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Maggard inks deal with Liffey Celtics

Maggard inks deal with Liffey Celtics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Belmont women's basketball alumna and 2019 OVC Female Athlete of the Year Darby Maggard has signed a deal with the Liffey Celtics of the Irish Women's Super League. The Celtics are based out of Kildare, Ireland, where Maggard will compete for the 2019-20 season. 

"For me, it is really about an overall fit and I felt like the team and the culture that they had was top-notch," Maggard said. "What they are doing is special and they are really involved in the community. They play high-level basketball and are an overall awesome program."

Liffey finished atop the Super League last season with a 16-2 record to claim the regular season title and lifted the National Women's Cup trophy to end the 2018-19 season. The Celtics capped last season off as the league leader in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. 

"I want to bring as much positivity and leadership to the table as possible. I am going to go out every single night and give it my all," Maggard said. "I am going to be the best possible version of myself every day."

The Larwill, Ind. native began her journey with the Bruins in 2015, where she subsequently finished as the Bruins all-time leader in 3-pointers (430), 3-point percentage (43.1%) and free throw percentage (92.4%). 

Maggard rounded out her decorated career as the NCAA Division I era leader in career assists and 3-pointers made. She also remains as the only player in NCAA history to hit 400 3-pointers and tally 650 assists in a career. 

"Belmont prepared me in so many different ways," Maggard said. "The high-level basketball that we played there and the different styles that I got to experience when I was there were great. It was understanding that there was more to the game than just what you do on the floor, it is what you do every single day on and off the floor that matters."

Maggard recently raked in more hardware, as the Tennessee Writers Association presented the Women's Basketball Player of the Year award to her on July 2. She was also named as a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale award for the nation's top shooting guard and an All-American honorable mention by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

"I know I am prepared for what I am walking into, because at Belmont we played at the highest level," Maggard said. 

In her time as a Bruin, Maggard helped the program to four-straight OVC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. She also becomes the third Belmont player in the Bart Brooks era to play professionally, joining former Bruins Sierra Jones and Kylee Smith. 

"Darby has earned this opportunity, and we are so excited for her as she begins her professional basketball career," Brooks said. "She helped transform our program during her four years at Belmont, and we are so proud that she will be representing us in Ireland."