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Cierra Bravard

Florida State


A sociology major with plans to get into coaching when she is done with basketball, Bravard is expected to graduate on time in the spring.


As Florida State’s only senior, Bravard is the leader of the team both on and off the court. She organizes team activities away from hoops, but is also a vocal presence on the hardwood and in the locker room, continuously giving her teammates words of motivation and encouragement. The best demonstration of her character and leadership comes without words, however. Bravard’s work ethic the past year has been fantastic. She has dropped nearly 50 pounds since coming to campus. Disappointed with her production during her sophomore season, Bravard made the conscious decision to work harder than ever to improve her stamina. The result was a standout junior season that saw her more than double her scoring average and capture First Team All-ACC honors.


Community service has become a passion for Bravard since arriving at Florida State. Bravard has been actively involved in Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that collects and donates shoes to those less fortunate. She has participated in shoe distributions in Africa, the Bahamas and in Tallahassee. Bravard also reads to elementary school students nearly every week and has assisted at the “Girls Can Do Anything” summer camps and youth basketball camps. She has also volunteered her time at local preschools.


Heading into the 2011-12 season, Bravard is a member of the Wade Award and Wooden Award Watch lists, as well as a Preseason All-ACC First Team pick and a Sporting News Preseason First Team All-American. In 2010-11, the 6-4 post led FSU in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), field-goal percentage (.545) and blocks (27) en route to All-ACC First Team, All-Region and State Farm/WBCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades. She led the ACC in made free throws (156) and tallied 10 double-doubles. She more than doubled her 2009-10 scoring average (7.1) and reached double figures in scoring in 29 of 32 contests.