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Ta’Kenya Nixon

School

Eastern Illinois

Position
Guard
Major
Biology
PPG
14.3
RPG
5.8
APG
5.5

Classroom

Nixon maintains a 3.34 grade point average as a biology major. She plans on obtaining an advanced degree after graduation to eventually become a physician’s assistant. She is also a member of IMPACT, a student organization for future health care professionals. Nixon was named to the 2009-10 OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Character

Nixon serves as the team’s captain. She had a knee injury during her sophomore season that sidelined her for a few games before bouncing back to finish the year and be named to the All-OVC First Team. In high school, Nixon lived with her grandmother in Michigan City, Ind., while her mother had to move to Indianapolis, Ind., for employment. Nixon made the tough decision to stay in Michigan City to finish her high school career rather than make the move in Indianapolis.

Community

Nixon has taken part in a number of team volunteer projects, including the Habitat for Humanity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During road basketball trips, the team will occasionally stop by local elementary schools to read to students. The team also makes frequent trips to local elementary schools throughout the year. Most recently (Summer 2012), Nixon was one of a number of student-athletes who raised money at the local Wal-Mart for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Competition

Nixon has been named OVC Defensive Player of the Year twice while being named to the OVC First Team three times. She has also been named OVC Player of the Week five times. The Michigan City, Ind., native has 1,442 career points while averaging 15.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game in her career. She connected on 52.4 percent of her shot attempts during the 2011-12 season, the highest in the conference while also ranking as the 17th highest in the nation (1st among players listed as a guard). Nixon has led the team in scoring all three years on the team.