Kathleen Curley played at both the forward and center positions at Milford High School where she captained the basketball team for three years. She was a four-year, First Team All-CIAC and named most valuable player in the 1977, 1978, 1979 tournaments. In 1978 and 1979, Curley was selected All County, All State and honored by the New Haven Tap-Off Club. She tallied 1,010 high school career points for a 22.3 points per game average, and her single game scoring record was 36 points. Her career rebounding average was 15.1. Curley was named Milford High School’s Outstanding Athlete in both 1978 and 1979.
After graduation, Curley played for UConn for one year before transferring to Southern CT State University. She was a mainstay for SCSU from 1981-84 as she recorded 1,323 career points while averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds per game. She shot 92% from the free throw line. As a senior, she played in the 1984 NCAA Division II Final Four.