Our Syracuse top 100 list continues with No. 64 Kayla Alexander. Over her four years at Syracuse, Kayla Alexander became one of the best players in program history. In the center’s freshmen season in 2009-10, Alexander was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshmen Team after averaging 10.8 points and leading the team with 69 blocks.
In her second season on The Hill, the Canadien big became one of the best players in the conference. Alexander was named to the All-BIG EAST Conference First Team while leading the Orange in points, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. While she was known for her presence in the paint, it’s impressive that she led the team at the charity stripe as well.
During her time at SU, Alexander was one of the most consistent players in any sports. In her junior year, she averaged 14.8 points, the exact same average as her sophomore campaign. Alexander also played and started every game of her last three seasons. After her junior year, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
As a senior, Alexander rose to another level, averaging almost 18 points per game and nine rebounds. The Associated Press named Alexander as an All-America Honorable Mention. She was also named the Female Athlete of the Year at the 2013 ‘Cuse Awards.
Syracuse was a dominant 24-8 in Alexander’s senior campaign before losing in an upset to Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
However, Alexander’s legacy at Syracuse was already secure. Upon graduation, she was Syracuse’s career leader in points (2,024), blocks (350), field goals (736), free throws made (552), free throws attempted (750) and games played (140, tied). Alexander was also second in school history with 970 career rebounds.
As for single-season records, she held a few of those too. As a senior, she nabbed the school record with 573 points and 151 field goals. And as a junior she set a school record with 96 blocks.
Soon after graduation Alexander was drafted with the eighth pick in the WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars.