SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stanford Guard Anna Wilson returns to the university for the sixth time to help the Cardinal defend her national championship, while Alyssa Jerome stays for a fifth year.
Wilson, the Pac-12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year who joined the starting line-up last season, and Jerome made their announcements together at The Associated Press on Monday night before attending the Jazz Warriors game, Hall of Fame trainer Tara VanDerveer and her team wanted to honor the Golden State for the program’s first NCAA title since 1992.
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The Cardinal lost guard Kiana Williams, who was drafted by the WNBA’s Seattle Storm with the sixth round two election and 18th overall.
“It’s just a really great opportunity,” said Wilson, younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “We have just won the national championship and it is really something special to be able to be with this team again. We’re losing ki, but we’re bringing a lot of people back and I think the new people are going to be really great. “
The 5-foot-9 Wilson, who like Russell wears the # 3 uniform and made him cheer from the stands during the championship run in San Antonio, appeared as a suspended defender when he switched to the grid with an excellent training camp.
The 6-foot-3 Jerome, a key forward, averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which canceled the university sports season last year, seniors had the opportunity to be entitled to an additional year.
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“Of course I didn’t expect to come back for a fifth year at Stanford, but when the opportunity arose I was really excited,” said Jerome. “I just didn’t want to leave this team yet. It’s such a special group of girls, so excited. “
VanDerveer was delighted when she cheered on Golden State after reaching out to outgoing COO Rick Welts. She and trainer Steve Kerr have been visiting each other over the past few years.
During a hiatus in the first quarter, a video tribute with NCAA highlights and Kerr was shown delivering a congratulatory message to friend VanDerveer – but she actually missed it. A week after receiving her second COVID-19 vaccine and testing it daily at Stanford, she came to the Chase Center at halftime after a false positive test followed by a negative result.
She said, “I’m just glad it was me and not the kids. The second half will be great! “
“It was great. We’re all such Warrior fans, ”VanDerveer said earlier. “It’s nice to be here. It’s really great that your team also recognizes our team.”
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