Lady Wildcats Basketball Signs Cherokee High School Standout Tiffani Riggen

Riggen signs with her mother, Matilda Riggen, and her high school coach, Chris Mintz.
Riggen signs with her mother, Matilda Riggen, and her high school coach, Chris Mintz.

Charlotte, NC -- Coach John Jordan and the Johnson & Wales University Women’s Basketball Team are proud to welcome Tiffani Riggen of Cherokee, NC as a member of the 2015-16 Lady Wildcat team. The 5’6" guard was a key instrument in helping lead her Cherokee High School Lady Braves to their fifth consecutive sectional championship and a 25-4 record. She was named to the Smoky Mountain All-Conference Team for her efforts this season. The day after signing her letter of intent with JWU, Riggen earned MVP honors in the West/Midwest Girls All-Star Game held in Cherryville, NC.

Riggen, who is originally from Choctaw, Mississippi, played her ninth through eleventh grade years in Mississippi at Choctaw Central High School. She came to Cherokee to be part of Head Coach Chris Mintz’s program for her senior year.  She plans to major in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management at JWU.

“We are very excited to have Tiffani join our program. She plays with high energy and is an excellent scorer and defensive stopper," said Coach Jordan. "She is coming out of one of the top high school programs in North Carolina and has played for one of the best coaches in the state in Chris Mintz, so she will possess a high basketball IQ. She is just not smart on the court; she also is an excellent student. She epitomizes what we seek when recruiting student athletes for our program.”

Riggen joins Corrin Burch from Washington, DC in the 2015 Lady Wildcat recruiting class.  The team begins its second season of play this November.