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Cassidy Tabbed to America East Preseason All-Conference Team; Retrievers Picked to Finish Fifth
Carlee Cassidy is the first Retiever ever to earn America East Preason All-Conference honors.
Just seven months after becoming the first Retriever ever to earn first-team all-conference nods in UMBC’s five years in the America East, Cassidy added another program first to her résumé with the preseason all-conference recognition. The 5-9 guard emerged as one of the best players in the America East last season, leading the league with 17.0 points per game. An assassin from behind the arc, Cassidy knocked down 67 three-pointers in 2007-08, shattering UMBC’s sophomore record and leading the conference with 2.39 triples per contest.
Joining Cassidy on the preseason all-conference team are
The fifth-place billing in the preseason coaches’ poll is UMBC’s highest since joining the America East in 2003, eclipsing the sixth-place predictions for each of the last two seasons.
For the first time in four years, a team other than
The Retrievers return seven players from last season’s squad that finished 9-21 overall and 5-11 in league action. UMBC earned the No. 6 seed in the America East Championships but fell to third-seeded
In addition to Cassidy, the Retrievers return 5-8 senior guard Chantay Frazier (
Eight newcomers – seven freshmen and one junior college transfer – will join the Retrievers this season to help fill voids left by the graduation of guards Kristin Drabyn and Morgan Hatten and center Amanda Robinson. It is the largest incoming class in head coach Phil Stern’s tenure, surpassing the six newcomers from last season.
“I think we will be a much deeper team and a much more versatile team this year with the influx of new players,” Stern said. “It will be an exciting brand of basketball for our fans.”
The Retrievers’ season begins Saturday, Nov. 15, when UMBC visits perennial powerhouse George Washington at 2 p.m. The home slate opens Wednesday, Nov. 19, when the Retrievers host George Mason at 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
School (1st-place votes) Points
5. UMBC 31
9. Stony Brook 16
Carlee Cassidy, UMBC