Nottingham Wildcats star and reigning Molten WBBL Player of the Year Ashley Harris is ready to help her side get their first win of the season after spending last weekend being confirmed as a legend at Wayne State.

The towering forward was inducted into the Wayne State College Hall of Fame after her exploits in the NCAA earlier in her career, although it did mean that she was unable to help Wildcats avoid a shock loss at Caledonia Pride.

But, if she was going to post a rare absence, it was for a very special and one-off reason, which has confirmed her quality and how lucky the WBBL are to have a player of her talent.

Wildcats Coach Dave Greenaway was philosophical about Harris’ absence commenting. “We knew in June about the Hall of Fame ceremony and felt it was something Ashley just had to attend. We tried rearranging the fixture but that proved problematic, so we just had to go with what we were dealt. It is a great honour for the Wildcats and the WBBL having a player of that stature in the league”.

She posted an astonishing set of numbers with Wayne State and in her three years at that college, Harris never lost a home game – completing an amazing 46-0 record at the Rice Auditorium.

“It was tough being away from the team as it was the first game I’ve missed since I was in high school,” said Harris.

“But being honoured by my college and inducted into the Hall of Fame was something I just couldn’t miss.

“It was a wonderful weekend full of family and friends. I truly am honoured with not only the award, but more so, everyone who came to support me.”

During her time at Wayne State, Harris [known then as Arlen] turned the Wildcat women’s basketball programme into a Central Region and national contender. She had an 84-12-career record, a 59-7 mark in the NSIC, leading WSC to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Central Region title, two NSIC regular season and two NSIC tournament championships.

As a senior, Arlen was the Women’s Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year after leading the NSIC in scoring at 18.1 points per game and 9.4 rebounds (2nd-NSIC) a contest. She led WSC to its first-ever number one national ranking, a 32-3 record and most importantly. first-ever trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Harris was Wayne State’s first-ever All-American during her Junior Year, leading WSC in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (8.6). She was NSIC Player of the Year, WBCA First Team All-American and Daktronics Second Team All-American after leading WSC to a 26-4 record and 21-1 NSIC mark, the best record ever by a women’s basketball team in league play.

Harris scored 1,724 points (3rd all-time) and grabbed 821 rebounds (6th all-time). She was a three-time All-NSIC selection and two-time NSIC Player of the Year, All-Central Region three times and twice named Region Player of the Year and two-time All-American that included National Player of the Year as a senior.

“I am excited to be back though and to be able to get to work,” added Harris as she touched back down in the UK.

“We have had a bit of a rough start, but I think as we continue to get to know each other and play more with each other, we can come together and build on what we have.”



Courtesy of the WBBL.




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