Bria Hartley

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Bria Hartley
Bria Hartley.JPG
Hartley in 2010
No. 8 – Washington Mystics
Position Guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 22)
North Babylon, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Career information
High school North Babylon
(North Babylon, New York)
College Connecticut (2010–2014)
WNBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Seattle Storm
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Washington Mystics
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Bria Nicole Hartley (born September 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted 7th overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2014 WNBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Washington Mystics. Hartley played point guard for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2013 and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Hartley started playing basketball at a very young age, and honed her game in her driveway, playing against two older brothers. They pushed her around, but she credits that for making her tougher.[1]

High school career[edit]

Hartley attended North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York. Hartley began playing with North Babylon's varsity squad as an eighth grader. Hartley was a four-year starter at North Babylon High School, where the Bulldogs had a combined record of 81-13 and a record of 46-1 in the league play. During her junior year, she averaged 21 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 6.0 steals and 4.7 blocks per game and was named to the Parade All-America list.[2] As a senior, she had five triple doubles, and averaged 30 points, 8.3 rebounds 7.4 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.0 blocks per game,[3][4] and lead her team all the way to the title game, where Hartley poured in 51 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome a balanced attack by Sachem East.[5][6] She was named the New York Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year and New York's Miss Basketball in 2010 by the New York Basketball Coaches Association. Hartley amassed 1,978 points in five varsity seasons.

In addition to basketball, she also participated in soccer and lacrosse. She earned a Suffolk County Legislature proclamation for high academic achievement, community service and excellence in basketball. Before her final season began at North Babylon High School, Hartley committed to the University of Connecticut over offers from Duke University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Georgetown University, University of North Carolina, and the University of Louisville. Stanford University also expressed strong interest. Hartley was a two-time New York's Gatorade Player of the Year.[7] Hartley was named a WBCA All-American.[8] She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 19 points.[9][10] Hartley was selected to the McDonald's All-America team and participated in the All-Star game, scoring 17 points for the East team.[11]

University of Connecticut career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

Freshmen rarely start at UConn, but Caroline Doty, expected to be a starting guard for the team, suffered an ACL injury in August 2010 which kept her out of the lineup for the entire season. With limited options, Hartley started and played a total of 1,209 minutes, the most ever by a UConn freshman. She was named the Big East Freshman of the year, and earned a spot on the Big East all tournament team.

Sophomore year[edit]

Bria Hartley continued her stellar play in sophomore year. Hartley played and started all 38 game in 2011-2012 season. She was second in assists with 3.7 per game, third in scoring with 14 points per game and third in steals with 70 while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. During her sophomore year she became known for performing well against top teams in the country. She tallied 28 double-figure performances and five 20-plus games on the season including two 25 points game against top seeds Baylor and Notre Dame. Hartley was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament after turning in 18 points and seven grabs against Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Final. Hartley earned her spot on the Huskies wall of fame by being one of 10 candidates named to the WBCA/State Farm All American team.[3]

Junior year[edit]

Hartley struggled in her junior year at UConn. She missed the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury. She had career lows in minutes played, points, rebounds, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. During the NCAA tournament she performed a lot better by scoring in double-figures in all of UConn's final three games, including a 15-point, four-assist performance in the National Semifinal win over Notre Dame. Hartley helped her team win the 2013 National Championship, and was named to the 2013 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[12]

Senior year[edit]

In her final year at UConn, she had an amazing senior year as she was a candidate for the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation best point guard. She played and started in all 40 games, scoring in double-figures in all but four contests, second on the team at 16.2 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Hartley scored at least 20 points 12 times and notched a season-high 30 points on 11-15 shooting, including 6-8 from deep, in the win at Rutgers and scored at least 20 points in a career-high four-straight games from February 22 - March 1. Hartley was named to American Athletic All-Conference Tournament team in 2014. She helped lead her team to an undefeated 40-0 season and won the 2014 National Championship, and was named to the 2014 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team and was later inducted into the Huskies of Honor on senior night.

