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Anya Covington
Anya Covington

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville

Height:
6-2

Position:
Forward

Experience:
4 letters

Anya Covington Photo Gallery

Honors:
2012 consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten ... 2011-12 team tri-captain ... 2010-11 team co-captain ... 2010 Concord Hilton Classic All-Tournament ... 2009-10 team tri-caption ... 2008-09 and 2011-12 Big Ten Sportsmanship award

Of Note: Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others ... representative on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee

2011-12: Played in 27 games, starting 26 ... played in 106 consecutive games, dating back to her freshman season, before missing two games due to a medical procedure ... ranked second on the team with 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game ... scored 20-or-more points in two games, including a career-best 23 points against Northwestern (Jan. 22) ... also tied her career high with 12 rebounds against the Wildcats ... scored 19 points at Purdue (Jan. 5), going 5-of-5 from the free throw line and tying a career-best nine field goals ... recorded a double-double at Marquette (Nov. 15) with 11 points and 11 boards; against Nebraska (Jan. 12) with 14 points and 11 rebounds; and at Indiana (Feb. 23) with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... scored in double figures in 15 games and pulled down double-figure rebounds in five games ... led the team in scoring in five games and in rebounding in nine games ... played a career-high 36 minutes at Marquette ... had a career-high five assists in two games-vs. Nebraska (Jan. 12) and at Minnesota (Jan. 26)

2010-11: Played in all 31 games, starting four in place of the injured Lin Zastrow and five in place of the injured Tara Steinbauer ... fifth on team with 4.8 points per game ... had double-figure scoring in four games ... tied her season high with 16 points vs. Butler (March 16) in the first round of the WNIT ... led the team in scoring in one game and leading rebounder in seven games... led Badgers with seven rebounds against Ohio State (Feb. 27) and Indiana (Feb. 6) ... earned her first career start against Marquette (Nov. 24) ... had a career-high tying 12 rebounds vs. the Golden Eagles ... led team with 16 points against BYU (Nov. 26) ... notched a double-double against Saint Mary's with 10 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds (Nov. 27) ... played a season-high 31 minutes against the Gaels ... was named to Concord-Hilton Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team after combining for 26 points and 19 rebounds against Saint Mary's and BYU

2009-10:
Played in all 32 games, averaging 15.1 minutes per game ... averaged 10.0points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals per game over the last six games while shooting 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) from the field ... ranked seventh on the team with 5.1 points per game ... added 3.4 rebounds per game ... had a team-best 55.0 field goal percentage ... scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Michigan (Feb. 21); pulled down nine rebounds and had two steals vs. the Wolverines ... scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting at Penn State (Feb. 25) ... had the first double-double of her career vs. Portland State (Nov. 27) with 13 points and 10 rebounds; shot 5-of-7 (.714) from the field vs. the Vikings ... had a career-high two steals at Oregon (Nov. 28) and at Michigan (Feb. 21) ... scored nine points vs. Ohio State (Dec. 6) and added five rebounds while guarding Jantel Lavender; went 4-of-6 from the field and added one steal and one block ... had seven points and seven rebounds vs. North Dakota (Nov. 15) ... chipped in seven points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field vs. SIU Edwardsville (Dec. 13) ... had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Michigan State (Dec. 28) ... went 3-of-3 from the field, including the layin the sent the game into the second overtime, at Minnesota (Feb. 4) ... scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds vs. Indiana (Feb. 14) ... tallied her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Iowa (Feb. 28) ... scored eight points and had seven rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Vermont (March 21) in the NCAA tournament

2008-09: Played in 33 games ... recorded double-figure rebounding in two straight games at the Paradise Jam; had a then-career-high 10 boards vs. Villanova (Nov. 27) and upped her career best to 11 rebounds vs. UCF (Nov. 28)... chipped in a season-high nine points vs. UCF, just missing her first career double-double; added two assists, three blocks and two steals vs. UCF ... led the Badgers with 10 rebounds at Purdue (Feb. 8); also played a then-career-high 29 minutes; added eight points, two assists, two blocks and one steal vs. the Boilermakers; hit 4-of-4 from the line at Purdue ... scored four points and pulled down two rebounds at Penn State (Jan. 22) in only nine minutes ... had five points and three rebounds at Michigan State (Jan. 25) in 11 minutes ... had a season-best three assists at Michigan (Feb. 1) ... averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game

High School: Holds school rebounding record with 929 career boards ... totaled 1,243 career points, including 452 points her senior season ... averaged a team-best 15 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as a senior ... first-team all-conference as a senior ... earned MVP honors at the Salem Holiday Tournament, Charleston Holiday Tournament and Highland Holiday Tournament ... All-American and Ms. Basketball Illinois nominee ... earned team MVP honors ... had 18 double-doubles in her senior year ... first-team all-state ... named first-team all-metro by the St. Louis Post Dispatch ... first-team all-area by Belleville News Democrat, Alton Telegraph, Champaign News Gazette and Chicago Tribune ... second-team all-area by Chicago Sun Times ... All-American Riverwars All-Star ... 2008 Gateway Classic Sports Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award ... selected as one of the Tremendous 26 student-athletes in Illinois as a senior

