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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 27, 2006

Baker Signs to Play as a Bearcat in 2006-07

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State head women's basketball coach Gene Steinmeyer announced the signing of Ashley Baker (La Plata, Mo.) to an NCAA National Letter of Intent today. Baker transfers to Northwest from Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College.

"Ashley's value won't be found in her junior college statistics," said Steinmeyer. "Her coach, Michael Smith, who coached for Wayne Winstead at Northwest, told me the team would miss her the most. The team had several Division I players.

"I love how hard she plays," Steinmeyer continued. "I felt like she was the perfect fit for our team the first time I saw her play. I am glad we had a chance to recruit Ashley."

Baker, a 6-0 post player, averaged 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game her sophomore year at Moberly. She came off the bench the first half of the season for two post players who signed to play at Division I schools. An injury thrust her into the starting lineup for 18 of the 35 games. She helped Moberly win Region XVI in the junior college ranks and qualify for a national tournament berth.

Baker played high school basketball at La Plata High School in northeast Missouri. Baker averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game her senior season. As a senior, she was the conference most valuable player and was named to the all-district and all conference teams four times. She also was a first team all-state player her senior season.

Her parents are Brenda and Randy Baker.

Northwest finished 15-13 overall last season and advanced to the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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