Samara Speakes
Samara Speakes
Class of: 2005
Sport(s): Women's Basketball
Inducted: 2016

An All-American who helped the Rams win two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, Samara Speakes is one of the best scorers in the history of the women’s basketball program.

Speakes—who played for the women’s basketball team from 2001 through 2005—poured in 2,082 points, made 134 3-pointers, and grabbed 779 rebounds. One of four players in program history to score 2,000 points, Speakes is fourth in career points and made field goals (722), and eighth in career rebounds and made 3-pointers.

During the 2004-05 season, Speakes turned in a tremendous senior season that resulted in her being named a Daktronics All-America third-team selection to become the program’s sixth All-American honoree. The ECAC and New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Player of the Year and All-NYCAC first team pick, Speakes finished 13th in Division II with a team- and career-high 21.4 points per game. She scored her 2,000th career point on Feb. 21, 2005 during a 32-point performance against Queens (N.Y.) College.

The 708 points she scored during the 2004-05 season are the third most in a single season and her 21.5 points per game places her fourth on the single-season scoring average list.

After averaging 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a freshman, Speakes had a breakout sophomore campaign, earning All-NYCAC first team, and ECAC Division II Women’s Basketball Second Team All-Star recognition with 19.7 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 51 assists, and 38 steals. In the ECAC Tournament, Speakes poured in 29.0 points per game, including a career-high 39 in an 86-78 win over St. Michaels, to help the Rams win the title and earn a place on the All-Tournament Team.

Speakes ranked 18th in NCAA Division II, 10th in school history, in scoring and her 593 points placed her ninth on the PhilaU single-season scoring list.

In her junior season, Speakes was named to the All-NYCAC first team for the second straight year after pouring in 16.8 points and grabbing a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game.