RETRIEVER WOMEN’S HOOPS HITS THE ROAD TO VERMONT

– The UMBC Women's Basketball team (7-10, 2-6 America East) takes to the road to finish off the first half of league play as they travel to Vermont (9-8, 5-3 America East) to take on the Catamounts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night in Patrick Gymnasium. The Catamounts were UMBC's first win in the America East Conference last year and UMBC will look to replicate that performance and return to the winning track after back-to-back losses last week. Fans can follow the action via Vermont's live stats or listen to the game live by going to Sportsjuice.com.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: In what turned out to be a losing effort to New Hampshire, 73-61, Anastasia Goncharova turned in the best performance by a UMBC player off the bench and one of the best performance in the program's history with 33 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 from three-point range. Goncharova hit 6-of-6 in the first half to score 18 of UMBC's 29 points at the break. The Retrievers, however, were unable to account for a 14-0 run in the second half by the visiting Wildcats and fell for the fourth time in the last five outings. Goncharova's 33 points is the sixth best performance in a single game for points scored in UMBC history and her nine three-point baskets were one off the all-time record for treys in a game.

VERMONT UPDATE: Despite their latest loss to league leader Hartford, the Catamounts are off to a strong start in league play with a 5-3 mark heading into the final game before the halfway point in league play. Vermont is led by Lani Boardman with 15.5 ppg and Kate McNamara with 11.3 ppg. Vermont leads the conference in scoring at 67.4 ppg.

Who's Up Next: The Retrievers begin the second half of conference play with Stony Brook at home on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in UMBC RAC Arena.

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

Last Meeting: Mar. 3, 2004 (Vermont 70, UMBC 48)

First Meeting: Jan. 31, 2004 (UMBC 65, Vermont 55)

UMBC's last win: Jan. 31, 2004 (UMBC 65, Vermont 55)

Streak: Vermont has won one in a row

Series Record: The series is tied 1-1

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Against Vermont

* The all-time series between UMBC and Vermont is knotted at 1-1 after splitting last year, each holding their own on their home court. UMBC earned their first win of the season against the Catamounts last year, a 10-point win, while Vermont at home downed UMBC by 22 points in the rematch.

Match-up Notes

* Vermont enters the game with the top scoring offense in the league at 67.4 ppg while UMBC has fallen to 10th at 56.4 ppg. The game pits two of the top scorers in the conference, as Lani Boardman of Vermont is averaging 15.5 ppg while UMBC's Matea Pender is averaging 14.5 ppg and leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage.

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 1-7 this year and are 0-7 when trailing with 10 minutes left in the game. The Retrievers are 6-3 when leading with 10 and five minutes left in the game and 5-2 when leading at halftime, showing the ability to sustain leads once ahead.

Pender Top Three-Point Shooter In Nation For Fourth Week In A Row

* Matea Pender in the latest NCAA statistics which run thru games as of Jan. 31, 2005, leads the nation in three-point percentage at 53.9 percent. It is the fourth week in a row this season that Pender has led the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage. Pender heading into the week has made 41-of-76 from three-point land. In games won this year Matea has convert

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 12 rebounds is a career-high for her.

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.

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 11.3 ppg.

UMBC's 13 treys One Off School Mark

* UMBC's 13 three-point field goals was one three-point basket from tying the single-game mark for trifectas in a contest in UMBC history. Last year UMBC set the mark at 14 against Northeastern. UMBC's first eight field goals were treys and nine of UMBC's 10 first half field goals were from outside the arc against New Hampshire.

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 has been limited in her action prior to her injury this season.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Pender Holds Top Slot on NCAA Charts...Matea Pender held her top slot on the NCAA national statistics chart for three-point field goal percentage (53.9 percent) as of games thru Jan. 31, 2005. Pender also ranks 35th in treys per game at 2.4. Pender has led the nation in three-point field goal percentage for four weeks straight.

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.

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 6.9 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 41 treys, a 2.41 per game average.

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 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.

Rohde Drops Career High

* Sharri Rohde scored a career-high 18 points in UMBC's outing against Albany, topping her old mark of 17 points set her freshman year against Loyola (Md.). Rohde went 5-of-8 from the field and connected on 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

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 7-5 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 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 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 (65 assists) and Sharri Rohde (57 assists) are the catalysts of the Retrievers offense. UMBC's school record for team assists in a game is 27. The Retrievers are averaging 15.88 assists per game, ranking first in the America East team statistics charts. UMBC ranks first in assist/turnover ratio in the AE charts at 0.97.

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).