Saluqis in the Pros

Ashley Shields

Ashley Shields

Shields was drafted by the Houston Comets in the first round (eighth overall pick) of the 2007 WNBA draft. Shields played for the Houston Comets in 2007-08 and the WNBA champion Detroit Shock in 2008. She was the first junior college player ever selected in the WNBA draft.

After playing pro basketball in Greece in 2008, Shields played in 2009 for Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow in the Polish Professional League. She led the league in scoring, played in the Polish League All-Star game, and was selected by to the Polish All-Imports Team and All-Polish League 1st Team. Shields is currently playing in Israel for Elitzur Netanya.

Shields played at Southwest from 2005-07 and as a sophomore was named to the Junior College/Community College Kodak/WBCA All-American Team and Player of the Year in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association by a unanimous vote of the coaches. In the Lady Saluqis’ TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament quarterfinal win over Cleveland State, she scored a NJCAA record 65 points and also set new Southwest single game records for 22 field goals made, 20 free throws made and 25 free throws attempted.

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).