October 16, 1985 |
Charleston, West Virginia
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||155 lb (70 kg)|
(Charleston, West Virginia)
(South Charleston, West Virginia)
|WNBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Shock|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Alexis Kay'ree Hornbuckle (born October 16, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who played several seasons in the Women's National Basketball Association. She is the only player to win a NCAA title and WNBA title in the same year (2008 - with the University of Tennessee and the Detroit Shock).
High school years
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Hornbuckle attended Capital High School and later graduated from South Charleston High School Alexis was a high school teammate of Renee Montgomery (who current plays for the Seattle Storm). In addition to playing basketball, she also competed in her high school's female soccer team. Hornbuckle was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2004 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored eight points, and earned MVP honors.
Hornbuckle played four years for the University of Tennessee's Women's basketball team, graduating in 2008 with Candace Parker, Shannon Bobbitt, and Nicky Anosike. She was a key player for two NCAA Championship teams during her tenure, earning places on the 2007 All-SEC First Team, 2007 SEC All-Tournament Team and 2005 All-SEC Freshmen Team. She currently holds the mark for most career steals by a Tennessee Women's player.
In the 2008 WNBA Draft, Hornbuckle was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fourth overall).
Hornbuckle was drafted 4th overall by the Detroit Shock in 2008. In her first WNBA game, she set a franchise record with seven steals while playing just 19 minutes. She averaged 5.4 points per game during the Shock's run to the 2008 WNBA title.
Hornbuckle became a starter in 2009, and moved with the franchise to Tulsa in 2010. She was traded to the Minnesota Lynx halfway through the season, where she served as a backup to starting point guard Lindsay Whalen. She was acquired by the Phoenix Mercury on Feb. 2, 2012 and played for them for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. 
She played for Besiktas in Turkey during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season, for PeKa (Finland) and Elitzur Holon (Israel) in 2009-10, for Ramat Hasharon (Israel) and Tarsus (turkey) in 2010-11, and Elitzur Holon (Israel) in the 2012-2013 off-season.