Seasonal Report Card

2009 In Review: Ashley Battle

How those summer months breeze by and another Liberty season is in the books again. As the weather transitions into fall and players begin to part ways en route to off-season endeavors, NYLiberty.com is handing in its season homework – a final report, which takes a look back at how each member of the team faired in the franchise's 13th summer. Today’s chapter of the report looks at forward Ashley Battle.

Season High Category Date-Opp
30 Minutes @ PHX, 6/10
14 Points @ ATL, 6/21
6 Rebounds MN, 8/23
5* Assists IND, 6/26
4* Steals @ CT, 9/4
1* Blocks IND, 6/26

Season: 5th
Position: Forward
PPG: 5.2
RPG: 2.5
APG: 1.2
MPG: 16.1

(*) denotes career-high

THE SKINNY: Battle appeared in all 34 regular season games, with three starts. She posted in double figures 10 times (seven more than last season) and collected five or more rebounds four times (three more than 2008). Battle led the Liberty in rebounds once and assists once.

ON THE RISE: This season, Battle showed an improvement from last summer across seven statistical categories. Up from last season is MPG (+6.2), FG% (+.048), 3P% (+.046), RPG (+.9), APG (+.5), SPG (+.5) and PPG (+1.6).

BREAKOUT GAME: Battle's best offensive game on the summer came early on, as the Liberty extended its winning streak against the Dream to five on June 21st at Philips Arena. On a six-of-seven field goal shooting performance, combined with a season and career-tying high five rebounds and two assists, she finished with a season-high 14 points.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: In a three-game span in the Liberty's final five games of the season, Battle averaged three steals per game. She tied a career-high when she collected four steals in the overtime match-up at Mohegan Sun on September 4th.

Review more of Battle's ride through the 2009 season and previous seasons via her WNBA.com Playerfile.

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