Tiffany Hayes

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Tiffany Hayes
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Hayes in September 2009
Personal information
Born (1989-09-20) September 20, 1989 (age 34)
Polk County, Florida, U.S.
NationalityAmerican / Azerbaijani
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High school Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Florida)
College UConn (2008–2012)
WNBA draft 2012: 2nd round, 14th overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Dream
Playing career2012–2023
Position Shooting guard
Number15
Career history
20122022 Atlanta Dream
2012–2013Hapoel Rishon LeZion
2013–2014 Beşiktaş JK
2014America de Recife
2015–2016 Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi
2016–2017 Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyespor
2017–2018 Maccabi Bnot Ashdod
2019–2021 Perfumerías Avenida
2021–2022 Çukurova Basketbol
2023 Connecticut Sun
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Medals
Women's Basketball
Representing Flag of the United States (23px).png  United States
World University Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2009 Belgrade Team Competition

Tiffany Kiara Hayes (born September 20, 1989) is an American-Azerbaijani former professional basketball player. Her last team was the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). [1] Hayes played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies, playing for the 2009 and 2010 NCAA National Champions.

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Early life

Hayes was born September 20, 1989, in Winter Haven, a city in Central Florida, to Dorothy and Renard Hayes. [2]

High school

Hayes played basketball for Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, Florida. The team compiled a 117–9 record during her career, and won the state championship in 2004 and 2007. [2] She was the leading scorer on her team, scoring an average of 18.3 points per game. [3]

Hayes helped lead the AAU team Essence to the 2007 National Championship. [2]

Hayes was invited to the 2007 Youth Development Festival, a USA Basketball sponsored event for elite sophomores and juniors in high school, biennially at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The 2007 event featured three teams from the US and a team representing Brazil. Hayes was leading scorer of the White USA team, which won five of its games to clinch the gold medal. [4] Hoopgulrz.com named Hayes the outstanding player of the Festival. [5]

Hayes participated in the 2008 Nike SPARQ Training 'My Better' Championship event. She finished the preliminary round as one of the top twenty-two out of the 3,000 high school athletes competing. The top finishers were flown to Nike World Headquarters for the finals. [6] Hayes finished second among all females competing. [7] [8]

College career

Hayes played for the University of Connecticut Huskies. She knew about the program when she was a little girl, and had interest in UConn since childhood. UConn became interested in Hayes in 2006, when an assistant coach, Tonya Cardoza, saw her playing AAU ball. Despite heavy recruitment by many other schools, UConn made an offer when Hayes was a junior, and Hayes committed to attend Connecticut. [9]

She asked to wear number 3, the number most recently worn by UConn legend Diana Taurasi. Hayes was not a starter at the beginning of the season, but after teammate Caroline Doty was injured, she stepped into the starting line-up. Her career high scoring game was against California in the regional semifinal of the NCAA Championship. Connecticut won every game of the season by double digits, but found itself in the unusual position of being eight points behind in the California game. [10] Hayes scored 28 points to help lead the team to a victory. [11]

Hayes was invited to the tryouts for the USA Women’s World University Games Team. She made the team, as the youngest player on the team, and the only freshman. [12] She helped the team to a 7–0 record and a gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia. [13]

On the fifth of February 2011, the Connecticut Huskies beat DePaul 89–66. This game was the 100th win in Hayes' college career, and occurred in her 101st game, making her the fastest player in NCAA basketball history to reach 100 wins. [14] Hayes scored 35 points against Syracuse on January 26, setting a career high, and followed that up with 33 points against South Florida, two days later. The 68 combined points in back-to-back games is the highest point total in consecutive game by any Connecticut player in history. [15]

College statistics

Statistics at University of Connecticut [16] [17]
YearGFGFGAPCT3FG3FGAPCTFTFTAPCTREBAVGATOBSMINPTSAVG
2008–09391092380.458461230.37463830.7591564.010257154410023278.4
2009–10391302960.439451400.321911240.7341293.3116851540102839610.2
2010–11381673830.436511460.3491341730.7751744.6139911552120351913.7
2011–12381863700.503441080.4071431770.8082215.8126981087114855914.7
Totals15459212870.4601865170.3604315570.7746804.4483331552234381180111.7

Professional career

WNBA

Hayes was selected by the Atlanta Dream as the second pick in the second round, the 14th overall pick of the 2012 WNBA draft. [18] In her rookie season, Hayes played 34 games with 17 starts while averaging 8.6 PPG as a reserve on the Dream's roster. She was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team. [19]

In her second season, Hayes played 23 games with 4 starts and averaged 11.3 PPG. That season, the Dream advanced all the way to the 2013 WNBA Finals, but were swept by the Minnesota Lynx.

