Coaches and players met with local media Wednesday
An Alabama high school and junior college standout who joins the Blazers for the 2012-13 season with two years of eligibility remaining.
A Second-Team All-Conference USA selection as a junior ... the team's third-leading scorer with 11.9 points per outing ... started 23 of 31 games and averaged 24.8 minutes per contest ... the squad's top shooter with a 42.5 percent shooting effort for the year ... team's best 3-point shooter, hitting 31 of 102 (30.4 percent) for the season ... scored a career-high 31 points against East Carolina on Feb. 10 -- the best offensive game by a Blazer since Jala Harris scored 40 against Marshall on Jan. 30, 2010 ... named Conference USA Player of the Week following that 31-point effort against the Pirates ... scored in double figures 17 times, including six-straight double-digit efforts from Feb. 3 through Feb. 21.
Played two years for coach April Harper at Wallace Community College-Selma, where she is the program's all-time leading scorer ... led the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) in scoring in both of her seasons ... a first-team All-ACCC selection and first-team all-region choice as both a freshman and a sophomore ... named the ACCC Southern Division Player of the Year for 2011-12 after averaging 23.3 points per game ... reached the 30-point mark in nine games as a sophomore ... for her two-year career, she averaged 22.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game, leading her team in scoring, assists and steals both years ... spent her first year of college at Auburn University at Montgomery, where she sat out one season before transferring.
Played her prep career for coach Anthony Harris at Selma High School ... helped her team to the Class 6A state semifinals as a junior in the 2007-08 season ... averaged 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.0 steals per game in that junior season .... put up 15.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a senior.
Ashley Renee Grimes ... born July 11, 1991 in Selma, Ala. ... daughter of Demetria Pettway ... has one sister, Kiera Boyd ... major is exercise science.