Anna Wilson, sister of Russell Wilson, says she will return for sixth season with Stanford

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Big news for the Stanford Cardinal as they look to defend their national championship this upcoming season.

Stanford guard Anna Wilson is coming back for a sixth season.

“It’s just a really awesome opportunity to have,” Wilson told Janie McCauley of AP Monday night. “Obviously, we just came off the national championship win and to be able to be with this team again is really special. We lose Ki, but we bring back a lot of people and have incoming people that are going to be really great, so I’m really excited.”

Wilson, the sister of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was named Pac-12 Conference co-defensive Player of the Year last season. Like her brother, Anna also dons a No. 3 jersey. Wilson has blossomed into one of the Cardinal’s star defenders and played a pivotal role in leading Stanford to its first NCAA title since 1992.

[RELATED: Russell Wilson congratulates his sister Anna Wilson, Stanford on NCAA Tournament title]


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Also returning next season is Alyssa Jerome. The reserve forward will be back a fifth year after averaging 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game.

“Obviously I didn’t expect to come back a fifth year at Stanford but when the opportunity kind of came up I was really excited for it,” Jerome said. “I just didn’t want to leave this team yet. It’s such a special group of girls, so really excited.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA granted seniors an extra year of eligibility if they wanted to use it. Stanford standout Kiana Williams declined to use her extra year given by the NCAA and became the 27th Stanford player to hear her name called during the WNBA Draft. Williams is now with the Seattle Storm.