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20 Matea Pender
Height: 6-1
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Sibenik, Croatia
High School: Croatian National Team
Position: G

AS A JUNIOR (2004-05): Returned to her freshman-year form with a strong start to the season, registering six double-digit and four 20-point performances in the first seven games of the season…played in all 28 games, starting 27 on the year…led the nation in three-point field goal percentage from Jan. 10, 2005 through Feb. 13, 2005, and finished the year ranking third in the nation at 48.8 percent (62-for-127) from outside the arc…scored a career-high 30 points at Stony Brook, going 7-of-15 from the field, 6-of-8 from outside the arc and 10-of-10 at the free throw line…30 points in a game ranks tied for 12th for a single-game performance all-time at UMBC…grabbed eight rebounds that game as well…recorded four double-doubles on the year, with two of them coming against Boston U…tallied 17 double-figure games on the season and seven 20-plus point performances…her 372 points scored ranks eighth all-time for a UMBC junior…came 28 points short from becoming the 12th member of the UMBC single-season 400-point club…recorded 62 three-point field goals on the year, ranking fourth in the UMBC career single-season chart…with 80 treys for her career, she ranks fifth all-time in that category…her 48.8 percent from three-point range shattered the America East record (45.2 percent by Kristen McCormick of Maine) for three-point field goal percentage in a season…shot 41.5 percent (124-of-299) from the field and made 62-of-127 three-point field goals…shot 71.3 percent at the free throw line (62-of-87)…averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.1 spg…played in 40 minutes on five occasions… named America East Player of the Week twice, the first coming the second week of the season after scoring 25 points against Morgan State and the second coming the week ending Dec. 12 after averaging 20.7 ppg in three contests… earned a spot on the America East All-Conference Third Team.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Came on as a solid player off the bench in the final two games of the regular season, scoring eight points at Albany and five at Vermont, going a combined 5-of-5 from the field in those games and 2-of-2 from three-point range…played in 17 games on the year, logging the most minutes at home against New Hampshire with 17…shot the ball just under 40.0 percent from the field…averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.1 rpg.

2002-03: Missed the entire season after undergoing knee surgery (ACL) during the fall.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001-02): Enjoyed a fine freshman season, earning Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team honors...started 18 contests...averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game…was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 21...made a huge splash in UMBC’s opening night victory against Virginia Commonwealth by scoring 15 points and pulling down six rebounds in 26 minutes of action...also connected on three of her four three-point field goal attempts...followed that outing with 16 points in her first NEC contest at Mount St. Mary’s...scored 17 points and grabbed six boards in the victory at Lehigh...recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Navy...was sensational in the home victory versus Wagner, pouring in a season-high 28 points (10-for-17), the most by a Retriever in 2001-02...also came up with six steals and seven rebounds against the Seahawks...followed that performance with 17 points and seven rebounds at home against Sacred Heart...scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 19 minutes in the home victory against Central Connecticut State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a member of the Croatian National Team prior to her arrival at UMBC...was selected as the top high school player in her league...named the Most Valuable Player of the Junior Tournament in Croatia in 1999-2000.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 15,1982...daughter of Mate and Smiya Pender...currently working on earning her master’s in economic policy analysis.