Kayla Alexander

Canadian basketball player
Kayla Alexander
Kayla Alexander 50.jpg
No. 40 – Tango Bourges Basket
PositionCenter
LeagueLFB
Personal information
Born (1991-01-05) January 5, 1991 (age 31)
Milton, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolMilton District (Milton, Ontario)
CollegeSyracuse (2009–2013)
WNBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2017San Antonio Stars
2015–2016WBC Sparta&K
2016–2017CJM Bourges Basket
2017–2018Samsung Life Blueminx
2018Indiana Fever
2018–2019Adelaide Lightning
2019Chicago Sky
2019–2020Arka Gdynia
2020Minnesota Lynx
2020–2021BC Castors Braine
2021–2022ASVEL Féminin
2022–presentTango Bourges Basket
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Women's basketball
Representing  Canada
FIBA AmeriCup
Silver medal – second place 2019 Puerto Rico

Kayla Janine Alexander (born January 5, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Tango Bourges Basket of the Ligue Féminine de Basketball. She played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange. After a successful career with the Orange, Alexander was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars. She played on the Canada women's national basketball team for Team Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.[1]

College career

When Alexander left Syracuse University she was the team's all-time leader in points (2,024), blocks (350), field goals (736), free throws made (552), free throws attempted (750) and games played (140).[2] She became the second player from Syracuse to be selected in a WNBA Draft.

Syracuse statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009-10 Syracuse 36 387 54.2% 0.0% 70.1% 4.8 0.1 0.6 1.9 10.8
2010-11 Syracuse 35 517 54.9% 0.0% 76.6% 6.9 0.0 0.7 2.6 14.8
2011-12 Syracuse 37 547 49.5% 0.0% 74.7% 7.5 0.3 0.6 2.6 14.8
2012-13 Syracuse 32 573 51.8% 0.0% 72.6% 8.7 0.3 0.6 2.9 17.9
Career 140 2024 52.3% 0.0% 73.6% 6.9 0.2 0.6 2.5 14.5

Source[3]

Professional career

WNBA

Alexander was drafted with the eighth pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars. Since her rookie season, she's been a reserve center on the Stars' roster and a key contributor in rebounding. In the 2016 season, she averaged career-highs in scoring and rebounding with 8.0 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. In 2017, Alexander re-signed with the Stars in free agency.[4]

On February 1, 2018, Alexander was traded by the re-branded Las Vegas Aces along with a third-round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft to the Indiana Fever in exchange for their second-round selection in the 2019 WNBA Draft.[5]

Overseas career

In the 2015-16 WNBA off-season, Alexander played in Russia for WBC Sparta&K. In August 2016, Alexander signed a short-term deal with CJM Bourges Basket of the Ligue Féminine de Basketball for the 2016-17 WNBA off-season.[6]

In early 2020, she signed with Arka Gdynia of the Basket Liga Kobiet FIBA Polish league, but returned to Canada that March due to the cancellation of the season at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

Personal life

Alexander said she wanted to become a teacher once she retires from basketball.[8] Her brother, Kyle played for the Miami Heat.

In 2019, Alexander wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Magic of Basketball. Her sister, Kesia, is credited as co-author.[9][10]

References

  1. ^ "Kayla ALEXANDER". Olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Silver Stars Select Kayla Alexander with the No. 8 Pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  3. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  4. ^ "Stars Re-Sign Kayla Alexander - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  5. ^ "Indiana Fever Acquire Kayla Alexander in Trade With Las Vegas". WNBA.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings - Women's Basketball 24.7". Women's Basketball 24.7. 2016-08-22. Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  7. ^ Dichter, Myles (18 March 2020). "Canadian athletes scramble to return home". CBC. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  8. ^ "WBB: Center Kayla Alexander Drafted 8th". Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  9. ^ Nichols, Paula; Cseplo, Simone (September 8, 2020). "Kayla Alexander and The Magic of Basketball September 8, 2020". Olympic.ca. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  10. ^ Loung, Steven (1 July 2020). "Q&A: Kayla Alexander on playing for Canada, writing her children's book". Sportsnet.ca. Rogers. Retrieved 5 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)