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Parkdale's female football player decides to play college basketball for Old Dominion


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Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Ije Ajemba, a senior student-athlete at Parkdale, has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s college basketball at Old Dominion.

Despite her team’s mediocre record, Ajemba averaged nine points, 19 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game for the Riverdale Park school last season. The Panthers finished with a 12-13 overall record including a 10-8 mark in the league.

Ajemba, who was selected to play in the Prince George’s County All-Star Game, broke the school record for the most rebounds and most blocks in a single season.

“With only two years of organized basketball, Ije really blossomed as a multi-sport athlete here,” said Parkdale head coach Lawrence Watson. “She worked incredibly hard with a serious drive to earn a Division I scholarship, and I think she will take her game to another level with the Lady Monarchs.”

Last fall, Ajemba played defensive end on the Parkdale football team and also competed on the school’s softball team during the spring.

“Ije is an extremely physical athlete and was able to hold her own on the football field,” said Parkdale head football coach Lorenzo Fludd. “In the five games she played, she had 15 tackles and a sack. She is a very gifted and talented athlete.”

Ajemba’s best individual performance came in Parkdale’s 71-13 victory over High Point last February, a game in which Ajemba finished with 23 points, 33 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

She joins a tradition-rich Old Dominion women’s basketball program that finished 19-12 last season and suffered a first round loss to Davidson in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

“Ajemba is a superior athlete with great size, tremendous strength, impressive wing span and unlimited ability,” said Old Dominion head coach Karen Barefoot. “Her football mentality allows her to be an aggressive rebounder, shot blocker and tenacious defender. Given the tremendous talent in the state of Maryland, she has set numerous school and state records. We are incredibly excited to welcome her into our Lady Monarch family.”

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