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“I am extremely thankful to Coach Phillips for this opportunity,” says Hill, “I didn’t know a year ago that this would even be possible and now I get to live out my dream. I truly believe that God has opened this door for me and I am excited to see all that He is going to do through the team.”

Phillips coached Hill for only her senior season.  In that short amount of time, it was clear to Phillips that Hill would be great for the job, “”I’m so excited to have Taylor on staff. I believe she is a perfect fit, not only for me, but for the program. She is dedicated to the same beliefs and values that I am dedicated to. She knows how to recruit student-athletes, she can evaluate talent, and she knows how to develop that talent once we get them on campus. I have no doubt she will work hard and do everything that is asked of her.”

Hill spent four years playing point guard for SAGU.  In her senior season she led the Lady Lions to an 18-14 season, going 10-8 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  As a senior, she ranked fourth in the NAIA in free throw percentage (87%).  In her senior season she also passed the 1,000 point mark as well as being receiving numerous academic awards.

Hill didn’t travel far from home to attend SAGU.  In high school she played for the Waxahachie Lady Indians.  When it came time to decide on a college to play for the self-proclaimed homebody knew SAGU would be the perfect opportunity.

“With Taylor, I’m getting someone who is a competitor, someone who wants to win and will do what it takes to win. Taylor will be loyal to our program and to this university and she will work hard to promote the program that she played for,” explains Phillips.

Hill believes there will be many great things to come in the second season under Coach Phillips, “I truly believe that with the new players we have coming in, along with the returners, this upcoming season can be one of the best. I would love to see us win conference and move on to the national tournament. Coach Phillips has changed the basketball program in such a positive way, it will be fun to see how this team adds on to the foundation that she laid.”

The Lady Lions will be back in action in a little over three short months.  They will kick off the season at Oklahoma Wesleyan University Classic in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on October 28-29, 2016.

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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