Maryland announced the signing of four highly recruited women basketball players yesterday, including Beth Hunt, a 6-foot-1 forward from Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., rated one of the top high school prospects in the country.

Edna Campbell, a two-time all-America point guard from Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh; Lynn Munday, of Mount Baker High in Bellingham, Wash., and Christy Winters, a 6-2 forward/center at South Lakes in Reston who is The Washington Post's high school player of the year, were the other signees.

Maryland Coach Chris Weller said the group may be the strongest class of recruits she has had in recent years. "We were very pleased," Weller said. "We have a strong team returning. With these four additions we've got a nice group."

Hunt, a 6-1 forward, averaged 24.5 points per game and was rated the No. 1 player among USA Today's Super 25.

The 5-foot-8 Campbell, a two-time Parade all-America who averaged 24.7 points, 12.1 rebounds, 10.1 assists and 7.8 steals in leading her team to a 26-2 record and the Pittsburgh city championship, said one of the reasons for her decision was that Hunt also chose Maryland.

"Beth called me about two weeks ago and said she was down to Louisiana Tech and Maryland," Campbell said. "She said, 'If you're going to Maryland, then I'm coming with you.' I think me picking Maryland surprised a lot of people."

Munday, a 5-11 guard, averaged 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game. She was a second-team all-state selection and honorable mention all-America.

Winters was a first-team All-Met her junior and senior years. She averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead South Lakes to a 29-0 record and the Virginia AAA state title.