Ashmore, USA win U21 World Deaf Basketball Championships

July 14, 2014

Lawjen AshmoreLawjen Ashmore of Fairbanks joined an elite group of Alaskans this weekend by helping the U21 USA women’s basketball team win the World Deaf Championships in Turkey.

The 5-foot-7 guard started five of six games for the undefeated Americans, who beat Turkey 62-48 in the gold-medal game.

The world championships featured teams from Argentina, Israel, Turkey, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and the United States.

Ashmore, of West Valley High fame, is a newcomer to the national team.

She plays basketball and runs track at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She missed the hoops season due to a knee injury but came back to run the 100 meters on the track.

Ashmore is entering her sophomore season this year.