, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (8-18, 3-14 America East) takes on conference leader Maine (19-8, 15-2 AE) in the America East regular season finale on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Retrievers face the tough task of taking on the Black Bears on Senior Night in Orono, Maine. The game can be followed using the live stats link in the Retrievers' schedule.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to take the lead at 40-39 over New Hampshire only to fall short in the closing minutes by a final score of 56-51. With under 30 seconds remaining UMBC had two great looks at the basket to tie or take the lead as Sharri Rohde and Heather Luttrell missed three-point opportunities. The Retrievers received 33 points off the bench including a game and career-high 20 points from freshman Amanda Robinson. The 6'2" center dropped 9-of-15 baskets and led the Retriever rally in the second half en route to her career-high performance. Robinson added five rebounds, one block and a steal. Anastasia Goncharova scored seven points and Courtney Doughman chipped in six points off the bench as well. Sharri Rohde recorded a career-high nine assists in the game to go with six rebounds and four points.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine has captured the America East Regular season title for the third consecutive year and holds the No. 1 seed heading into the conference championship tournament next week at Hartford. Maine most recently took out Hartford by a final of 76-59 as Bracey Barker scored 23 and Missy Traversi tallied 21 points to lead the Black Bears. On the season Maine is led by Traversi with 13.4 ppg and Barker with a 12.0 ppg average. Maine receives a first round bye in the tournament and plays the winner of the No. 8 and No. 9 game.
Who's Up Next: The Retrievers travel the University of Hartford for the America East Conference Championships. UMBC, whose opponent is yet to be determined, will play at the 8:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
All-time Series vs. Maine: Meeting No. 4
Last Meeting: Jan. 26, 2005 (Maine 62, UMBC 46)
First Meeting: Jan. 24, 2004 (Maine 60, UMBC 45)
UMBC's last win: NA
Streak: Maine has won three in a row
Series Record: Maine leads the series 3-0
* UMBC has yet to ink a win against the Black Bears and makes their first trip to Orono, Maine in the program's history. UMBC and Maine last year played at the Augusta Civic Center where the Black Bears topped UMBC 61-35. Maine won the first meeting ever last year at UMBC by a final of 60-45 and the first one this season 62-46 and owns the series 3-0. Maine averages 61 ppg in the three meetings.
* The match-up takes on different meaning for the Black Bears as Maine says good-bye to four seniors on Senior Night. Among the seniors is Missy Traversi who leads the team in scoring at 13.4 ppg. Both teams have locked up their spots for the America East Tournament with the Retrievers playing on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. and Maine on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
* Maine jumped out to a 33-23 lead at halftime and followed the lead of Bracey Baker with 22 points for a 62-46 win at UMBC's RAC Arena. In the opening minutes of the second half UMBC cut the Black Bears lead to three with a quick 7-0 run but Maine regained their double-digit lead by the 12:16 mark and were able to hold off any more Retriever surges. Matea Pender scored a game-high 13 points to lead UMBC.
Conference Championship Picture Coming Into Focus
* With one remaining game left in the America East Regular season the America East Conference championship bracket is beginning to take shape with four spots known. The top-three seeds are locked into position with Maine No. 1, Harford No. 2 and New Hampshire No. 3. UMBC will play in the opening round game against the No. 7 seed next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Possible Retriever opponents include Vermont, Northeastern and Stony Brook. Stony Brook and Northeastern play on Saturday and Vermont and Binghamton play each other as well. If Vermont loses and Northeastern wins, UMBC will play Vermont. If Northeastern wins and Vermont wins, the Retrievers will play Northeastern. If Stony Brook wins UMBC will play the Seawolves in the first round.
Freshman Robinson Emerging Over Last Four
* Freshman Amanda Robinson has been emerging over the last four games as the 6'2" center has come off the bench to average 10.0 ppg, including a career-high 20 points against New Hampshire. Robinson against Albany tallied 13 points and eight rebounds in that contest. Robinson is shooting 51.4 percent making 18-of-35 field goals and is averaging 4.8 rpg.
UMBC Takes On Top-Three In Conference Down The Stretch
* The way the league is panning out this year UMBC has drawn the short straw heading into the final three games of the season with having to play the top-three teams in the conference standings. UMBC has faced Hartford (No. 2) and New Hampshire (No. 3) in their last two games and travel to Maine to play the No. 1 ranked Black Bears.
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 entering the week ranked in overall America East statistics in 7th place in steals at 1.76 spg and 5th in block shots at 1.04 bpg. In America East Conference games Rohde is third in steals at 1.81 spg and ranks 6th in blocks at 1.06 bpg. Last week Rohde recorded six blocks including tying a career-high with four against Vermont.
Pender Ranks Fourth In Nation Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Chart
* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Feb. 28, 2005, dropped to fourth in three-point percentage. Pender led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for five straight weeks and enters this week shooting 48.4 percent from the field at 60-of-124.
40 Minute Nights
* In 13 of UMBC's 17 conference games at least one player has played 40 minutes. Sharri Rohde leads UMBC with seven 40-minute nights on the season while Matea Pender and Brittnie Hughes have logged all the minutes on five occasions this season. Rohde has played all 40 minutes 11 times in her career.
* UMBC has had trouble after falling behind this year showing their need to get ahead early on. UMBC when trailing at halftime is 1-13 this year and are 0-12 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.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Goncharova's Career-Day Against UNH
* 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...Mate Pender tallied her fourth double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Vermont on Feb. 23. Pender's first double-double of the season came against Boston U., in the first meeting this season. That double-double marked 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 two games following that performance. Pender in the second meeting with Boston U., recorded her third double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Opponent Points Rebounds
Boston U. (1-12) 12 12
Albany (1-19) 13 11
Boston U. (2-10) 24 12
Vermont (2-23) 14 11
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 8-9 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 (93 assists) and Sharri Rohde (88 assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 15.0 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.
Drabyn Out For Season...Freshman Kristin Drabyn suffered a broken finger and has been sidelined the rest of the 2004-05 season.
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).