Bria Sneed ’14 recently joined the women’s basketball 1,000 point club and is now sixth on the all-scoring list with 1,107 points.
“This is a huge accomplishment,” she says.
Despite a torn ACL midway through her junior season, Sneed says she feels that her 1,000th point came at just the right moment.
“This is my favorite team that I have played with,” she explains. “We are young, and as a senior captain, I have had to show leadership.”
Although Sneed, who also scored 1,000 points in high school, and has been a prolific scorer for the Quakers, scoring is not necessarily her favorite part of the game.
“I like driving to the basket,” she explains. “I grew up playing a lot of one-on-one, and that helps with that initial step. If you beat your defender on a drive, you get an easy score, or if another person steps up to stop you, you pass to the open player for an assist. I love dishing off for assists. That gets me really excited on the court.”
Learning from playing
Sneed says playing basketball in college has taught her a lot about life.
“I am a much better communicator,” she says. “You have to communicate to make sure you are on the same page on the basketball court, and you have to communicate in your classes. It will be the same in a job situation.”
She also has learned about leadership.
“Our coach asks us to sit in the first three rows in our classes,” she says. “We don’t miss class, we show up on time and do our work.”
Between two-a-day practices, afternoon labs, weight lifting, and her job as a personal trainer or notetaker, Sneed has learned to balance multiple demands on her time.
“When you transition into the college environment you have to learn time management, and especially with basketball you have to be effective with your spare time,” she says.
Combining sports and medicine
Sneed is also a McNair Scholar and is working on graduate school applications.
“I want to be a physician’s assistant in a way that combines sports and medicine,” she explains. “I really love science and science classes.”
Sneed says her favorite course has been Anatomy and Physiology.
“I like studying and learning about the human body,” she explains. “I loved learning how the body functions and how the different parts correspond with each other and how one part affects the other.”
Sneed’s second McNair summer research was spent refining the annotations of the malaria genome with Associate Professor of Biology Peter Blair. During her McNair summer research at the end of her sophomore year, Sneed did an in-depth study of a torn ACL, the exact injury she suffered during her junior season.
“Two or three seniors had torn their ACLs, and I wanted to learn more about it. I found out, firsthand, that it is a painful injury,” she says. “The injury, the surgery and rehab are all painful, but I am at about 90 percent now and still improving.”
Sneed is quick to credit her family, teammates, coaches and athletic training staff with helping her recover from her ACL injury.