Two Transfers Set to Join Retrievers for 2011-12 Season
Head coach Phil Stern
BALTIMORE—UMBC head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern today announced that two student-athletes will transfer to UMBC this fall. Raven Harris (American) and Brittany Crowell (James Madison) may practice with the Retrievers in the 2010-11 academic year, but cannot to compete until the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Both players will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Harris, a 5-7 point guard from Virginia Beach, Va., averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 53 games over two years at American, helping lead the Eagles to a share of the 2010 Patriot League regular-season title and back-to-back appearances in the WNIT. A career 75.0 percent free throw shooter, she averaged 6.7 points per game and led American in both assists (104) and steals (78) last season, ranking second in the Patriot League with 2.5 steals per game and a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and third with 3.4 helpers per contest.
A four-year letterwinner at Princess Anne High School, Harris was a McDonald’s All-America nominee who earned Second-Team All-State honors in 2008, when she averaged 19 points, six assists and three steals as a senior. She scored more than 1,000 points in her career and led the Cavaliers to the state title in 2004 and a No. 9 national ranking in USA Today in 2005.
“Raven is an outstanding floor leader who does a great job of getting the ball to the right people at the right time,” Stern said. “We look forward to her maturity and leadership on and off the court.”
Crowell, a 5-9 shooting guard from Brandywine, Md., averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in two seasons at James Madison, which won the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association title and made back-to-back postseason appearances, including the 2010 NCAA Tournament and the 2009 WNIT second round. She shot 34.6 percent (28-for-81) from 3-point range during her freshman season.
Crowell was a 2008 McDonald’s All-America nominee after averaging 21 points and six rebounds per game as a senior at Gwynn Park High School, where she set a number of Yellow Jacket records, including career points (1,407), season points (526), season scoring average (21.0 ppg), points in a game (39) and season free throw percentage (.820).
“Brittany is an outstanding athlete with excellent 3-point range,” Stern said. “She is a perfect fit in our system.”