Ashley Sandstead
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Ashley Sandstead

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Buffalo Grove

Height:
5-10

Position:
G

Birthdate:
03/12/1986

Experience:
4L

At ISU: Granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA in May 2007 after a knee injury cut short her sophomore season.

Redshirt Senior Year (2008-09): Appeared in all 35 games with two starts ... team captain ... third on the team in three-point field goals made (18) and attempted (64) ... made a three-pointer in 14 games, including four games with two three-pointers ... scored a season-high eight points against Robert Morris (11/22) and Evansville (1/22) ... grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Ball State (11/25) ... scored seven points, including 4-of-6 shooting on free throws, against Indiana in the WNIT (3/29).

Redshirt Junior Year (2007-08): Appeared in 14 games ... team captain ... all of her field goals (8) and field goal attempts (12) on the season came from three-point range ... missed eight games with a stress fracture in her right foot ... made her first three-point attempt of the season and had one assist against Eastern Illinois ... scored a season-high eight points, including two three-pointers, and had two steals in just five minutes against Bradley (1/13) ... scored five points against Missouri State (1/25).

Junior Year (2006-07): Appeared in 26 games, with two starts ... sixth on the team in three-point field goals ... was inserted into the starting lineup at Missouri State (2/13) and played a season-high 23 minutes against the Bears, scoring 13 points on a 5-for-8 shooting effort ... averaged more than 10 minutes per game during a seven-game stretch between 1/28 - 2/23.

Sophomore Year (2005-06): Started eight-of-nine games before suffering a season-ending torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her left knee in practice prior to the first league game of the season ... scored in double-figures six times in nine games, including a season-high 14 points against Loyola-Chicago (11/20) ... tied her career-high with six rebounds against Ball State (11/30).

Freshman Year (2004-05): Appeared in 30 games, with four starts ... set ISU freshman record for three-point field goal percentage (.429) ... tied for third on Redbird freshman three-point field goal list ... scored 11 points and had four steals in 29 minutes in her first-career game versus then-No. 10 Notre Dame (11/12) ... scored a career high 14 points against Wichita State (1/16) ... had a career-high six rebounds against Oakland (12/3 ... had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament (3/19).

Prior to ISU: Four-year letterwinner at Buffalo Grove High School ... 2002, 2003 and 2004 all-state selection ... four-year all-area and all-conference selection ... earned leadership award as a member of the North team in the IBCA All-Star game ... IBCA North team's leading scorer with 11 points ... raised scoring average from 14.2 ppg as a junior to 21.5 ppg as a senior ... team MVP as a freshman ... four-year starter ranked third in career scoring (1,871), sixth in career steals (248) and eighth in career assists (301) ... Bison compiled a record of 69-30 over her final three seasons ... three-year varsity starter in volleyball ... played for Illinois Hustle AAU team, a two-time state champion that finished No. 2 in the 2003 national tournament ... prep coach was Tom Dineen, one of eight IHSA girls coaches with more than 500 career wins.

Personal: Ashley Angela Sandstead ... born March 12, 1986, in Evanston, Ill. ... daughter of Hollister and Karen Sandstead ... her father played baseball at Southern Illinois ... her mother was a gymnast at Illinois ... three brothers (David, Kevin, Grant) ... majoring in physical education teacher education ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll: Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 ... MVC Honor Roll: 2008, 2009, 2010... MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award: 2008, 2009, 2010... 2007 Bob and Audrey Weber Endowed Scholarship recipient ... 2008 Janyth Aellig Endowed Scholarship recipient.