Women's Basketball


Ashley McConnell
Ashley McConnell
12

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Palatine, Ill.

High School:
Fremd

Height:
5-9

Position:
Guard

At Illinois
2013-14 - Freshman: Played in 20 games on the season, starting the final eight ... Averaged 2.5 points, 1.0 assists and 0.7 rebounds per game ... Shared the team's Most Improved Player Award with Jacqui Grant at the annual postseason banquet ... Made multiple three-pointers in the last four games and in five of the last six, averaging 7.8 ppg & going 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) over that span after starting her career 0-of-14 from beyond the arc ... Shot 42.9% from the field in the season's last six games (15-of-35) after starting her career 0-of-16... Had 11 steals in the season's last four games (2.8 spg) after posting five steals in the first 16 games she played ... Had a career-high four steals against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament (March 6) ... Made 2-of-5 three-pointers at Indiana (Feb. 22) & also had a career-high three steals against the Hoosiers ... In her third career start, McConnell made her first collegiate field goals, including her first three-pointers, scoring a career- and team-high 13 points at Iowa (Feb. 13) on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc ... McConnell also broke out in other categories vs. Iowa including a career-high three rebounds, career-high three treys and tied her career-high of three assists ... Made her first career start against Michigan State (Feb. 5) and scored her first collegiate points on 3-of-4 free-throw shooting in a career-best 36 minutes, also tying her career high with three assists ... Grabbed her first collegiate rebound and recorded her first three assists against Alcorn State (Nov. 17) ... Made her first collegiate steal against No. 11 North Carolina (Nov. 30) ... Made her collegiate debut against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 14).

High School
Named a first-team All-State selection by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Second-team Class 3A & 4A All-State selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in 2013 ... Third-team All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune ... Two-time Mid-Suburban League Player of the Year ... Four-time Daily Herald Cook County All-Area selection ... Scored over 1,000 points in her career ... Named to the 2012 ESPNChicago.com All-Area team after averaging 16.0 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for Fremd ... Averaged 18.9 points and 3.0 assists per game, while making 68 three-pointers in 2012-13 ... Led Fremd to a runner-up finish in the 2013 IHSA Class 4A state tournament and a 26-8 record ... Played in four Mid-Suburban League title games ... Was a four-year starter ... Also a standout midfielder on Fremd's soccer team.

Personal
Born on Sept. 21, 1994 ... Parents are Steve and Lonnie McConnell ... Has two sisters, Jennifer and Megan ... Currently enrolled in the College of Education and intends to major in math education ... Was a member of National Honor Society at Fremd ... Plans to become a high school math teacher.

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