In her three-plus years at Auburn, senior guard Blanche Alverson has spent most of her time playing basketball, but the Buford grad also believes that she has been able to have “the true Auburn experience.”
In addition to being fourth all-time in career 3-pointers, Alverson is also fewer than 80 points shy of the 1,000-point mark and is third on the team this season with just under 12 points per game. Off the court, Alverson is involved in Greek life, she is a member of the student-athlete advisor committee, and she was named Auburn’s Miss Homecoming this year.
“Auburn has been a place where I’ve truly had the Auburn experience,” Alverson said. “I’ve experienced everything that Auburn has to offer.”
In terms of basketball, Alverson feels that playing for NCAA Division-I school has changed her game significantly.
“The speed and physicality of the game is different,” Alverson said. “There’s more to the games. You have to be smarter and do more and run a lot of different plays.
“We always played fast at Buford, but it’s different with other college athletes.”
Her love for the sport carried over into other areas of her life, leading her to create the platform that helped her become Miss Homecoming.
“My platform was Ballin’ for Books,” Alverson said. “We had a book drive to donate to clubs in the Auburn area to bring awareness to children’s literacy.”
When she won the contest, Alverson said she was overwhelmed by the support of her sorority sisters and the Auburn student body.
“I was definitely shocked,” she said. “It was an unbelievable experience. I’ve never been in the middle of the (football) field and had that experience before.”
Now that she has a break for the holidays, even though it is short, Alverson has a method to stay at the top of her game for when she returns to the court.
“I usually try to go to the gym and keep shots up,” she said. “It’s only three days, but you can lose a lot of your shape, but you also need to rest up.”
Alverson said that the part of the break she enjoys the most is simply spending time with her family and trying to relax, but the family does have one tradition that she loves.
“We always open one gift on Christmas Eve and go to a Christmas Eve church service,” Alverson said.
Looking back on her past three years with the Tigers, Alverson remembers many of the highlights of her career.
“We beat LSU at LSU in the first game I started as a freshman,” Alverson said. “It was fun because it was all so new.
“Sophomore year, we opened Auburn Arena, and I was the first player for us to score a point in the new arena.”
One of her favorite memories, however, happened the day after former coach Nell Fortner announced her retirement.
“We beat Alabama the day after coach said she was retiring,” Alverson said. “We beat them by 40, and it was a pretty unbelievable feeling.”
When she returns to Auburn after the break, Alverson and the Tigers have one goal under new coach Terri Williams-Flournoy — consistency.
“As a team our goal is to keep playing hard and being more consistent,” Alverson said. “We’re just looking to get wins thus year.”