Alison Kessler
Sport(s): Basketball
Graduation Year: 2008
Year Inducted: 2019

Alison made an immediate impact on the basketball program. In fact, she hit the first shot she took for the Belles – a three-pointer, nonetheless. By the end of that first year, she was second among all Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball players in free throw shooting. By the next season, the competition knew to look out for Alison. She finished fifth in scoring in the conference and became the third player in program history to make more than 100 free throws in a single season. At the conclusion of her sophomore year, Alison was named to the All-MIAA First Team.

During her junior year, she set a new Saint Mary's record for most points scored in a season at 497. She averaged more than 20 points per game in conference contests that winter to lead all players in the MIAA in scoring average, becoming the first player in program history to lead the nation’s oldest conference in scoring. She once again garnered All-MIAA First Team honors at the end of the year. The recognitions did not end there, however, as she became the program's first All-Region honoree when she earned Second-Team All-Region recognition.

As a senior, she broke her own record during the following year by scoring 544 points in her final year in a Belles uniform. She led the MIAA in scoring and steals throughout her senior season averaging 20.9 point per game. Her points per game total ranked her eighth in the country. She scored at least 20 points in 14 games that season, which no other player in the league was able to do. For the second consecutive year, she led the league in points per game with 21.4 points per contest. Alison was just the third player in MIAA history to average more than 20 points per game in consecutive seasons while leading the conference in scoring average.

In four seasons, Alison scored a total of 1,628 points which set the Saint Mary's record for points in a career that still stands today. A 41-point single-game effort against Kalamazoo in her senior season sits atop the program’s all-time list for individual game scoring. Her record for most three-point field goals made in a career of 149 is also cemented at the top of the Saint Mary's record book. She amassed 249 assists in her career, ranking her in the top ten for Belles basketball players. Alison continues to hold MIAA records for career free throws made with 374, free throws made in a game with 22, and free throws made average in a season with 7.9. She is second in the MIAA record book for points in MIAA games in a career with 1,051 – a record which she held at the time of her graduation as she became the first player in conference history to score more than a thousand points in league play.

Alison was named the Marvin Wood Outstanding Senior Athlete and earned All-MIAA First Team honors for the third straight year as a senior. She set program history by being the first Belles basketball player to be named MIAA Player of the Year. Then came another program first as she was selected as the Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year. Alison was named to the All-American Second Team. With this remarkable honor, Alison set the standard for all future student-athletes at the highest level as she is the first basketball player in Saint Mary's history to earn All-American honors since the College became an NCAA Division III member in 1990.