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Ashley Haynes
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Ashley Haynes joined an Austin Peay basketball team in 2002-03 that was coming off two straight OVC tourney championship and NCAA tournament appearances.

The Lady Govs also possessed three of the OVC's top performers back in guards Brooke Armistead and Paige Smith along with center Gerlonda Hardin.

How talented was this 5-10 Clarksville Northwest High School product? She immediately moved into the starting lineup with that trio and proceeded to start all 116 games in which she played-she missed only one career game due to injury-over the next four seasons.  Haynes now joins Armistead, Hardin and Smith as members of Austin Peay's Athletics Hall of Fame. She is generally considered the best all-around player in the program's history. The numbers themselves bear that.

She left Austin Peay ranked in the Top 10 in 23 separate career statistical categories, ranging from second all-time in rebounds (1,080) to fourth in scoring (1,497) to fourth in assists (387) to third in blocked shots (119) and sixth in steals (207).

Basically, whatever Austin Peay's coaching staff needed from her, she was able to provide.

As a freshman, in only her second game, she recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Evansville to go with six assists. She would finish her first season with four double-doubles. After Christmas that year, she started a streak of 11 straight double-figure scoring games.

In the closing two regular-season games that season, she scored 58 points, including a 31-point, 7-assist, 4-steal performance in the finale against Morehead State-that weekend earning her first OVC Player of the Week honor. She was named to the OVC All-Freshman team to cap off the initial campaign.

In the near upset of North Carolina in the NCAA tourney, Haynes scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals against the Tar Heels.

With Smith and Armistead gone in 2003-04, she literally became Gerlonda Hardin's wingman in earning her initial first-team All-OVC honor. She averaged 11.9 points per game, but with so much being attention being paid to Hardin, Haynes helped the Lady Govs become dominant on the boards, averaging 9.2 rebounds per game while posting nine double-doubles.  She ranked second in the OVC in rebounding and 50th nationally, including an 18-rebound effort at Murray State. In fact, she opened that season with an 18-point, 17-rebound effort at Evansville and flourished the entire campaign.  Overall she also was ranked in seven other OVC statistical categories.  

A dismal 2004-05 season saw the Lady Govs fail to qualify for the OVC tournament, but it did not diminish Haynes' effort. As the focal point, she averaged 11.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing to earn second-team All-OVC.  Again, she tallied seven double doubles, including a 11-point, 18-rebound effort against Murray State before scoring 29 points-reaching 1,000-career points in the process-and grabbing 12 rebounds at Tennessee Tech. She also had a career-best nine assists in a game against Eastern Illinois.

If Haynes was disappointed by the team's performance in 2004-05, she was not about to end her college career without another OVC tourney appearance.

Seemingly a one-person gang at times in 2005-06, Haynes absolutely was remarkable.  She scored in double figures in all but one contest that season, including 12 games with 20 or more points. She posted 22 double-doubles, including streaks of nine and eight straight games. On Feb. 18, 2006, Haynes became the first Lady Gov in history to record a 20-20 (20 points and 20 rebounds), when she had 21 points and 20 rebounds in playing all 40 minutes against Tennessee Tech.

Then she did it again 10 days later, but unfortunately in a loss. In the final game of her Lady Govs career, Haynes scored 23 points and snagged 22 rebounds in a first-round OVC tourney loss to Morehead State.

Haynes completed her senior season ranked third nationally, averaging 13.4 rebounds per game. Her 16.9 scoring average as a senior ranked third in the OVC while she was ranked in the top 5 in nine of 13 individual statistical categories.

An ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection as a senior, Haynes played professionally overseas after she left Austin Peay and now serves as a personal trainer in the Atlanta area.

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