JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has announced the addition of Loliya Briggs (Gainesville, FL/Potter’s House Christian Academy), who comes to Jacksonville University via the University of Pittsburgh. Briggs graduated this past April with a degree in Administration of Justice and will be able to play immediately for the Dolphins.
5’11 | G/F | Gainesville, FL /Potter’s House Christian Academy/University of Pittsburgh
Local star Loliya Briggs has recorded two solid seasons at the University of Pittsburg where she started 51 of her 59 career games and scored 455 career points. She was recently named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Team and 2013 Big East Academic Team. In the 2013-14 season, Briggs averaged 26.9 minutes a game to go alongside nine points and three rebounds. During that campaign, she recorded 12 double-figure scoring games. She scored a career-high 28 points against Wake Forest, 14 against Michigan, and 24 on 4-of-7 shooting against DePaul. Briggs was especially effective in ACC play where she averaged 10.1 points per contest while leading the team in made 3-point field goals.
Briggs is no stranger to the First Coast as she played her prep career at Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL where she enjoyed monumental success. In her senior year, she averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals per game in leading the Christian Lions to a No. 3 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll. Individually, she was rated as the No. 50 overall player in the entire country by ESPN HoopGurlz (14th by position) and played in the FILA and Converse All-Star Games.
This upcoming fall, Briggs will be pursuing a master’s degree in business.
She is the daughter of Rose and Tamunomete Briggs and has three older siblings, Fabi, Tamunomete Jr. and Ezewane.
“It’s great to bring Loliya Briggs back home to Jacksonville,” said Coach McCuin. “I’ve known Briggs for years, so the player/coach relationship is already built. She will make an immediate impact here at JU, both on and off the court.”