Two-sport standout Ashmore doing her thing at Gallaudet

January 2, 2017

Lawjen Ashmore basketball

Lawjen Ashmore

After playing sparingly last season for Gallaudet University, Lawjen Ashmore of Fairbanks came back for her junior season fired up to play basketball.

The 5-foot-7 forward has started all eight games and is among the rebounding leaders for the NCAA D3 Bison of Washington, D.C.

Ashmore, of West Valley High fame, has seen her playing time increase from 7.4 minutes in 19 games last year to 29.5 this season.

Her production in the frontcourt has spiked, the biggest jump coming with her rebounding average going from 1.7 to 6.8.

She is averaging 4.3 points on 33 percent shooting.

In the last game before the holiday break, Ashmore accumulated eight points, six rebounds and four assists in a 69-65 loss to Susquehanna.

Founded in 1864, Gallaudet is the nation’s leading university for the deaf.

The school has a proud sports history. It’s the birthplace of the football huddle, when the players gathered to avoid opponents from stealing plays by reading his hand signals.

In 2014, Ashmore helped the U21 USA women’s basketball team win the World Deaf Championships in Turkey.

She also runs track for Gallaudent as a sprinter.