WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – On the basketball court, inches don’t always translate into intimidation. In the case of 74-inch Ashley (McFetridge) Snedeker, they did.
Considered by many as the most athletic and intimidating six-footer in Eastern Connecticut State University women’s basketball history, McFetridge has been selected as a member of the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017, it has been announced by committee chair Scott Smith.
McFetridge is the second-announced inductee into this year’s hall of fame, joining all-time men’s lacrosse goal leader Eddie Sheehan’02, who paced the Warriors to four regular-season and three Pilgrim League playoff titles and their first two post-season tournament appearances between 1997 and 2000.
The 24th E-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 at the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the 5 p.m. ceremony. A buffet meal will be available following the ceremony. Tickets are priced at $50 and must be reserved in advance by contacting Scott Smith at 860-465-4326 or at firstname.lastname@example.org visit the Hall of Fame website at https://easternct.prestosports.com/Hall_of_Fame/index
Eight years after graduation – just one year beyond the minimum seven-year waiting period for induction – the 6-foot-2 inch McFetridge still ranks among the Top 10 all-time in ten career categories. She is currently second in blocks (158), third in field goal percentage (52.7), and sixth in points (1,364) and rebounds (777). Of the top six scorers in program history, McFetridge needed the least number of games (107) to reach her final career point total.
In her four-year career, the Canton native helped the Warriors to three 20-win seasons, and an overall record of 86-27, 40-16 in the Little East Conference.
In her junior season, she averaged career-highs of 15.4 points and 8.5 rebounds to go along with 46 blocks and a .530 shooting percentage and was named tournament MVP when Eastern won its first LEC tournament championship in 12 years That year, Eastern opened the season with 12 straight victories, never lost as many as two games in a row, and defeated 11-time defending champion University of Southern Maine on the road in overtime (for the second time that season) in the LEC title game. In three tournament games, McFetridge averaged 18.0 points and 7.7 rebounds with seven blocked shots and five assists.
As a senior, McFetridge was selected WBCA Division III All-America – becoming only the third different individual in program history to attain first-team recognition -- and as ECAC Player-of-the-Year and repeated as Little East Player-of-the-Year and as first-team WBCA All-Northeast District. Additionally that year, she earned first-team All-LEC and LEC All-
Defensive Team recognition for the third straight year and was named first-team All-NEWBA (New England Women’s Basketball Association) and to the NEWBA Senior Classic.
As a senior captain, McFetridge helped the Warriors win 23 of 25 games in the regular season – including a 16-game winning streak through the LEC semifinals -- and capture their first outright LEC regular-season championship in 18 years en route to their third 20-win season in four years.
Cited as the ultimate team player by the Eastern coaching staff, McFetridge credits head coach Denise Bierly and assistant coach Stan Harris for much of her development.
“Coach Bierly has a lasting impact on her players,” said McFetridge. “I walked away from the program and from college a better person because of her. I learned to value and understand what hard work really is.” Of Harris, who coached the post players in McFetridge’s final two seasons, she says that he “immediately became a figure of strength and respect [for her]. He knew how to speak to me during intense in-game moments when I could have easily lost sight of the big picture. His knowledge of this position and how it impacts the team elevated my abilities and understanding of the position.”
In her final two seasons, McFetridge started all 57 games in which she appeared -- missing only one game -- and leading the Warriors to an overall record of 49-9 (24-4 LEC) and into NCAA tournaments both years. She amassed over 400 points and was selected Eastern’s Female Athlete-of-the-Year in each of those years, as well. In each of those two seasons, McFetridge finished among the top three in the LEC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots, topping the circuit in scoring, field goal percentage and blocks as a junior.
In that two-year period, she also recorded at least one blocked shot in more than 20 games each season, three times swatting five or more. In 29 games as a senior, she blocked three or more shots eight times, with a total of 17 coming in one five-game stretch (five of them coming against Southern Maine).
As a preview of things to come, McFetridge came off the bench in her career debut in the 2005 Eastern Tip-Off Tournament for 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in 24 minutes (eventually being named to the all-tournament team in each of her final three seasons), and in her first career start that February, had 19 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes on the road.
In her first starting season as a sophomore, McFetridge led the conference in field goal percentage (career-high 55.9) and blocks despite playing several weeks with casts on both hands after breaking her left hand during a pre-Christmas trip to Hawaii in her second start of the year, and a broken right thumb midway through January. After sitting out the first two games back from Hawaii and coming off the bench in the next two, McFetridge started the final 14 contests of the year, averaging 16.4 points with a 59.7 shooting percentage which included 13-of-14 from the floor against Keene State, 8-of-10 vs. Coast Guard, and 7-of-9 vs. Southern Maine and four games of 4+ blocked shots.
McFetridge graduated holding three of the top five season marks for blocks.
In addition to her athletic achievements, McFetridge earned an LEC All-Academic Award and E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility and as a senior, received the prestigious Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award for commitment to academics and her teammates.
In 2011, McFetridge was named to the Little East’s 25th Anniversary team and two years ago, was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
McFetridge holds a B.S. Degree in Sport & Leisure Management and is employed as a conference and events planner at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She resides in St. Petersburg with husband Jon, a 2008 Eastern graduate who was a four-time All-LEC lacrosse player.