Erica Hayes played basketball at Shawnee State from 1995–1999. She earned all-conference honors in each of her four seasons at Shawnee State, including the Conference Player of the Year Award in 1999. She was a two-time NAIA All-American and the NAIA Division II Player of the Year in 1999 when she led Shawnee State to a National Championship. She graduated as the second-leading scorer in program history with 2,184 points. Hayes held eight different records at the time of her graduation, including most rebounds in a career with1,193. She was inducted in 2005.