Former UCLA Women's Basketball Player Kisa Hughes Passes Away

March 6, 2007

Former UCLA women's basketball center Kisa Hughes (1994-96) passed away on Mar. 1 at the age of 33 after a battle with colon cancer. Hughes was a first-team All-Pac-10 performer for the Bruins in 1995 and led the team in scoring (16.4 points per game), rebounding (10.4 rebounds per game) and blocked shots (14) that season.

Hughes came to UCLA in 1992-93 after one season at Cal State Fullerton, where she was a Freshman All-American and Big West Freshman of the Year in 1992. She averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in her three-year Bruin career and remains ranked second all-time at UCLA with a career field-goal percentage of .564. Hughes also holds a few spots on UCLA's all-time single-season leader book, with her 10.4 rebound average in 1995 ranking seventh and her .577 field goal percentage in 1996 ranking fifth. She had one of UCLA's greatest rebounding games ever, pulling down 20 boards at Boise State on Dec. 3, 1994.

'The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Kisa Hughes was her generosity,' said UCLA women's basketball head coach Kathy Olivier, who coached Hughes during her first three seasons as head coach. 'Kisa was always thinking about others, which made her a great teammate. She was always understanding and very kind. With her, it was always about the other person. The amount of phone calls and e-mails we've received about Kisa speaks volumes about how much she was loved and will truly be missed.'

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at the Rock Church (2345 S. Waterman Ave.) in San Bernardino at 1 pm. Funeral services will take place in Porter Ranch on Thursday, Mar. 8 at Shepherd of the Hills Church (19700 Rinaldi St.) at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, with checks payable to LACC in care of Yo Watts!, a youth development organization that provides education and employment services in Watts and surrounding areas.

Hughes is survived by her parents Ronald and Barbara, sister Kilee and brothers Ronald Jr., Solomon and Gabriel.

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