Tiffany Kiara Hayes is a professional basketball player from America born on September 20, 1989. Presently, she plays for the Atlanta Dream (An American professional basketball team based in Atlanta) of the WNBA. During her college life, she used to play for Connecticut Huskies in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA national championship. To know more interesting facts about Tiffany, keep reading the article.
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Tiffany was born and raised in Louisiana, the southeastern states of the US. Her parents are Dorothy Hayes and Renard Hayes. She also has three siblings as well. They are Dontae Hayes, Latisha Jones, and Jerron. Apart from playing basketball, Tiffany loves to spend her time with her family members and friends. She is also a citizen of Azerbaijan.
Early Life Achievement
Tiffany used to play for Winter Heaven High School in Florida. During her career, this team won the state championship back in 2004 and 2007 and compiled 117–9 record. She scored on average 18.3 PPG, and she was the top scorer for her team.
Tiffany got the invitation from USA basketball sponsored event to join the Youth Development Festival back in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Three teams from the US and one team from Brazil attended featured the event. Tiffany was the top scorer at this time, too, and her team achieved the gold medal after winning five matches in succession. After such performance, Hoopgulrz.com announced her as the outstanding player of the festival.
Later on back in 2008, Tiffany participated in the 'My Better' Championship event, where she was also one of the successful athletes. In the preliminary round, she finished as one of the top twenty-two athletes out of 3000 athletes. Then all the top players went to Nike World Headquarters to join the finals, where she finished as the second position among all other female contestants.
We already mentioned before that Tiffany used to play for University of Connecticut Huskies during her college life, she always had the desire to play for Connecticut Huskies from her childhood. Tonya Maria Cardoza was the assistant coach at that time for UConn, and she had her eyes on Tiffany when she saw her playing AAU ball. And Tiffany got the chance to play for UConn after a heavy recruitment process. Initially, Tiffany could not place her position in the college team, but after the injury of Caroline Doty, she got the opportunity to play for the team. Against California in the regional semifinal of the NCAA Championship, Tiffany scored the highest. UConn won each of the games during that season.
Tiffany got the invitation to play for the USA Women’s World University Games Team, and she was the youngest player of the team. With her performance, the team earned a gold medal with a 7-0 record in Belgrade, Serbia. Tiffany’s 100th win of college career was against DePaul in 2011, where Connecticut Huskies managed to win by 89–66. And that was Tiffany’s 101st game, and she was the fastest player to achieve that milestone in NCAA basketball history. Tiffany scored 68 points in 2 consecutive games against Syracuse (35) and South Florida (33), and that was the highest total point by any player of Connecticut in 2 successive games.
Atlanta Dream selected Tiffany in the second round as the second pick, and there was a total 14 pick. Tiffany played 34 games with 17 starts, where she scored 8.6 PPG as a reserve. She could manage to place her position in the WNBA All-Rookie team. In her second season, she played a total of 23 games with 4 starts, where she managed to score 11.3 PPG. In that season, Atlanta Dream reached the 2013 WNBA Finals but could not win that time against Minnesota Lynx.
Tiffany officially became the starting shooting guard in the 2014 season for the Atlanta and scored 12.9 PPG. Tiffany signed again with Atlanta for a multi-year contract when her rookie contract period got expired. In that season, Tiffany scored averaged 15 PPG. Although her team lost against Los Angeles Sparks, she scored her career highest 32 points. Tiffany continued her top-notch performance into the playoffs, where she scored her most top playoff career points of 30, but unfortunately, her team ended up losing the game against Chicago Sky in the second round elimination game.
In 2017, Atlanta’s leading scorer Angel McCoughtry decided to take a break in that season. And in her absence, Tiffany got the opportunity to score more, and gradually, she continued to improve. In the same year, she got the chance to play the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, and that was her first time to play WNBA All-Star Game. At the end of the season, Tiffany scored on average, 16.3 PPG, which was her career-high. But Atlanta couldn’t be able to reach the Playoffs.
In 2018 when Angel McCoughtry returned to the team, Atlanta emerged as one of the title contenders. Again Tiffany got her second opportunity to play in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. At the end of the season, she finished with her career highest score. Atlanta finished with 23-11 and received a double-bye to the semi.
Angel McCoughtry felt to a knee injury and sidelined during that season. Atlanta lost against Washington Mystics in five games and eliminated.
In 2019, Tiffany scored her career highest 34 points, but Atlanta ended up losing to Indiana Fever by 87-82. Regrettably key player of Atlanta Angel McCoughtry sidelined for the whole season, and Atlanta finished with worst performance 8-26 record.
- 2007 - Most valuable players, Nike Nationals, HoopGurlz.com
- 2007 - First Team, All-State 5A (Florida)
- 2008 - All American McDonalds
- 2008 - All America Parade magazine
- 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 – Wade watch
- 2012—WNBA All-Rookie Team
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