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Keeping Up With Briana

Aug 20, 2013


Every Tuesday this summer, we heard from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This 12th and final installment is provided by junior guard Briana Charles.

Tuesday, August 20

Most students would say that summertime is what they wait for all year; a time to pack it up and head home for relaxation, home cooking and reconnection with family and friends. However, this summer I decided to stay in Vegas and take two additional upper division Political Science courses while working out with our Strength & Conditioning Coach. Time has flown so much and I cannot believe that when the fall semester begins I will be a JUNIOR!

It seems like just yesterday that I was on my recruiting visit to UNLV.  It seems like just yesterday my parents and I were having breakfast at the Peppermill on the Strip with Coach Blue.  It seems like just yesterday I began my journey! I have learned a lot in these past two years, one of them being that summer is where you get better. There is nothing but time so what better way to spend it then working on my game. I decided to use this time wisely and spent a lot of it with one of the best point guards in the Mountain West, my teammate, Mia Bell. I have a lot of memories of sushi dinner dates and late night shooting sessions with her. She has really helped me to improve my three point shot and develop as a basketball player. 


We found various ways to get a good workout in, while still having a bit of fun.  One particular weekend, we participated in a local 5-mile obstacle course along with current teammate Aley Rohde and former teammate Markiell Styles.  It felt so rewarding to complete the course - we climbed cargo nets, swam through an ice-filled pool, bear crawled through mud-soaked tunnels, jumped over stacked cars and school busses, and more!  It was a blast.

I have had a lot of great opportunities this summer, one of them being working with the NBA when the Summer League came to town in July. I was able to touch the lives of young children by working the NBA Cares Camp, alongside the best shooting guard, Danielle Miller. However, one of the best parts of the summer was participating in the Lady Rebels Basketball camp.  It always makes me remember how I felt as a young girl wanting to play basketball in college.



This past academic year I participated in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which is a parallel to my Political Science major.  SAAC is a committee made up of one or two student-athletes from every team at UNLV.  The group is assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience, we serve as a liaison between student-athletes and administration, and collectively, we represent the Athletic Department in various community service events we take part in.  Being a part of SAAC strengthens my leadership abilities, which I look forward to transferring those qualities to the court as well. 


After sitting down towards the end of the school year with Coach Collier, I have set some very high goals for myself for the up and coming school year and believe that with the support of the coaching staff, teammates, my family and friends, that anything is possible.  I express energy, excitement and a winning spirit for our young team which is full of talent and potential. Who would have thought that when I arrived in Las Vegas two years ago, that this chapter of my life would be so fulfilling, not realizing that there is never a dull moment in women's basketball in a city that never sleeps.

June 4: Mia Bell

June 11: Friederike Moderegger
June 18: Danielle Miller
June 25: Jehiah Cook
July 2: Aley Rohde
July 9: Amie Callaway
July 16: Amanda Anderson

July 23: Rmanii Haynes
July 30: Alana Cesarz

August 6: Réjane Vérin
August 13: Denali Murnan



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