HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters have added another weapon to the arsenal in the back court as Kiara Rawls has signed a National Letter of Intent to join Lincoln Memorial for the 2014-15 season, head coach Roger Hodge announced on Wednesday.
Kiara Rawls is a 5-6 guard originally hailing from Killeen, Texas, but she has spent the last two seasons at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C., about 30 miles northeast of Raleigh. This past season, Rawls led the Hurricanes in scoring with 15.2 points per contest, while chipping in 4.3 boards and 1.7 assists a night. Rawls also paced the ‘Canes with a team-leading 47 three-pointers.
“Kiara Rawls is an explosive scorer with great versatility,” said LMU head women’s basketball coach Roger Hodge. “She has three-point range and can score off the dribble. What is equally as impressive is her ability and desire to defend.
“Kiara is an athletic presence that will make us a better basketball team,” Hodge continued. “From a character standpoint, she is a perfect fit with the team that is already in place and I could not be happier that she is going to be part of the ‘Splitter Family.”
In her final season at Louisburg, Rawls was named to the NJCAA Division II All-America Second Team while earning Louisburg Female Student-Athlete of the Year distinctions. She was also arrayed with All-Region and Region X Conference All-Tournament Team accolades. Rawls scored the single-game high in the 2014 NJCAA Division II Tournament and set the Johnson County Community College gymnasium record for points in the process by pouring in a season high 35 points in the season finale against Lake Michigan College.
“Kiara Rawls is one of the hardest working players on the court you will find,” added Louisburg head women’s basketball coach Shay Hayes. “She is always willing to do what’s best for the team. She can guard a big or shoot the three and was a key to our success at Louisburg this season. Kiara will be missed and very hard to replace.”
Behind Rawls’ effort, Louisburg advanced to the NJCAA D-II National Tournament after winning the Region X Championship.