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Carlene Hightower

La Salle University


Hightower is a speech, language and hearing major in the School of Nursing and currently has a 3.05 GPA with an expected graduation date of May 2008. She is a member of the team that posted an overall 3.22 GPA last season. She wants to pursue a career in speech pathology with a concentration with geriatric patients, helping them recover from dysphasia and aphasia, which commonly affects stroke patients.


Hightower is a person of high personal character. Growing up in a large family in Philadelphia, she has continually displayed solid family values throughout her daily life as a student athlete at La Salle University. Her work ethic is second to none. She entered La Salle as an under-recruited student-athlete, choosing a major in a very selective and demanding academic major. She has exceeded everyone’s expectations, except her own, as both a student and a basketball player. This is a direct result of her intense focus, work ethic and determination to achieve, regardless of the setting


Hightower has been very active in community service activities as a student-athlete at La Salle. She has tutored innercity elementary children, worked in a soup kitchen, and been a part of numerous youth basketball clinics throughout her time at the school.


La Salle was the only Philadelphia area school to recruit Hightower. She has made herself into one of the premier players in the city and the Atlantic 10 Conference over the past two seasons and will leave La Salle as one of its all-time greatest players. Her dedication to continually improving and her burning desire to compete have elevated her to a level of play that is gaining national attention and the eye of WNBA scouts as she enters her senior season. She has been named A-10 first team and all-defensive team after the 2006-07 season and was a preseason member of both teams for the 2007-08 season. She is one of only four Explorers ever to score at least 500 points and grab 200 rebounds in the same season. As a junior, she led the A-10 Conference in steals (2.4 pg), was second in scoring (17.5 ppg).