Nicky Anosike Named 2019 SEC Women’s Legend

Credit: UT Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference office announced its 2019 class of Women’s Legends, and Lady Vol basketball standout Nicky Anosike is the University of Tennessee’s representative.

The class includes former student-athletes and coaches from all 14 SEC member institutions. On Mondays and Thursdays during women’s basketball season, one individual will be highlighted on the SEC’s website and via social media.

Currently serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program at her alma mater, Anosike was a four-year starter at center for Tennessee from 2004-08, helping the Lady Vols forge a 131-15 record during her career. She was instrumental in UT’s 2007 and 2008 NCAA National Championships and was part of the team’s 2007 SEC regular season title and SEC tourney crowns in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Among her career honors, Anosike was a member of the 2007 and 2008 NCAA All-Final Four Teams, a member of the 2005 SEC All-Freshman Team, a 2008 CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American, a four-time recipient of SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction, a 2008 SEC Community Service Team honoree, a 2008 Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award finalist and the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She was taken in the second round of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx and spent five years in the league. She earned 2008 WNBA Rookie of the Year accolades and made the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game.

The class will be honored at the 2019 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 6-10, in Greenville, S.C.  Each legend will be honored during halftime of their team’s first game of the tournament. All 14 individuals also will be honored as a group as well as participate in an autograph session during the tournament.  Complimentary posters of the Legends will be available at the session.


ALABAMA – Rick Moody; 1989-2005, Basketball (Coach)
ARKANSAS – Stacy Lewis; 2005-08, Golf
AUBURN –Katy Frierson Freels; 2008-11, Soccer
FLORIDA – Marshae Dotson; 2005-09, Basketball
GEORGIA – Kelly and Coco Miller; 1997-2001, Basketball
KENTUCKY – Sarah Rumley; 2006-09, Volleyball
LSU – Karen Mayson Bahnsen; 1980-1983 (Student-Athlete), 1984-2018 (Coach) Golf
OLE MISS – Teneeshia Jones-Boyd; 1999-2001, Track & Field
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Carri Wood; 1990-93, Golf
MISSOURI – Nancy Rutter; 1974-78, Basketball
SOUTH CAROLINA – Heather Larkin; 1994-97, Volleyball
TENNESSEE – Nicky Anosike; 2004-08, Basketball
TEXAS A&M – Courtney Walker; 2012-16, Basketball
VANDERBILT – Simone Charley; 2013-17, Soccer/Track & Field


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