Category Archives: Bria Hartley

Taurasi Plans To Stay Forever Young, Says UConn Fans Need Not Worry

by Categorized: Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Diana Taurasi, UConn women's basketball, USA Basketball Date:

Here’s some very good news about Diana Taurasi. She’s has no plans to shake off the youthful vigor she has for life.
“I don’t think growing up is in the plans for me,” she said Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. “It’s not on my bucket list. I feel somewhat older, but lucky to be 11 years into my career and be on such a great team [in Phoenix]. It’s taken a while for to get back to this point.
“I want to stay in the sport. I don’t know what I would do without basketball. I would have to be involved and I would love to coach. I’d be very open to it, if it was in the right spot. Who knows?
“I never think too far ahead. I try to stay happy in the moment. The key is being around people you like. It’s hard to go into the gym with people you don’t care for. We are a barbeque team. We’ve had more freaking barbeques this season.”

Taurasi, turned 32 Wednesday. She is averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists and had 19 points and six assists in 34 minutes during Thursday’s loss to the Sun.

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Dolson Says Nothing Special Planned For White House Return

by Categorized: Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Washington Mystics, WNBA Date:

Catching up with Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Kalana Greene on Wednesday after the Washington Mystics practiced in Uncasville made for a nice hour. They all look good, feel good and are excited about Thursday’s game at the casino against the Connecticut Sun.

“Just walking through airport [Bradley International] it felt nice to be back,” Dolson said. “Seeing all the fans again is going to be fun.”

Hartley agreed.

“I was saying to Stefanie that this feels like home,” Hartley said. “Maybe not being at Mohegan, although we did play here last year [the American Athletic Conference tournament]. But just Connecticut, in general. We hope the Connecticut fans we have here will show us a little bit of love [Thursday].”

Dolson and Hartley said most of their former UConn teammates and coaches are planning to attend the game. And they both were hoping to spend some time on campus with those now on campus taking classes and playing pick-up games at some point Wednesday, if transportation could be arranged.

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Hartley And Dolson Combine For 16 Points In Preseason Debut

by Categorized: Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Washington Mystics, WNBA Date:

Former UConn All-Americans Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson combined for 16 points as the Washington Mystics opened the preseason with an 80-63 win over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday. The teams will play again Wednesday in Washington.

Hartley played 16 minutes, 54 seconds, made 4 of 11 shots (2 of 6 from three) and had six rebounds and two assists to score 10 points.

Dolson played 22 minutes, 01 second and was 2 of 5 from the field with four rebounds and two blocked shots. She scored six points.

As an added bonus, check out this video of the two provided by the WNBA. You will see a side of them – and hear some admissions from them – that neither of them ever spoke of during their days at State U.


A Mystical Night For Those Who Value UConn Players

by Categorized: 2014 WNBA Draft, Bria Hartley, Mike Thibault, Seattle Storm, Stefanie Dolson, WNBA Date:

During his decade coaching the Connecticut Sun, Mike Thibault learned to appreciate how profesionally ready many UConn players seemed to be on draft.
And so, he entered the 2014 WNBA draft hoping to get UConn’s Stefanie Dolson or Bria Hartley for the Washington Mystics.
He ended with both.
“They know how to win. They expect to win. They practice every day to win,” Thibault said. “That is the mentality that has been instilled with them at UConn. And I would think the styles Geno and I use are somewhat close. They [UConn players] may learn some plays differently [in the WNBA}, but in terms of our expectations, our practices, the things we do, it’s very similar.
“In terms of myself, I know what I am getting [with UConn players]. They win. They are well-coached, well-prepared for this level.”

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An All-American Day For Five Huskies

by Categorized: Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Moriah Jefferson, Stefanie Dolson Date:

UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart took her place among the all-time greats in women’s basketball history Tuesday when she was named unanimously to the Associated Press All-America team.

But she is just one of five UConn players, the depth of its starting lineup, to earn some type of All-America designation.

Seniors Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson made the second-team. Sophomore Moriah Jefferson and junior Kalana Mosqueda-Lewis, a preseason All-American choice, were recognized with honorable mention.

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Almost Time To Say Goodbye To Dolson And Hartley

by Categorized: 2014 NCAA women's tournament, Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, UConn women's basketball Date:

Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley play their final UConn home games on Tuesday. Dolson will play her 150th game, making her 148th start, tying Renee Montgomery for the most in program history. Hartley will play in her 149th game, now just 78 points from becoming only the eighth player in program history to score 2,000 points. Dolson (1,049) also needs just six rebounds to pass Jamelle Elliott into fourth place among UConn rebounders.
Dolson is still getting herself back into game shape after struggling through the effects of a bad cold that sapped her strength. And finally playing Sunday after almost two weeks off following the AAC championship game on March 10 only made it harder.
“It started with flu-like symptoms and then turned into a really bad head cold,” Dolson said. “There were about five days when I really didn’t do much of anything. So I’ve been trying to get my legs and my lungs back to where they should be [endurance]. It’s definitely getting there. I felt better than I thought I would [Sunday night].”

Hartley Nominated For Prestigious Sullivan Award

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Bria Hartley has been selected as one of 19 nominees for the James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. You may vote for her at  Voting is open to the public and will account for one-third of the athlete’s overall score.

The nominees were nominated by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship. The public can cast their vote by going to

Voting will remain open until March 23. Three finalists will be named no later than March 28 and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930, and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and Missy Franklin.

