Ashley Houts #12 Guard
- Born: Dec 31, 1987
- Height: 5-6 / 1,68
- Weight: 145 lbs. / 65,8 kg.
- College: Georgia
- Years Pro: 1
As a SENIOR (2009-10): Named to the Lowe’s Senior CLASS first-team All-America squad…tabbed first-team All-SEC by league coaches, as well as second-team by the Associated Press…named second-team pre-season All-America by Sports Illustrated as well as to Lindy’s third team…among SEC statistical leaders, finished the season ranked No. 16 in scoring, No. 3 in assist-to-TOs, No. 4 in FT pct., No. 6 in minutes played, No. 8 in steals and No. 11 in assists…her 21 points at Chattanooga included scoring 13 straight for UGA to turn a six-point deficit into a four-point lead the Lady Bulldogs never relinquished. Did so playing in front of more than 500 fans from her hometown of Trenton, Ga., which is less than 15 minutes from the UTC campus…named MVP of the Southern Miss Thanksgiving Classic…connected on her first 28 free throws before failing to convert a three-point play against Georgia Tech…fouled out with 9:30 left in the Georgia Tech game (just the third DQ of her career) but gleefully watched as her teammates outscored the Jackets 14-8 the rest of the way…combine her career-high 27 points and UGA’s five points off her assists and Houts had a hand in 32 of 61 points versus Kentucky in Athens…sprained her left ankle against Tennessee and then tweaked it in the second half at Mississippi State…connected on a career-high six threes against Alabama in Athens, equaling the second-best effort in Lady Bulldog history…notched her 12th 20-point scoring night with a game-high 22 points against Tulane in the NCAA Tourney.
As a JUNIOR (2008-09): An honorable mention member of the State Farm Coaches All-America squad after being named to the District III team…Voted second-team All-SEC by league coaches and the AP…Twice named SEC Player of the Week: on Dec. 1 after averaging 19.7 points in wins over N.C. Central, Cal State Fullerton and Eastern Washington; and on March 2 after averaging 20.0 points in victories over Kentucky and Florida…Broke her own Georgia season record for average minutes played while leading the SEC in MPG for the second straight year…among SEC leaders, also finished ranked No. 14 in scoring, No. 3 in assists, No. 4 in steals, No. 6 in both free throw pct. and assist-to-turnovers.logged an amazing 37.7 minutes for the Lady Bulldogs, including 39.9 MPG in 14 SEC contests when she played all but 67.6 seconds…named MVP of UNLV’s Lady Rebel Round-up after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins in Vegas. ◊ Dished out a career-high 13 assists – to just one turnover – in Georgia’s Jan. 29 upset of previously undefeated and No. 5-ranked Auburn. That tally was one assist shy of the Lady Bulldogs’ single-game record and tied the mark for most assists ever by a Georgia player in SEC play…joined three of the Lady Bulldogs’ top-10 career leaders ledgers during the season: steals at Rutgers and has since moved to No. 7; assists versus Arkansas and has since ascended to No. 5; and free throws made at Kentucky and has since climbed to No. 9…became UGA’s 30th 1000-point career scorer at Vanderbilt on Feb. 15…played all 40 minutes in 21 of 32 games, including 12 of 14 SEC outings – not to mention a “40-” nights versus Vanderbilt and Kentucky…poured in a career-high 26 points at Kentucky, scoring 12 of Georgia’s final 13 in the win and going 7-of-8 from the line in the final 64 seconds…member of the U.S. National Team that posted an undefeated 7-0 record en route to winning the Gold Medal at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia…started three of seven games during the competition and averaged 8.3 points per game by connecting on 52.6 percent of her field goal attempts, 47.1 percent of her three-pointers and 90.9 of her attempts at the line…posted double-digit scoring efforts in two contests (13 vs. the Czech Republic and 12 vs. Serbia).
