Rider's Ashley Reid Talks About D1 Commitment

Rider senior-to-be Ashley Reid announced her verbal commitment to Northwestern State University (Louisiana) Sunday night.

Rated by ESPN as a 3-star prospect, Reid averaged 14 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game in her junior year, helping lead the Lady Raiders to the Region I-5A Semifinals, where they fell to eventual state champion Canyon 48-46 in overtime.

NSU is co-coached by the husband and wife team of Scott and Brooke Stoehr, who came to the school for the 2012-13 season and have a record of 52-46, but have won the past two Southland Conference Tournament titles, meaning they've advanced to the past two NCAA Tournaments.

"Ever since they came in, the program started getting better and better, and they started going to the tournament, so that's one of the big reasons," she said Monday night, adding she just hopes to help the Lady Demons keep things going.

She admitted to being, "More nervous than excited to go over there, because I don't want to go over there and just mess everything up."

In the near future, she'll join Mercedes Brooks (Kansas State) to give the Lady Raiders two Division-I commitments on their roster, a luxury at any level, but especially below Class 6A. The Lady Raiders will, in fact, return every player from 2014-15's roster, except senior reserve Erin Scruggs.

"That just keeps our team very close," Reid said. "Even though Erin left, we still have a lot of players left, and we all played together in summer basketball. So, we're just gonna tune out what everybody says, and all the pressure, and we're just going to go out there and play like we always do. One of the goals is to go over there and win State."