Sophomore women's basketball student-athlete Amaya Yancey has signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio.
Yancey arrived at CSM in the 2018-19 season as a starting freshman point guard from Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland. In her first season as a Hawk, Yancey made a major impact on the CSM women's basketball program.
As a freshman, Yancey averaged 16.0 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 8.0 assists per game. She shot 42.8 percent from the field, as well as 50.6 percent from 3-point range. She recorded a career-high seven triple-doubles, and was named NJCAA Player of the Week for the week of December 3-9. She finished the season atop the national leaderboards in assists per game and 3-point field goal percentage.
Yancey was the driving force behind the women's basketball program winning its second Region XX Division II runner-up award in 18 years. She was named to the 2018-19 NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball All-American Third Team and the All-Maryland JUCO and All-Region XX Division II Second Teams. Yancey was named College of Southern Maryland Female Athlete of the Year in 2018-2019.
Yancey returned to lead CSM for her sophomore season. She averaged 15.6 points per game, 7.6 assists per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the second year in a row, she led the nation in assists per game. She recorded five triple-doubles. She was named to the All-Maryland JUCO Honorable Mention Team and the All-Region XX Division II Second Team.
Yancey ends her career at CSM with 823 total points, 405 assists, and 444 rebounds. She also compiled a 40.2 field goal percentage, 43.3 3-point field goal percentage, and a 70.3 free throw percentage.
In her two-year span, Amaya Yancey was a true staple in the success of the program.
A Quote from Head Coach Ardell Jackson: "Amaya is a special player and person and will go down in College of Southern Maryland Women's Basketball history as one on the best to ever wear a Hawks jersey. I am super proud to be able to have coached this young lady. I will miss coaching and being around Amaya. Her competitive drive and her attitude to the game and life is inspiring. Her will to win and to be successful in everything she puts her mind to will be hard to replace. She has left a mark in our program that will always be remembered. She has laid a foundation that will drive our returners and incoming freshmen to be successful at the game, academics and life. I will truly miss her, but she is moving on to a program in the University of Rio Grande in Ohio that has a solid foundation and a tremendous coaching staff that will lead her on the rest of her athletic and academic journey."