Ayana

Mitchell

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Forward
Height: 6'2"
Class: Junior
City/State: Conyers, Ga.
High School: Salem HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

CAREER
* Top returning scorer and rebounder in 2018-19.
* Has played in 64 games and started in 48, including all 29 games of the 2017-18 season.
* Is averaging 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds over her three seasons with the program.
* Also is shooting 58.0 percent from the field and has 104 steals over her LSU career.
* Had surgery in November 2015 and missed the remainder of the 2015-16 season while doing rehab with the athletic training staff.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017-18)
* Started all 29 games.
* Third in scoring with 11.0 points per game.
* Lead defender in the paint with 16 games as the team’s leading rebounder and averaged 8.2 boards per game.
* Ranked eighth in the SEC in rebounding average.
* Most efficient field goal shooter on the team at 55.6 percent.
* Shot 50.0 percent or better in 17 games from the field with a career-best 85.7 (6-7) in home-opening win against Southeastern.
* Shot over 80.0 from the field in five games, including 11 of 13 (84.6) in overtime win against Alabama (Feb. 25).
* Third on the team with 52 steals.
* Posted season-high four steals in win at Arkansas (Feb. 18) and vs. Texas A&M (March 2).
* Scored a career high 27 points in regular-season finale overtime victory against Alabama (Feb. 25); Also had 12 rebounds for seventh double-double of the season.
* Tied career high with 16 rebounds in win over Tennessee (Jan. 28).
* Grabbed 10 or more boards in nine games, including eight games with double-digit scoring.
* Other double-double performances:
- 10 points and 13 rebounds at Northern Colorado (Nov. 15)
- 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. nationally-ranked Mississippi State (Jan. 7)
- 12 points and 13 rebounds at Florida (Jan. 14)
- 16 points and 15 rebounds vs. Georgia (Feb. 1)
- 13 points and 12 rebounds at Kentucky (Feb. 4)
- 19 points and 13 rebounds at Arkansas (Feb. 18)
- 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Texas A&M in SEC quarterfinals (March 2).
* Posted 16 points and nine rebounds against Central Michigan in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament (March 17).
* Earned LSWA Player of the Week honors twice during the season on Feb. 7 and Feb. 20.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2016-17)
* Played in all 32 games as a redshirt 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.
* 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.
* 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 No. 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, including two crucial defensive boards late in the 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.
* Registered second career double-double with 11 points and team-best 10 rebounds in the win over North Carolina on the road.
* 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; 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.
* 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 and the eight free throws made was a career mark.
* 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.
* Posted an eight-point, eight-rebound effort in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against California.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015-16)
* Opened her rookie campaign with 14 points off a 6-of-6 effort from the field on the road at Wake Forest; also posted five rebounds and one steal in her first career game with the Lady Tigers (Nov. 13).
* Had successful back surgery in late November and missed the remainder of the season.
* Received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to regain her freshman season.

HIGH SCHOOL (2011-15)
* Prepped at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia.
* Played for Georgia Pistols club team.
* A four-star recruit and ranked as a Top 50 player by multiple recruiting websites, including ESPNW.
* Named to the All-USA Georgia Girls Basketball First Team by USA Today in 2015.
* Earned Georgia Class 5A Player of the Year honors as a senior from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
* Secured multiple Class 5A All-State First-Team selections as a junior and senior.
* 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
* Nickname is Ya.
* Daughter of Lucky and Thea Mitchell; Mom is a breast cancer survivor.
* Has 2 sisters, Ashli and Andrea, and 3 brothers, Lucky Jr., Andre and Darrell; ‘I’m the baby’; Ashli is an artist in Atlanta focusing on murals.
* Born on December 31, 1996.
* Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Business, Communications and Sports Administration.
* Hobbies – scrapbooking, journaling, bowling, makes own wigs to change her look.
* Favorite food – burnt, grilled hot dogs; cookout food.
* Favorite music/artist – Ella Mai.
* Favorite hangout activity – cooking, the pool.
* Favorite movie – The Color Purple.
* Life after basketball – want to be involved with people, something that allows me to be a mentor.
* Why LSU? Because of the family atmosphere and I enjoy the campus, reminds me of home.
* O the places I will go – Any place with a beach.
* Started playing basketball at age 7.
* Full name is Ayana Veronica Mitchell. Shares middle name with Mom.

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