Demons’ Jensen not done running the hardcourt
Ashley Jensen’s days of running the floor as a point guard and sinking 3-pointers aren’t over.The 2006 Glenwood Springs High School graduate will continue her basketball career at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. She signed a letter of intent to play at Baker on Wednesday. “I knew that playing basketball in college was definitely something I wanted to do,” Jensen said. “I just had to find somewhere where I wanted to do it and find a coach that wanted me to play.”
The Demon point guard, who averaged 10 points, 6.5 assists, three rebounds and almost three steals each game her senior year while receiving a Class 4A Western Slope League first-team honors, chose the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II college after making a trip to its campus in April. “I got to do a practice and played with some of the girls and it was awesome,” Jensen said. “I am really excited. I really like the campus and the facility and the coach.”Baldwin City is located 15 miles south of Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas, and 40 miles southwest of Kansas City.
Despite a significant change in landscape, Jensen’s opinion of Kansas changed after her visit to the school of 1,000 students.”Kansas isn’t as bad as people make it out to be,” she said “My family can still come and watch and it’s close to Lawrence. It’s kinda like being here – You are only a few hours away from big cities.”Jensen will be playing for Susan Decker who enters her seventh year as Baker’s head coach. She led the Wildcats to a 17-15 overall record last year and a 12-8 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
“I’m excited,” said Jacky Gaddis, Jensen’s mother who also coached Jensen at Roaring Fork before she transferred to Glenwood. “I think she’s got a good chance at starting.” Decker came to Colorado for Jensen’s signing on Wednesday and has already begun preparing her for when she starts practices with the team in August.”I have a workout schedule that I started last week so I can do conditioning and be ready to go,” Jensen said.
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