June 21, 2012
Louisville, Ky. - Every week this summer UofLSports.com will catch up with a member of the women's basketball team to see how they are preparing for the upcoming season. This week sophomore guard Bria Smith fills us in on what she has been doing since the season ended.
How was the transition going from High School basketball to Division I basketball last season? The transition from high school to playing at the high level of Division I basketball last season was difficult at the start. But as the season went on, I continued to grow as a player and started to understand my role for the team.
What is the best thing about playing for Louisville? The best thing about playing for Louisville is the atmosphere at every game. The support and love from our fans is the best.
At what age did you start playing basketball, and who taught you to play? I always remember just fooling around with my siblings and playing basketball, so I don't know the exact age I started to play. The first time I was on an actual team was in the third grade. I learned from a mixture of people, my dad, my brother and my trainer Jerry Powell all taught me the game.
What have you been doing this summer? This summer I have been working in the gym really hard to prepare myself for next season. I am also taking a few summer classes.
What do you hope to improve for next season? I am working to improve my overall game for next season.
What has the team been doing since the end of the season to get ready for the 2012-13 season? Since the end of the season the team has been getting up at 6:30 a.m. every morning to work out with our strength and conditioning coach. We also are working on our individual skills on the court every day.
What is your best basketball memory?
My best basketball memory was winning the state championship my junior year at Christ the King High School. It was nice to have all my family cheering me on.
Who is the biggest influence in your life and why? The biggest influences in my life would be my parents. They raised me in a way that I always knew that nothing comes easily, so that is where my work ethic comes from. They were able to make a better life for me and my siblings to live comfortably. They are truly my heart.
What is your dream job after you leave Louisville? My dream job would be to play in the WNBA and play overseas. That has been my dream since I was seven years old.
What will be the team's strength this upcoming season? I think the strength this upcoming season is the chemistry our team has with each other. We also do not want our season to end the way it did last year, that is really pushing us all to work extremely hard to get to the championship this year.