After finishing the 2019 season just one quarter away from being named champions, the Connecticut Sun and WVU alumna Bria Holmes are just days away from the start of their 2020 redemption season.
The guard Holmes established herself as a strong bench player for the Sun last season, appearing in all 34 games and averaging 6.3 points. After proving her worth, she signed on with Connecticut for another year.
Holmes credits of her success in the pros to her time at West Virginia, where she played from 2012-2016.
“Coach Carey prides on that, being physically and mentally tough getting into the real world,” Holmes told West Virginia Illustrated in 2019. “And you know, stepping into that after college, it was tough, but I think he prepared me very well for that so I was able to take on those challenges and further my journey with that.”
In her second season, all signs are pointing to her receiving an increased role — both as a member of the Sun and as a mother. Holmes missed her first season in 2018 due to pregnancy, eventually giving birth to her daughter, Diona, who has stolen the show ahead of this season. Now a toddler, Diona is living with her mother in the WNBA bubble and has even helped her prepare for the upcoming season.
Like all other leagues in play during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WNBA season will play out differently than normal. Although the season was originally slated to increase from 34 to 36 regular season games, this year will feature 22 contests for each team. They will all be played without spectators at IMG Academy in Florida.
The WNBA season officially tips off Saturday at noon ET when the New York Liberty host the Seattle Storm. Holmes and Connecticut begin their campaign on Sunday when they face the Minnesota Lynx.
West Virginia Illustrated’s Anjelica Trinone was in attendance for the Sun’s June 29, 2019 clash with the Washington Mystics. Holmes had 4 points and 3 rebounds in Connecticut’s loss, but she spoke on her experience at West Virginia with Anjelica after the contest: