SAN FRANCISCO – Stanford guard Anna Wilson will stay at college for a sixth season to help the Cardinal attempt to defend his national championship, while Alyssa Jerome will stay for a fifth year.
Wilson, the Pac-12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year who joined the starting lineup last season, and Jerome together made their announcements to The Associated Press Monday night before attending the Jazz- game. Warriors, where Golden State planned to honor Hall of Fame Coach Tara VanDerveer and her team for the program’s first NCAA title since 1992.
The Cardinal lost guard Kiana Williams, drafted by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA with the sixth pick in the second round and 18th overall.
âIt’s just a great opportunity,â said Wilson, the younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “We just won the national championship and to be with this team again is really special. We’re losing Ki but we’re bringing in a lot of people and I think the new people are going to be really great.”
The 5-foot-9 Wilson – who like Russell wears the No 3 uniform and had him cheered from the stands during the championship race in San Antonio – has become a locked-down defenseman while entering the starting lineup with stellar workout. camp.
A key reserve forward, the 6-foot-3 Jerome averages 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling college sports seasons last year, seniors were fortunate enough to have an extra year of eligibility.
âObviously I wasn’t expecting to come back for a fifth year at Stanford, but when the opportunity arose I was really excited,â Jerome said. “I just didn’t want to leave this team yet. They’re such a special, so excited girl group.”
VanDerveer was thrilled to be at the game to cheer on Golden State after reaching out to outgoing COO Rick Welts. She and trainer Steve Kerr have visited each other’s practices over the past few years.
A tribute on the big screen was scheduled for a time out in the first quarter.
âIt was amazing. We’re all such Warrior fans,â VanDerveer said. “It’s great to be here. It’s really great that their team recognizes our team too.”