Personal: Parents are Mart and Arlene Covington ... has two brothers Mart and Garret, and one sister Aaliyah ... major is English ... enjoys writing poetry ... first name is pronounced ON yay

Season GP/GS Min. FG% 3PT% FT% RPG Ast Blk Stl PPG
2008-09 33/0 10.5 .378 .000 .556 2.4 18 17 10 2.5
2009-10 32/0 15.1 .550 .000 .689 3.4 14 17 13 5.1
2010-11 31/9 15.9 .525 .000 .610 4.1 23 9 6 4.8
2011-12 26/25 25.3 .460 .500 .750 6.4 42 15 14 10.3
Career 123/35 16.3 .479 .500 .665 4.0 97 57 44 5.5

Career Highs

Points: 23 vs. Northwestern, 1-22-12
Field Goals: 9 (4x; MR at Penn State, 2-9-12)
Field Goal Att.: 15 (4x; MR at Indiana, 2-23-12)
Field Goal %: .750 (9-12) at Penn State, 2-9-12
3-pt FG: 1 vs. Minnesota, 3-1-12
3-pt FG Att.: 1 (2x; MR vs. Minnesota, 3-1-12)
3-pt FG%: 1.000 (1-1); vs. Minnesota, 3-1-12
Free Throws: 6 (2x; MR vs. BYU, 11-27-10)
Free Throw Att.: 8 (2x; MR vs. Northwestern, 1-22-12)
Free Throw %: 1.000 (4x; MR (2-2) vs. Drake, 12-11-11)
Rebounds: 12 (3x; MR vs. Oral Roberts, 11-13-11)
Assists: 5 (2x; MR at Minnesota, 1-26-12)
Steals: 3 vs. Drake, 12-11-11
Blocks: 3 vs. UCF, 11-28-08
Minutes: 36 at Marquette, 11-15-11
Double-Doubles: 5

Why I Chose Wisconsin

"I love the energy, the people, the environment and the opportunities I have here
to help mold me in every area of my life."

Off the Court with Anya Covington

Favorites - Spot on campus: Kohl Center; Movies: Glory Road, Remember the Titans; TV Show: America's Next Top Model; Book:The Shack, Gone with the Wind, Paradise; Car: anything big like a SUV; Athlete: Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett; Sports team: Whatever team my siblings are playing on and Shaq when he was playing
First started basketball (age/grade): 7th grade
Most memorable basketball game: Virgin Islands Tournament
My favorite thing about Wisconsin basketball is: My wonderful teammates
Before each game, I: listen to my "Do Work" playlist, pray and visualize success.
Best UW road trip: Virgin Islands Tournament
One word that describes the team: Hilarious
One word that describes me: Passionate
My teammates say I am: Beastly
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Play our homemade games, eat and laugh!
Most memorable basketball achievement: Being able to see my siblings go to higher heights.
This summer, I: Took classes, worked out with Ray Eady and the team, coached an AAU team, and got into the best shape of my life.
Is there something significant about your uniform number? When I first started playing basketball I wanted my Mom's number (#33) but another player had it so it was between #45 and #40! I choose the latter.
The best thing about the Kohl Center is: The aroma of pride and history lingering in every corner.
Who is ...the funniest player on the team? Haha Taylah or Tiera The best-dressed player? Kelly but Morgan has style! The sloppiest? Jade
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate basketball? Hopefully playing collegiate volleyball
The best thing about Madison is: the numerous opportunities available
Dream as a collegiate player: Make my teammates better, win the Big Ten, reach greatness
Fantasy job/career: Coach of a team full of hard workers; write a best-seller; change lives
Persons most admired/role models: My Mom , Maya Angelou, Jesus
My most prized possession is/are: Bible, IPod
I can't live without: FOOD!
My secret addiction is: Boston Baked Beans
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I would much rather carry a big bag than a small purse
The community service activity or group I most like: Reading with the elementary children, they are so precious
If you could guest star in a TV show it would be? America's Next Top Model, Oprah or the Challenge
If you could be a cover of a magazine it would be? Essence
You won't catch me eating: Food that surpassed the expiration date
Nobody knows how much I love to: listen to music
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Copy machine
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Where my family is
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world: Italy
If I could live in any time period, it would be: the 80's
A non-athletic talent I have is: Making musical beats with pencils and other odd utensils
If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: My great grandmother Hardin, Langston Hughes, Esther (from the book of Esther in the Holy Bible)
If I had a million dollars: Give as much of it away as possible
One thing I absolutely have to do before turning 40: Buy a car
Post-college plans: Continuing playing as long as possible, get my Master's and coach
Career goal: Change lives
If I could have one superpower, it would be: To slow down time
My dream date would be: something spontaneous but low key and thoughtful. Food is nice too
What are you most thankful for? So much! My amazing family, all of my teammates from throughout the years especially my collegiate mates, my coaches and their awesome influence, life. But mostly my saving grace, Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.
What are you passionate about? People
My favorite websites are: Facebook, Google, Oxford English Dictionary and anything with the Badgers on it
My favorite quote or motto is: "Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today" and also "If you don't like something...change it. If you can't change it.... Change your attitude. Don't complain"

ON WISCONSIN
Women's Basketball
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