June 1, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure has signed forward Ashley Edwards (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) and guard Priscilla Edwards (New York, N.Y./Frederick Douglas Academy) to National Letters of Intent, women's basketball head coach Jim Crowley announced today.
Ashley Edwards enjoyed an outstanding career at Central High School, leading the Lancers to three consecutive Philadelphia Public League Titles from 2002-04. The 5-foot-11 Edwards led Central in scoring last winter, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game. A member of the 2004 Southern Pennsylvania Third Team, Edwards was named to the Public League All-Star Team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Edwards also won two Police Athletic League national championship titles (2002 and 2003) and was a member of the 2003 AAU junior national championship team.
"Ashley will give us another inside presence," Crowley said. "She can score around the hoop and is a tenacious rebounder."
Priscilla Edwards, a 5-foot-7 point guard, averaged 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists this past season as Frederick Douglas Academy advanced to the Public School Athletic League quarterfinals, a program-best. Frederick Douglass Academy's all time leading scorer 1,750 total points, Edwards was named to the 2003-04 Class AA All-State 10th Team. She was a two-time Newsday All-Manhattan first-team selection.
"Priscilla is a New York City point guard in every sense," said Crowley. "She can get into the lane and is able to score and create once there. She has a great flair and confidence to her game."
Ashley Edwards and Priscilla Edwards are the seventh and eighth student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure starting next fall. They join forwards Iben Soltau and Olecia Miller and guards Latrice Hood, Mandi Pierce, Maripier Malo and Nadia Roc. Four student-athletes will return from last year's team that finished 9-19.
"I am thrilled with all of the players we have coming in," Crowley said. "My staff has done a tremendous job of getting what we need: speed, athleticism, and competitors. The newcomers, coupled with the talented group of returnees, will allow us to play an exciting brand of basketball."