Delay of Game: Marquette’s Altia Anderson
The Delmarva native shares how Covid-19 ended her final collegiate season
SALISBURY, Md- As the saying goes, sometimes life is just not fair. Thousands of NCAA seniors lost out on their final moments of competition when the Coronavirus swept thru the United States. Woodbridge alum Altia Anderson was a in her final collegiate season with the Marquette women’s basketball team.
The 6’2 forward was enjoying her most productive individual season on the court. After a runner-up finish in the Big East tournament, the Golden Eagles were prepping for an at-large bid in the 2020 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. “We’re not done, that’s what we left each other saying,” said Anderson. “Were gonna go home, recharge, and get ready for the NCAA tournament.
Little did the 22-year old or her teammates know–they would not be returning for March Madness. “We have a group message and kept each other updated on the Coronavirus. We just didn’t want to put that into the air or speak it into existence.” When the NCAA cancelled the annual tourney, Anderson–one of two seniors, was crushed. “Honestly, I was very emotional.”
The 2016 Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year has yet to return to Marquette since, and has vowed to look at this time at home as a blessing. “One thing I believe is that everything happens for a reason. I’m a big believer in season and reason.” Anderson said although her time was cut short, she hopes to pursue a playing career overseas.
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