October 2019

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141 Success and longevity. When women's basketball player Alexis Sevillian was being recruited by the University of Iowa, she noticed two key selling points about the Hawkeye coaching staff. First, Iowa averaged more than 20 wins per season over its duration, and second, three of the coaches had been together since coming to Iowa City in 2000. "It obviously meant they were doing something right," Sevillian said at a University of Iowa all- staff meeting Sept. 11. Basketball has been the reason for many of Sevillian's collegiate highlights: winning a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2019, making it to the Elite Eight in 2019 with postseason wins over Mercer, Missouri, and North Carolina State, and traveling to Spain in the summer of 2019 for a three-game tour. But, the redshirt junior has had highlights off the court as well. "Being a member of ISAAC (Iowa Student- Athlete Advisory Committee), developing memorable relationships and friendships, and interning at the juvenile detention facility," Sevillian said. A native of Goodrich, Michigan, Sevillian played in 36 games last season, starting 12 times. She averaged 17.8 minutes and 4.8 points per game, while making 33 3-point goals. "I came to the University of Iowa aer seeing how family-oriented the basketball program was," Sevillian said. "Being from Michigan, that was a big factor." Sevillian is studying criminal justice and intends to eventually work with juvenile delinquents. at intention was strengthened over the summer when she completed an internship at a juvenile detention facility in Cedar Rapids. "It was a great experience for me to expand my knowledge and allow me to gain confidence in what I plan to do aer college," Sevillian said. rough ISAAC during her first three years on campus, Sevellian has worked to support and represent the athletic body, while trying to make changes and improvements within athletics. is year she will serve as the diversity inclusion chair. "I will promote diversity of all backgrounds, making sure each and every athlete feels welcome, supported, and comfortable during their time as a Hawkeye," Sevillian said. It didn't take Sevillian long -- a semester in fact -- to recognize she made the right college choice. "I have been able to play under the best coaching staff in the country, play in front of the best fans, receive support and help from the best support staff, and be able to train in the best facilities," she said. e 5-foot, 5-inch guard has two seasons of eligibility remaining. In her first two seasons, she averaged 22.7 minutes and 6.7 points in 66 games (35 starts). e two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree made a 3-point field goal with 2:31 le in the game as Iowa defeated No. 7 Maryland, 86-73, on Feb. 17, 2019. Against North Carolina State in a Sweet 16 matchup on March 30, 2019, Sevillian sank back-to-back 3-point field goals as the Hawkeyes won, 79-61. Sevillian and the Hawkeyes open the 2019-20 season Nov. 3 with an exhibition game against Winona State inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "I'm looking forward to my final two years as a student-athlete," Sevillian said.

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