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Liberty Women's Hoops Inks 3

November 16, 2012
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(L-R): Simone Brown, Mickayla Sanders and Moriah Begin all signed national letters of intent this week to attend Liberty University for the 2013-14 academic year.

Just one game into the 2012-13 season, the Liberty women's basketball team is already bolstering its roster for 2013-14 and beyond. Head coach Carey Green announced that Moriah Begin, Jacquelyn Simone Brown and Mickayla Sanders have signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2013-14 academic year.

Begin, Brown and Sanders are all versatile wing players who will help fill a void on next year's team. Current wings Devon Brown, Brittany Campbell, Terika Lunsford and LaKendra Washington are all seniors this season for the Lady Flames.

"We are very excited to have such outstanding, talented basketball players committed to our basketball program and family," Green remarked. "Their contributions will certainly impact our winning tradition, with the ability to raise the bar of achievement to the next level of success. Each of them brings a uniqueness of talent yet unifying quality of character and skills. The future is bright and the excitement is high with the addition of Mo, Simone and Mickayla to the Liberty family."

Moriah Begin (G, 5-7, Milwaukee, Wis.)
Begin is coming off of a stellar junior season, which saw her Heritage Christian team go 25-2 and win the WIAA Division 5 state championship. Begin scored 15 points in both the state semifinal and championship games, earning player of the game honors for both contests.

For the year, Begin averaged 10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg and 4.2 spg while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and nailing 32 three-pointers. As a result, she was named a first team all-conference performer for the second straight season.

Begin posted 16.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg and 5.0 spg as a sophomore, as Heritage Christian went 23-2 and captured a conference title.

Begin starred at Destiny High School as a freshman, averaging a state-high 25.2 points per contest and earning Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 3 all-state honors for the 21-2 Eagles.

Begin, who was also considering Oral Roberts, Marquette and Wisconsin, stated, "I am honored and blessed to play for a great college and team of inspired coaches who love the Lord."

This season, Begin will play locally in Lynchburg, for Liberty Christian Academy.

What They're Saying about Moriah Begin
"Mo has eyes that are quickly surveying, calculating and evaluating the current circumstances. Needless to say, she has a great feel for the game and a high basketball IQ. She has an exceptional passing touch and reads and reacts well. She also possesses great long-range shooting skills. Mo's big smile and compassionate heart will add to the character of our team and are her trademark. She will see action at the 2 and 3 positions and will be counted upon to provide leadership."
Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach

"Mo B is an amazing guard with the ability to pass and has amazing court vision. She has been a joy to have as part of our program. She is always near the top in scoring and assists. She is also a great person and an excellent student. Mo is a great team player and teammate. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to coach her and to know her as a person. I wish her great success playing for Liberty University and under my friend Coach Green."
Carlton Butts, AAU Coach for the Lakeside Lady Scholars

"Mo's smile and her heart for the game inspired me. I love watching her intensity, shooting and ability to get to the hoop. I watched her grow and develop through adversity into a brilliant passer with great knowledge of the game. Most importantly of all, she has a heart for the Lord and a spirit to serve."
Terry Bennett, Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach at Heritage Christian Schools

Jacquelyn Simone Brown (G, 5-11, Land O' Lakes, Fla.)
Brown is a senior at Father Lopez High School, which has one of the top girls' basketball teams in the state of Florida. Last season, she averaged a double-double (12 ppg, 10 rpg) at Faith Baptist Christian School.

Brown enjoyed a considerable amount of success as a sophomore, leading Land O' Lakes High School to a 26-3 record and a regional runner-up finish. She averaged 13.8 ppg and a state-high 12.3 rpg, earning first team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference and team MVP recognition at season's end.

Brown nearly averaged a double-double during her freshman season, finishing with 13 ppg and 9 rpg at Wesley Chapel. She chose to sign with Liberty over Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Indiana.

What They're Saying about Jacquelyn Simone Brown
"Simone is a combo guard capable of playing the 1 through 4 positions. She is an exceptional athlete who is disciplined and exhibits a high basketball IQ. Simone is characterized by her great work ethic and determination. Her exceptional skills allow her to do anything on the court, and as she continues to develop, watch out! She will impact and dominate the game. She is an exciting, explosive player who is gifted with natural leadership skills."
Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach

"Simone is one of the most versatile players I have ever coached. She pretty much can do it all and will only improve at the college level. She has a huge upside and is a phenomenal rebounding guard and shot blocker. I can't wait to watch her grow in college, and I think Liberty is a great fit for her."
Lisa Wilson, AAU Coach for Blue Star Florida Royal

"Simone Brown is the most versatile player I've ever had. She starts out playing the ‘3' but throughout the game she can play all five positions well, from point guard to center."
Brad Ridenour, Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach at Father Lopez High School

Mickayla Sanders (F, 6-0, Clayton, N.C.)
Sanders has rewritten the record books during her four years as a prolific scorer at Cary Academy. She owns school records for most points in a game (39), most points in a season (733), most three-pointers in a season (56) and most free throws made in a season (125).

Sanders entered her senior season just 253 points away from 2,000 for her career and is already racing toward the milestone. She broke her own school record with a 39-point outburst during one of her first games of the 2012-13 season.

Sanders, who averaged 22.9 ppg and 10.8 rpg a season ago, has earned a considerable amount of recognition. A three-time Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) all-conference selection, Sanders has been the conference's player of the year each of the last two seasons. Sanders has also earned a spot on the NCISAA 3A all-state roster as a sophomore and junior.

Sanders has helped Cary Academy achieve success on the court, averaging 22 wins per season during the last three years. She has also been a key performer on the Cary Academy volleyball team.

"I chose Liberty because they made me feel perfectly at home," Sanders expressed. "Liberty not only wants me to be enriched athletically, but also academically, emotionally and spiritually. It's a great feeling to know I'm going to be a part of something so much bigger than me."

What They're Saying about Mickayla Sanders
"Mickayla brings instant offense to our team, as she is approaching over 2,000 points during her high school career. She has great size and strength with the ability to score both inside and outside. She can shoot both the mid-range jumper and three-pointer and is a nightmare matchup problem for the opponent. She is assertive and will take charge of a game. Mickayla will impact the game with her focus, concentration and engagement. She will play the swing 3-4-2 position for us."
Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach

"Liberty is a good fit for Mickayla, not only for basketball but also for her faith. She will be an asset to Liberty. She is a triple threat. She is a good perimeter shooter, has a great jump shot and can drive inside, which makes her tough to defend. However, her best asset is that she is coachable. She will do what it takes to help her team win."
Teddy McKoy, AAU Coach for Lady Phoenix East

Begin, Brown and Sanders will join a Liberty women's basketball program which has won 14 Big South Conference titles in the last 16 seasons and made 14 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship appearances.