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McCarley to join UMBC women's staff, Morgan State’s Franklin makes MEAC preseason team

  • Written by  Jeff Seidel, photo courtesy Larry Levanti
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Taylor McCarley 2 Credit Larry Levanti BALTIMORE – Bowie native Taylor McCarley wrapped up her basketball career at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) last fall, but will remain with the team as a graduate assistant coach.

Coach Phil Stern said in a statement that he was happy to bring McCarley on to his staff.

“I am thrilled to have Taylor continue with our program in this new role,” Stern said. “She is such a bright young lady on and off the court. She will be able to contribute to your program in so many ways.”

McCarley played for the Retrievers for the last four years. The team finished third in the America East this past season and earned a second consecutive Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament spot.

McCarley finished her career ranked fourth in school history in scoring, third in assists and steals, and she also won many honors in the America East Conference. She was a first-team All-Conference pick twice during her tenure at UMBC.

In April, McCarley was recognized as a D1-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete. She also was pleased to get the chance of staying with her program at UMBC.

UMBC announced her new position last week.

“I am very excited to be coming back into the women’s basketball program here at UMBC,” McCarley said. “I look forward to starting a new chapter and giving back to the program that has given so much to me.”

Preseason honors

Morgan State senior defensive Jai Franklin was one of five Bears named to the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason team.

Franklin, a senior who played at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, made the second team. Last year, he started nine games with the Bears and played well on the line.

He totaled 50 tackles and led Morgan State in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (four). He also earned a spot on the All-MEAC second team for the 2016 season and was a member of the 2017 Commissioner’s All-Academic team.

Franklin started every game as a sophomore and made 38 tackles and accounted for three sacks.

The MEAC picks three preseason teams and Franklin was the only Prince George’s County player to make either of the teams.

Franklin was a red-shirt freshman at Old Dominion before transferring to Morgan State in 2015.

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