Hannibal-LaGrange University's Ashleigh Hurd-Spencer has signed a pro contract with the Australian Women's National Basketball League.
Hannibal-LaGrange University women's basketball Alumnus Ashleigh Hurd-Spencer has signed a professional contract with the Bendigo Spirit of the Australian Women's National Basketball League.
Hurd-Spencer will be on the 2015-16 Wattle Valley roster. She closed out last season with the Trojans as the third-best in the NAIA in free throw percentage (85 percent), fourth in points per game (20.75), 11th in total points (581), and 20th in field goal percentage (48.3). She also ranked in the top-40 of the NAIA in defensive and total rebounds per game along with total rebounds. She was also selected as an All-American three times during her collegiate career.
Entering her senior season with 1341 career points, Hurd-Spencer set a new school record for total season points and worked her way to 1922 points, 62 more than the Lady Trojans' previous record.
"Ashleigh has been a tremendous player for us the last four years and I have been very privileged to have coached her," said HLGU head women's coach Kelly Quigle. "She will be remembered as one of the greatest women's basketball players at HLGU."
Hurd-Spencer also won an Under 20s National Championship under new Spirit coach Simon Pritchard. Pritchard quickly found a roster spot for Hurd-Spencer.
"Ashleigh has a high basketball IQ and will be a versatile four-man who will bring great screening and rebounding to the team,” Pritchard said. “She is coming in to Bendigo to further improve her game and to back up (current Spirit player) Kelsey Griffin."
After a successful career in the collegiate ranks, Hurd-Spencer said she's excited for what the future as a professional basketball players holds.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to play with and learn from some amazing players,” Hurd-Spencer said. “I am very excited for the upcoming season and I can't wait to see where the team goes from here."
Hurd-Spencer graduated with a degree in Exercise Science this past spring.