Corral Shoots Into USC Record Books

By Spencer Schloss

USC senior Ashley Corral knew at a young age that with hard work and determination she could accomplish anything she pushed herself to do.

While growing up in the cold and wet Pacific Northwest, the Vancouver, Wash., native started playing many different recreational sports at the age of four. However, one sport in particular grabbed her attention instantly away from the rest: basketball.

Corral grew up in a sports-filled household. Her mom and dad — both athletes themselves — taught Corral about competition and work ethic. As a youth, Corral practiced, studied, and watched the game she passionately loved to play.

"I loved watching basketball, especially former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes and now players like Sue Bird and Kobe Bryant," Corral said. "I also practiced everyday to become the best player I could be."

After battling ankle injuries during her career, Corral went back to work and rigorously worked on her jump shot, especially the three-point shot.

As a 2008 McDonald's All-American and Washington Player of the Year during her senior year of high school, Corral decided to continue her basketball career at the University of Southern California. After coming off the bench at the beginning of her career, Corral has made a name for herself at USC.

Now a senior, Corral has not only just been a key player in her four years in Los Angeles, but she has broken records and accomplishments set by some of the great USC players. Corral became USC's all-time leader in career 3-pointers, is fourth all-time in career assists, and fourteenth all-time in career points.

"It's an honor I will cherish forever. All the hard work I put in has paid off for me, and to help my team win," said Corral.

Named to the All-Pac-10 team the past two seasons, Corral is mostly known for being a dangerous scoring threat on the court (No. 13 all-time at USC in scoring), but off the court Corral is known for being a warrior. During her four years at USC, Corral has only missed two games even though she has dealt with back, ankle, and elbow injuries.

"I just have a love for the game and when I have to sit out, I know I can't help my team out, which kills me," said Corral.

As the second half of the season gets underway, Corral isn't sure what the future holds for her after her collegiate career is over. She said she hopes to continue playing in the WNBA or overseas.

"It would be a dream of mine to play in the WNBA, but right now I'm focusing on helping my team win the Pac-12 championship and graduating," said Corral.

As a record-setting career comes to an end, Corral knows her hard work and warrior mentality will help her succeed in life on and off the court.

Photo Courtesy: Kirby Lee/USC Sports Information

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