JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Started all 20 games at midfield in just her first season with the Blazers ... recorded three assists on the year, including two during conference play ... took a total of 15 shots during the season, with nine of them on goal (.600).
PRIOR TO UAB
Played two seasons for head coach Tracey Britton at Monroe Community College (N.Y.) ... named NJCAA All-America, Region 3 Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA tournament while helping her team to the regional finals in 2007 ... spent her high school career at El Dorado Secondary High School and her club career with the Rochester Rhinos W-League ... also has a tremendous amount of experience at the international level, playing with the Trinidad & Tobago Women's National Team ... has competed in Olympic, Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying tournaments with Trinidad & Tobago.
Full name is Ayana Christiana Russell ... born March 16, 1988 in Trinidad ... daughter of George Russell and Anita Pitt ... has two brothers, Keon and Immanuel, and one sister, Raquel ... majoring in philosophy.