Swedes women's basketball adds 2

By Steve Sell
July 06, 2016

LINDSBORG — It’s late in the recruiting process, but Bethany College has announced a couple of July additions to its women’s basketball program.

Samirah Miller of Gilbert, Ariz., and Samm Ashida of Johnson are the newest Swedes.

Miller is a 5-7 guard from Basha High School. She later played at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

She is the daughter of Sheba Jones-Miller and Lincoln Miller. She expects to major in education or biology at Bethany.

“We are extremely excited to have Samirah join our basketball program," Bethany assistant coach Tony Nakashima said. "She is an experienced player with the ability to defend multiple positions while having a versatile offensive game. She is a hard worker who is strong and competitive. Samirah is a wonderful addition to our recruiting class and should contribute for us immediately."

Ashida is a 5-3 point guard who attended Stanton County High School in Johnson and Seward County Community College in Liberal. During her high school career, Ashida was named first-team High Plains League, was Kansas All-State honorable mention and earned third-team all-area team honors from The Garden City Telegram.

She is the daughter of Debbie Ashida. She had a 3.75 grade point average and was on the SCCC Dean's Honor Roll, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and had a SCCC academic scholarship. In high school she was a member of the SCHS National Honor Society. She plans to study biology at Bethany College.

"We are proud to welcome a very academically accomplished student in Samm," Nakashima said. "She has a high basketball IQ and can really shoot the ball. She's a great ball handler with a great attitude. Samm represents everything we want as a Bethany Swede. We look forward to helping her achieve her academic and athletic goals during her time here at Bethany."