Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bria Holmes makes WNBA debut, graduates from WVU the next day

Great things continue to happen for former WVU women’s basketball star Bria Holmes, who received a magical proposal from her now-fiancé on senior night in Morgantown after scoring 27 points in a win over Oklahoma State back in November.

A few months after that unforgettable finish to a storied collegiate career, Holmes became the highest WNBA draft pick in WVU women’s basketball history when the Atlanta Dream selected the 6-foot-1 guard 11th overall in the first round of this year’s draft.

“It still feels unreal,” said Holmes in an interview with WVU women’s basketball. “It’s been a dream of mine so to actually hear my name getting called, it’s just an honor and a blessing.”

(via @AtlantaDream/Twitter)

(via @AtlantaDream/Twitter)

A few weeks later, Holmes, who said she had only been to Atlanta two or three times for AAU tournaments, was on her way to Georgia to officially begin her WNBA career. She successfully secured a spot on the Dream’s opening day roster, and then made her professional debut on May 14 scoring seven points in 17 minutes against the San Antonio Stars. The Dream defeated the Stars 73-63 in overtime.

Holmes says her first impression of the WNBA is that it’s tough.

“I wasn’t expecting this at all because it’s really different from college,” said Holmes in an interview with the Atlanta Dream. “But, I was mentally prepared for it because my college coach (Mike Carey) told me all about it. You just have to be mentally and physically tough when you come here. It’s a different level. It’s a business. It’s tough, but you get through it.”

On May 15, the day after her WNBA debut, Holmes made her way back to Morgantown for graduation. She graduated from WVU with a degree in criminology. Her teammates Lanay Montgomery and Jessica Morton are also graduates in the class of 2016.

Coach Carey and Bria Holmes on her graduation day (Photo Credit: @WVUWBB/Twitter)

WVU Coach Mike Carey and Bria Holmes on her graduation day (via @WVUWBB/Twitter)

At WVU, Holmes was a three-time unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection and a two-time WVU NAACP Image Award Female Athlete of the Year. She finished her four-year career with 2,001 points, 483 rebounds and 309 assists.

“It’s been a long journey here (at WVU) and I wouldn’t have chosen to do it anywhere else,” said Holmes.

Quotes in this article courtesy: WVU Women’s Basketball and @AtlantaDream/Twitter

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