Bria Nicole Hartley (born September 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted 7th overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2014 WNBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Washington Mystics. Hartley played point guard for the UConn women’s basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2013 and 2014.
Hartley started playing basketball at a very young age, and honed her game in her driveway, playing against two older brothers. They pushed her around, but she credits that for making her tougher.
Hartley was four-year varsity basketball letter winner at North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York, where the Bulldogs had a combined record of 81-13 and a record of 46-1 in the league play. Hartley began playing with North Babylon’s varsity squad as an eighth grader. During her junior year, she averaged 21 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 6.0 steals and 4.7 blocks per game and was named to the Parade All-America list. As a senior, she had five triple doubles, and averaged 30 points, 8.3 rebounds 7.4 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.0 blocks per game, and lead her team all the way to the title game, where Hartley poured in 51 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a balanced attack by Sachem East.
She was named the New York Newsday’s Long Island Player of the Year and New York’s Miss Basketball in 2010 by the New York Basketball Coaches Association. Hartley amassed 1,978 points in five varsity seasons.
In addition to basketball, she also participated in soccer and lacrosse. She earned a Suffolk County Legislature proclamation for high academic achievement, community service and excellence in basketball. Before her final season began at North Babylon High School, Hartley committed to the University of Connecticut over offers from Duke University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Georgetown University, University of North Carolina, and the University of Louisville. Stanford University also expressed strong interest. Hartley was a two-time New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Hartley was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 19 points. Hartley was selected to the McDonald’s All-America team and participated in the All-Star game, scoring 17 points for the East team.