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Twinsburg's Ashley Morrissette commits to Purdue

By Michael Beaven Published: August 10, 2012
Twinsburg guard Ashley Morrissette enters her senior year with two consecutive Division I state basketball championships.
 
She wants one more and already has plans for a Division I college title too.
 
Morrissette said she has orally committed to play at Purdue University.
 
“I chose Purdue because it is a great academic school,” Morrissette said. “I like their coaching staff too and I like where that program is headed. They want to reach the ultimate goal of being national champions.”
 
Morrissette, who stands 5-foot-9, has been on Twinsburg’s varsity team since her freshman year for coach Julie Solis. She started about half of the games as a freshman and was a full-time starter as a sophomore and junior.
 
“I am just happy for Ashley and happy she could find a place that is a great fit for her,” Solis said. “She has worked really hard to get to this point. She is really dedicated to the game and a great young lady. No one understands how much time she puts into her game in the gym.”
 
Morrissette averaged around 15 points per game last season along with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block. She was a Division I All-Ohio Special Mention and was tabbed for All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division team.
 
“The last two years I think have had a lot of growth,” Morrissette said. “The seniors from last year taught me how to be a leader this year. I am hoping to lead our team to another state championship.”
 
The Tigers lost four starters – Malina Howard, Leah Fechko, LaShawna Gatewood and Nichole Mabry – from last season’s team to graduation. All four are set to play college basketball.
 
Morrissette said she plans to study psychology in college and wants to get her PhD in clinical psychology.
 
“Ashley is very goal oriented and very intelligent,” Solis said. “I am not surprised that she has aspirations of what she wants to do and become career-wise.”
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