« Women’s Basketball 2014-15

Alexa Hayward

School

Saint Francis University

Position
Guard
Major
Communications Arts

Classroom

Alexa Hayward is a communications arts major at Saint Francis University. She holds a 3.655 GPA and is very involved with her major. During the basketball season, when she can, she broadcasts the men’s basketball games for the student radio.

Character

Hayward was named a team captain by her teammates during her junior season due to the way she carries herself on and off the court. She has been a leader since her freshman season when she was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team after making significant contributions to the team as a rookie. Coming up on this season, Hayward will be the go-to player on offense and No. 1 option for Saint Francis. On the court, Hayward often is the player everyone listens to, and she knows how to gather everyone’s attention.

Community

The women’s basketball team at Saint Francis makes volunteering in the community one of its priorities, not only during the off-season, but also during the season. Some of the events Hayward has helped with in the past season have included the following: volunteering to help prepare food at the Ebensburg Potatofest; participating in and instructing kids at SFU’s Fitness & Fun Asthma Camp; raising money for breast cancer awareness and participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk in Altoona; volunteering at SFU’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s; participating in creating Christmas cards to U.S. military overseas; adopting a family during Christmastime through the Saint Vincent dePaul organization in Johnstown; volunteering to help serve residents at Rebekah Manor Assisted Living in Ebensburg; instructing and coaching kids in basketball-related games and drills at SFU’s SAAC & SAMs Day; and keeping score at basketball games during SFU’s Special Olympics event.

Competition

Alexa Hayward has emerged as one of the best women’s basketball players in the Northeast Conference over the past season. She averaged 17.3 points per game as a junior, which ranked seventh in the league, while also averaging 3.44 assists per game (9th in the NEC) and led the conference in three-point field goals made with 100, which also ranked in the nation’s top 10. Hayward really came onto the scene when she erupted for a career-high 43 points in the Northeast Conference quarterfinal game against Sacred Heart, which also happened to be the second highest-scoring game in NCAA women’s basketball history. SFU won 132-124 in double overtime.