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Waxahachie, Texas- March 30, 2016- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team is proud to announce the commitments of three new players for the 2016-2017 season. Lexi Rich , Darian Lamb and Taylor Sims have all signed letters of intent to play at SAGU.

“I couldn’t be any happier with these three signees and I am excited to see what the future holds for them here at SAGU,” explains head coach Tiffany Phillips, “They are all very godly young women who will represent our school and our program with integrity and character and win some basketball games along the way.”

Lexi Rich is a 5’8 shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas.  Rich attends Madison High School .  As a senior she led the district in points per game, was second in assists per game, third in steals per game and made the most three pointers in the district.  Rich was also part of the Pasadena McDonald’s tournament team.

“Lexi is one of the purest shooters I have seen. She works hard on her shot and spends a lot of time in the gym working on her game and it shows. She will be an awesome addition to our basketball team on the floor but Lexi will also be a welcome addition to SAGU. We are trying to build a winning program and it will be easy to do that with the high character, hard-working young ladies like Lexi Rich,” says Phillips.

Darian Lamb is a 6’0 forward from Katy, Texas.  Lamb will graduate from Faith West Academy in the spring.

Phillips is excited to have Lamb to play down low for the Lady Lions, “Darian is a tremendously hard worker. She has had to overcome some injuries her senior year but she has done just that and has proved that she deserves to be on a college basketball team. We are happy to have her. She is strong and physical and can bang around in the post and she can step out and shoot the jumper as well.”

With her senior season riddled with injuries, as a junior she averaged 11 points per game and eight rebounds per game.

Taylor Sims is a 5’7 point guard from Archer City, Texas .  As a senior, Sims averaged over 17 points per game, 4.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game.  She also had an 82% free throw percentage. This year alone, Sims was named All-State, All-Region and district Offensive MVP.  She also received Academic All-State honors.

Phillips believes Sims is a key signee for SAGU since they are losing their point guard in Taylor Hill,  “Taylor is a really good sign for us. She is a high quality player that we are very fortunate to have at SAGU. People can tell by the numbers that she put up and the honors that she has received that she can play basketball. She is a great ball handler who sees the floor so well, she can deliver a pass on target, she is a great facilitator on the court and she knows how to score and defend as well.”

Rich, Lamb and Sims will join Korede Ahmadu as the freshman class of SAGU Lady Lions basketball.  Ahmadu is a 6’2 center from North Central Texas Academy .

In 2015-2016, first year head coach Tiffany Phillips led her team to an 18-14 finish.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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