Alexis Hornbuckle

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Alexis Hornbuckle
Free agent
Personal information
Born (1985-10-16) October 16, 1985 (age 33)
Charleston, West Virginia
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High schoolCapital
(Charleston, West Virginia)
South Charleston
(South Charleston, West Virginia)
CollegeTennessee (2004–2008)
WNBA draft2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2009Detroit Shock
2010Tulsa Shock
2010–2011Minnesota Lynx
2012–2013Phoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

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[edit]

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 currently plays for the Atlanta Dream). 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.[1]

College years[edit]

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.

Hornbuckle played for the USA team in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team won all five games, earning the gold medal for the event.[2]

In the 2008 WNBA Draft, Hornbuckle was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fourth overall).

Tennessee statistics[edit]


  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
2004-05 Tennessee 35 301 44.4 33.3 60.6 5.4 3.1 1.8 0.6 8.6
2005-06 Tennessee 29 286 41.8 23.7 74.5 5.3 3.9 3.1 0.5 9.9
2006-07 Tennessee 37 378 44.0 34.5 73.1 5.1 3.9 3.1 0.4 10.2
2007-08 Tennessee 37 368 44.3 42.4 67.1 5.5 3.6 2.8 0.8 9.9
Career Tennessee 138 1333 43.7 35.7 68.6 5.4 3.6 2.7 0.6 9.7


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 February 2, 2012 and played for them for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[4]

Overseas career[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Fifteenth Pan American Games -- 2007". USA Basketball. November 19, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b WNBA Bio

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