ashley wilkes_web.jpgMiami Dade College women’s basketball player Ashley Wilkes was recently named the 2011 Southern Conference Player of the Year. The college reported Wilkes was named also to the 2011 All-State/All-Regional Team and the 2011 First Team All Southern Conference and is in line for a National Junior College Athletic Association award.

Wilkes has been consistently ranked among the top players in the nation for the last two seasons. Last year, she was selected to play in the NJCAA All-Star games in Pensacola and she was named to the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) All-State/All-Region team.

Coach Susan Summons said Wilkes’ achievements reflected her hard work and how the entire team rallied around her and the efforts of the coaching staff to keep her focused.

“It’s also important to note that she now joins a cadre of  previous MDC Southern Conference Players of the year,” Summons said.

Those players have included Courtney Cooper, who signed with the University of Florida; Kathy Brown, signed with Michigan; Dayna Rodriquez, signed with Washburn; Danielette Coleman, signed with Auburn; and Dominique Jennings, signed with Clayton State.”

Besides Wilkes, five other MDC student athletes were named to the 2011 All Southern Conference Team: Melanie Ducott (first team), Kandis Frederick (second team), Smiljana Cuk (second team), Tori Stephens (second team) and Kiana Morton (second team).

Wilkes, a psychology major, has averaged a double-double for the MDC Lady Sharks with 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. She also shot 45 percent from the floor, averaged 1.3 blocks and 1.9 steals.

The women’s basketball team finished their 2010-’11 season with a record of 11-15, 6-6.

MDC’s athletics teams have won a total of 33 NJCAA titles, the college reported, including 13 in women’s sports. Most recently, the softball team became national champions and won the 2010 national ladies fast-pitch softball championship.