As a SOPHOMORE (2007-08): Tabbed second-team All-SEC in balloting of both league coaches and the Associated Press…led the SEC in minutes per game at 36.61, an average that jumped to an almost unfathomable 39.14 in 14 conference outings…played every minute of 16 games, including all 45 versus Florida State and 40 in eight of 14 SEC outings…among SEC statistical leaders, also ranked No. 15 in scoring, No. 2 in assists, No. 3 in both steals and free throw pct. and No. 6 in assist-to-TOs…a year after breaking Sherill Baker’s Georgia freshman steals record, posted the second-most thefts (87) ever by a Lady Bulldogs sophomore…due to lack of MP in a decisive win, likely missed her first career double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds in 28 MP against Richmond…tabbed MVP of the FIU Fun & Sun Classic after pouring in a career-high 24 points and posting game-high tallies of five assists and four steals against Florida International on Dec. 30...a day prior to her 20th birthday…upped that career-best scoring tally to 25 at Florida on Jan. 24 when she scored 21 in the first half, the same output as the Gators as a team during the period…recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 12 assists (to two TOs) in an NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Iowa…gained valuable experience as the only rising sophomore who was a member of the U.S. National Team which captured the Gold Medal at the 2007 U21 World Championships in Moscow over the summer…averaged 4.1 points in 11.9 minutes of action per game at the U21 Worlds, including 14 points in 16 minutes of action against Belgium in the quarterfinals.
As a FRESHMAN (2006-07): Chosen as the consensus SEC Freshman of the Year, Georgia’s league-leading sixth recipient of that award...and the fourth in a seven-season span…tabbed Freshman All-America by both Basketball Times and gballmag.com…a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, being selected on: Nov. 13 (after Rutgers), Dec. 4 (after Memphis and Georgia Tech), Jan. 22 (after Vanderbilt and Florida State) and Feb. 26 (after Arkansas)...broke the Lady Bulldog freshman record for steals with 93 thefts. Topped the existing mark of 89 steals set by Sherill Baker, who went on to become the SEC’s career leader for thefts…among SEC leaders, ranked No. 2 in minutes played, No. 3 in steals, No. 8 in assists, No. 9 in free throw pct. and No. 10 in assists-to-turnovers…led all SEC freshmen in assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio, minutes played and free throw pct…logged an amazing 37.93 minutes per game in 14 SEC regular-season dates, including playing all 40 minutes in seven of the last 12 regular-season games…became the 58th (of now 62) freshman to start – and the 21st (of now 22) to do so in their collegiate debut – during Andy Landers’ UGA tenure…stellar at the line in late-game situations: hit 4-of-4 FTs in the final :30 vs. Stanford; had a key steal and FT with 28 seconds left against Florida State to make it a two-possession game; connected on 8-of-10 at the line in the final 4:10 of a regular-season win over Vanderbilt…tied the UGA single-game record for steals with 10 against Memphis. Had five of those in the first 4:08 of that contest and eventually equaled the mark also held by Sherill Baker, Kedra Holland-Corn and Adrienne Shuler…earned a spot on ESPN’s top-10 plays after she drove the length of floor and hit a buzzer-beating game-winner – 10-footer from the left baseline – vs. LSU.
INTERNATIONAL: Won gold with the US National Team at the 2009 World University games and the 2007 FIBA World Championships.
OTHER ACCOLADES: One of the nation’s premier players who – during each of her four seasons in Athens – drove virtually everything the Lady Bulldogs did on both ends of the floor…Shattered the Georgia career record for minutes played, logging 4,768 during her career to easily surpass the previous mark of 4,366 by Kelly Miller…Played every second in 54 of 133 games played, including twice logging all 45 minutes in overtime contests…Joined Teresa Edwards and Kelly Miller to become just the third player in UGA history to lead Georgia in both assists in steals for four seasons…Among the Lady Bulldogs’ career leaders, finished her career ranked No. 14 in points, No. 3 in games played, No. 3 in games started, No. 3 in assists, No. 3 in steals, No. 3 in free throws made, No. 5 in free throw attempts, No. 6 in three-point attempts and No. 8 in three-pointers made.
PERSONAL: Born December 31, 1987, Ashley is the daughter of Greg and Joni Houts…Majored in Recreation and Leisure Studies…her older sister, Emily, played collegiately at Gadsden State Community College and Chattanooga…her younger brother, Andrew, was a second-team All-State honoree as a junior at Dade County in 2008-09…recipient of the Val Porter Family Women’s Basketball Scholarship Endowment for 2006-07…recipient of the Tom and Jeanette Greeson Women’s Basketball Scholarship Endowment for 2007-08…recipient of the Leon Jr. and Vickie Farmer Scholarship for 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Drafted by the New York Liberty in the second round (16th overall) of the 2010 WNBA Draft…traded to the Washington Mystics in exchange for guard Nikki Blue (5/12/2010).