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Former Hoosier Gulley to Join Lady Flames

May 31, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ria Gulley

Ria Gulley

Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green announced that Ria Gulley is transferring from Indiana to Liberty. After sitting out the 2017-18 season, the 5-9 guard will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Gulley appeared in 32 games at Indiana as a freshman, starting five times for the 23-11 Hoosiers. Playing 13.6 minutes per contest, she averaged 3.1 ppg and shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from three-point range.

Gulley twice scored a season-high eight points, at North Texas (Dec. 6) and at Penn State (Dec. 28). She contributed seven points and five rebounds during Indiana's win over SMU in the Postseason WNIT third round (March 23).

"It's a rare opportunity to have a quality student-athlete considering your program two times," stated Green. "Ria was determined to find that perfect fit and balance in a program. We are excited that she accepted our offer and joins us in the challenges to reach our lofty goals and objectives.

 "While at Indiana University, Ria primarily played the scoring guard but shared a little of the point guard responsibilities. Her experiences have given her more clarity and purpose to grow into a greater focused player. Ria has both point and combo guard skills. She sees the floor well, attacks the basket, distributes the ball and consistently knocks down shots beyond the three-point line. Her greatest assets, along with her high basketball IQ, are speed and competitiveness. She also has the potential on the defensive end to be a tough lockdown defender.

"I am excited to see how Ria will develop as a player as well as how her faith grows while at Liberty. We both are grateful & blessed."

Gulley graduated from Tom C. Clark High School, where she was named District 27-6A MVP and District 6A IV first team all-region as a senior. Gulley averaged 11.5 ppg and 3.4 apg while shooting 49 percent from the field during her junior season, helping her team go 28-6. A two-time first team academic all-district honoree, Gulley also competed in track & field during high school.