the first meeting and trailed by as little as little as two points with under two minutes to go in the game.

Match-up Notes

* The Retrievers versus Albany match-up focuses on the inside game as the Great Danes, behind Danielle Hutcheson, grab an average of 14.9 offensive rebounds per game while UMBC ranks 10th in the league in rebounding, 28.6 rpg. In the first meeting UMBC allowed 13 offensive rebounds, four of them team rebounds that went out of bounds off a UMBC player. Heather Luttrell as of late for UMBC has emerged inside with nine and eight rebounds in the last two games respectively.

Last Meeting

* Behind 16 points from Albany's Maree Jones, Albany defeated UMBC back on Jan. 19 by a final of 52-46. UMBC was up by as many as five, 40-35, late in the second half before Jen Schumacher hit a three to spark an Albany comeback. Danielle Hutcheson hit one-of-two from the foul line and followed with a long jumper from the right side to bring the Great Danes within one, 42-41. Schumacher converted her fourth trey of the night from the left wing to put Albany back on top, 44-42. Jones, who shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line, scored Albany's final points from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward Sharri Rohde led all players with a career-high 18 points while junior guard Matea Pender recorded a double-double for the Retrievers, tallying 13 points and 11 boards.

UMBC Takes One 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 hosts Albany (fifth), followed by Vermont (fourth), and 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 playing 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 30-of-31 attempts from the charity stripe over the league's first 13 games. Rohde is an impressive 96.8 percent from the free throw line after making a career-high 8-of-8 free throws in the second meeting against Binghamton.

Pender Falls From Top Spot But Still Among Nation's Leaders

* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Feb. 13, 2005, fell from her top spot as the nation's leader in three-point percentage. Pender led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for five straight weeks and enters this week shooting 52.0 percent from the field at 53-of-102, ranking third in the nation.

Last Four Come Down To The End

* UMBC over the last four games have taken teams right down to the wire but unable to finish as each of the last four has been under a 10-point outcome, including the last two three-point losses. UMBC over the last four have fallen by an average of 5.5 ppg.

Getting Ahead

* 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 6-3 when leading with five minutes left in the game and 5-4 when leading at halftime, showing the ability to sustain leads once ahead.

Pender's lead

* In UMBC's seven wins this season Matea Pender is averaging 19.1 ppg, shooting 53.5 percent from the field (46-of-86) and 64.9 percent from three-point range (24-of-37). In four of those six games Pender has scored 20 or more points. In games lost Pender is averaging 12.3 ppg.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Pender Falls From Top Slot on NCAA Charts...Matea Pender streak of five consecutive weeks holding the top slot on the NCAA national statistics chart for three-point field goal percentage ended last week as of games thru Feb. 13, 2005. Pender ranks third in the nation at 52.0 percent. Pender also ranks 23rd in treys per game at 2.5.

Goncharova's Career-Day

* 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.

Goncharova's Day

-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 7-8 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 19.1 ppg, shooting 53.5 percent (46-of-86) from the field and 64.9 percent (24-of-37) from three-point range. 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 four occasions this season.

Retrievers Showing Unselfish Play…UMBC as a team recorded 20 assists or more in five 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 (75 assists) and Sharri Rohde (73 assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 14.91 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 last Wednesday night 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

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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

Live Stats

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).