It was volleyball and basketball that Alanna excelled at while a high school student at Melbourne’s Wesley College.
Her international debut came in 2011 when she played for the Sapphires at the FIBA U16s Oceania Championship. She went to the FIBA U17s World Championships in the Netherlands the following year, finishing fifth.
Then it was onto the FIBA U19s Oceania Championships with the Gems in 2014, and the 2015 U19s World Championships in Russia in 2015, taking home the bronze.
Alanna made her Opals debut at the FIBA Asia Cup in Bangalore, India, where she reached double figures for the tournament, averaging 10.8 points on 58.3 percent shooting, and 5.3 rebounds.
She was part of the silver-medal winning Opals 2018 World Cup side – their best finish since winning the gold in 2006.
Then there was her impact on the US college scene during four years with Stanford University, while she studied psychology.
She finished her college career 10th in school history in scoring (1,703 points), 11th in rebounds (842), second in blocks (225) and made 155 career 3-pointers.
She started in 74 of 143 games for Stanford from 2015-2019, which led the WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) to name her in their 2019 All-American team.
Alanna makes her Olympic debut in Tokyo.