At Missouri State
Ashley Lord was the Lady Bears' second-leading shot blocker (13) and third-leading rebounder (3.7 rpg.) as a freshman in 2006-07. An imposing force in the post, Lord should continue to play a pivotal role in the paint for the Lady Bears in 2007-08.
Lordplayed in all 28 of Missouri State's games, starting 18 contests and averaging 3.3 pointsas a freshman last year. She scored four points and grabbed six rebounds in her collegiate debut, Nov. 11 vs. Iowa and blocked three shots in a 54-48 win over UALR (Nov. 27). Lord posted a career-high 10 points in the Lady Bears' 82-69 win over Portland State (Nov. 29) and hauled in a career-best 11 rebounds to go along with seven points in MSU's 71-56 win over Oregon (Dec. 16). She matched that effort with 11 boards in the Lady Bears' 83-76 win at Indiana State (Jan. 11). Lord equaled her career-best scoring night with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in just 14 minutes of playing time on Jan. 19 in a 72-70 win over UNI. Against Illinois State (Feb. 10), Lord scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in MSU's 65-48 loss. She led the Lady Bears in rebounding with nine in MSU's home finale, a 57-55 setback to Evansville (March 3).
Lord was a four-time all-state selection at Marmaton Valley High School in Moran, Kan., finishing her career as the Three Rivers League's all-time leading scorer (1,742 points) and rebounder (1,039). Ashley led the Lady Cats to Kansas sub-state runner-up finishes her freshman and junior years and was named to the KBCA All-Tournament team as a senior. Lord earned Kansas 2A All-State First Team honors as a senior after earning second-team honors as a junior, when she averaged 23 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest. Lord was a two-time McDonald's All-American candidate and helped each of her AAU squads, the Kansas Belles and Team Excel, qualify for national tournaments. A multi-sport talent, Lord also earned four varsity letters in volleyball and track and field, while excelling in the classroom as well. Ashley was a member of the National Honor Society and a U.S. National History Award recipient at Marmaton Valley.
Ashley Janelle was born March 22, 1988 in Farmington, Mo. Her father, Marty, played football at Missouri Southern, while her mother, Jamie, played basketball at Tabor College. Lord is undecided on a major but has aspirations of becoming a basketball coach. She selected Missouri State over Arkansas-Little Rock, Cornell, Western Illinois and Arkansas.