Former Pallotti standout ends college basketball career on a scoring surge
By David Driver
Mar 02, 2017 | 4:09 PM
After playing two seasons of college basketball at Division I Loyola of Maryland, Tiffany Padgett decided it was time for a change.
Padgett, who grew up in Laurel, transferred to George Mason University after she was an all-conference rookie of the year in 2012-13 and a solid contributor as a sophomore in 2013-14 for the Greyhounds.
"Yeah, I mean it was definitely hard in the moment to figure out if anyone wanted me or where I would go," said Padgett, a former standout at St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel. "It was definitely scary".
But she found a good landing spot at George Mason University, a Division I member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"I am happy with the decision," the 6-foot-1 Padgett said.
The red-shirt senior forward certainly went out with a bang in her last college season.
Twice she scored a season-high 20 points.
She had 20 in a 70-58 loss to Richmond on Feb. 12 and scored 20 in a 66-55 season-ending loss to Duquesne on Feb. 25 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The loss ended a 13-17 season for the Patriots.
"Honestly I have to give credit to my teammates," Padgett said. "They are doing a good job of finding me when I am open. We are creating a good opportunity for each other. I think the big deal for me playing more is I have not had as much foul trouble. I would (sometimes) get two or three fouls in the first half. Now I may just get one or two in the first half. That has been a key for me getting more time."
"She has the ability and talent to do that," Milleson said. "It comes down to if that is what she wants and puts in the work."
Padgett has kept in touch with a few of her former Mason teammates who have played overseas.
One of them is Taylor Brown, who averaged 15 points per game last season for the Patriots and played five games in Iceland last year before she left in October. Brown is from Bowie and played at Bishop McNamara High.
Kristi Mokube, who averaged 11 points per game last season for George Mason, has been playing this winter for a pro team in Germany.
The Laurel product got a degree from Mason last semester in criminology and has been taking graduate courses this semester.
"I would like to continue a basketball career if possible. If not, I will enter the work world. I am not sure what the fall has in store, Padgett said.
Note: Former Pallotti basketball standout Chizoba Ekedigwe is a coordinator of basketball operations for the women's team at Seton Hall. She is a former player for the Pirates and a 2015 graduate of Seton Hall.