Name: Tiffany Hayes
School Bio: Tiffany Hayes
Charged with the task of leading a team that saw Maya Moore go pro last season, Tiffany Hayes has done a great job taking over a leadership role for the Huskies this season. She’s averaging career-highs in points (15.5 ppg), rebounds (5.6 rpg), field goal percentage (53.4%), three-point percentage (44.6%) and free-throw percentage (78.9%). Thanks in large part to her improved play, Connecticut ranks second in the Big East with a 25-3 overall record, including 12-2 during Big East play.
“A 5'10 small forward who impacts the game in a number of area. Throughout her senior season at UCONN she has been an efficient scorer both inside the arc and out. Hayes is a tough match up for defenses with her ability to knock down three's as well as get to the rim. She has also doled out 3.5 assists per game. She is a good defender with the ability to get steals and is having her best season rebounding the ball.”
- Cheryl Reeve, Lynx Head Coach
“Tiffany Hayes came to UConn four years ago surrounded by some of the greatest players in UConn history, first-team Americans Renee Montgomery, Tina Charles and Maya Moore. Charles and Moore, the last two No. 1 picks in the WNBA draft, were also consensus national player of the year selections.
So the pressure to produce, to lead by example, to score the big points and most important time was never hers alone to deal with. Until this year.
With Moore gone, helping the Lynx to their first WNBA championship as its rookie of the year, Hayes has taken over the directorship of the UConn’s seven-time national championship program.
She entered the post season In March on the fringe of joining UConn’s Top 10 scoring list, passing program luminaries and WNBA stars such as Barbara Turner, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones and Kalana Greene in the process.
As a junior, she scored 30 points in the first half of UConn’s season-opening win over Holy Cross, the most in one half in Huskies’ history, men or women. She hadn’t played in a losing home game, in high school or college, until St. John’s ended UConn’s 99-game home winning streak in Storrs on Feb. 18. And earlier this season, she followed up a 35-point game at Syracuse with 33 against South Florida. The 68 points were the most scored in consecutive games in UConn women’s history.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma believes Hayes, who is also a strong rebounder and good three-point shooter, is one of the most talented athletes in the draft, but believes her success would be best maximized by being drafted by a team that runs and plays aggressive defense.”
- John Altavilla, Hartford Courant
“Hayes has developed into one of the most efficient scorers in this draft and she's a key part of one of the top defensive teams in the nation. There might be questions about her playmaking ability but her ability to both shoot the three and get to the line so effectively both bode well for her pro potential.”
- Nate Parham, SwishAppeal.com
"Dangerous lefty who can shoot from way beyond the 3-point line and also can take the ball well to the basket. Also finds herself on the floor all the time hustling after loose balls."
- Doug Feinberg, Associated Press
“Athletic, slasher, inconsistent 3 pt threat, play to drive and then adjust to the perimeter.”
- Debbie Antonelli, National TV College Basketball Analyst
- FAN ZONE