Two decades after her graduation, Kerry Curran DeShazo remains the only women’s basketball player at Boston College with 1,500-plus career points and at least 500 assists.
Yet, her biggest memory is still helping lead the Milton High girls to the Division 2 state title as a senior in 1990. The Wildcats (23-1) capped the tournament with a win over Oakmont Regional on St. Patrick’s Day.
And the club had a strong Irish influence; the core of the team included Curran, Michelle O’Toole, Christine Bligh, Jennifer Burke, and Jessica Collins.
“And we were coached by Jack Sullivan,” recalled Curran, a point guard for the Wildcats. “All of us are still really close. It’s so ironic that a team with that lineup won it all on St. Patrick’s Day. It was really weird. My experience at BC was great, but to me that win is the best memory. Nobody pi
cked us to win anything that year.”
Curran was inducted into the athletic hall of fame at Milton High in 2009 along with her teammates from that championship team. Enshrined into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2003, she is also a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Legends team.
She and her husband, Jimmy, reside in Virginia with their three children, McAlister (14), Owen (12), and Meghan (9). Curran just completed her second season as a volunteer basketball coach for the girl’s team at the Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Va.
“It’s something I never really wanted to do but I got talked into it,” said the 44-year-old Curran.
“I’ve actually loved it and its been fun to get back into it.”
After graduating from Milton High in 1990, Curran opted for BC over Florida, Notre Dame, and the University of Minnesota. She made an immediate impact, landing a spot on the Big East All-Rookie team. She was a third-team all-conference pick as a sophomore and a first-team selection her final season, when she averaged 22 points per game.
At Boston College, Curran ranks third with 1,691 career points, assists (528) and field goals (640), is fourth in steals (182) and 3-pointers (105), and fifth in free throws.
“BC brought me to places that I’d never have been able to go otherwise,” said Curran, who played overseas for a year, then coached back at her alma mater for two seasons.
“I took all five recruiting visits, but ended up seeing the value in attending BC and staying close to home.”
The 5-foot-5-inch Curran is amazed at how the game has changed in the last two decades.
“First of all, you don’t see a 5-foot-5 point guard any more,” she said.
“Physically the girls are bigger, stronger and faster. We played the game differently. We slowed the ball down and ran lot of sets. They do lot of motion offense now and pressing. The game has evolved a lot.”
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