Women’s Basketball Inks Three for 2010-11 Season During Early Signing Period
BALTIMORE—UMBC head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern recently announced that three players – Chelsea Grover, Dana Lewis and Amirah Tucker – have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers in the fall of 2010.
“We’re very excited to have these three outstanding student-athletes join our program,” Stern said. “They will each excel both in the classroom and on the court.”
Grover, a 6-2 forward from Southampton, N.J., averaged 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks as a junior at Seneca High School. The Golden Eagles’ MVP, she is a two-time first-team all-South Jersey honoree and also earned first-team all-conference.
“Chelsea is an outstanding athlete who can play both facing the basket and posting up,” Stern said. “She will bring toughness and aggressiveness to our program.”
Lewis, a 6-2 center from Brodhead High School in Brodhead, Wis., averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds during her junior season, leading the Cardinals in both categories and earning team MVP honors. She also shot 53 percent from the floor and posted a team-best 33 blocks, and she was named to the all-conference first team, the all-state second team and the Monroe Times all-star team. Lewis has also helped lead Brodhead to back-to-back conference titles.
“Dana will give us a strong inside presence and the ability to rebound at a high level,” Stern said. “She also possesses excellent offensive skills for a post player.”
Tucker, a 5-10 shooting guard from nearby Randallstown, Md., averaged 15.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks as a junior at New Town High School, earning recognition on both the all-division and all-county first teams. She made more than three 3-pointers per game, shooting 78 percent from long distance, and was also exceptional at the foul line, connecting on nearly 95 percent of her free throws.
“Amirah has outstanding 3-point range and fits perfectly into our system,” Stern said.