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Bria Holmes


West Virginia University



Bria Holmes has received multiple awards for her academic success. The criminology major has been a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and WVU Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll recipient. She garnered a second-team Academic All-Big 12 distinction in 2014 and was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree in 2015. Holmes will complete her bachelor’s degree in May 2016.


Holmes has demonstrated leadership on and off the court. The New Haven, Conn., native has served as the WVU women’s basketball team captain for her junior and senior seasons and has proven to be respectful to her coaches and teammates, always putting the team before herself. Holmes has earned various plaudits from opposing coaches and teams for her outstanding work ethic on the court and her pleasant demeanor off the court.


Holmes has participated in various community service events during her four years at West Virginia University. She has helped with the Shopping for Angel’s program, which gives kids an opportunity to buy essential items such as clothes and shoes during the holiday season. Holmes has visited the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital on multiple occasions to help put a smile on many young Mountaineer faces, and she and her teammates have regularly practiced and coached with Stepping Stones, an organization for disabled individuals. Holmes has helped raise awareness for breast cancer and participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at WVU.


Holmes garnered unanimous All-Big 12 First Team accolades for a third consecutive year in 2016, becoming the first Mountaineer since All-American Rosemary Kosiorek to achieve that distinction. She ranks fourth in the league with 16.4 points per game and is ninth in the league with 3.6 assists per contest. Holmes participated in the USA Basketball Pan American and World University Games Team Trials during the summer of 2015. She was named a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection for a second consecutive year and was tabbed WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and WBCA All-Region 5 in 2015. She also earned postseason WNIT All-Tournament Team accolades.

WVU’s NAACP Chapter named Holmes the Image Award Female Athlete of the Year, and she was named to numerous watch lists in 2014-15: John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List, Wade Watch List and the Naismith Top 50. Holmes scored 716 points, grabbed 169 rebounds, dished out 105 assists, snatched 58 steals and blocked 35 shots in 1,389 minutes and 38 games played last season. The guard’s 18.8 points per game were second in the Big 12. She ranked nationally in points per game (18.8, 42nd) and field goal percentage (39.9%, 218th). Holmes accumulated 1,412 points in her first three seasons, which sits 17th on WVU’s all-time scoring ledger. Holmes is tied for fourth with four 30-point games and tied for seventh with 24 20-point contests. Her 716 points are the second most in a single-season at WVU, as she became the first junior to reach the 700-point plateau. Holmes posted double-figures in 37-of-38 games setting a program single-season record. She also set other WVU single-season records for field goal attempts (669), minutes played (1,389), games played (38) and games started (38).