UMBC TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT TO OPEN RETRIEVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL’S 2004-05 SEASON ON SATURDAY

Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team officially kicks off their 2004-05 season with the second annual Retriever Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 20-21. Saturday's pairings are set with Mount St. Mary's facing Cornell in the opening tournament game 2 p.m. and the Retrievers hosting Cornell at approximately 4 p.m. in the day's twinbill. The Retrievers are entering their second year in the America East Conference and return eight letterwinners and four starters from 2003-04. UMBC's games will be broadcast live via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can follow live stats as well by clicking on the tab in the left hand column of the Retrievers homepage.

Scouting Coppin State: Coming off one of its best seasons in recent years,18-11, the Coppin State women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the league's preseason poll. In addition, two Eagles, Leisel Harry and Sherrie Tucker were voted preseason all-conference honorees.

Last Meeting: Dec. 5, 1992 (Coppin State 75, UMBC 55)

UMBC's last win: Nov. 24, 1989 (UMBC 83, Coppin State 63)

Series Record: UMBC leads the series, 9-5

Scouting Mount St. Mary's: Mount St. Mary's is coming off a 9-19 season that saw them for the third consecutive year take the final spot in the conference tournament (8th place finish) and fall in the first round. The Mountaineers lost three 1,000-career point scorers but return Samira Rashid who led the Mount in assists last year and averaged 9.8 ppg.

Last Meeting: Feb. 5, 2003 (UMBC 69, Mount St. Mary's 55)

Mount's last win: Dec. 14, 2002 (Mount St. Mary's 65, UMBC 60)

Series Record: Mount St. Mary's leads the series, 27-7

Scouting Cornell: The Cornell women's basketball team is coming off a season in which it went 9-18 overall with a 4-10 record in Ivy League play. Cornell lost six players to graduation from the 2003-04 squad, including all five starters. Junior Sarah Brown is the only member of this year's team to ever start in a contest.

Last Meeting: Nov. 27, 1994 (Cornell 59, UMBC 54)

UMBC's last win: NA

Series Record: Cornell leads the series, 2-0

Phil Stern Enters Third Season With Retrievers... Over the past eight years, head women's basketball coach Phil Stern has seen the growing pains of revitalizing struggling programs, while at the same token he has reaped the benefits and carrying a team to the top of their respective conferences. With the Retrievers heading into their second year in the Mid-Major America East Conference and Stern entering his third year at the helm of the Retrievers, Stern will once again be facing the obstacles he has overcome before as he continues to set the foundation on sending the Retrievers' Women's Basketball program to the top ranks of their conference.

Off On The Right Foot...UMBC will look to get off on the right foot and break a streak of five losses when opening the season with a tournament. UMBC all-time is 12-24 in their season opening match, winning their last opener in 2002-03 against Towson on Nov. 23.

Long-Time No See Neighbor...Coppin State is the Retrievers closest neighbor as their campus hails less than seven miles from UMBC, yet the two programs have not went head-to-head since 1992. Coppin State has won the last three meetings. UMBC and Coppin State have met on 14 occasions with the Retrievers holding a 9-5 advantage all-time.

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 mark at RAC Arena in 1993-94. UMBC's career home record is 184-142 (.564).

No Charity Allowed...Over the last two seasons Head Coach Phil Stern's squads ranked in the top-five in the country in fewest fouls per game. Last year the Retrievers as a team finished second nationally at 13.3 fouls per game. UMBC finished fifth in the nation two years ago in fouls per game at 13.5.

Newcomers Debut: The Retrievers opener will be the debut of four UMBC freshmen. The game marks the first collegiate game for Kristin Drabyn (Avon, Ind.), Jennifer Ferguson (Fremont, Ind.), Morgan Hatten (Potomac, Md.) and Amanda Robinson (Lusby, Md.).

Doughman Set UMBC Individual Single-Season Three-Point Field Goal Percentage in 2003-04…Sophomore Courtney Doughman set UMBC's top single-season three-point field percentage in 2003-04 when she connected on 45 of 109 attempts from beyond the arc for a .413 shooting percentage. The next best percentage his held by Jami Lange, .380, set in 1998-99.

Retrievers Set AE Single-Season Three-Point Field Goals Mark In Opening Season…The Retrievers in their first year in the America East Conference became the new single-season leader for made three-point baskets in a season. The Retrievers connected on 194 three-point baskets on the year as Anastasia Goncharova hit 70 of those made treys to lead UMBC. The Retrievers broke the old record of 188 set by Vermont in 1999-2000.

Retrievers Become AE Single-Season Three-Point Field Goals Attempted Leader…UMBC eclipsed the America East single-season record for three-point field goals attempted, set by New Hampshire in 2001-02 with 526 attempts. The Retrievers entered their game on Mar. 2 against Vermont with 525 attempts on the season and took 17 shots from outside the arc to set the new mark. The Retrievers finished the year 578 three-point field goal attempts.

Retrievers Break Single-Game Marks From Outside The Arc…The Retrievers produced stellar numbers in the first meeting with Northeastern last year as they set a number of new team single-game marks. The Retrievers' 14 three-point baskets made against Northeastern ties for second in the America East record books and is a UMBC record. In addition, the Retrievers set school records for field goal percentage at 67.4 percent (31-of-46) and three-point field goal percentage at 63.6 (14-of-22).

Retrievers Finish 2003-04 In Top-Two In All-Three AE Conference Games Shooting Charts…The Retrievers hit their stride putting the ball in the hoop once the conference season began, finishing the year ranking in AE conference games only in the top-two for the three shooting categories (field goal %, 3-pt field goal %, free throw %). As a team the Retrievers led the conference in league games in field goal percentage, finishing first after shooting 43.9 percent from the field. The Retrievers ranked second in league games in three-point field goal percentage (37.9 percent) and free throw percentage (78.1 percent).

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. 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 games is set to air on Metro TV NY and Fox Sports New England.

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.

Infirmary Report: UMBC prior to the season lost freshman Zuzana Kasanová to an ACL tear to her knee. UMBC will also be without Erin Voss for the home opener with an injury to her right hand.

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).