Bria Hartley

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Bria Hartley
Bria Hartley.JPG
Hartley in 2010
WNBA's Washington Mystics
Guard
Born (1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 21)
North Babylon, New York
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
High school North Babylon (North Babylon, New York)
College Connecticut (2010–2014)
Draft 7th overall
Seattle Storm
WNBA career 2014–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Washington Mystics (2014–present)
Awards and honors
McDonald's All-America
Parade Magazine All-America
New York's 2010 Miss Basketball
Gatorade Player of the Year (New York)
Big East Rookie of the year
2x NCAA champion (2013,2014)

Bria Nicole Hartley (born September 30, 1992) is an American basketball player at the University of Connecticut. She played on the USA Basketball U18 team, where she helped the team win the gold medal and qualify for the 2011 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.

Early years[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] Hartley played her high school basketball at North Babylon High in North Babylon, New York, United States. As a senior, she had five triple doubles, and averaged 27 points per game.[2] She won the Gatorade Player of the Year awards for the state of New York for the second year in a row.[3]

As a junior, she was named to the Parade All-America list.[4]

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.

As a senior, Hartley's high school team played in the New York State AA tournament. The team made it 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]

Hartley was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored nineteen points.[7][8] Hartley was selected to the McDonald's All-America team and participated in the All-Star game, scoring 17 points for the East team.[9]

USA Basketball[edit]

Hartley was named to the USA Basketball U18 team.[10] 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.[11][12] The team was coached by Jennifer Rizzotti, a former point guard for Connecticut, who helped teach Hartley how to "be a leader".[13] Rizzotti noted her improvement over the course of the event, especially in decision-making.[14]

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.[15] In the opening round game against Argentina, Hartley was a double digit scorer, helping the USA to a 91–32 victory.[16][17] 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.[18] Hartley would end up with 14 points, second leading scorer in the victory over Brazil.[19] 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.[20] Hartley was the second leading scorer for the team with 10.6 points per game.[21]

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.[22]

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]

During her sophomore year Bria 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.

Junior year[edit]

Hartley helped her team win the 2013 National Championship, and was named to the 2013 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[23]

Senior year[edit]

In her final year at UCONN, Hartley joined UCONN guards Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore as the only players with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 200 steals. Hartley 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.

WNBA[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.

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

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009—Gatorade Player of the Year New York[4]
  • 2009—Parade All-American[4]
  • 2011—Big East Freshman of the Year[26]
  • 2011—Big East Tournament All Tournament team[27]
  • 2013—NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.[23]
  • 2014—ESPNW Second Team All-American[28]
  • 2014—USBWA All-American team [29]
  • 2014—AP All-American Second Team [30]

Notes[edit]

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