Stern Adds Three to Women’s Basketball 2012-13 Signing Class
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball head coach Phil Stern announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent. Abbie Hein (Fridley, Minn./Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran (Wis.)), Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and Marissa Somerville (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken) will join the Retrievers for the 2013-14 season.
“We are thrilled to sign three talented young ladies in the late signing period,” Stern said of the incoming group. “They all fit what we are looking for in the classroom, in the community and on the court.”
The trio will join early period signees Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) to make up UMBC women’s basketball’s 2017 class.
Hein, a four-time All-Small Dairyland Conference First Team selection, becomes the first female member of Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran High School to sign a letter to compete at the Division I level. The 5’9” guard earned All-Northwest Player of the Year honors as a senior and concluded her career as the Lancers’ all-time leading scorer with 1,673 points, while also adding 737 rebounds, 281 assists and 365 steals.
The two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State First Team selection, helped ECIL to its second-consecutive Dairyland Small title and its first-ever WIAA Regional Title in her final season with the Lancers. Hein averaged a double-double in her final season with 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds, en route to AP All-State Third Team honors.
“Abbie is the perfect fit into our system,” Stern said. “She can score in many different ways and she excels in every facet of the game.”
Hagaman, a 6’3” forward/center at Manasquan High School, helped the Big Blue Warriors to its first-ever NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title in 2012. The Manasquan, N.J., native stepped up her game yet again as a senior, providing a key leadership role to a squad that returned just two starters from its state championship squad. Hagaman increased her scoring output as a senior, averaging 11.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game to garner All-Jersey Shore Conference Second Team honors.
“Amanda has tremendous skills for a 6’3” young lady,” said Stern. “She will be able to play multiple positions for us and her passion for the game is exactly what we look for in our players.”
Somerville averaged 11.2 points, 3.5 rebound and 2.6 steals per game in her senior season at St. Mary’s Ryken, as the Knights earned their best finish in program history in the 2012-13 campaign. The Leonardtown, Md., native was an All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Third Team selection and was named all-county honorable mention in her final campaign.
“Marissa is an excellent three-point shooter and will be able to stretch the defense for us,” Stern said.