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Hodge adds two to the 2013 recruiting class

HARROGATE, TN - Shermika Harris and Lakeisha Beasley have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Railsplitters next season, Lincoln Memorial University head women's basketball coach Roger Hodge announced on Friday. These two additions for the 2013-14 season bring the Lady Railsplitters' total to five in the 2013 recruiting class with Katrina Ottesen, Josey Harding and Sydnie Anderson also making their way to Harrogate, Tennessee next season.

Shermika Harris (Social Circle, GA) is listed as a 5'7" guard, and she comes to the Lady Railsplitters after a two-year stead at Central Georgia Technical College. This past season, Harris led the Cougars to a 25-6 record with a team-high 14 points per game to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Prior to her arrival at Central Georgia, Shermika was a standout guard at Social Circle High School. Harris plans to complete her requirements for a degree in Criminal Justice at Lincoln Memorial University.

"Shermika Harris is a very talented, athletic, and versatile player," commented Lincoln Memorial head women's basketball coach Roger Hodge. "She is a perfect fit within our offensive scheme. Shermika can shoot the three, get to the rim, score in traffic, and sees the floor extremely well. She can play all three perimeter positions. We expect Shermika to make an immediate impact on our program and we are thrilled about her choice to join the LMU family!"

Along with Harris' signing, the Lady Railsplitters look to add some strength in the post with the signing of Lakeisha Beasley. Beasley (College Park, GA), a 6'0" center, also comes from Central Georgia Technical College. With the Cougars, Lakeisha was a force in the paint, compiling 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this past season. Prior to her arrival at Central Georgia, Lakeisha played a starring role at Banneker High School. She aims to complete her requirements for a degree in Business at Lincoln Memorial.

"I am very excited that Lakeisha Beasley has chosen to join our program," stated Hodge. "A priority for us in recruiting was to find an athletic, physical post and she is that. I was also very impressed with Lakeisha's personality and determination, which will be a great addition to our team. Coach Bullock has done an outstanding job of developing her talents and I think she has great potential. We look forward to her continued growth and to her having a great career at Lincoln Memorial!"

Central Georgia head women's basketball coach Fala Bullock commented on the players Lincoln Memorial is receiving, stating, "Shermika is a very special player whose ability to electrify a gym with her transition play is unlike any other. She can shoot the three, drive to the rim, and lock down another player. She's the total package. As the leading scorer for our team, she has left a lasting impression on the returning players and our college.

"Lakeisha is a beast in the paint and plays a physical game that will drive many players crazy. She has the potential to be not just a good player but a great one. We wish them both good luck and congratulations to LMU for picking up our prized possessions."

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