SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist added a pair of guards to its women's basketball roster for next season.
Brock High School (Texas) guard Mia Cherry and Collin Community College junior-to-be Ashtyn Beal will don the Lady Bison uniforms next fall.
Cherry, a 5-7 incoming freshman, was District MVP, All-State, All-Region and has been selected to play in the Chicken Express All-Star Game and the TABC All-Star Game this year. She also earned All-District as a junior.
Cherry helped Coach Shawna Lavender's squad to the 2018 state semifinals after an undefeated district run.
The daughter of Damien Hughes and Chris Hughes, Cherry attends Willow Park Baptist Church.
"Oklahoma Baptist University was a fit not only for me, but for my family as well. It is close to home and I believe OBU will help me reach my future goals while allowing me to grow in my faith and athletic ability. Also, when I went on my visit to OBU, my coaches and teammates made me feel welcomed and a part of an extended family."
Beal, a 5-7 guard from Tyler, Texas, was Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference at CCC.
A salutatorian and Earl Campbell Scholar at Tyler High School, Beal was Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, MVP as a sophomore and earned All-Region and All-District honors while being coached by Mike Smith.
The daughter of Hollye Hamilton and Dejuan Beal, Ashtyn attends North Tenneha Church of Christ and has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army.
"I chose to come to OBU because they have not only a great basketball program, but a good academic program as well," Beal said. "After walking on campus, it felt like home."