UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS BACK ON THE ROAD TO ALBANY

, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (6-7, 1-3 America East) will look to keep pace with the upper portion of the America East Conference when they head to Albany (6-7, 1-3 AE) to face the Great Danes on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Retriever fans can listen to the game live by clicking on the radio link to Albany's Student Radio Station, WCDB.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers fell to 1-3 in the conference as Northeastern was able to pull away late and take a 58-52 victory at UMBC RAC Arena last Saturday night. UMBC was within three points at 55-52, but a Maralene Zwarich jumper in the lane with 13 seconds left on the clock and the shot clock winding down sealed the Huskies win. Matea Pender for UMBC finished with her sixth 20-point or more performance of the year with 20 points and six rebounds while Brittnie Hughes had her second consecutive double digit performance at 10 points and five assists. Pender in conference play is averaging 17.0 ppg.

ALBANY UPDATE: The Great Danes sport the exact same record as the Retrievers as both team's look to keep pace with the top portion of the conference. Albany enters the game coming off a loss to Maine, 57-42. The Great Danes conference win was against Northeastern, 67-64 in overtime. Danielle Hutcheson leads the Great Danes with 14.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Maree Jones is averaging 12.8 ppg and Jen Schumacher is averaging 10.7 ppg this year.

Who's Up Next: The Retrievers travel the University of Binghamton for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Events Center.

All-time Series vs. Albany: Meeting No. 3

Last Meeting: Mar. 6, 2004 (Albany 64, UMBC 44)

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

UMBC's last win: NA

Streak: Albany has won two in a row

Series Record: Albany leads the series 2-0

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Against Albany

* UMBC and Albany will meet for the third time in their all-time history as the Great Danes last year swept the two-game season series with the Retrievers. Last year's meeting at RAC Arena was the first meeting ever between the two programs as Albany owns the all-time series 2-0. 

Match-up Notes

* After allowing 22 second chance points against Northeastern and 17 offensive rebounds, the Retrievers will have to deal with the conference's top offensive rebounding club in Albany, as the Great Danes are averaging a league-high 15.0 offensive rebounds.

Retrievers Aim For 200th D-I Win

* The UMBC Women's Basketball program is on the verge of winning their 200th game during their 19-year Division-I history. The Retrievers last win over Boston U. put them at 199 career win since turning D-I at the start of the 1986-87 season. 

Pender Tallies' 6th 20-point performance of the Year

* Matea Pender tallied her sixth 20-plus point performance of the year with 20 points and six rebounds against Northeastern. Pender has nine double-digit performances on the year with six of them at least 20-points or more and one in which she tallied 30 points.

Double-Double

* Matea Pender recorded UMBC's first double-double since Shalayna Johnson (1999-2003) scored 37 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac on Mar. 1, 2003. Pender finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Boston University. Pender's 12 rebounds is the first time this season a Retriever has hit double-digits in rebounds as well.

Pender Top Three-Point Shooter In Nation

* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Jan. 10, 2005, leads the nation in three-point percentage at 62.5 percent. Entering this week the junior guard/forward is shooting 59.6 percent from outside the arc.

Block Party

* UMBC in their last six games has 19 blocks as a team, 10 from Sharri Rohde. Rohde set a career-high four blocks against Boston U, topping her old career high of three set at Towson earlier this year.

Pender's lead

* In UMBC's six wins this season Matea Pender is averaging 19.2 ppg, shooting 54.7 percent from the field (41-of-75) and 64.7 percent from three-point range (22-of-34). In four of those six games Pender has scored 20 or more points. In games lost Pender is averaging 11.7 ppg. 

No Rest For Rohde

* Sharri Rohde took a break for the first time in conference play as Rohde prior to Northeastern played all 40 minutes for the Retrievers in the previous three games. Rohde got into some foul trouble early and was forced to sit seven minutes in the first half. She came out and played the whole second half for UMBC for 33 minutes in the game.

Starters Staying In

* UMBC's starting line-up that has featured Erin Voss, Matea Pender, Sharri Rohde, Brittnie Hughes and Heather Luttrell have accounted for 86.6 percent of UMBC's minutes in their four conference games. Out of 20 starts combined in the four games, seven times a player has not left the game, going all 40 minutes.

Conference Leaders

* UMBC as a team leads the conference in field goal percentage, three-point field goals made and assists. Matea Pender is the league leader in three-point percentage and three-point field goals made. 

NEWS AND NOTES:

Retrievers in Top-20 in Latest NCAA Statistics Release...UMBC ranked as a team in the top-20 in the NCAA statistic charts in three-point field goals per game as of games thru Jan. 10, 2005. The Retrievers ranked 16th in three-point field goals per game as a team with a 7.2 average.

Pender Holds Top Slot on NCAA Charts...Matea Pender took over the top slot on the NCAA national statistics chart for three-point field goal percentage (62.5 percent) as of games thru Jan. 10, 2005. Pender also ranks 14th in treys per game at 2.7. Pender entering this week is shooting 59.6 percent from outsied the arc and averaging 2.62 per game.

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.

Pender joins 30-point night club...Matea Pender had a career night for UMBC at Stony Brook, scoring 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 11th on UMBC's all-time single-game points scored chart. The last time a UMBC player hit 30-points in a game was Shalayna Johnson on March 1, 2003 when she set the school record with 37 against Quinnipiac.

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 are averaging 7.08 treys per game, tops in the AE charts. UMBC last year set new America East records in their first season in the conference 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 34 treys, a 2.62 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 with 25-points.

Retrievers Go With Pender…UMBC is following the lead of junior Matea Pender as the Retrievers are 6-3 in games Pender has scored double-digits. In UMBC wins, Pender is averaging 19.2 ppg, shooting 54.7 percent (41-of-75) from the field and 64.7 percent (22-of-34) from three-point range. Pender already has six 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 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.

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 49 assists on the season and Sharri Rohde with 48. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 16.08 assists per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts. UMBC ranks first in assist/turnover ratio in the AE charts at 0.98.

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.

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).