Ashleigh Marshall of Fall River has made it official—she has committed to UPEI women’s basketball program beginning in September 2019. The Lockview High Dragons girls hioops star signed her letter on Jan. 24, six days after visiting the school. She made her decision on Jan. 23. (Healey photos)

FALL RIVER: Ashleigh Marshall is going from donning the blue and white of the Lockview High Dragons basketball team to the green and white of the UPEI Panthers.

Marshall, a steady force on the court with the Lori Lancaster-coached Dragons, made it official signing her commitment to the Panthers on Jan. 24 at the school in Fall River.

She spoke to The Laker on why she decided on UPEI.

Ashleigh Marshall signs her papers for UPEI. (Healey photo)

I chose UPEI because everybody was so nice there and it felt like home because of the community and environment of the school,” said Marshall in an interview on Jan. 25. ” The team dynamic was awesome and it had everything I was looking for in a university.”

She said she was trying to decide between post-secondary schools, which made it difficult but she’s happy with deciding on UPEI. She will be taking a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and hopes to go into Law from there.

Since the news broke online once the team made it official with their own tweet about it, Marshall has received a lot of online congratulatory messages.

Marshall is eager to get started in September 2019 with the UPEI Panthers women’s basketball team, coached by Matt Gamblin. The Panthers are 12-2 this season in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball play.

“I’m excited for the fall and what next year brings,” said Marshall. “I think UPEI will be a great place for me to improve basketball wise and a great place to be learning wise as well.”