The honors continued to roll in last semester for women’s basketball guard Jen Ashton ’15 of Beverly. In mid-March, she was named to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast region first team and the New England Women’s Basketball Association All-Region first team, and she was selected to play in the New England Women’s Basketball Association senior all-star game.
“She’s definitely been consistent all year,” said Owls head coach Andrea Bertini. “She’s the best player I have coached. She’s a good leader, the best practice player, the best passer, the best rebounding guard.”
Ashton led the Owls in scoring at 15.6 points per game, in assists with 5.5 per game, and steals with 3.8 per game. She graduated as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,524 points and the all-time leader in steals with 440, and ranks second all-time in assists with 594. In her senior season, Ashton led the Owls to a 24–6 overall record. The team was 12-0 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and won a school-record 16 straight games at one point in the second semester. The Owls were the top seed in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament and finished as the tournament runner-up.
“What’s amazing is to think that after the first half of Jen’s freshman year, she has always been the player that our opponents have keyed on stopping, and she still finished with more than 1,500 points in her career,” says Bertini. “She has been remarkably durable, which is a testament to her off-season workouts, her nutrition, how she prepares. I don’t think she ever missed a game or even a practice due to injury, and she has been able to play a massive number of minutes.”