One of AU’s top all-time scorers, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde was the first female basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone at American University and ranks 12th on AU’s all-time scoring list with 1,106 points. She averaged 12.7 points per game in her career and registered 72 steals during the 1981-82 season, which was second-best ever at AU at the time.
A graduate of American’s College of Public Affairs with a degree in Criminal Justice, she traded in her basketball sneakers for law books at Villanova University School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1989.
The daughter of former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, Frazier-Lyde later followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming a professional boxer in 2000 at the age of 38. “Sister Smoke,” a nickname given to her by her father’s arch rival, Muhammed Ali, posted a career record of 13-1-0 with nine knockouts, her only loss coming to Laila Ali in a modern-day rivalry.