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2013-14 Women's Hoops Outlook: Point Guards
As the Liberty women's basketball team prepares for its Nov. 8 season opener at Charlotte, LibertyFlames.com will provide a four-part preview of the 2013-14 season. Today's article provides a look at the Lady Flames' point guards.
"Most of our experienced leadership will come from the point guard position, with three very capable players," Green said. "Reagan Miller has the most minutes of playing experience at point guard on our team, followed closely by savvy, experienced Big South assist-to-turnover ratio leader Emily Frazier. Meanwhile, Sadalia Ellis gained tremendous experience as we closed out the season at the Big South Championship and in the NCAA Tournament."
Miller, Frazier and Ellis all hail from Texas, and each of the three brings a different skill set to the position. Miller is the best outside shooter of the trio, and the 5-7 junior already ranks 11th in program history with 91 three-pointers. Last season, she averaged 5.0 ppg, connected on 35 triples and started the last eight games of the year after Frazier's season-ending injury.
Prior to said injury, Frazier was fashioning an impressive redshirt sophomore campaign. The prototypical floor general led the Big South in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.81 and finished second in the conference with 4.7 apg. Liberty's top returning scorer in the backcourt at 5.3 ppg, Frazier connected on 35 percent of her three-point attempts last season.
A 5-6 sophomore southpaw, Ellis is the top slasher and on-the-ball defender of the point guards. She averaged 3.4 ppg and 2.0 apg as a freshman, while making the most of extended playing time at the end of the season. In the Big South Championship title game victory over Longwood, Ellis contributed eight points and four assists in a career-high 31 minutes of action.
Moriah Begin, a 5-7 Milwaukee native who played her senior year of high school locally at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), could also see some playing time at point guard. Begin was a part of successful high school teams, helping Heritage Christian win the Wisconsin Division 5 state title as a junior and contributing to LCA's state runner-up finish as a senior.
With a wealth of options at the point guard spot, Green noted, "These players could also see action at the ‘2' position, giving us a solid, capable, good-shooting backcourt."