Tajama Abraham Ngongba
2004 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Tajama Abraham Ngongba won four letters at GW between 1993-97 and graduated as the University's all-time leading scorer (2,134 points) and second all-time leading rebounder (970). A 6-foot-3 center, she also leads in career blocked shots (326) as well as games played (130).
Abraham Ngongba appeared in 130 games because she and her teammates made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament ('94-97) and had a marvelous overall mark of 103-27 in those years, including 57-7 in Atlantic 10 action. The final season, coach Joe McKeown's club reached the NCAA Elite Eight and finished the campaign with a 28-6 record. That year ('97), Abraham Ngongba earned first team Kodak All-America honors as well as Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and first team All-Atlantic 10 for a second straight year.
In four seasons at GW, Abraham Ngongba and her fellow classmates won seven of 11 NCAA Tournament games. Colonials' tourney foes those years included such schools as North Carolina, DePaul, Notre Dame, Virginia, Southern Cal and Colorado. Following her collegiate career, she was drafted in the 1997 WNBA's fourth round by the Sacramento Monarchs. In 1998, she played for the Detroit Shock after playing a professional season in Italy.
A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Abraham Ngongba and her family moved to Hampton, Va., where she starred for three varsity seasons at Kecoughtan High School. As a senior in 1993, she averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds, earning All-America prep honors from Parade Magazine.
Abraham Ngongba, who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1997, was an assistant coach at her alma mater for four seasons and helped GW to back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2007 and 2008. She is now the head women's basketball coach at Radford University.
She is married to former Colonials men's basketball player Patrick Ngongba ('01) and the couple has a daughter, Naja, and son, Patrick.