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WOMEN'S HOOPS: Bolston honored after rare feat

Former South Medford standout Ashley Bolston, now a senior on the Portland State women’s basketball team, was named Big Sky player of the week following a near-historic performance in a game last Saturday.

Bolston came within one steal of recording a quadruple-double in leading the Vikings to a 92-79 win over crosstown rival Portland.

Bolston finished with 19 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals against the Pilots — one steal shy of only the second quadruple-double in the past 25 years of NCAA women’s basketball.

Grambling State’s Skaklya Hill last season recorded the fourth quadruple in history, and the first since Jan. 27, 1993.

Bolston still finished with her second triple-double of the season, tying her with Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu for the national lead as the only two players with multiple triple-doubles this season. No Big Sky player has recorded two triple-doubles in a season since Portland State’s Claire Faucher had two in March 2008.

Bolston and Faucher are the only players in Big Sky history with multiple triple-doubles in their careers. Faucher had three and Bolston has two.

Bolston’s first came just over two weeks ago, when she had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Vikings’ 65-50 win over UC Davis.

Bolston leads the Big Sky with 7.4 assists and 3.8 steals per game. She is one of only three players to rank in the top 10 for both points per game and rebounds per game. Bolston ranks eighth with a 15.6 scoring average and is tied for ninth at 7.0 rebounds per game.

She is fourth nationally in assists per game, and jumped up to 10th in steals per game after her performance against the Pilots.

It is the third time in her career that Bolston has been named Big Sky player of the week. The other two were in her junior season.

Bolston needs three points to become the 18th member of the 1,000-point club at PSU. The Vikings’ next game is Sunday at UTEP.

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