Bria Hartley is now in her third year with the Mystics, after playing for the University of Connecticut during her college career. She was selected 7th overall by Seattle and immediately traded to Washington in the 2014 WNBA draft. A 5’8 guard from New York, Hartley is currently averaging 19.4 mpg and 7.5 ppg and has played in each of the Mystics’ 17 games this season. She dished out a career-high seven assists against Los Angeles on May 20 of this year.
After an impressive rookie campaign in 2014 in which she finished fifth amongst rookies with 9.7 ppg, Hartley started off the 2015 season with a right foot stress fracture, which wound up limiting her for much of the year. But, now healthy again, she’s back to playing a pivotal role for the Mystics’ second unit.
During Hartley’s four years at UConn, the Huskies achieved a 144-11 record. Bria was selected in her sophomore year to the 2011-12 WBCA/State Farm All-America Team. That year, she was also selected for the All-BIG EAST First Team and All-BIG EAST Tournament team. In 2013 and 2014 she was selected for the All-NCAA Tournament Team. As point guard for UConn, Hartley helped lead the Huskies to two back-to-back national championships.
Hartley has also played for USA Basketball, representing the country as part of the USA U18 team in 2010, the U19 team in the World Championships held in Chile in 2011, and in the World University Games held in Russia in 2013.
How about off the court?
Though Bria is a native of Long Island, she is now in her third season in Washington, so she has had time to explore the city. Her favorite D.C. attraction is the White House; perhaps because she had the opportunity to visit and meet the President both times she won the National Championship in college. She’s also a fan of Clarendon, a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia with a vast selection of great restaurants.
Being in the nation’s capital means that there is never a shortage of new sites to see or things to try. To take advantage of this, Bria has used time off to rent a bike to travel around the city. “I like to explore new places. I especially like to try out new restaurants, especially in D.C. where there are so many good ones.” One restaurant that she loves is Mastro’s Steakhouse, located just a half mile from Verizon Center.
Although she has grown to love her new home in D.C., Bria has also loved having the opportunity to travel. She has played overseas the past two years in Hungary and Turkey, which has allowed her to tour Europe. She loves Greece, where she had the opportunity to play 3-on-3 after her sophomore year in college, and had the chance to re-visit over the past winter during her overseas stint.
• TV Show: Game of Thrones
• Movie: Forrest Gump
• Color: Purple
• Food: Italian
• Animal: Dog
• Artist: Drake
• Sport to watch (besides basketball): Hockey
Be sure to watch Hartley live out her childhood dream of becoming a professional basketball player and the rest of the Mystics as they hit the road for a five-game road trip beginning Friday in Chicago.