Bria Hartley always knew she wanted to be an athlete. Born and raised in North Babylon, New York, she spent her early days playing a variety of sports. A self-described “late bloomer,” it wouldn’t be proven until her Sophomore year that one game set her apart from the rest.
Destined for basketball, she became a starting guard for UCONN — as a Freshman. With back to back national championships on her record, Bria was a top choice for the WNBA draft in 2014.
Born on September 30, 1992 to Dennis and Simone Hartley.
As an eighth grader at North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York, Bria became a varsity basketball player.
Accounting for 1,978 points throughout five varsity seasons, Hartley was named New York Newsday’s Long Island Player of the Year and New York’s Miss Basketball in 2010.
Earned a Suffolk Legislature proclamation for high academic achievement, community service and excellence in basketball.
Ranked as the sixth-best recruit nationally by the Blue Star Report and No. 3 overall by the All-Star Girls Report.
Before her final season at North Babylon High School, Bria commits to the University of Connecticut to begin her college career.
Scored the fourth-most points by a UConn freshman (472) and became the 11th Husky all-time to be selected as the Big East Freshman of the Year.
Selected to the 2011-12 WBCA/State Farm All-American Team, becoming the 15th Husky all-time and only the fourth UConn sophomore to be honored on the squad.
Overcoming an ankle injury during her junior year, Bria went on to become a two-time NCAA champion with Uconn in 2013 and 2014.
In her final year at Uconn, Hartley led her team to an undefeated 40-0 season, winning the 2014 National Championship.
Finished her college career ranked eighth on UConn’s scoring list with a total of 1,994 points, and fifth in school history with 559 assists.
2013 World University Games (Gold Medal)
2012 3x3 World Championship Team (Gold Medal)
2011 U19 National Team (Gold Medal)
2010 U18 National Team (Gold Medal)
Drafted seventh overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2014 WNBA Draft, then traded to the Washington Mystics.
Named to the WNBA 2014 All-Rookie team, averaging 9.7 points per game.
2015 (WNBA) — Suffered a right foot stress fracture which would cause Bria to sit out the first six games of the season. Upon her return, she would go on to play 25 games on minute restrictions, with the Mystics finishing 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
2015-2016 (Overseas) Season — Plays in Mersin, Turkey, and reaches Turkish KBSL Semifinals.
2016 (WNBA) — Played in 24 games, scoring a season-high 17 points in the season opener and a career-best 7 assists against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Bria announces her pregnancy, sitting out the final 12 games of the season. In January 2017, Bria gives birth to her son, Bryson
2017 (WNBA) — In January 2017, Hartley was traded to her home state team, the New York Liberty. She ranked 22nd in the WNBA in three-point shooting (38-of-110), setting a new career-high.
August 2017 (Overseas) — Hartley joined Mersin BBSK for a second time, spending the 2017-18 WNBA offseason playing in Turkey.
2018 (WNBA) — Bria appears in all 34 of Liberty’s games, racking up 11 double-digit scoring performances throughout the season.
2018-2019 (Overseas) — Signs to play with powerhouse Fenerbahce, Turkey.
October 2018 — The French federation announces that Bria, whose family has ties to France, is eligible for its national team. Following her approval, she plays in the 2019 European Championships (EuroBasket) and assists in France obtaining a silver medal.
2019 (WNBA) — Playing 24 games with 18 starts, Bria averaged career-highs in scoring (9.8 points) and rebounds (3.2), with 3.2 assists per game.
FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bourges, France — Qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo (2020) that have been postponed to 2021 with Bria on the roster
August 2, 2020 (WNBA) — In a victory over her former team, New York, Bria makes history after scoring 27 points — a new lifetime best and the second-most points off the bench in Mercury history.
2020 (WNBA) — Bria appears in 13 games for Phoenix, posting new career highs in scoring (14.6 points per game) and assists (4.5 average per game) before a season-ending knee injury.
As a host and mentor, Bria has joined the AAU (Amateur Athletic Program). Under her leadership, young girls between the ages of 8-18 have a chance to learn and grow in the game of basketball. In the past, she has hosted the All Hart Christmas Classic Tournament in both Arizona and her home state - New York.
August 2020 — Bria makes a mark on the fashion world with the creation of her own line, All Hart Clothing. The range of sportswear, t-shirts and hoodies reflect her unmatched athleticism and style. Currently, all items are available on www.damagedcrown.com.
Today, Bria continues playing basketball, practicing and rehabbing after an ACL injury to stay in the game for the rest of her career. In addition to being a professional athlete and mother of one, she is also balancing her entrepreneurial efforts with fashion, branding, mentoring and community organizing. Keep an eye out for Bria’s return to competitive play on the court in Summer 2021!