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Meet the New Lady Flames: Danika Dale

November 5, 2008
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Danika Dale is the second Texas native to join the Lady Flames in the last two seasons, as fellow Lone Star State native Rachel McLeod was a freshman in 2007-08.

Danika Dale is the second Texas native to join the Lady Flames in the last two seasons, as fellow Lone Star State native Rachel McLeod was a freshman in 2007-08.

Six new players dot the 2008-09 Liberty women's basketball team roster, including one junior college transfer and five freshmen. LibertyFlames.com will provide an introduction to each newcomer, leading up to the team's Nov. 14 season opener against VCU. The series continues today with freshman guard Danika Dale.

Scouting Report
Dale, a lanky yet athletic 6-1 guard, will provide valuable versatility for the Lady Flames this season. She displayed exceptional rebounding ability during her career at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, averaging 11.0 rebounds per contest as a senior. Meanwhile, Dale also possesses a deft shooting touch, as evidenced by her 45 percent three-point field goal percentage, 52 percent overall field goal percentage and 75 percent free throw percentage during her junior campaign.

As a senior, Dale averaged a double-double, posting 17.4 points per game to go along with her 11.0 rebounds per outing. As a result, she was voted district MVP. Dale was also named team MVP at Shoemaker during each of her final two seasons.

Dale was the first Shoemaker High School girls' basketball player ever to earn a NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. She is the second Texas native to join the Lady Flames in the last two seasons, as sophomore point guard Rachel McLeod hails from Houston.

Coach Carey Green on Dale
"Danika was a high school all-star performer in Texas and is capable of playing both inside and outside. Her primary strength, though, is at the ‘3' position. Danika brings athleticism and an exciting skill set to our team."

Dishing It with Danika
If I were Liberty's chancellor for a day, the first thing I would do is …
Change the dress code, so we could wear shorts and sweats.

If I could add one game to Liberty's schedule, it would be …
A game in Texas or a game in Italy.

A couple things on my "Bucket List" include …
Travel all over and build my dream house.

What is your favorite month of the year and why?
June. It's during the summer and it's the month of my birthday.

I came to Liberty because …
It felt like the right place to go, join and be a part of.

My favorite spot on campus is …
My dorm room, a friend's dorm or somewhere that provides food.

My best basketball memory is …
During my senior year of high school, we had to beat a team to go to the playoffs and we won by one point in double overtime.

What was the most exciting thing you did this past summer and why?
I went to Florida and visited my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

My favorite person to talk to is …
One of my friends from the track team here at Liberty and a couple other friends.