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Taking Seattle By Storm

A smiling woman, holding an orange and white basketball on her right hip, stands at half court of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.  She wears a white shirt, with a black jacket over it and black pants.  A rack of five orange and white basketballs rests in front of a green sign in the background.
by Emily Duran, Chico State Sports Information Intern
Spring 2015

Although former Wildcat and women’s basketball star, Alisha Valavanis, recently moved to Seattle for her new job as the president and general manager of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Seattle Storm, she still considers Chico to be home.

Valavanis, who earned a bachelor’s in journalism in 2000 and a master’s in physical education in 2004 and went on to coach women’s basketball at the University, says the lessons she learned while a student, athlete, and coach had a direct impact on her journey to the Storm’s front office.

That journey started early. She grew up in Indiana and moved to California when she was 10.

“In Indiana, they throw you a ball before you can walk,” Valavanis said. “It’s kind of a part of our DNA.”

Indeed, it was basketball that led Valavanis and her twin sister, Alexa Benson- Valavanis (BA, Journalism, ’00) to Chico. A package deal of sorts, they both committed to play for CSU, Chico and legendary head coach Mary Ann Lazzarini in 1995. With Alisha at shooting guard and Alexa running the point, the duo became known as “the Back Court.”

Valavanis graduated as the team’s all-time leader in three-pointers, sinking 139 in her four years.


For more information about Chico State athletes and programs, please visit the Intercollegiate Athletics website.
Another story about this former CSU, Chico Wildcat can be seen via the Intercollegiate Athletics' website link, here.
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