BALTIMORE—UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern announced today that five players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers in 2012.
"We are very excited about these five young ladies," Stern said. "They each embody what we look for in our student-athletes on and off the court."
Kayla Seymour, a 5-9 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., averaged 11.3 points per game as a junior at Panther Creek High School, earning all-conference and all-district honors.
"Kayla's basketball IQ is as high as any player you will find coming out of high school," Stern said. "She's a true leader, she sees the floor very well, and she can knock down the long-range 3-pointer. She's a perfect fit into our system."
Liz McNaughton, a 6-foot forward from Fairfax, Va., is a three-time all-district selection out of Fairfax High School. As a junior, she averaged 15.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game en route to first-team all-district and all-region honors, as well as All-Met honorable mention from the Washington Post.
"Liz is a strong forward who understand the game, has the ability to knock down the long jumper and is an outstanding passer," Stern said. "She'll fit into our system along the lines of Sharri Rohde and Erin Brown."
Keri Kleist, a 6-2 forward from Mason, Ohio, was named to the All-Greater Miami Conference second team as a junior, when she averaged 7.4 points per game at Sycamore High School.
"At 6-2, Keri brings a lot of versatility," Stern said. "She's a very tough player and is a winner. She will be able to play several positions for us."
Katrina Hutzell, a 5-10 guard from Chantilly, Va., earned first-team all-district and second-team defensive all-district honors from the Concorde District as a junior at Chantilly High School.
"Kat is an excellent athlete who has the ability to handle the ball and knock down the open jumper," Stern said.
Bridget O'Donnell, a 6-5 center from Belle Mead, N.J., was named to the all-conference first team and all-county third team as a junior at Montgomery High School, and she was one of the top 20 scorers in Somerset County. O'Donnell comes from a basketball family, as her mother played at the University of Michigan, and her aunt, Anne Donovan, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the current head coach at Seton Hall.
"Bridget has all the tools to be a dominant post player in the America East," Stern said. "We look forward to expanding her game."