Anna Wilson has dealt with adversity time and time again.
And she’s overcome it too.
The Stanford women’s basketball star nearly faced a career-ending concussion after battling headaches and memory-related issues. When the NCAA Tournament shuttered in 2020, canceling what was thought to be her final season, Wilson fought to play a fifth year until it was officially granted last April.
Since then, Wilson, the sister of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, has emerged as one of the best defenders in the nation. Her brother isn’t surprised as he told Pac-12’s Michelle Smith.
“It’s in the bloodline,” Russell Wilson said. “When the word 'perseverance' comes to mind, Anna is the first person I think of. She has persevered through so much, from being young when our dad passed away, to juggling so many different things, to being a McDonald’s All-American and then getting a concussion and not being able to play. It was really tough on her, physically, emotionally and spiritually...
No. 1 seeded Stanford looked to its Co-Defensive Player of the Year to bring the intensity on Sunday as it pummeled No. 16 Utah Valley 87-44. Wilson recorded three points, four rebounds and two assists as the Cardinal advanced to the second round to face No. 8 Oklahoma State, but her work is far from finished.
At least now, however, she’s on the other side of everything she once feared, and she's more determined than ever to help Stanford win it all.
“It obviously hasn’t been easy,” Wilson told Pac-12. “But I’ve always accepted the challenge and I know that everything that basketball has offered me is a lesson, a way of figuring out how this is going to make me a better person.”