Jan. 21, 2008
Former LMU standout Ashlee Dunlap has signed a contract to play professionally for the Knox Ford Raiders in the South East Australia Basketball League, the team announced. Dunlap is the first American signed by the club in over a decade and will begin play for Knox in the 2008 season, which begins March 1.
As a member of the Lions from 2005-07, Dunlap inserted her name into the LMU record books, setting the single-season rebounding mark with 295 in 2005-06. That season, she averaged 11.0 points and 10.2 rebounds a game to earn the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year honor and First Team All-WCC status. The following year, she averaged 7.7 ppg and 7.1 rpg, gaining a place on the Honorable Mention All-WCC Team. She completed her career as the program's second-leading rebounder by average at 8.6 and eighth in total rebounds with 515.
"This is the perfect opportunity for Ashlee and we wish her nothing but the greatest success in her professional career," LMU Head Coach Julie Wilhoit said.
Dunlap is no stranger to Australian basketball, having been a member of the Lion squad that toured eastern Australia in May 2005. She most recently appeared at Gersten Pavilion as a member of Team Concept, scoring six points in an exhibition game against the Lions in November.
SEABL Women's Head Coach Heath Anderson is ecstatic to have someone of Ashlee's career background come to Knox, "Ashlee presents a strong presence at both ends of the floor; she loves the physical side of the game."
"To get a quality person like Ashlee who wants to endeavor on an adventure like this is great. She'd been here two years ago on a trip with her LMU team and absolutely fell in love with our country."
Dunlap also plans to be a prominent figure off the court for the Raiders, already stating interest in getting involved in Knox's Schools Program and Junior Development Programs. She has had previous experience coaching children in summer camps held at LMU during the off-season.