BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball head coach Phil Stern signed Michaela Gelbaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period.
"Michaela is an exciting player to watch," Stern said. "She can knock down the three, and also create for herself or others. She will fit in perfectly with our style of play."
Gelbaugh, a 5-7 guard, is a four-year letterwinner for the Central Dauphin East High School women's basketball team. She has averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during her career with the Panthers. As a junior, Gelbaugh led CD East in scoring at 16.3 points per game and earned Mid-Penn First Team All-Star and PennLive Big 15 First Team honors. The three-point specialist knocked down 41 treys on the year and helped the Panthers to an appearance in the District 3-AAAA playoffs after posting a 14-10 record. Gelbaugh was named a Mid-Penn All-Star Honorable Mention for the 2012-13 campaign after averaging 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
This season, UMBC returned three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad, while welcoming nine newcomers. Gelbaugh will join a pair of transfers that are set to be eligible for the start of the 2015-16 season. Junior Meghan Roxas (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood/Temple) and sophomore Aaliyah Wilson (Baltimore, Md./Seton Keough/Howard) are sitting out for the 2014-15 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. Roxas played two seasons at Temple and will also bring a three-point threat back to the Retrievers, while Wilson made two starts in nine appearances at Howard and will add more speed to the Retrievers' guard position.