Nominees for the 2013 James E. Sullivan Award:

Ashley Bishop – Baton Twirling

Blake Bortles – University of Central Florida Football

David Boudia – USA Diving

Liz Brenner – Oregon Volleyball, Basketball, Track &Field

Rachel Fattal – USA Water Polo

Joy Woog-Garvey – Inline Hocke

Bria Hartley – University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball

Robert Herbst – AAU Powerlifting

Alex Johnson – University of Miami Volleyball

Katie Ledecky – Olympic Swimmer

Tre Mason – Auburn University Football

AJ McCarron – University of Alabama Football

Cory Ann McGee – University of Florida Track & Field

John Michael Nagel – Taekwondo

Kelsey Robinson – University of Nebraska Volleyball

Jude Schimmel – University of Louisville Women’s Basketball

Shoni Schimmel – University of Louisville Women’s Basketball

John Urschel – Penn State Footbal

Alli Williams -Saint Francis University Women’s Basketball

Hartley’s 25 Points Paces UConn Win

by Categorized: Bria Hartley, UConn women's basketball Date:

After coaching his 1,000th game Saturday at Houston, Geno Auriemma warned his audience not to start planning the 2,000th celebration. And how could you blame him?
It would take time and energy to get there, things he likely won’t have in abundance considering he’d be pushing 89 years old by then. And really, who wants to prod your team through numbing conference games at that point?
So Tuesday was just the next day in the life of Auriemma and his No. 1 team. And perhaps, another slow start lingered too deep into the first half for his liking.
But the first game of the next grand was a lot like 867 that preceded it. UConn drilled SMU, 81-48, before a crowd of 4,091 at Moody Coliseum, the largest to watch a women’s basketball game in the building’s history.
The Huskies were led by senior Bria Hartley, who continued on her All-American roll with xx points, her third straight 20-plus game and the fourth in her last six.
Breanna Stewart scored 23 points (11 of 21), 16 in the first half. She added five assists, five rebounds and four blocked shots in 32 minutes,
Other than that, it was something of an offensive effort as the team struggled for production against an opponent not interested in the least in getting pushed around at home.
The win was 35 straight for the Huskies (29-0, 16-0) and brings them within two games of the end of their first regular season in the American Athletic Conference.
If the Huskies beat Rutgers Saturday at Gampel Pavilion and then No. 3 Louisville (27-2) on Monday at the Yum Center, they will wrap up first seed in the tournament which runs March 7-10 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Running the table would give the Huskies the 10th undefeated conference season in its history. They reeled off three straight in the Big East (2008-11) until losing three in the 2011-12 season.
UConn was coming off a 51-point in Houston on Saturday knowing they’d already defeated the Mustangs by 61 at the on Feb. 4 at Gampel Pavilion. Aside from the margin, the game was notable for the 14 field goals scored by SMU, which translated into a shooting percentage of 20 percent.
And this is a team with the AAC’s top scorer, Keena Mays, leading the way. She has had four 30-point games this season, but it took her 24 shots to score 20 the last time they played.
On Tuesday, she scored 13.
The Huskies led 37-17 at the half, but it wasn’t that simple. They trailed three times in the first 3:24 for a cumulative total of 1:16 and it wasn’t until they put together and 11-0 run that a 15-7 lead added some cushion.
But even though SMU was struggling again from the field, making just 5 of its first 22 shots, UConn’s lead was just 18-12 with 10:02 to play. Mays first points, a three with 7:48 to play, cut the lead to 20-15. And after the team’s traded the next two hoops, UConn’s lead was 22-17 with 4:04 remaining.
And then in a flash, as if often happens, it was over.
Stewart’s basket opened a run of 15-0 that ended the half and the Huskies had their first 20-point lead. The sophomore was 8-for-10 from field in the half with 16 points.
Still, there were pockets or problems, similar to those Auriemma hopes to wipe out before tournament play.
UConn was 2 of 10 from three in the first half, 5 of 10 from the free throw line. What saved them was stalwart defense (SMU shot 7-for-32) and great accuracy inside the arc, where the Huskies were 13 of 14.

Hartley, Jefferson Named To Lieberman List

by Categorized: Bria Hartley, Moriah Jefferson, UConn women's basketball Date:

Bria Hartley and Moriah Jefferson are among 22 finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award is bestowed annually on the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. From this list, the candidates will be narrowed down to five finalists in March and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in April.

  Since its inception in 2000, three Huskies have won the award a total of six times – Sue Bird (2000-02), Diana Taurasi (2003-04) and Renee Montgomery (2009).

2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Candidates


Odyssey Sims              Baylor University


Jerica Coley                  Florida International University


Yashira Delgado           Florida State University


Damika Martinez            Iona College


Ashley Deary                Northwestern University


Tiffany Bias                  Oklahoma State University


Fantasia Hilliard             Sacramento State University


Amber Orrange              Stanford University


Natasha Cloud              St. Joseph’s University


Joanna Harden              Troy University


Brittany Boyd                University of California, Berkeley


Bria Hartley                  University of Connecticut


Moria Jefferson            University of Connecticut


Samanta Logic              University of Iowa


Valencia McFarland       University of Mississippi


Lindsay Allen                University of Notre Dame


Jamierra Faulkner          University of Southern Mississippi


Heather Butler               University of Tennessee at Martin


Jennifer Newsome         University of Tennessee at Martin


AndolaDortch                University of Toledo


Jennifer Schlott             Utah State University


Dequesha McClanahan Winthrop University



Simone Hartley Talks About Her Daughter, Bria

by Categorized: Bria Hartley, UConn women's basketball Date:

On Saturday against Rutgers at Gampel Pavilion, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson will have their turn to walk to center court on Senior Day with their parents and greet Geno Auriemma one last formal time. The day will have extra significance since both players will also see their uniform numbers raised to the Huskies Wall of Honor, since both are All-Americans.
I recently spoke to Simone Hartley about her daughter.

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