Elgin's Ava Battese – Cameron University Student Spotlight

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When Ava Battese decided to play basketball at Cameron University, part of her decision revolved around staying close to her hometown of Elgin.

“I wanted to stay near home, as it’s a lot of fun having my family come to watch,” said Battese, now a junior at Cameron. “I also really liked the campus. The last factor was that the coaching staff made me feel comfortable and like they would take care of me.”

During her senior season at Elgin High, Battese helped lead the Lady Owls to the state tournament, after winning both district and regional championships.  She was also named to the All-State team.

“What I miss the most is playing for Coach Thompson,” said Battese. “We had new freshmen, including Izzy Cummins (VYPE Top 100 2019). That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball.”


Battese is a second-year starting shooting guard for the Aggies and has played well, averaging 12 points per game as a sophomore and 10 points per game while averaging three 3-pointers per game this season.  She notched a season-high 23 points against Emporia State, including seven three-pointers. Her career-high is 29 points, scored in the final game of her sophomore season.  Battese is currently 20 3-pointers away from tying CU’s all-time record.  Shooting has been an obvious improvement for Ava since joining the Aggies.

“My shot has gotten a lot quicker; I have to do that in college with people running at me,” said Battese. “Confidence in my shooting has grown each year and I can shoot off the dribble now.”

The Aggies are off to a rocky 2-7 start due to a difficult schedule, but hold fast to their goal of winning the Lone Star Conference.  Battese has big goals as well, hoping to make First Team All-Conference and break Cameron’s single-game record for 3-pointers made (8).

Battese also shines in the classroom.  Her 3.6 GPA helped her earn spots on both the DII Athletic Directors Association’s 2017-18 Academic Achievement awards list and the 2018 Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.  A sports and exercise science major, Battese wants to play basketball overseas after graduation, then possibly become a coach. 

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