Harris Earns DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Recognition
CLEVELAND – UMBC women’s basketball’s senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) was one of 20 student-athletes honored in the 11th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams.
Harris earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in media and communication studies in May 2012. The first-year graduate student is pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education and was one of two members of the scholar-athlete squad to post a 4.0, joining Amanda Hyde from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Harris had a breakout season on the court in her final campaign with the Retrievers, setting a UMBC record for steals (109) and concluding the year ranked third in the country in steals per game. The Virginia Beach, Va., native earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors, as well as being named to the America East All-Defensive Team, after ending the season ranked first in the league in steals per game (3.8), second in assists per game (3.8) and fourth in scoring (12.4).
Players were required to have reached a junior academic standing at their institution and have accumulated a minimum grade point average of 3.20 to be eligible for the award. The students were also required to have participated in at least 50 percent of this year’s contests and must be a starter or key reserve on their team.
“I am thrilled that Raven’s efforts in the classroom and on the court were recognized on a national level,” said head coach Phil Stern. “Raven is a great example to kids in our area and future Retrievers.”
About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 101 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year.