CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Finished her career with the 10th-best batting average in program history (.324) ... Holds the fifth-highest fielding percentage for a Gamecock outfielder in the Southeastern Conference era (since 1997) at .979 ... Closed out her playing time at 12th on the all-time stolen-bases list (30), 11th in stolen bases per game (0.16) ... A four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and also a four-time recipient of a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete certificate.
2016 (SENIOR): Drew 52 starts in the outfield, 46 in right ... Also started six games in right field and played in four more games ... Tied for the team lead with three triples while standing fourth on the team with a .319 batting average ... Stole seven bases and was only caught once ... Started the year with a 3-for-3 day with an RBI vs. No. 2/2 Michigan (2/12) ... Posted a squeeze bunt, which accounted for one of two RBI, in the North Carolina win (2/17) ... On the same day she learned she had been accepted into physical therapy school, she went 2-for-3 with two RBI, knocking in the game-winner against Coastal Carolina (2/23) ... In her only career pitching appearance, notched a win with an inning of shutout relief vs. Southern Utah (2/26) ... Hit three homers on the year, two in the same week en route to SEC Offensive Player of the Week accolades ... The first was a grand slam that gave SC the lead in the game-one win over Buffalo (3/16) ... Drove in the game-tying run in the second game against the Bulls ... Tied the second game of the series against No. 12/12 Georgia with her run before knocking a walk-off home run in the seventh in the first triumph over the Bulldogs (3/20) ... College Sports Madness also honored her as its National Field Player of the Week on March 22 ... After that 2-for-3 day against the Bulldogs, she added three more in SEC play, on the road at No. 3/3 Auburn (3/26-1), at Arkansas (4/8) and at No. 16/14 Missouri (5/7) ... Stole two bases in the series against the Hogs ... Had the game-winning two-run triple in the win over Furman (4/26) ... Had a two-RBI single that proved to be the difference in the win at No. 16/14 Missouri ... Had hits in both games of the SEC Tournament, including a double against No. 10/9 Tennessee (5/12) ... Tripled in Saturday's winner's bracket game at No. 7/7 Florida State as part of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional ... Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and to the NFCA Scholar-Athlete list.
2015 (JUNIOR): Drew 35 starts in the outfield, mostly in right ... Led the team with six sacrifice hits ... Ranked third on the team with a .315 batting average while standing second with five outfield assists ... Stole nine bases in 12 tries ... Had two three-hit days on the year, the first coming against North Carolina, as she went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a home run ... Scored the game-winning run after starting the rally with a two-out walk in the seventh against Western Kentucky (3/11) ... Also scored the game-winner in the shutout of USC Upstate (4/7) ... Ended the Georgia Southern win with her bunt single (4/21) ... Posted a 2-for-2 day, scoring a run in the Tallahassee Regional win over Dartmouth (5/16) ... Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and to the NFCA Scholar-Athlete list.
2014 (SOPHOMORE): Started 29 games, including at least four in all three outfield spots, while playing in 43 games ... Most of her starts came in left ... Led the Gamecocks in stolen bases, swiping nine bags on the year ... In her first start, went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a run and a stolen base in the win over Presbyterian (2/8) ... At Charlotte (2/19), she went 2-for-3 with her second career homer, a grand slam, in the victory ... Also went 2-for-3 as the designated player in the win over UNC Wilmington (2/23) ... Collected two-hit days at Tennessee (3/23), in the second game against Furman (3/25) and vs. Campbell (4/8) ... In the Longwood win (4/25), went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base ... In the NCAA Tournament triumph over Fordham (5/17), she posted a 2-for-2 outing with a run scored and two RBI ... A member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll as well as being named an NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 37 games, drawing 12 starts ... Of those starts, 11 came as the designated player and one came in center field ... That lone fielding start came in the game-one win at Auburn (4/19), scoring a run in the flex spot ... Hit .321 on the year, including a .400 mark as a pinch hitter ... Drove in nine runs, with all of them coming with runners in scoring position and two outs ... One of those came in a pinch-hitting appearance against Charleston Southern (2/24), posting a grand slam in the 17-3 win ... The grand slam came after she tried to call time on the same pitch ... Scored 16 runs and went 5-for-7 in the stolen-base category ... Went 3-for-3 in the second game at Furman (3/13) as the designated player ... Went 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter in the first win over Charlotte (4/24), doubling in her first plate appearance before driving in a run with an infield single in her second ... A member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll ... Also an NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letter-winner in softball for coach Teresa Alexander at Wilson Hall ... Helped the Barons to the South Carolina Independent School Association 3A quarterfinals and a share of the conference title in 2012 ... Hit .652 as a senior, scoring 43 runs and stealing 21 bases ... Named 2012 SCISA Softball Player of the Year ... Hit 25 homers over her last three years at Wilson Hall ... Four-time all-region and all-state member in SCISA as selected by the High School Sports Report (HSSR) ... Two-time region MVP ... Played travel ball with the Southern Force ... Also earned four letters in both basketball and track at Wilson Hall and three in volleyball ... Three-time team MVP and all-region and all-state member in basketball ... Scored 1,959 points in her career on the hardwood ... Owns the Wilson Hall record in the 400-meter dash at 60.3 ... Two-time state champion in shot put and a member of the winning 4x100m relay team, coached by her mother Stacy ... Earned SCISA's Bill Simpson Female Athlete of the Year award in 2012 ... A WLTX Player of the Week who also was a state finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman and Gatorade Player of the Year.
PERSONAL: Ansley Wells Ard is the daughter of Mark and Stacy Ard ... Has one brother, Walker ... Considered signing with Georgia before committing to South Carolina ... Lists Jennie Finch as her favorite athlete ... Says her high school softball coach Teresa Alexander was her biggest influence in softball ... Her greatest athletic thrill was hitting a home run in the Colorado Independence Tournament Championship ... Majoring in exercise science and wants to become a physical therapist.