In the 2014 season, Hayes officially became the starting shooting guard for the Dream and averaged 12.9 PPG.

In 2016, Hayes re-signed with the Dream to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired. [20] During the 2016 season, Hayes averaged 15 PPG. In a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks, Hayes scored a career-high 32 points. Her stellar performance continued into the playoffs, where she scored a playoff career-high 30 points in the second round elimination game against the Chicago Sky in a losing effort.

In 2017, with the team's leading scorer Angel McCoughtry deciding to rest during the season, Hayes took on more scoring responsibility in her absence and continued to improve offensively. She was voted into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her very first all-star game appearance. By the end of the season, Hayes put up a career-high scoring average of 16.3 PPG, but the Dream finished with a 12–22 record, missing out on the playoffs.

In 2018, with the return of McCoughtry, the Dream was back in the mix for a playoff spot and eventually emerged as a title contender. Hayes was voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her second all-star game appearance. She finished the season with a new career high in scoring. The Dream finished 23–11 with the number 2 seed in the league, receiving a double-bye to the semi-finals. McCoughtry was sidelined with a knee injury and the Dream were eliminated by the Washington Mystics in five games.

On August 10, 2019, Hayes scored a new-career high 34 points in a 87–82 loss to the Indiana Fever. [21] With McCoughtry sidelined for the whole season with a knee injury, the Dream finished with a league worst 8–26 record.

On December 13, 2023, Hayes announced her retirement from the WNBA. [22]

Overseas

In the 2012-13 off-season, Hayes played in Israel for Hapoel Rishon LeZion. In the 2013-14 off-season, Hayes played in Turkey for Beşiktaş JK for the first portion of the off-season and spent the second portion of the off-season playing in Brazil for America de Recife. In the 2015-16 off-season, Hayes played in Turkey once again for Yakin Dogu. As of August 2016, Hayes signed with Mersin BSB S.K. for the 2016-17 off-season. [23] In 2017, Hayes signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2017-18 offseason. [24] In 2019, Hayes signed with Perfumerías Avenida of the Spanish League for the 2019-20 off-season and renewed for 2020-2021.

National team career

Hayes was a part of the United States women's national basketball team which won gold at the 2009 Summer Universiade held at Belgrade, Serbia. [25] [26] She also appeared in the exhibition match victory against China in 2018. [27]

In 2015, Hayes became an Azerbaijani citizen, and competed for the Azerbaijan women's national basketball team at the 2015 European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan during June 2015. She competed in the 3x3 basketball event, where her team progressed till the quarterfinals. [28] [26]

WNBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career best°League leader

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
2012 Atlanta 341723.1.390.273.7863.12.10.80.31.58.6
2013 Atlanta 23422.3.406.377.7453.71.71.20.11.711.3
2014 Atlanta 343228.4.464.357.7603.02.51.00.21.212.9
2015 Atlanta 282729.9.392.274.8053.02.21.00.31.612.9
2016 Atlanta 333330.8.441.274.8043.42.41.20.21.715.0
2017 Atlanta 333330.0.436.372.8543.82.41.20.21.816.3
2018 Atlanta 312928.9.441.321.8173.62.71.10.21.617.2
2019 Atlanta 292928.2.393.308.7643.02.81.00.22.414.7
2021 Atlanta 211928.3.438.405.8533.23.01.60.21.514.7
2022 Atlanta 111127.5.545.429.6833.62.10.70.12.016.2
2023 Connecticut 404027.1.476.366.7783.02.60.90.11.412.1
Career11 years, 2 teams31727427.8.435.335.7953.32.41.10.21.713.6

Postseason

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
2012 Atlanta 3016.3.364.3331.0002.31.71.60.31.64.3
2013 Atlanta 8628.4.390.353.7674.51.90.60.01.312.4
2014 Atlanta 3331.1.481.333.9003.02.00.30.31.312.7
2016 Atlanta 1136.7.588.429.8756.02.01.00.02.030.0
2018 Atlanta 5533.6.444.375.8006.23.41.40.22.016.4
2023 Connecticut 7726.1.527.484.8753.41.60.60.31.014.3
Career6 years, 2 teams272228.1.460.400.8244.22.10.80.21.513.4

Awards and honors

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