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Shannon Dufficy

School

University of Missouri

Position
Forward
Major
Health Science - Health & Wellness Services

Classroom

Shannon Dufficy has been an outstanding student during her five years as a student-athlete at both Utah State and the University of Missouri, where she has produced a cumulative GPA of 3.419. In three years at Utah State, Dufficy accumulated a GPA of 3.520 and earned All-Academic Team honors from the Mountain West after the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Dufficy was also a three-time Joe E. and Elman Whiteside Scholar-Athlete Award recipient while at Utah State.

After her time in Provo, Dufficy transferred to Mizzou, continuing her academic success as a health science – health and wellness services major. Dufficy earned 2019-20 SEC First Year Academic Honor roll honors after her first season in Columbia and recently completed the Fall 2020 semester with a 3.462 GPA. Dufficy’s success in the classroom has helped her in all other areas of her life, including a highly successful career on the basketball court.

Character

Shannon Dufficy has shown high-level characteristic traits over her collegiate career. Dufficy was a three-year starter for Utah State from 2016-18, playing 30.8 minutes per game. Being inserted as a starter right from the beginning of her career shows the leadership skills her coaching staff saw in her by given that responsibility so quickly in her collegiate career. Those leadership skills continue to be shown during her time in Columbia, as Dufficy is seen as a leader on the Mizzou team despite her short time with the team.

In her year away from playing while sitting out due to NCAA transfer requirements, Duufficy led the “scout team” where she prepared Mizzou’s available players for upcoming contests. This season, Dufficy gets to play for Mizzou, but this time in a reserve role. Even in a reduced role compared to what she is used to, Dufficy has yet to complain and continues to do whatever is asked of her for the betterment of the team.

Another area where she has proven to be a great leader is her mentorship to freshman teammate and fellow Australian native, Sara-Rose Smith. Even though the two had never met prior to Smith joining Mizzou’s team, the two immediately hit it off and have formed quite the friendship off the court. Smith says Dufficy has “taken her under her wing”.

Community

Shannon Dufficy has been an outstanding member of the Columbia community during her time at Mizzou, completing more than 17 hours of community service during the 2019-20 before COVID-19 restrictions went into effect. Before being limited by the pandemic, Dufficy offered her time at the Salvation Army, local hospital visits, youth camps and golf tournaments organized by Mizzou, and numerous hours with Mizzou’s youth club group, Tiger Paws.

Competition

Shannon Dufficy will complete her already highly decorated collegiate career at Mizzou over the 2020-21 season. Already this season, Dufficy reached the 1,000-point career milestone in Mizzou’s season-opener against North Alabama and needs just 133 rebounds to eclipse 1,000 career rebounds.

As she left Provo, Dufficy matched the Utah State school record for double-doubles (31) and ranked second in the career rebounds list with 838. As a junior in 2018-19 at Utah State, Dufficy earned All-Conference honors after averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while setting the single-season school records for most double-doubles (19) and rebounds (339). Dufficy scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games that season, including a career-best 29 points against Colorado State (March 4, 2018).

As a sophomore in 2017-18, Dufficy played in 29 games and started 28, averaging 7.9 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game. Dufficy set a career-high with a 19-rebound performance against Southern Utah (Nov. 21, 2017).

Dufficy earned All-Freshman team honors in 2016-17 rookie campaign where she averaged 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Dufficy recorded double-digit rebounds 11 times, including a season-high 17 against Colorado State (Feb. 8, 2017). Her 261 rebounds on the season ranked fifth on Utah State’s single-season list.