|No. 15 – Atlanta Dream|
|Born||September 20, 1989|
Fort Polk South, Louisiana
|Nationality||American / Azerbaijani|
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||155 lb (70 kg)|
|High school||Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Florida)|
|WNBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Dream|
|2012–2013||Hapoel Rishon LeZion|
|2014||America de Recife|
|2016–2017||Mersin BSB. S.K.|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Tiffany Kiara Hayes (born September 20, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Hayes played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies, playing for the 2009 and 2010 NCAA National Champions.
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. She was the leading scorer on her team, scoring an average of 18.3 points per game.
Hayes helped lead the AAU team Essence to the 2007 National Championship.
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 USA 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. Hoopgulrz.com named Hayes the outstanding player of the Festival.
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. Hayes finished second among all females competing.
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.
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. Hayes scored 28 points to help lead the team to a victory.
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. She helped the team to a 7–0 record and a gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia.
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. 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.
Hayes was selected by the Atlanta Dream as the second pick in the second round, the 14th overall pick. 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.
In the 2014 season, Hayes officially became the starting shooting guard for the Dream, and had averaged 12.9 ppg.
In 2016, Hayes re-signed with the Dream to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired. 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. With McCoughtry sidelined for the whole season with a knee injury, the Dream finished with a league worst 8-26 record.
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. In 2017, Hayes signed with Maccabi Ashdod for the 2017-18 offseason. In 2019, Hayes signed with Perfumerías Avenida of the Spanish League for the 2019-20 off-season.
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 had also competed in the 3x3 basketball event.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games 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 high||°||League leader|
|Career||8 years, 1 team||245||204||27.8||.423||.319||.797||3.3||2.4||1.1||0.2||1.7||13.6|
|Career||5 years, 1 team||20||15||28.7||.435||.362||.818||4.5||2.3||1.0||0.2||1.6||13.1|
Awards and honors
- 2007—MVP, Nike Nationals, HoopGurlz.com
- 2007—First Team, All-State 5A (Florida)
- 2008—McDonald's All-America
- 2008—Parade Magazine All-America
- 2009–10—Wade Watch
- 2010–11—Wade Watch
- 2011—First Team All Big East
- 2012—WNBA All-Rookie Team
- Connecticut Huskies women's basketball
- 2008–09 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
- 2009–10 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
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- "USA WOMEN'S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL -- 2007". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "Prospect Watch - Aug. 3". Hoopgurlz.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "Nike Hosts Nationwide Search..." PR-Insider.com. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- "My Better Championship". Nike. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- "Girls Basketball Testing Protocols". Nike SPARQ. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- Fuoco, Roy (March 2, 2007). "Tiffany Hayes, UConn Are Each Other's First Picks". The Ledger. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Freshman Hayes' 28 points power UConn to rout". ESPN. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- Clark, Jim. "Tiffany Hayes: (Leave) Open at Your Own Risk!". Scout with Foxsports.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "2009 Women's World University Games Team" (PDF). USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "TWENTY-FOURTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2009". USA Basketball. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- "Maya Moore's 34 points, 11 rebounds lift UConn in rout of DePaul". ESPN. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Hays, Graham (29 January 2012). "Tiffany Hayes steals the headlines". ESPN. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Season Statistics". UConnHuskies.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "UCONN Season Statistics". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
- "2012 WNBA DRAFT". WNBA. Retrieved 7 Oct 2012.
- "Nneka Ogwumike, Glory Johnson Headline 2012 All-Rookie Team". WNBA. Retrieved 7 Oct 2012.
- Dream re-sign Tiffany Hayes to multi-year contract Dream re-sign Tiffany Hayes to multi-year contract
- Dream fall to Fever for ninth straight loss
- 2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings/
- WNBA Players Playing Overseas
- "Tiffany Hayes and Aneika Henry will miss next 5 games". Sports Fire. June 15, 2015. Retrieved 15 Jun 2015.
- "2008 McDonald's(R) All American Basketball". Thomson Reuters. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "Preseason Wade Watch list announced". NCAA. Aug 5, 2010. Retrieved 3 Jul 2014.
- "WBCA Announces Preseason Selections for the 2009-2010". WBCA. July 30, 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Adamec, Carl (March 4, 2011). "Primed for more". Journal Inquirer.com.
- Fuller, Jim (March 4, 2011). "UCONN WOMEN: Hayes joins Moore as first team All-Big East selection". New Haven Register. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
|Perfumerías Avenida roster|