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Women’s History Month Interview Series: Q&A With St. John’s Women’s Basketball Captain Briana Brown

by Bob Whitney | Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Briana Brown has distinguished herself as a true leader on and off the court for the St. John’s University Red Storm.

Brown, a native of Norwalk, Ct., was named the Red Storm’s 2013/14 captain and has clearly lived up to preseason expectations as she has led St. John’s to a 19-9 overall record (12-5 Big East) heading into this evening’s Big East regular season finale against the Providence Friars.

Brown has averaged 9 ppg in her senior season while serving as the Red Storm’s floor general.

“Briana (Brown) has been our engine on the floor, providing us with contributions on both ends of the floor offensively and defensively,” noted Red Storm Coach Joe Tartamella.

“She is a very versatile player which allows her to play and defend multiple positions.”

Brown took some time out from her busy athletic and academic schedule (education major) to share her thoughts on basketball and beyond with Double G Sports.

(Image provided by St. John's Athletics)

(Image provided by St. John’s Athletics)

1. What valuable lessons did you learn growing up? Who did you learn them from?

One of the most valuable lessons I learned was from my mom, and it was to always give things your all, always give 100 percent. She told me that all she could ask for was for me to give my all.

2. Other than basketball, what other sports did you like as a kid? Would you consider yourself a good all-around athlete?

I like to think I was an all-around athlete. I played everything, from dodgeball, football, basketball, volleyball… I tried softball but didn’t really like it that much. I was terrible. I think I could have gone Division I for volleyball.

3. You are the middle of three sisters, how was that for you?

When you’re in the middle, you are always considered the black sheep. I was the main one to get fingers pointed at when something happened. I was the one to get in trouble – It was bittersweet having an older sister to look up to while also teaching a younger sister.

4. When did you decide basketball was your sport?

I’ve always loved basketball, from day one. My parents played, my sisters played, everybody played. I chose basketball around my junior year in high school when I had the choice between volleyball and basketball. I really just wanted to play basketball because I loved it the most.

(Image provided by St. John's Athletics)

(Image provided by St. John’s Athletics)

5. Why St. John’s?

I chose St. John’s for a couple of reasons. The school is here in New York and really close to my family. My mom and all of my family can watch me play, and I can go home whenever I want to.

6. You really made an impact in your junior season, what was the difference for you?

The difference for me was growth and the confidence that Coach Tartamella showed in me, which helped me out a lot. His confidence in me helped me raise my game.

7. You were a captain in high school and now college, describe your leadership style?

It definitely differs from high school to college. I was more talkative in high school. In college I think it’s a little bit different because you are no longer dealing with children but grown women. You get a different take on things and have to speak to your teammates in a different way. I’m not as talkative as I was in high school but I show my leadership in other ways, more by my actions.

8. What are your future goals?

I would love to go to Barcelona, Spain. That’s on my bucket list. I’ve also always told my mom that I will buy her a house one day and I’m keeping that promise.

9. What advice do you have for other females that want to follow in your footsteps?

I would say to always try your hardest, like my mom has always told me. Don’t take anything for granted because it can all be gone in a second. Always try your hardest and do what makes you happy.

10. If you were to host a dinner with three women in sports (past or present) who would they be and why?

Growing up in Connecticut I used to be a UConn fanatic so I love Diana Taurasi. Also, someone who played basketball with my older sister, Keri DeMar, who I always looked up to throughout my middle school and high school days.


Read all of our 2014 Women’s History Month Interviews already released, here.

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