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By Bria Bonner, Special Correspondent

A genuine CIAA basketball legend begin to take shape in 1995 when LaKisha Phifer-Patterson took the court at St. Paul’s College, in Virginia.

Phifer-Patterson is known as one of the greatest of all-time shot blockers in the history of women’s college basketball.lekisha phifer pattersonPhifer-Patterson

Her basketball career here lasted from 1995 until 1999. Phifer-Patterson began her career on a high note. She was named CIAA Rookie of the Year, all while earning All-CIAA team honors in 1996.

January 23, 1996, she set the NCAA record for all men’s and women’s divisions. While playing against Virginia Union University, she managed to achieve 20 blocks recorded in a single contest.


In this same year, her performances led her down a path to set two NCAA single-season records in all divisions. She recorded 219 blocked shots for an average of 8.8 blocks per game. Phifer-Patterson continued to perform above and beyond while on the court, exceeding the expectations of others.

Phifer-Patterson, who will be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame 2017 during CIAA Weekend, has paved the way for women basketball players today.

“I am honored to be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame,” Phifer-Patterson said. “It is hard work that paid off,” according to theCIAA.com

Within just three seasons with the Tigers, the 6-1 center tallied 876 points, 836 rebounds, 108 steals, and 77 assists.

Phifer-Patterson has also set the NCAA women’s basketball career record for all divisions. She has accomplished this by recording 533 blocks. This is a true honor and award that should be praised. It has only recently been exceeded by 4-year performances.

~ Bria Bonner is a junior public relations major at N.C. A&T State University.

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