Hartley led UConn to a 144-11 record over her four-year career, which included four Final Four appearances and back to back National Championships. Hartley joined UConn huskies players Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore as the only players with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 200 steals. She finished her career in eighth place on the UConn scoring list with 1,994 points 6 points shy of 2,000, sixth all-time with 259 made three-point field goals and 153 games played, fifth in school history with 559 assists. A two-time All-Conference First Team selection, Hartley scored 647 points in 2013-14 marked the fourth-most scored by a UConn senior in program history and her 173 assists also marked the fourth-highest total for a UConn senior. She earned a reputation for playing her best in big games and was selected to the All-NCAA Tournament Team in 2013 and 2014, the NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team in 2011 and 2014 and to the All-Conference Tournament team in 2011, 2012 and 2014 .[3]

University of Connecticut statistics[edit]

Bria Hartley Statistics at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
2010–11 38 173 370 0.468 69 176 0.392 57 78 0.731 138 3.6 110 100 2 45 1209 472 12.4
2011-12 38 202 434 0.465 64 193 0.332 65 86 0.756 148 3.9 140 98 3 70 1261 533 14.0
2012-13 37 118 302 0.391 44 148 0.297 62 79 0.785 120 3.2 136 86 2 53 987 342 9.2
2013-2014 40 240 511 0.470 82 224 0.366 85 123 0.691 144 3.6 173 83 3 70 1274 647 16.2
Totals 153 733 1617 0.453 259 741 0.350 269 366 0.735 550 3.59 559 367 10 235 4731 1994 13.0

Professional career[edit]

Hartley was drafted seventh overall in the 2014 WNBA Draft by Seattle Storm then later traded to the Washington Mystics who drafted UConn teammate Stefanie Dolson. Hartley started in her second game of the season as she had team high 15 points and dished out 5 assists vs Indiana Fever on May 23, 2014. On June 1, 2014,in the triple-overtime game vs the Los Angeles Sparks, the UConn duo of Hartley and Dolson combined for 34 points coming off the bench and Hartley scored her first 20 point game. On June 24, 2014 vs Seattle Storm Hartley scored career high 26 points going 11-16 from the floor including 4-6 from three point range.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  Bold  Career high League leader

USA Basketball[edit]

Hartley was named to the USA Basketball U18 team.[13] The USA team was one of eight teams from North, South and Central America, along with the Caribbean, invited to participate in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.For Women, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The top finishing team qualify for the 2011 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.[14][15] The team was coached by Jennifer Rizzotti, a former point guard for Connecticut, who helped teach Hartley how to "be a leader".[16] Rizzotti noted her improvement over the course of the event, especially in decision-making.[17]

USA U18 2010[edit]

The opening exhibition match was against Canada, won by the USA team 58–39. Hartley had ten points, three assists and four steals.[18] In the opening round game against Argentina, Hartley was a double digit scorer, helping the USA to a 91–32 victory.[19][20] In the next game against Brazil, Hartley played a role setting the opening tempo, as she scored eight points as part of a 13–2 early run.[21] Hartley would end up with 14 points, second leading scorer in the victory over Brazil.[22] The USA won the following game easily against Puerto Rico 108–44, then beat Chile in the semi-final match up 98–28. The gold medal game was a rematch against Brazil, which the USA won 81–38.[23] Hartley was the second leading scorer for the team with 10.6 points per game.[24]

U19 World Championships Chile[edit]

In 2011, Hartley was selected to be on the USA basketball U19 team at the U19 World Championship, held in Puerto Montt, Chile.The USA won their first five games, but then came up short, losing to Canada 64–52. They were still qualified for the medal round, and played France in the quarterfinal. The USA was down by as much as 13 points early in the game, but took a lead with just over a minute to go in the game and ended up with the win 70–64. The USA took an early lead in the semi-final against Brazil, and went on to win to qualify for the gold medal game. The final game was against Spain, which the USA won 69–46. Hartley was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 11.1 points per game, just behind Breanna Stewart’s 11.2 points per game. She led the team in steal with 17, to help the USA to an 8–1 record and the gold medal in the Championship game. [25]

2013 World University Games - Russia[edit]

Hartley, along with teammate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, were two of the twelve players selected to be on the team representing the USA at the World University Games held in Kazan, Russia in July 2013. The team, coached by Sherri Coale, won the opening four games easily, scoring in triple digits in each game, and winning by 30 or more points in each case. After winning the quarterfinal game against Sweden, they faced Australia in the semifinal.

