Women's Basketball Signs Three Student-Athletes In Early Period

Susan Robinson Fruchtl

Nov. 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College first-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced on Friday, November 15 that three student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence in the fall of 2013 and play for the Friars. The three student-athletes who have committed to the program are Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.), Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) and Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas).

"We are excited about this class," Robinson Fruchtl said. "Each of them possess solid basketball skills that will help our team improve. Additionally, what they each bring to the table in terms of character will help our program improve. These young ladies are not only a good fit for our program, but for Providence College. As our first full recruiting class, they will play a critical role in building the foundation for our future as a program."

Beal, a 5'-7" guard, currently attends New Hope Christian Academy. She is a NACA First-Team All-America selection and has averaged 16 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds per game during her career. Beal also competes for Lady Phoenix Elite. She is the daughter of Cerea and Darla Beal.

"Sarah is a physically strong point guard, who fits the style of play we are looking to implement at Providence," Robinson Fruchtl said. "Offensively she can get to the middle of the floor and she also is capable of playing full-court, pressure defense. I really like her aggressiveness and intensity on the court, especially defensively. Sarah is very disciplined and will fit nicely into the changing course of our program."

Miller, a 5'-10" forward, currently attends Southaven High School in Mississippi. A season ago, she helped guide the Chargers to a 29-3 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in 6A Region 1 play. Last season, she averaged 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Miller also competes for Memphis Elite. She is the daughter of Vivian and Ronnie Miller.



"Aliyah is quick and athletic, with long arms and can play the front of our press," Robinson Fruchtl said. "Her athleticism fits the style we want to play, offensively and defensively. Aliyah also comes from a basketball family, as her father played college basketball at Ole Miss."

Simpson, a 5'-9" guard, currently attends Stony Point High School and competes in the highly competitive 5A District in Round Rock, Texas. Simpson earned Second-Team All-District honors as a freshman in 2010 and earned First-Team All-District honors each of the last two seasons (2011, 2012). During her career, she has averaged 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.7 steals and 1.7 blocked shots per game. She heads into her senior season with 1,111 career points. Simpson also competes for Austin Elite RFW. She is the daughter of Michael Simpson and Patricia Barba.

"Miranda is a shooter and can hit the deep three," Robinson Fruchtl noted. "She wants the challenge of playing basketball at this level and has worked hard to get to where she is right now. She has a lot of goals for herself, and I was really impressed with that during the recruiting process."


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