Pat Dufficy attended Trumbull High School and dominated the basketball court. As a guard for Coach Gail Shipp, she helped guide her team to several FCIAC League Titles, and in her senior year averaged 30 points and 7 rebounds per game. She scored 1,055 total career points and was named to both the FCIAC and All-State Teams.
Dufficy continued her athletic prowess at the University of South Carolina. As a forward for the basketball team, she averaged six points, two rebounds per game for Coach Pam Parsons. In 1980, her team finished 3rd in the country.