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Alexis Hornbuckle

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  • Two-time WNBA Champion (2008-Detroit, 2011-Minnesota)
  • Only women’s basketball player to win NCAA Championship and WNBA Title in same year
  • Best statistical season in 2009 with the Detroit Shock: 6.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists
  • Drafted by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft
  • Followed the Shock franchise to Tulsa following the 2009 season... Was traded to Minnesota on July 26, 2010 in exchange for Rashanda McCants
  • Acquired by Phoenix on Feb. 2, 2012 in a sign-and-trade deal that sent a 2013 second round draft pick to the Lynx
  • 2012 WNBA SEASON

  • The only Mercury player to appear in all 34 games
  • Started a career-high 25 games, her first starts since July 3, 2010.
  • Started 25 consecutive games after serving as a reserve in her previous 52 games
  • As a starter: 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds As a reserve: 1.8 points, 1.8 rebounds
  • Single-season career-high 11 games with double figure scoring, including a career-best streak of five straight games (July 13-Aug. 25)
  • At least four assists in four of the seven games without starting point guard Samantha Prahalis in the lineup…recorded six total games of four assists.
  • Two efforts (in a span of six games) of at least 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals… four such efforts in her career.
  • 2011: Concluded her second year in Minnesota and fourth in the WNBA by playing 29 games off the bench (with 5 DNP-CDs)... Netted 1.1 ppg and 1.1 rpg while logging 7.4 mpg; she finished at 37.5% from the floor and 29.4% (5-for-17) from three-point range... Chipped in a season-high seven points (playing a season-high 20:18) in the Sept. 11 finale at Phoenix... Pulled in a season-high five rebounds June 18 in Atlanta; she averaged 6.3 reb/40 on the year (33 rebounds in 208 minutes). 2010: Split her third WNBA season between Tulsa and Minnesota, having been acquired from the Shock on July 26... Came off the bench in all 13 games with the Lynx, contributing 3.0 ppg (on 28.3% shooting), 1.5 rpg and 1.38 spg while logging 14.9 mpg for the Lynx... Ranked 15th in steals (1.46 spg) and 4th in steal/TO ratio (1.05-to-1)... Chipped in nine points and four steals Aug. 20 at Los Angeles, her best single-game totals with Minnesota... Appeared in 15 games for the Shock, tallying 5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.7 apg in 21.1 mpg while shooting 40.0% (10-for-25) from three-point range... Returned to action on July 25 in Seattle, having missed six games after suffering a sprained right ankle July 3 vs. Washington... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds June 12 at Phoenix... Dished out a season-high six assists June 23 at Atlanta... 2009: Appeared in 32 games, starting 21 of them, for the Detroit Shock... Averaged 6.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.3 spg in 26.6 mpg... Ranked 11th in the WNBA in three-point field-goal percentage (39.1)... Ranked second on her team in steals per game (1.31)... Ranked first on her team in three-point shooting percentage (39.1)... Scored a season-high 14 points against Minnesota on Sept. 9... Grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds against Connecticut on July 5... Had a career-high seven assists against San Antonio on Aug. 23... 2008: Appeared in all 34 games, averaging 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals in 22.0 minutes per game... Led the league in steals (79) and steals per game... Scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and recorded seven steals in her first WNBA game vs. Houston (May 17)... The seven steals set a franchise record for steals in a game... Posted her first career double-double when she scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at Phoenix (June 14), setting a franchise record for rebounds by a guard.

    2009: Averaged 10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg on 48.9 percent shooting from the field in 35.4 mins/game in post-season play... Scored 15 points in three of her five playoff games... Ranked fifth in the playoffs in assists per game (4.0)... 2008: Appeared in all nine games en route to her first WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock... Became the first player to win both the NCAA championship and WNBA championship in the same calendar year... Averaged 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.4 minutes per game... Led the team in rebounds three times and in assists five times in the postseason... Scored a playoff-high nine points three times in the postseason including in the championship-clinching game (Oct. 5)... Ranked third in the league in steals in the postseason with 11.

    2012-13: Spent the 2012-13 offseason playing for Elitzur Holon in Israel averaging 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists ... 2010-11: Began her winter in Israel playing for Ramat Hasharon... In 11 games, tallied averages of 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game... Finished in Turkey playing for Tarsus... In 17 games, averaged 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 4.30 percent from the floor... 2009-10: Played for PeKa (Finland) and Elizur Holon (Israel).

    Won the NCAA National Championship twice while at Tennessee in '07 & '08... Named the All-SEC First Team in '07 & '08... Named to the All-SEC Defensive Team in '08... Selected to the SEC All-Tournament Team in '07... Selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team in '05... As a freshman was awarded Tennessee's diamond ring for best unifying the team... At the conclusion of the '06-'07 season, joined Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings as the only three Lady Vols to amass 900+ points, 500+ rebounds, 350+ assists, 250+ steals and 50+ blocks... Moved past Tamika Catchings (211) and into second place in the UT record books for career steals (207)... Recorded at least 100 assists in four straight seasons... Played in her 21st NCAA Tournament game vs. Stanford, moving her into a tie for fifth place in NCAA history... Her eight steals set a new UT record for thefts in an NCAA Tournament game and are the fourth-most in a first- or second-round NCAA Tourney game by any woman since 1988... Picked up her 500th career assist, and hit the game winning shot with 0.3 seconds left to beat LSU and advance to the Championship game in the 2008 NCAA tournament.


    Born on Oct. 16, 1985, in Charleston, W.Va.... Full name is Alexis Kay'ree Hornbuckle... Parents are Jerome and Quandora Hornbuckle... Has a brother Cedric, 22... Was enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences while at Tennessee... Was also an all-state soccer player at South Charleston H.S., and was the 2002 West Virginia state high jump champion... Lists former Houston Comets star Cynthia Cooper as the athlete after whom she has modeled her game.

    Career Transactions

    Drafted by Detroit in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft... Franchise relocated to Tulsa following the 2009 season...Traded to the Minnesota Lynx on July 26, 2010 in exchange for Rashanda McCants… Acquired by the Phoenix Mercury on Feb. 2, 2012 in a sign-and-trade deal that sent a 2013 second round draft pick to Minnesota.