Lady Demons add state title-game MVP Tristen Washington to hoops signing class
NATCHITOCHES – Seeing as how a point guard can set the tone for an entire basketball team, the Northwestern State women’s basketball team added a winning presence late in the spring signing period.
East Ascension High School’s Tristen Washington signed with the Lady Demons on Saturday, head coach Jordan Dupuy announced Saturday. Washington helped lead the Spartans to the 2018 Class 5A state championship as a junior, earning title-game MVP honors, before helping propel East Ascension to a state semifinal appearance as a senior.
Washington was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and was a first-team all-district and all-parish selection by the Weekly Citizen as a senior. She averaged 17 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists per game in her final seasons at East Ascension.
Following her senior season, Washington was selected to play in the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Shreveport.
As a junior, Washington averaged 14 points per game, earning first-team all-district honors for the state champions.
“Tristen is a great fit for our program, both on and off the floor,” Dupuy said. “She is passionate about the game, and it shows every day with her work ethic and with the intensity in which she plays every game. She is a very good student and will be a joy to have out in our community representing our program. We have recruited her for over a year, and I’m so happy her process ending with her and her family joining the Lady Demons.”
Washington averaged scoring in double figures in all four seasons at East Ascension, losing only eight games in her East Ascension career. She was a three-time all-district selection, earning her first such honors after averaging 11 points per game for coach Dennis Chandler’s Spartans.
Washington also delivered in the classroom, holding a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering her final month of high school.
Washington becomes the fourth spring signee for Northwestern State, joining junior-college products Nakaylis Washington (Hinds CC) and Karen Green (Seward County CC) and Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High School’s Julia Sion. That quartet joins Texas high schoolers Anessa Dussette (Manvel HS) and Karyn Ford (YES Prep Gulfton) in Dupuy’s signing class.
“I chose Northwestern State because it has the major field of study that I am interested in (physical therapy),” Washington said. “The second reason is when I was invited to visit the campus, I was treated with the most hospitality that I have ever experienced on a college visit. The third reason is because I get to play my favorite sport at a university that I have always been interested in since the summer basketball camp.”
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