Bria Holmes, a daughter of Ms.Carol Keel, one of MASH’s security guards, has just become Connecticut's first woman to be drafted in the first round for professional basketball in the WNBA. She will play for the Atlanta Dream as a guard.
When the MASH News asked Ms. Keel about how she felt to be the mother of Bria Holmes she replied,
“Great, great, and great!” You can see how proud she is of her daughter’s accomplishment.
Bria Holmes has been shooting hoops since she was only 5. In elementary school, Bria did dance, basketball, and karate. In middle school she joined volleyball, and much more. Once she hit high school, her mother wanted her to focus on one thing. Can you guess which sport she chose? If you picked basketball, then you're right. In Bria’s house education came first!
“Education first, sports after,” said Ms.Keel.
Bria graduated from Hillhouse High School in 2013.
The 6’ 2” Bria won a full scholarship to West Virginia University for basketball. She majored in criminology and graduated in May of 2016. Education is important to Bria and her mother. She always tries her hardest! Bria Holmes had to stay focused and luckily her mother was there. When we asked Ms.Keel if there was a secret to success she replied,
“Well, I had to stay on top of her!”
Bria Holmes is the first woman in Connecticut to be drafted in the first round for the WNBA. She is also intelligent and a role model to many and we hope she continues to work hard and have continued success. Congratulations to Bria and her family!