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Stanford's Anna Wilson finds joy, purpose in defense. We should celebrate her for it.

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We live in a society that loves, and values, points. If you’re an athlete we’d like you to be either high-scoring or high-flying, but we’d prefer both. Stuff a stat sheet and we’re sure to pay attention to you.

But that was never in the cards for Anna Wilson.

Numbers from the fifth-year senior guard for the top-seeded Stanford women’s basketball team usually elicit a shrug, as Wilson averages just 4.8 points per game. But you’re probably looking at the wrong stat line, because Wilson’s value is found on the other end of the floor, where she’s blossomed into one of the nation’s best defenders.

After a college career defined mostly by injuries and frustration, Wilson has found purpose — and joy — in doing the dirty work, facilitating Stanford’s offense by first locking down on defense. She’s not known for steals but rather making opponents uncomfortable, forcing them into a bad shot or errant pass.



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