UMBC Women’s Basketball Inks Three in Early Signing Period

Baltimore-UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern announced today that three players – Michele Brokans, Meghan Colabella and Chrissy Robinson – have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers in the fall of 2007.

Michele Brokans, a 5-foot-8 point guard out of Lansdale Catholic in Lansdale, Pa., has averaged 5.7 points, 6.9 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in three high school seasons. She was team captain and MVP in each of the last two years, and she earned the Genuardi Award for Most Outstanding Female Athlete in her high school as a junior, when she was named to the all-league first team.

Brokans has also helped lead her AAU team, FENCOR, to three AAU national championships, five straight appearances in the national championship game and seven consecutive top-5 finishes in the AAU National Championship Tournament in the seven years she has played with FENCOR.

Statistically, Brokans is routinely among FENCOR's leaders in assists, steals, rebounds and assist-to-turnover ratio. She has also helped lead the team to seven consecutive Middle Atlantic Association Regional AAU championships with a combined 47-1 record, and she was invited to the Middle Atlantic Regional AAU All-Star Team tryouts to represent the region at the National Junior Olympics in June 2004.

"Michele has played on the top AAU team in the country and is a true leader," Stern said. "She will step in and make an immediate impact on this program both on and off the court."

Meghan Colabella, a 6-foot forward out of Montclair High School in Montclair, N.J., averaged 15.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals last season as a junior, when she was named first-team All-NNJIL and second-team All-Essex County. As a sophomore in 2004-05, Colabella averaged a double-double with 10.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

"Meghan has a tremendous work ethic and will fit very well into our system," Stern said.

Chrissy Robinson, a 6-foot-3 post player out of Patuxent High School in Lusby, Md., averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds per game in the 2005-06 season, when she was named to the all-county first team and all-conference second team. The younger sister of UMBC's junior forward Amanda Robinson, Chrissy Robinson led her AAU team to the 2006 regional and state championships and an appearance in the national tournament.

"Chrissy is a strong post player who will continue to develop her post play here at UMBC," Stern said. "She continues our ties with Southern Maryland, joining her sister and Charese Baldwin, who both also went to Patuxent High School."

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