Nottingham grad BriAnna Lucas being inducted into William Paterson Hall of Fame

By Rich Fisher

Aug. 30: She was great at Northstar and even better as a Pioneer. 

BriAnna Lucas, a 2008 Nottingham High graduate, will be one of five new members inducted into the Williams Paterson University Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.

The explosive guard is one of the most decorated athletes in WPU history for her exploits on the basketball court.

Lucas was named to the 10-member 2010-11 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Team, the 2010-11 All-America Third Team, and the 2011-12 WBCA All-America Honorable Mention. The 2010-11 and 2011-12 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the 2010-11 ECAC Metro Region Player of the Year and NJAC Co-Player of the Year, Lucas was a three-time first-team all-NJAC honoree. Brianna was also the 2008-09 ECAC Metro and NJAC Rookie of the Year when she garnered second-team all-conference honors, the 5-4 guard was twice named to the All-Region First Team (2010-11, 2011-12) after securing second-team accolades from the group in 2009-10. Selected to the 2009-10 and 2010-11 ECAC All-Region First Teams, she finished her career ranked first at WPU in steals (308) and field goals attempted (1,405), second in both points (1,702) and free throws made (388), and third in free throws attempted (489), three-pointers made (178) and three-pointers attempted (501).

Lucas helped lead the Pioneers to a four-year record of 96-18 (.842) overall and 45-7 (.865) in NJAC play, winning the 2011 and 2012 NJAC Tournament titles. Advancing to the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, 2012 NCAA second round and 2010 NCAA first round, WPU also competed in the 2010 NJAC Tournament championship game.  

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.