Alumni Focus Alexus Atchley Scores for Huskies

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“I pursued women’s basketball because I absolutely love being apart of a team and competing,” stated Alexus Atchley, a 22 year old University of Washington women’s basketball guard at the University of Washington, and a BYMS and YLHS alumni in an interview with the Matador Messenger.

Alexus Atchley’s hometown is Yorba Linda, California and she played basketball in her teenage years at Yorba Linda High School.

In her senior year of college (2015-16),  Alexus Atchley played in all 37 games, including starting 22 games. She averaged 4.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.   Alexus also had a career-best 15 points vs. Washington State, making 4-6 3-pointers.  Additionally, she started the final 21 games and averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in those contests, according to gohuskies.com.

“The most challenging thing about college women’s basketball is the amount of time that you dedicate to the sport. It can be difficult to manage your time between school, basketball, and life, but it is definitely worth it,” Atchley said.

Alexus Atchley, whose parents are Stacy and Mitch Atchley, has three siblings, Justin(26), Skye(24), and Paris(14). “I aspire to be like my older sister. Alexus went through a lot of ups and downs before getting to where she is now, but she never gave up,” Paris Atchley stated.

“Alexus her freshman year at the University of Colorado as a walk on wasn’t easy. She only played about 7 minutes throughout the whole season. Before the beginning of the school year, the head coach at the University of Washington stepped in and gave her a full ride scholarship. Alexus did not play a whole lot in her sophomore year, but her playing time slowly progressed. In her senior year, Alexus was a starter and a captain, and participated in the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Her journey just proves that hard work does pay off,” she added.

Atchley was named YLHS’ “Most Athletic Female for the class of 2012.”  She was also captain of the basketball team her junior and senior year. She finished her senior season averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

“I enjoy winning with my team! We are all very close off the court so we love hanging out with each other too,” she stated.

“To anyone who is interested in playing college sports I would say it’s not easy. But if you work hard everyday and make it there, it will be the most memorable and rewarding experience of your life,” stated Alexus Atchley, who plans on going to the University of Arizona to get her Master’s Degree and become a part of the women’s basketball program there.