Bates in final season of outstanding career

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Former Hopkins basketball standout Ashley Bates enters her senior season at Hampton University as one of the top collegiate women’s basketball players in the nation. Bates, who was the Big South Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 17.7 points per game and 4.4 steals while setting a single-season record for steals.   

A 5’7” guard, Bates played four years of varsity basketball at Hopkins, earning All-Conference four times and garnering All-State honors while playing on two Class 4A state championship teams. She made the MEAC All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2017.

Hampton, an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), left the MEAC and joined the Big South Conference in 2018.

After four games this season, Bates, the preseason Big South Conference Player of the Year, is averaging 18.3 points per game to lead the Lady Pirates.

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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. He can be reached at mcdeezy05@gmail.com.

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