Southwest Tennessee Community College

April 12, 2007

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901) 619-1899 / Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023

Release written by Keith Gentry

Ashley Shields, who will soon be playing for the Houston Comets in the WNBA, has been named first team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. It is the second All-American team selection for Shields, was also chosen to the Junior College/Community College Kodak/WBCA All-American Team.

Shields, the eighth overall pick in last week’s WNBA draft, led Southwest to a 26-2 record this season and a ranking of number 13 in the final NJCAA regular season poll. Shields was a unanimous pick by the conference’s coaches as Player of the Year in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association and was also named to the Region VII All-Tournament team. In the Lady Saluqis’ region quarterfinal win over Cleveland State, she scored a NJCAA record 65 points.

Shields led the NJCAA in scoring this season with an average of 27.4 points per game and was among national leaders in rebounding (11.3), assists (6.6) and steals (4.1). She also led the Lady Saluqis in field goal percentage (.558), and three-point percentage (.443). She recorded four triple-doubles and 19 double-doubles this season and had season highs of 15 rebounds (vs. Arkansas Baptist, Hiwassee, and Saint Catharine), 14 assists (vs. Jackson State), eight steals (vs. Cleveland State), and four blocked shots (vs. Hiwassee).
Name Pos. Ht. Year College Team
Shanea Cotton F 6'3" So Gulf Coast Community College 1st Team
Tegan Cunningham F 6'1" Fr Seward County Community College 1st Team
Erika Ferrell C 6'0" So Weatherford College 1st Team
Trenise Fuller F 6'4 So Monroe Community College 1st Team
Chandrea Jones G 5'9" So Odessa College 1st Team
Lesha Jones F/C 6'2" So Southeastern Illinois College 1st Team
Katie King F 6'1" So Salt Lake Community College 1st Team
Heather Oliver G 5'10" Fr Central Arizona College 1st Team
Ashley Shields G 5'10" So Southwest Tennessee Community College 1st Team
Nikki Williams G 5'7" So Copiah-Lincoln Community College 1st Team