BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball head coach Phil Stern has signed Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Junior/Community College Player of the Year finalist Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) to a National Letter of Intent.
Garner was the nation's leader in scoring in 2013-14, averaging 28.1 points per game, en route to becoming the MD JUCO all-time leader in points (1,497) and steals (246). The 5-7 sophomore guard was one of three finalists for the top JUCO honor and earned All-America First Team honors from the WBCA. She shot 45.6 percent from the floor, chipped in 8.8 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists to earn her second straight All-MD JUCO First Team recognition and help her team to the NJCAA Division I District Tournament Semifinals.
As a freshman, Garner led the MD JUCO conference and ranked third nationally with 22.5 points per game, as well as leading the league with a 53.9 field goal percentage. She scored double-figures in all 29 games, in addition to posting seven double-doubles and two triple-doubles. The Silver Spring, Md., native was named to the WBCA Junior College and NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention Teams.
During her time at Springbrook High School, Garner was named to the All-Gazette First Team and was an All-Washington Post Honorable Mention. She was a two-time team MVP and finished her career as a 1,000-point scorer.
"Capree is a prolific scorer," Stern said. "She gets her points off of hard work and being in the right spot. She is a tremendous addition to our program and will make an immediate impact.
"I am thrilled that another local star has decided to stay home and play at UMBC," said Stern.
UMBC announced that addition of local talents in transfers Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Infiniti Alston (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor) last month as Stern and the Retrievers look to make some noise in the America East in 2014-15 campaign.