Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A Former Wichita State women's basketball player was killed Monday morning in a traffic accident in southeast Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the car Tisharria Huggins was driving did not stop at a stop sign, hitting another car on Highway K-171 southeast of Pittsburg.
Huggins played high school basketball for Topeka West High School. She played at Wichita State from 2000-2004.
"She was an outstanding student athlete. She was a young lady that had extreme vibrance to her. She always had a smile," said Becky Endicott, Senior Associate Athletic Director, WSU. "She had really moved on into a path, and was ready to start a family, and just recently got married, and really was ready to go on with her career."
Huggins had been working as a graduate assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Pittsburg State University, under head coach, Lane Lord.
"As a young coach wanting to learn new things, she really dove into coaching the post, and learning more about the craft," said Lord. "As a point guard at Wichita State, she was a little gal in stature, but huge at heart, and she had that ability to lead others."
At the time of her graduation from Wichita State, she was among WSU's top 20 scorers of all-time, with 958 points.
She still ranks #2 all-time at WSU in 3-pointers (143); #4 all-time in free-throw percentage (76%); #4 all-time in assists (356); and #6 all-time in steals (166).
Huggins was 29 years old.
Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott issued the following statement Tuesday, upon learning of the death of PSU student Tisharria Huggins.
“My heart goes out to all those involved in last night’s accident. Losing a young woman as promising as Tisharria Huggins is a tragedy and my deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. I offer condolences on behalf of the entire Pittsburg State University community.”
“We’re all in a bit of shock right now. Tisharria was an incredible young woman and an important part of this team. She was always working to make those around her better, and I feel blessed to have known her.”
"She was a very studious young woman, and she was very studious not only in the classroom, but also on the basketball court, and probably a fan favorite. The people of Wichita will remember the name 'T', T Huggins and Tisharria forever," said Endicott.
Counselors are being made available to students and staff on the PSU campus.