2018 came to an end with a record 164 athletes from Southern Arizona earning academic or athletic recognitions beyond high school and former Tucson High basketball standout Alexis Cortez was one of those players.
Cortez was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Week last January, was placed on the WAC All-Newcomer Team in March and was named WAC Player of the Week again in November. The Utah Valley junior did it once again, earning WAC Player of the Week honors on Monday for her performance from last week.
According to a release, Cortez led the Wolverines to a 2-0 weekend to open WAC play and put UVU at the top of the standings. In a 57-46 win over Grand Canyon to open league play, she scored 11 points with four steals and a block. She stepped up again on Saturday in a 78-70 win over CSU Bakersfield, scoring 16 points, including 4-of-5 on three-point shots, to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. For the week, she hit 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) from the field and was also 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from three.
This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know.
Tucson High/Utah Valley
WAC Player of the Week (1/7)
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