For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: March 20, 2012

Shields Signs Training Camp Contract With Sparks

Former Lady Saluqi All-American Ashley Shields has signed a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Shields was drafted by the WNBA's Houston Comets in 2007 and later played on Detroit's 2008 WNBA championship team. She averaged 18.8 points and 3.3 steals for the Maccabi Ashdod team in Israel this season and has also played professionally in Poland and Slovakia.

In 2006-07, her only season at Southwest, Shields led the NJCAA in scoring with a 27.4 average and was named to the NJCAA Division 1 All-American Team, the Junior College/Community College Kodak/WBCA All-American Team and TJCCAA Player of the Year. In the Lady Saluqis' TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament quarterfinal win over Cleveland State, she scored a NJCAA record 65 points.

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Photo caption: Ashley Shields

For more information contact: Keith Gentry, (901) 333-4114, mgentry@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 381344