Miannah Little joins Bill Brock at Tarleton from McLennan after NJCAA tournament run


STEPHENVILLE – Head coach Bill Brock joined Tarleton shortly after leading McLennan CC to their first NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships berth since 1984. Tarleton announced on Thursday he is bringing one of his top players from that team with him to Stephenville.

The Texans have signed 5-6 guard Miannah Little to the 2023-24 team, adding a do-it-all point who spent the last three seasons with the Highlassies.

Last year at McLennan, Little was second on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game (.442 FG%, .809 FT%), led the team in assists (3.4 APG) and steals (1.8 SPG), plus averaged 2.7 rebounds per game. The JUCO veteran started 30 of her 33 games played, scoring 10+ points 21 times.

She totaled 20+ points six times in her final season with the Highlassies, pouring in a career-high 29 points at Weatherford College on Feb. 11, adding six rebounds, five assists and four steals. In McLennan’s first NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships game in 39 years, Little led her team to a 50-47 overtime win, finishing with a tied-team-high 13 points, adding two assists and two steals.

Paired with Brock, Little and the Highlassies went 28-5 overall, the first time they’ve reached the 20-win plateau since 2013-14. McLennan was ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA poll and received one of eight at-large bids to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships.

Across three years at McLennan, Little played in 80 career games (57 starts), averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. She earned NJCAA First Team All-Conference honors this past season after all-conference honorable mentions in her first two years.

Originally from Waco, Little played four varsity years at Connally High School, where she finished her prep career as the program’s all-time leading scorer at 2,613 points. In total, she averaged nearly 24 points per game, over five assists and an incredible six steals per contest.

Playing for Connally HS, Little was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, was TGCA All-State, District Offensive MVP, District Newcomer of the Year, and earned a spot in the TGCA All-Star Game. She also participated in two years of varsity track, a two-time 4×4 regional champion.

Academically at both the collegiate and prep levels, Little has shined, garnering academic all-conference honors at McLennan, plus making the academic all-district team all four years at Connally. At Tarleton she plans to pursue a degree in psychology.

Little becomes the second announced signing under Brock, joining post player Faith Acker from Winnsboro High School, whose signing with Tarleton was announced earlier Thursday.

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