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Thu, Aug. 2, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]

The Golden Eagles women's basketball program has added two more signees to the 2012-13 recruiting class. Taylor Johnson and Mikayla Tickey have each signed a letter of intent to attend La Sierra University this coming fall. They join a Golden Eagles squad that is evenly made up of veterans and new recruits.

Johnson joins the Golden Eagles program after graduating this spring from Canyon Springs High School (Moreno Valley, CA), on the honor roll. While attending Canyon Springs, she helped lead the Cougars to a 20-8 overall record and a perfect 14-0 Inland Valley League Championship for the second season in a row. In 2010-11 the Cougars finished with a record of 30-4 overall and 14-0 in league play. Taylor was also voted as the top defensive player on her team.

"Taylor's aggressive style, on both sides of the court, will be a great asset to our team, " said Castillo. "Taylor has the potential to be a great individual defender at our level, and that will translate into improving our team defense." Upon joining the program Johnson said, "[La Sierra] has a safe environment and great academics. I am excited to start my college years with the [Golden] Eagles."

Joining Taylor as a teammate is Mikayla Tickey, a 5'9 freshman from Duarte, CA. Tickey arrives at La Sierra, graduating from Duarte High School. As team captain, she helped lead the Falcons to an overall record of 22-2 and a perfect 14-0 record and a Montview League Championship. Tickey averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4.5 assists per game, for the Falcons last season. During her four-year high school career, Mikayla has been named All League twice, voted MVP by her teammates twice, among other recognitions she has received. In addition to basketball, Tickey played four years of softball while at Duarte High School.

"I'm very excited to have Mikayla join our program," said Castillo. "She brings a very infectious attitude to the court. In the couple instances I have watched her play it is obvious she is having a blast while competing with great tenacity."

"I owe the majority of the credit to my assistant Andy Press and former assistant Clif Baker for the hard work they put into this recruiting class," added Castillo. Since he did not officially step into the position until July, it was Press and Baker who coordinated workouts and communication with the recruits. "I am extremely excited about working with the returning players and our new recruits this upcoming season," added Castillo.

Check back soon for more information on the additional recruits that have signed on to be a part of the Golden Eagles women's basketball program.