Ashley Corral looks to senior year at USC, pro career

Prairie grad seeks to bounce back from tough junior season

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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Ashley Corral is not fazed by celebrity sightings. Too many of them to count.

Because she is indoors, playing basketball for most of the year, she takes advantage of her down time by being outside, taking in the sun.

Plenty of sun, plenty of stars where she lives now.

“I love California. I love L.A.,” she said last week, visiting her family in Vancouver.

Technically, her home remains Vancouver. She is, after all, a college student.

But to hear her talk about it, Ashley Corral has gone Hollywood.

Corral is preparing for her senior year at the University of Southern California. She has called it an “up-and-down” career, so far, trying to adjust to two head coaches and three different coaching staffs.

As a sophomore, she averaged 15.1 points and five assists a game and was named All-Pacific-10 Conference.

“I’m really hard on myself. Junior year wasn’t a great year for me personally. I didn’t play terribly, but it wasn’t the jump forward that I wanted,” Corral said.

While her numbers were down a bit from her sophomore season, she was named all-conference for the second consecutive year.

She also scored a career-high 32 points in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament and reached double figures in 25 games.

Corral is the all-time career 3-point leader at USC and is expected to play more of an off-guard position — to take advantage of her shooting — than point guard in her final collegiate season.

“I’m looking forward to my senior year,” she said with a smile.

Her coaches have told her they not only want her to help the team, but they hope to showcase her abilities for professional scouts. Corral said she is hopeful to play in the WNBA or in Europe after her college career.

“That’s always been my goal, since I was young,” she said.