One of the most explosive guards in the country... A two-time unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and two-time Honorable Mention All-American... Sports an unparalleled creativity in converting on the offensive end... Slashes to the basket with reckless abandon and, more often than not, makes the most of her chances... she was the first official signed recruit of the Joe Tartamella Era.
Joe Tartamella On Handford:
"Aliyyah is regarded as one of the best guards in the country and we expect her to continue to show why she is so highly respected. Her dedication in the offseason to improving her game, specifically from the outside, has been apparent throughout the summer and beginning of practice. I'm very proud of her growth and expect her to have her best year yet."
As a Junior in 2014-15:
A unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention pick for the second-straight season... Started in all 34 games for the Red Storm, leading the conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game... Ranked 36th in the nation in scoring... Ranked second on the team and 10th in the conference in rebounding at 6.5 boards per contest... Named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Assocation All-Met First Team... Named an ECAC Second Team All-Star... Selected to participate in the USA Basketball Pan American Games and World University Games Team Trials... Opened the season with an 18 point, five rebound performance at Yale (Nov. 15)... Paced the Red Storm with 27 points and seven boards vs. Florida (Nov. 20)... Scored a team-high 19 points vs. Binghamton (Nov. 28)... Paced the Red Storm with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting against Wagner (Nov. 30)... Scored 17 of her game-high 25 in the second half against USF (Dec. 7)... Notched her 1,000th career point with 15 against UCF (Dec. 11)... Tallied a game-high 22 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the charity stripe against Auburn (Dec. 20)... Tied a season-high with 27 points to go along with nine rebounds against Indiana St. (Dec. 21)... Put up 21 points and six boards in St. John’s BIG EAST road opener at Providence (Dec. 30)... Led the Red Storm with 20 points against UConn (Jan. 4)... Poured in 27 points against Butler on 10-for-17 shooting against Butler (Jan. 9)... Tallied 25 points and seven rebounds against DePaul (Jan. 16)... Put up 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting against Marquette (Jan. 18)... Tallied 22 points and tied a career-high with six assists at Georgetown (Jan. 23)... Finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists at Villanova (Jan. 25)... Scored 19 of her game-high 26 in the second half at Villanova (Feb. 1)... Tallied back-to-back double-doubles against Providence (26, 11) and Marquette (20, 11)... Registered 25 points and eight rebounds against Villanova (Feb. 20)... Poured in a season-high 27 points and dished out a career-high seven assists against Georgetown (Feb. 22)... Tallied 20 or more for the third-straigth game with 21 points and nine boards at Butler (Feb. 27)... Registered 18 points and seven rebounds at Xavier (March 1)... Recorded a double-double (11 pts., 10 rebs.) in the BIG EAST Quarterfinal against Creighton (March 8)... Tallied 18 points and nine rebounds against Seton Hall (March 9)... Registered her fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds against Fordham (March 22)
As A Sophomore in 2013-14:
A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week, Handford was a 2013-14 WBCA All-America Honorable Mention selection after playing and starting in all 34 games and averaging 32.7 minutes per game... A unanimous selection to the 2014 All-BIG ESAT First Team and named to the 2014 All-Met First Team... Notched 30 double-figure performance and scored twenty-plus points 11 times...Opened her sophomore campaign with consecutive double-doubles scoring 25 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the season opener at Sacred Heart (Nov. 8)... Notched a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 boards in the home opener against Iona (Nov. 12)... Registered a double-double against Quinnipiac (Nov. 20) with 27 points and 11 rebounds... Scored 25 points on an 11-of-17 performance from the field against Harvard (Dec. 1)... Tallied 27 points, including the game-winning last second shot against Texas A&M (Dec. 22) in the Maggie Dixon Classic... Recorded 17 points and grabbed four boards at Xavier (Jan. 5)... Notched 21 points, five rebounds and three assists at DePaul (Jan. 11)... Finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals against Butler (Jan. 15)...Scored 25 points after going 10-for-18 from the field and 5-of-5 at the foul line, while adding eight rebounds and two assists against Providence (Feb. 8)...Knocked in 21 points following a 7-for-9 showing at the charity stripe against Marquette (Feb. 26)... Was voted to the 2014 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game in the BIG EAST Championships... Scored 24 points, pulled down four rebounds and made three steals vs. Seton Hall (Mar. 9) in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals... Averaged 25.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the NCAA Tournament... Made a career-high 11 free throws en route to ending the night with 27 points and four assists against USC (Mar. 22) in the NCAA Tournament First Round... Scored 23 points and grabbed four rebounds at Tennessee (Mar. 24) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
As A Freshman in 2012-13:
A three-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, Handford was tabbed to the 2012-13 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team after seeing action in 31 games and starting in 25... averaged 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game... Was named the All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Rookie of the Year... Scored 16 points in a career-high 36 minutes against Delaware (Jan. 2)...Also made six free throws and pulled down seven rebounds, with two assists and five field goals against Delaware (Jan. 2)...Scored in double figures against Seton Hall (Jan. 12) with 14, also added eight rebounds...Scored in double-figures for the sixth time of the season and for the fourth-consecutive game against Pittsburgh (Jan. 16). Handford recorded 11 points and grabbed six rebounds...Recorded a 15-point performance against Syracuse (Jan. 23)...Scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and set a career-high with six assists at Providence (Jan. 30)...Scored a career-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists against then No. 3/2 UConn (Feb. 2)...Finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals vs. Georgetown (Feb. 9)...Finished one rebound shy of her first career double-double after scoring 16 points and a career-high nine boards at USF (Feb. 13)...Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds against Rutgers (Feb. 23)...Finished with five points, two rebounds and two assists at Villanova (Feb. 27)...Led the team tying her career-high with 17 points at Seton Hall (March 2)...Finished with seven points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals against DePaul (March 4)...Scored six points and grabbed six rebounds against No. 13/15 Louisville (March 10)...Notched her 16th double-digit scoring performance of the season against No. 18/15 Dayton (Mar. 24) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
At Malcolm Shabazz High School:
A 2011-12 First Team All-New Jersey selection ... helped Shabazz to four-straight state championships as the leading scorer all four years ... finished her career with 1,650 points, more than 600 rebounds and an overall record of 125-7 ... helped Shabazz win four Essex County Tournament titles, three-consecutive Group 2 championships and a Group 3 title ... voted the 2012 Essex County Player of the Year, Senior of the Year and Top Individual Performance(s) of the Year by NJ.com ... selected to NJ.com's All-Essex first team ... as a senior she averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game ... shot 14-for-20 from the field to finish with a career-best 33 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and six steals in a 100-64 victory over Point Pleasant Boro in the 2011-12 Group 2 final in Toms River ... averaged 12.5 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.8 rpg and 4.4 spg as a junior and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau.
Aliyyah Nicole Handford ... nicknamed Liyyah ... daughter of Delores Michelle Handford ... has one sibling, Madison Sky Walker (6) ... a sport management major ... denotes Ms. Watson as the most influential person in her life ... her favorite movie is "Love And Basketball," her favorite food is pizza and her favorite television show is "The Game."