Grad Year: 1996
Year Inducted: 2002
Claudia DeFaria is one of RIC’s all-time greatest women’s basketball players. In just two years at RIC, DeFaria scored 1,048 points, which ranks her eighth all-time in career scoring. She remains the only RIC player to ever score 1,000 points in just two seasons. She is also fourth all-time with 592 career rebounds.
As a senior in 1994-95, DeFaria was named the Little East Conference’s Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the All-LEC Tournament team. DeFaria led the LEC in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.2 ppg and 11.8 rpg, a double-double for the entire season. She was named a New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Second Team All-Star and was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW).
As a junior in 1993-94, she was named a NEWBA Second Team All-Star, an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Front Court Second Team All-Star and First Team All-LEC. She ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring and led the LEC in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Prior to coming to RIC, DeFaria starred at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1990-92. She was an NJCAA Division III Second Team All-American, an All-Region 21 First Team All-Star, team Co-MVP and was an RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete in 1991-92. She is CCRI’s all-time leader in career scoring and assists and was inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
DeFaria is a 1996 graduate of Rhode Island College, earning a bachelor’s degree in justice studies. She is a 1993 graduate of CCRI, earning an associate’s degree in business with a concentration in law enforcement.