Xavier University athletics
Muhammad, Sims sign with Xavier women's basketball
For immediate release . . . July 31, 2006

NEW ORLEANS — Two from Louisiana, guard/forward Miriam Muhammad of Gretna and guard Mezekiel "MeMe" Sims of Zachary, have signed women's basketball grants-in-aid with Xavier University of Louisiana.

Muhammad and Sims will be freshmen on the Gold Nuggets' 2006-07 team.

"We're trying to get bigger at the guard position, and Miriam and MeMe will help us accomplish that," Xavier head coach Robert "Bo" Browder said. "They're both rangy defenders who can score in the open court."

Muhammad, 5-foot-10, averaged 18.9 points per game this past season for Grace King High School in Metairie. She was chosen to The Times-Picayune newspaper's all-East Jefferson team and led her team to a state-playoff berth in Class 5A. Muhammad also played volleyball and twice was selected the outstanding girls field performer in the District 7-5A track and field championships.

Sims, 5-8, was a three-year captain and three-year all-district selection for Zachary High School near Baton Rouge. She averaged 14.1 points this past season and led the Lady Broncos to a 19-15 record and their first state-playoff appearance in seven years. She scored 1,290 career points.

Xavier did not compete in 2005-06 because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but in November the Gold Nuggets will resume their bid for a sixth consecutive appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Nine of the top 10 scorers will return from Xavier's 2004-05 team, which was 29-5 and won its third consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

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