Charlene Taylor played basketball at Beaver Falls (PA) High School, where she played point guard and averaged 15 points per game. In her senior year (1985), Taylor helped her team to a 25-1 record, and both the conference and state championship titles. Taylor was named the conference MVP, was a member of the “Terrific Twenty” (top twenty girl basketball players in Pennsylvania), received the high school’s “Carolyn Clark Girls’ Sports Award” and earned a scholarship to the University of New Haven.
Taylor had an astounding athletic career at the University of New Haven from 1985-1989. During that time, New Haven won four NECC titles, two Division II New England Regional Championships, and a National Championship enroute to a 102-22 record.
During her career, Taylor scored 1,853 points with an average of 17 points per game, and tallied 603 assists, 419 steals, and 458 rebounds. She was named UNH Female Athlete of the Year twice, Kodak All-District twice, and in 1987, she was named to the Division II All-Tournament Team. Taylor was a three-time All-NECC First Team selection, and a 1989 NCAA New England All Region Squad selection. In 1989, she was a Kodak All-American, ECAC Player of the Year, and NECC Player of the Year. In 1996, Taylor was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame.
Taylor’s name appears at or near the top of several categories in the Charger’s record book: #1 career assists (603), #1 career steals (419), #2 career points (1,853), #2 most steals in a sea-son (134), #3 most points in a season (557), #9 most 3-pointers in a season (35), and #2 most assists in a season (175).