There was a time when Shakyla Hill didn’t want to play college basketball.

The former Grambling State point guard, who became the only player in Division I history (men’s or women’s) to record multiple quadruple-doubles, originally had other plans. 

“I didn’t want to go to college for basketball,” Hill told in a phone interview. “I wanted to be a lawyer.”

But the Grambling State Tigers were calling. 

“They really gave me a chance when nobody gave me a chance,” Hill said. It was the only DI offer she received coming out of high school.

That lone opportunity was all she needed. By the time she graduated after the 2018-19 season, Hill’s name was stamped throughout the record books.  

Her 612 assists and 488 steals rank first in program history. Those 488 career steals are also the most ever for a woman in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Hill ranks third on Grambling State’s all-time scoring list with 2,052 points and second on the all-time rebounding list (she’s 5-7, mind you) with 925 boards.

The Tigers went 71-59 during Hill’s four seasons, including back-to-back 19-win seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18. As a junior in 2018, she led Grambling State to a SWAC tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999. 

In 2018-19, Hill’s senior season, she was named SWAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. It was also the third time the guard received All-SWAC First Team honors. She averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals in 127 games as a Tiger.

But what truly stands out on Hill’s resume is where she stands alone, as the only player in college basketball’s 127-year history to have more than one quadruple-double. 

Shakyla Hill gets her first quadruple-double

Hill joined a select group on Jan. 3, 2018, when she finished with 15 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in a 93-71 win over Alabama State. She became just the fifth player ever to post a quadruple-double in DI basketball, and the first woman to record one in nearly 25 years.

“I felt something big was coming,” said Kailyn Gideon, who played with Hill during the 2017-18 campaign. “She was racking up points, assists, rebounds…all of that throughout the entire season.”

Date Name School Opponent Stats
March 4, 1989 Veronica Pettry Loyola (IL) Detroit 12 PTS, 10 REB, 22 AST, 11 STL
Jan. 14, 1991 Ramona Jones Lamar UCF 10 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST, 12 STL
Jan. 27, 1993 Sonja Tate Arkansas State Mississippi Valley State 29 PTS, 14 REB, 10 AST, 10 STL
Nov. 13, 2007 Lester Hudson UT Martin Central Baptist 25 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST, 10 STL
Jan. 3, 2018 Shakyla Hill Grambling State Alabama State 15 PTS, 10 AST, 10 REB, 10 STL
Feb. 2, 2019 Shakyla Hill Grambling State Ark.-Pine Bluff 21 PTS, 13 REB, 13 AST, 10 STL

“One thing about Shakyla, (she’s) the kind of person who can do so much for your basketball team,” said Freddie Murray, the head coach of Grambling State women’s basketball. “She’s a very unselfish basketball player. She never really gets caught up in the stats or things like that.”

Murray, who coached Hill during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, spoke highly of his former point guard. 

“She’s just a consummate competitor, (and) the type of person, being at 5-7 and at her stature, you wouldn’t think she was capable of doing what she was able to do.”

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Murray added that Hill flirted with quadruple-doubles “every night.” That night against Alabama State was no exception, although it took awhile for her to find a rhythm. She struggled in the first half against the Hornets and finished with four points on 2-of-5 shooting, four steals, three rebounds and three assists.  

“In the second half, I kind of turned it on,” Hill said.

She responded with 11 points (4-of-6 shooting), seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals in 17 minutes of second-half action. Her tenth assist came with five seconds to play, thanks to a 3-pointer from fellow guard Monisha Neal.

“It was pure joy at that point,” Gideon said. “We were just really happy for her. I remember everybody jumping up and screaming. I just felt that (Shakyla) getting a quadruple-double was something she was always meant to do.”