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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL INKS THREE FOR 2004-05
Baltimore, Md. – UMBC head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern announced today the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend UMBC for the 2004-05 academic year. The list includes Indiana natives Kristin Drabyn (Avon, Ind./Avon) and Jennifer Ferguson (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) along with local talent Morgan Hatten (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill).
“We have added three very talented young ladies who will help us as we continue to play tougher competition,” commented Stern. “All three will represent UMBC with class on and off the court.”
Drabyn averaged 16.0 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game as a junior in 2002-03. Standing at 5’7”, the Avon High School guard set the school’s all-time single-season free throw shooting percentage record hitting 91.4 percent of her free throws her junior year. Drabyn is a two-time Hoosiers Crossroads Conference (HCC) all-conference selection, two-time all-county pick and earned second team all-metro as a sophomore and first team all-metro as a junior. For the past two seasons she has played AAU 17U basketball, going to the National sweet 16 in 2001-02 and last year placing 12th nationally after winning the state AAU title.
Ferguson is in the midst of completing a spectacular high school career as the two-year captain averaged 14.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game as the team’s MVP her junior year. The 5’7” guard earned All-Northeast Corner Conference honors after taking Fremont High School to its fifth consecutive sectional championship, shooting 58 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe.
Hattan is a local product from Potomac, Md., where she has been instrumental in the high achievements of Winston Churchill High School, who have won back-to-back Maryland 4A state titles in 2002-03 and 2001-02. Last season as a junior she recorded a career single-game high of 28 points as she was named All-Met honorable mention by the Washington Post. Earning team Co-MVP for the second consecutive year, the 5’10” wing averaged 13.3 points per game on 49.3 shooting percentage from the field and grabbed 6.8 boards a contest. She also added 3.3 steals and 3.1 assists per game en route to being named to the Montgomery Journal All-County team and labeled “The County’s most skilled and versatile player”.
The Retrievers begin their 2003-04 season on Saturday, Nov. 22 when they host Penn in the second game of the Retriever Tip-Off Tourney. Iona and Delaware State will square off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Retrievers at 7:30 p.m. A consolation game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 with the Championship game slated for a 4 p.m. tip-off.