Athelete of the Week: ALEX McKENZIE

by Alissa Stieha
Staff Writer

Alex McKenzie, one of nine first-years on Transylvania’s women’s basketball team this year, has risen to the challenge of improving a “young” team, as it has been dubbed by head coach Greg Todd.

The team had to rebuild after losing experienced players from last year to graduation, but McKenzie’s skill on the court as a leader and a player has aided the transition.

First-year Alex McKenzie leads the Pioneers in rebounds with 160 on the season. Her success on the boards gives Transy the opportunity to be a factor in the Heartland Conference tournament.

“Our coaching staff couldn’t be happier with her,” said Todd. “(She) understands the game very well and is a very versatile, complete player.”

McKenzie poses a threat offensively, which demonstrates the strengths she pulls from her play in high school basketball at Scott County.

“She is a competitive player that puts the team above the individual,” Todd said.

McKenzie demonstrates a devotion to the team’s success over that of her own. The success the team has had this season comes from “everyone working together, being patient and helping each other out,” she said.

McKenzie attributes her own personal success this season to hard work that she continues from high school and a dedication to get better. It has not gone unnoticed.

“It’s very hard for a freshman to be a leader, but she stays very focused,” said Todd.

McKenzie’s enjoys being a part of Transy basketball.

“There is a good fan base and community around it,” she said. “Plus it’s close to home for me so my family still gets to see me play.”

The coaching staff at Transy couldn’t be prouder of their team.

“I feel blessed every day to be at practice with them,” said Todd.

The women have finished the season with an 11-7 conference record (13-12 overall) and will compete at Franklin College this weekend in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, facing Defiance College in the first round.

The conference tournament ahead will be the culmination of a year of growth for the young team. Speaking about the conference McKenzie said her goals were to “play hard and keep winning as long as we can.”

While McKenzie maintains a strong focus on the year at hand, there are still future seasons to look forward to.

“I hope whatever success we finish this year with, we can build upon it and do even better next year,” she said.

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