College Sports

Ashia Woods has room to grow

Many basketball fans look at Ashia Woods and see a player that dominates every facet of the game for the Collegiate Spartans.

Woods sees herself as a work in progress.

After leading the Spartans girls team to a second-place finish in Class 3A last season as a sophomore, the 5-foot-11 Woods returns ready to improve her game another notch.

"There's always room to get better," Woods said. "I had a good season last year, but now that we've been there, just going isn't good enough."

The Spartans have a good chance to return to the state title game as the team lost one player from last year's 23-3 squad.

Spartans coach Terrence Phox knows that his team will be wearing a bull's-eye this season. However, he isn't worried.

"I don't feel that the pressure is on, but maybe if we didn't have a team that could achieve our goal, I would," Phox said.

Achieving that goal will have a lot to do with the play of Woods. Though she's the team's best scorer, averaging 26 points last season, it's her all-around play that the Spartans depend on. Woods led the team in scoring while finishing second in rebounding and steals.

"She's a coach's dream," Phox said. "She does whatever it takes to make the team successful."

Woods spent the summer working with Andover Central standout Tiffany Bias and Francis Bias, Tiffany's father.

Francis Bias has worked with some of the top players in Wichita, including Division I players Lindsey Keller, Julia Marshall and Joanna McFarland.

"Working with Tiffany and Francis was a challenge," Woods said. "He's really outside of the box. He definitely pushed me this summer."

Playing on Bias' summer team also helped put Woods in front of even more college scouts. Though she's received no official offers, the junior has been getting heavy interest from Creighton, Louisville, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Kansas State.

Woods' Collegiate teammates embrace her growing star power. Though there are several seniors on the team, team chemistry couldn't be any better, said Kamri Phox, daughter of the coach.

"We joke all the time about we're going to see her on TV in a few years," Kamri Phox said. "She's such a team player that we can joke like that. We actually want her to be more selfish."

"Sadie's really come along and that will show this season," Phox said. "Last year there were times where we stood around and watched Ashia too much. I don't see us having that problem this year."