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Pacific Women's Basketball Adds One More For 2010-11

Apr 15, 2010

Pacific women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts has added another player to the Tiger roster for the 2010-11 season, as Ashley Wakefield (Santa Clarita, Calif.) will be the lone junior college transfer who rounds out an incoming class of five new players.

Wakefield joins incoming freshmen Danielle Peacon (Reno, Nev.), Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.), Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.) and Sam Pettinger (Mill Creek, Wash.), who will all suit up for the first time in the 2010-11 season.

"Ashley is exactly the player we needed to round out our very strong 2010 recruiting class. Ashley can really get to the basket off the dribble and score," Roberts said. "She is a tenacious rebounder and a very aggressive all around player. Her athleticism and ability to score in the key will really fit our system and style of play. We have been watching and recruiting Ashley for two years and are fired up she's officially a Pacific Tiger."

Wakefield is a 5-10 sophomore who will join Pacific out of the College of the Canyons (COC), former college of current Tiger Arielle White, in the Santa Clarita Valley. As a wing this season, Ashley averaged 18.6 points and 12.9 rebounds with the Cougars for a double-double average to finish out the 2009-10 season. Wakefield paced College of the Canyons with her 12.9 rebounds per game and her .587 field goal shooting percentage was also tops on the team. Rounding out her fantastic statistics, Ashley also tallied 2.7 assists per game.

For her efforts, Wakefield has racked up numerous accolades. She was named the 2009-10 California State Community College Player of the Year as well as the most valuable player in the Western State Conference (WSC). Recognition did not stop there for Wakefield who was a three-time player of the week recipient in the Western State Conference, as well as the 2009 Orange Coast Classic Most Valuable Player. Ashley also shone in the 2009 Kiwanis-Ventura Tournament, finishing as a member of the All-Tournament Team.

In the two years the Cougars had Wakefield among their ranks, COC compiled an impressive 46-14 overall record highlighted by a perfect 24-0 in Western State Conference games. During her freshman and sophomore seasons, the Cougars claimed back-to-back" WSC titles. Wakefield's talent was recognized early in her career as she was an All-Western State Conference First Team selection as a freshman and then closed out her junior college career in dominating fashion as the Cougar's ninth All-Time leading scorer.