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Miller Voted VaSID State Rookie of the Year
Liberty point guard Reagan Miller was voted Virginia State Rookie of the Year, highlighting the Lady Flames' 2011-12 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Women's Basketball Team honorees. Additionally, redshirt junior guard/forward Devon Brown was a first team selection and redshirt senior center Avery Warley made the second team.
Other top awards went to VCU's Courtney Hurt as State Player of the Year and James Madison's Kenny Brooks as State Coach of the Year.
Miller is the Lady Flames' third State Rookie of the Year in the last four years, after Warley was honored in 2009 and Brown won the award in 2010. The Sanger, Texas native was previously named to the Big South All-Freshman Team and was a four-time Big South Freshman of the Week.
Miller, who averaged 9.1 ppg, dished out a team-high 131 assists. That was the most assists by a Lady Flame since Sarah Wilkerson tallied 149 helpers in 1997-98. Miller's team-high 56 three-pointers tied her for fourth on Liberty's all-time single season list. Additionally, she set a new program record with 1,086 minutes played on the season.
Brown's second career selection to the first team extends Liberty's streak to six straight years with a first team all-state honoree. Megan Frazee made the first team in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Brown was honored in 2010 and Warley earned a spot on the first team last season.
Liberty's leading scorer at 16.9 ppg, Brown made the Big South Championship All-Tournament Team and earned her third consecutive first team All-Big South accolade. A second team Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State performer, Brown became the 14th player in program history ever to score 1,000 career points.
Warley garnered VaSID recognition for the fourth straight season. The Washington, D.C., native was State Rookie of the Year in 2009, a second team all-state pick in 2010, a first team honoree in 2011 and then a second team selection this year.
Warley averaged a double-double for the second year in a row, finishing the season with 12.9 ppg and 11.5 rpg. She was tabbed the Big South Championship MVP, after being named to the first team All-Big South roster for the third consecutive season. Warley was also a second team Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State honoree.
Warley grabbed a program single-season record 381 rebounds this year, while becoming the all-time leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history with 1,282 career caroms. She ranked No. 7 nationally in rebounding and No. 19 in double-doubles (15), while topping the Big South in field goal percentage (.574) for the fourth straight season.
The efforts of Miller, Brown and Warley helped Liberty finish with a 24-9 record, including a 16-2 Big South Conference mark. The Lady Flames won their 13th Big South regular-season championship in the last 15 seasons and captured their 14th Big South Championship title in the last 16 years. Liberty made its 14th appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, where it was eliminated by eventual national runner-up Notre Dame.
2011-12 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID)
University Division All-State Women's Basketball Team
Courtney Hurt, VCU
Devon Brown, Liberty
Taleia Moton, George Mason
Abby Oliver, Richmond
Jericka Jenkins, Hampton
Ariana Moorer, Virginia
Avery Warley, Liberty
Tarik Hislop, James Madison
Tia Lewis, Old Dominion
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford
Player of the Year
Courtney Hurt, VCU
Rookie of the Year
Reagan Miller, Liberty
Coach of the Year
Kenny Brooks, James Madison