One of the great passers in AU women’s basketball history was Jody Thornton Powell. In her career from 1983-87, she recorded 693 assists, ranking at the top of the school charts.
In her rookie season, she finished with 143 assists, followed by 163 in 1984-85. Her total jumped to 193 in her junior year, while she had 194 assists in her senior campaign.
In addition to creating scoring opportunities for her teammates, Thornton Powell played a key role on the defensive side of the ball, registering 244 steals in her career. She earned CAA All-Defensive and All-Tournament team honors in 1987. She earned First Team All-CAA honors in 1986 and First Team All-ECAC Sout honors in 1985. She led the Eagles to back-to-back 20-win seasons in her junior and senior years.
She ended her career as the program leader in scoring, assists, steals, games played and games started.