With the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet just a few days away, GoMocs.com continues its profiles of the incoming class with today’s feature on Alex Anderson. Widely considered the best player in the Wes Moore era (1999-2013) and one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever wear a UTC uniform, Anderson answered a number of questions for us while preparing for another postseason run with her professional team in Finland.
Anderson was a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year from 2005-08. She graduated as the No. 5 all-time leading scorer at UTC with 1,732 career points and is also No. 2 in career rebounds with 1,010.
The 2008 SoCon Female Athlete of the Year, Anderson guided the Mocs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and was twice named the SoCon Tournament MVP. She led the league in scoring and rebounding as a junior and senior, including a school-record 677 points in 2007.
Following her collegiate career, Anderson was taken by the San Antonio Silver Stars with the 39th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. She has played professionally in Israel, Turkey, and Spain, and is currently with Catz in Finland playing for a their third consecutive Cup Championship.
“I am still playing in Finland for Catz Lappeenranta,” said Anderson via Facebook. “We recently finished our regular season with a record of 24-0. We begin playoffs on March 20th. I'm now averaging 16.5 points 9.2 rebounds 3 assists and 3 steals per game.”
Catz won the first two of a five-game series with Forssan Alku. Their next puting is tonight as they look to advance to the semifinals in the top league in Finland.
Alex Anderson is currently playing professionally in Finland and led her team to an
“When I received the news by email I was elated,” said Anderson about getting into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame. “I've really missed my days playing at UTC and receiving the news took me back to all the great memories from college. This is a great honor, and I am nothing but grateful.”
Anderson and her teammates had an amazing record during her time at UTC, including four SoCon regular season titles, three SoCon Tournament championships, one appearance in the postseason WNIT and three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
“For me, it would be the three championships we won,” responded Anderson when asked about her most memorable moments at UTC. “Winning was our goal and what we worked all year for. I’ve always believed that I wouldn't have had the amount of success I've had without my teammates. Having great shooters on my team made it easy for me.
“My finest memory would be winning against Auburn my sophomore year. The previous summer I was actually in Auburn working out with them because my stepmother was an assistant coach at the time. So playing against and beating the top team in the SEC was an amazing feeling.
“One game that stands out to me personally would be my 39-point game against Davidson my senior year. I was shooting for 40 but unfortunately that didn't happen.
“I learned so much from college. Playing basketball in college and playing for a coach like Wes Moore taught me so much, but the most important thing that I learned from college basketball that I can use on and off the court is ‘discipline’. Having that has gotten me far in my career. I wasn't a fan of how hard our coaches were when I was a student-athlete, but I am so appreciative for it now. Going through every conditioning practice, weights, individual or practice proved that I can get through anything.”
Anderson still keeps tabs on the Mocs, despite a busy schedule playing overseas. “I've always kept up with the Lady Mocs ever since I graduated,” she said. “The winning streaks have continued and great players are receiving amazing accolades. Coach Foster has done a great job and congrats to the team for an amazing season.”
In typical Chattanooga fashion, Anderson concluded her correspondence by thanking those who helped her along the way.
“I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me through my career,” she wrote. “I've been blessed to have great family and friends. Thank you to UTC for allowing me to be a part of a great university. Thank you to my former coaches and teammates. I'm truly blessed.”
Since the playoffs are still ongoing, Anderson will not be able to make it back for the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, March 28, at the Chattanooga Country Club. Fans can come hear her grandmother, Quo Vadis Nelson, accept her honor in her absence, at the dinner that starts at 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) the event is open to the public and is $30 per person for the dinner. Contact the UTC Alumni Office (423-425-4785 – www.mocsconnect.com) for more details, or to reserve a seat.