The USA team opened up as much as a 17 point in the fourth quarter of the game but the Australian team fought back and took a one point lead in the final minute. Crystal Bradford scored a basket with 134 seconds left in the game to secure a 79–78 victory. The gold medal opponent was Russia, but the USA team never trailed, and won 90–71 to win the gold medal and the World University games Championship. Hartley was the leading scorer for the team, averaging 13.5 points per game. She had 20 assists and nine steals, both second only to Odyssey Sims.[26][27]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009—Gatorade Player of the Year New York[2]
  • 2009—Parade All-American[2]
  • 2011—Big East Freshman of the Year[30]
  • 2011—Big East Tournament All Tournament team[31]
  • 2013—NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[12]
  • 2014—ESPNW Second Team All-American[32]
  • 2014—USBWA All-American team [33]
  • 2014—AP All-American Second Team [34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "USA - Hartley Takes it All in Her Stride in the Quest For Gold". PUERTO MONTT: FIBA. 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Michaelson, Lee (3 March 2010). "McDonald’s Player of the Year Finalists Announced". Full Court Press. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bria Hartley". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  4. ^ Fuller, Jim (11 March 2010). "Hartley is New York Player of the Year again". New Haven Register. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Pfaff, Nancy. "Hartley is the Total Package". uchuskies.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Ronis, Adam (4 March 2010). "Doherty, Sachem East overcome Hartley’s 51 for 'AA' title". Newsday.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Gatorade girls state hoops POYs". ESPNRISE.com. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Fulkerson, Vickie (4 April 2010). "UConn-bound Hartley shows she belongs". Newsday.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Miller, Rusty (31 March 2010). "Simmons leads West over East in McDonald's game". Statesman.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Elliott, Rich (April 10, 2013). "2013 Final Four All-Tournament Team". CTPost (Hearst Communications Inc.). Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Ronis, Adam (4 June 2010). "Bria Hartley picked for national team". Newsday.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Adamec, Carl (29 June 2010). "Women's basketball: Incoming freshmen help U.S. grab gold". Journal Inquirer. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women -- Just the Facts". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Schnell, Lindsay (25 June 2010). "Hartley finds mentor in Rizzotti". ESPN hoopGurlz. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Riley, Lori (2 July 2010). "Rizzotti Says Coaching U.S. Team Was An Honor". Courant.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "USA Women's U18 National Team Pulls Away From Canada For 58-39 Exhibition Win". USA Basketball. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "2010 USA Women's U18 National Team Defeats Argentina, 91-32". USA Basketball. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "USA Argentina Stats". FIBA. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "USA Cruises Past Brazil, 89-46, In Preliminary Round Of FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women". USA Basketball. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "USA Brazil Stats". USA Basketball. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "USA Brazil Stats". FIBA. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  24. ^ "USA Women's U18 National Team Wins Gold With Triumph Over Brazil In 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  25. ^ "USA U19 Women Sprint To 69-46 Victory Over Spain, Earn 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship". Puerto Montt, Chile: USA Basketball. July 31, 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "TWENTY-SEVENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2013". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Elliott, Rich (May 19, 2013). "Hartley, Mosqueda-Lewis Named To U.S. World University Games Team". CTPost (Hearst Communications Inc.). Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  28. ^ a b c "Bria Hartley". USA Basketball. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  29. ^ "Long Island Player of the Year". Newsday.com. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  30. ^ Elliott, Rich (March 4, 2011). "Hartley Named Big East Freshman Of The Year". Hartford Courant. 
  31. ^ Altavila, John (March 9, 2011). "UConn Women Win 17th Big East Tournament Title With 73-64 Victory Over Notre Dame". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  32. ^ "Slideshow: espnW All-Americans". ESPN. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  33. ^ "USBWA ANNOUNCES 2013-14". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "Five Women's Hoops Players Garner AP All-American Recognition". UConnHuskies.com. April 1, 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.