Huntington, WV Black History

Alisha Hill


Alisha “Tuff” Hill was a standout women’s basketball player at Huntington East High School and Howard University.

Hill attended Huntington East High School from 1990-94 and maintained a grade point average of 3.4. She was the 1990 Freshman Player of the Year in West Virginia and earned 2nd Team All-State honors that same year. She earned First Team All-State honors 1991-94.

Hill signed to play for Howard University upon graduation from Huntington East. She led the Lady Bison to three consecutive NCAA tournament berths from 1996-98. She is the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women’s basketball all-time leading scorer with 2,179 points and was a three-time All-MEAC First Team selection, a MEAC All-Rookie team selection (1995) and the MEAC Player of the Year in 1998.

Hill also earned MEAC Tournament Outstanding Performer honors in 1997 and 1998. During the 1997-98 season, she led the nation in rebounding with an average of 13.2 rebounds per game. She still holds the individual NCAA season record for field-goal percentage in a season at 70 percent. She made history when she was the first of eight HBCU players to be invited to the inaugural WNBA Combine in 1998.

Both of Hill’s jersey numbers were retired at Huntington East and Howard. She was selected to the Howard University Hall of Fame in 2008 and the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2012. At the MEAC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, she accepted the United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award, which is endorsed by the commandant of the Marine Corps and awarded to individuals who exhibit Marine Corps values in their daily lives and careers.

Hill currently is the founder and president of Charlie’s Angels, Inc.



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