May 4, 2011
HOUSTON - University of Houston head women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan announced Wednesday that former Dickinson High School star Marissa Ashton has transferred from Texas Tech University to play for the Cougars. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Ashton will be forced to sit during the 2011-12 season.
"Marissa will be a piece big of the puzzle for us and we expect her to be one of our bigger leaders on the team because of her collegiate experience," said Buchanan. "Marissa is incredibly versatile from a player's perspective and will greatly improve our practices next year as we prepare for our opponents. Although she won't be playing next season, we still expect a lot from her."
Ashton, a 6-0 forward, played two seasons at Texas Tech, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 42 total contests. Ashton played in 30 games as a freshman, averaging 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per contest. The LaMarque, Texas, native shot 40 percent (44-of-109) from the field and 41 percent (12-of-29) from distance in her first season as a Red Raider.
Ashton starred at nearby Dickinson High, where she was named first team all-district and first team all-Galveston County for four straight years. Ashton, who earned district MVP honors as a senior, averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in her career and led Dickinson to the 2007 state championship final.
Ashton joins eight other student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Houston, which includes Jamie Drummer (5-7, G, Muncie, Ind., Muncie Central HS), Mileka Loydrake (5-6, G, League City, Texas, Clear Springs HS), Amanda Lawson (5-10, F, Bryan, Texas, Bryan HS), Voche' Martin (6-2, C, Duncanville, Texas, Duncanville HS), Danielle Parks (5-10, G, Houston, Texas, St. Pius X HS), Tahlia Pope (6-0, G, Wichita, Kan., Heights HS), Towanda Sutton (5-11, F, Philadelphia, Pa., Odessa JC) and LaTasha Tubbs (5-8, G, Amarillo, Texas, Howard College).