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Ayana Mitchell
Player Profile:
Ayana Mitchell 2303342
Position: Forward
Height: 6'2"
Class: Sophomore
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Conyers, Ga.
High School: Salem HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Born: 12/31/1996

CAREER
Returned from a back injury and played all 32 games of her redshirt-freshman season...Was fourth on the team in scoring (8.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.4 rpg) in 2016-17...Started her true freshman campaign off with 14 points in her very first game...Played in two more contests before being sidelined with a back injury that required surgery...Had surgery in November 2015 and missed the remainder of the 2015-16 season while doing rehab with the athletic training staff.


REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2016-17)
Played in all 32 games as a reshirt freshman after returning to the court following a back injury suffered in 2015-16...Started the first 18 games of the season...Was fourth on the team in scoring with 8.1 points per game...Ranked third on the squad with 5.4 boards per contest...Logged three double-doubles in 2016-17...Led team in rebounding in nine games and in scoring in two meetings...Scored in double figures in 14 games, including in five of the final nine games of the season...Was LSU's most consistent shooter, hitting 60 percent (89-149) of her shots from the field...Hauled down five or more rebounds in 15 games...Shot 50% or better from the field in 25 games...Scored in all but one game (versus Florida) this season...Set a career mark and led the team with 16 points in the win over Wake Forest...Led the team in steals with six against #3 UConn...Recorded first career double-double in win over NC State in the Paradise Jam with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds...Had two crucial defensive boards late in the NC State game that helped LSU seal the win...Grabbed the defensive board off the missed NC State free throw and fed the ball to Raigyne Moncrief, who raced down the court and threw up the game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left in game...Was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and scored 11 points in the win over TCU...Scored 10 points in just nine minutes of action against Tulane because of foul trouble...Registered second career double-double with 11 points and team-best 10 rebounds in the win over North Carolina on the road...Scored four points off a 4-of-4 effort from the free-throw line in the win over Little Rock...Scored 11 points and hauled down a team-leading eight rebounds in the win over Alabama State...Just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-leading 11 rebounds in the 53-52 win over Arkansas on the road...Also tallied three steals and a blocked shot against the Razorbacks...Scored 10 points off a 5-of-6 effort from the field in a win over Missouri...Scored four points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds against #5 South Carolina...Came in off the bench against Kentucky and contributed five points & five rebounds in 24 minutes...Came in off the bench against #25 Texas A&M and tied for the team lead with nine rebounds...Second-leading scorer at Tennessee with 14 points off a 5-of-6 effort from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from the line...The 83% shooting (5-6) from the field versus Tennessee was the best shooting mark for her in games that she has taken at least five shots...In the win over Alabama, converted a three-point play with 4:28 left in the game to give LSU its first lead (41-39) since early in the third quarter – a lead they would never relinquish...Registered her third career double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a road win over Ole Miss...Was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line in the game...The eight free throws made is a career mark...Tied for the team lead with eight rebounds (six offensive) at Vanderbilt...Also was 4-of-4 on free throws in the loss...Was perfect from the field (5-5) and the line (2-2) for 12 points in the win over #23/24 Texas A&M...Came in off the bench and scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds at Georgia...Scored seven points and tallied seven rebounds in the loss at Auburn...Had a productive game in the win over Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament with 14 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes of action...Scored eight points, but was held reboundless for the first time of her career, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State...Followed that meeting with an eight-point, eight-rebound effort in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against California.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015-16)
Showed why she was a highly-touted recruit when she opened her rookie campaign with 14 points in a start off a 6-of-6 effort from the field on the road at Wake Forest (Nov. 13) … Also posted five rebounds and a steal in her first career game with the Lady Tigers … Did not play against UL-Monroe because of her back injury … Played just nine minutes off the bench at Little Rock, scoring one point and grabbing three boards and a steal … Hit her only field goal attempt and both free-throw attempts for four points in 12 minutes of action against Long Beach State … Also tallied three rebounds in the win … Did not dress out against Tulane and missed the Gulf Coast Showcase before it was determined that she would have back surgery in late November … Had successful surgery and missed the remainder of the season ... Received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to regain her freshman season.

HIGH SCHOOL
Prepped at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia … A four-star recruit and ranked as a Top 50 player by multiple recruiting websites which include ESPNW … Secured multiple Class 5A All-State First-Team selections … Poured in 18.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as a junior … Earned a 3.6 GPA in the classroom.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Lucky and Thea Mitchell … Born on December 31, 1996 … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies with minors in business administration, communication studies and sports studies.

MITCHELL'S CAREER HIGHS
POINTS
16; Wake Forest; 11/13/16
REBOUNDS
16; vs NC State; 11/26/16
FIELD GOALS MADE
6; 2x, last: Wake Forest; 11/13/16
FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
11; vs Ole Miss; 3/2/17
3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
N/A
3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
N/A
FREE THROWS MADE
8; at Ole Miss; 2/9/17
FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
13; Alabama State; 12/28/16
ASSISTS
2; 2x, last: vs California; 3/18/17
STEALS
6; #3/2 UConn; 11/20/16
BLOCKS
2; 2x, last: vs Ole Miss; 3/2/17
MINUTES
31; 3x, last: vs Ole Miss; 3/2/17

MITCHELL'S TOP SCORING GAMES
Rank; Points; Opponent; Date
1; 16; Wake Forest; 11/13/16
2; 14; vs Ole Miss; 3/2/17
2; 14; at #25 Tennessee; 2/2/17
2; 14; vs NC State; 11/26/16
2; 14; Wake Forest; 11/13/15
6; 12; #23/24 Texas A&M; 2/16/17
7; 11; Alabama State; 12/28/16
7; 11; vs North Carolina; 12/18/16
7; 11; TCU; 12/4/16

 

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