Women’s Basketball Inks Two for 2009-10 Season

BALTIMORE—UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern announced today that two players – Shamika Williams and Kim Browning – have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers in the fall of 2009.

Williams, a 5-8 guard from nearby Catonsville High School, averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists – all tops on her team – during her junior season, when she was named the Baltimore County Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Metro honors from The Sun. She led the Comets to a 23-3 record and the 2008 county title with 27 points in the championship game before falling in the regional finals. Williams is a three-time first-team all-county and two-time first-team all-division honoree, and she has been named team MVP in each of her first three seasons.

"Shamika is a strong guard who has the ability to score off the dribble," Stern said. "We're excited that we were able to keep her home."

Browning, a 6-2 guard/forward from Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va., averaged a career-high 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.5 steals during her junior season. She is a three-time all-district second-team selection, and she was named one of the top 100 juniors by Carolina's Scouting Report, as well as one of the top 50 seniors in Virginia by Virginia Preps.

"Kim is a 6-2 player with guard skills and the ability to make a long-range jumper," Stern said.