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Briesha Wynn leads women’s basketball team

Briesha Wynn leads women’s basketball team

Briesha Wynn leads women’s basketball team
January 28
23:53 2015

Saad Yousuf / Staff Writer

On a typical day of practice for the Mean Green women’s basketball team, senior forward Briesha Wynn’s voice can be heard, setting her teammates up to score on a play called by head coach Mike Petersen.

As one of three seniors on the team, Wynn has stepped into a leadership role and is trying to help turn around a struggling squad.

“She’s done a very good job this year of encouraging and communicating with her teammates at practice,” Petersen said.

Wynn grew up in Fort Worth, raised by a single mother. She said her upbringing has a huge impact on who she is today.

“I grew up in a single-parent household,” said Wynn. “My mother has always been my role model and I still look up to her today.”

Wynn played club basketball for the Texas Express team and said throughout high school, her success surprised her.

“The awards did kind of catch me off guard,” Wynn said. “I was just playing the game I love and having fun. But the recognition and awards was pretty nice.”

However, before Wynn came to North Texas, she originally went to Texas Christian University straight out of high school. But Wynn’s TCU tenure wouldn’t last for long, despite having some success there. She said she decided to transfer to North Texas to find herself.

Petersen said it wasn’t hard at all to sell the idea of her playing at North Texas.

“If you’re looking for a place to play, this is it for you,” Petersen told her.

After sitting out the 2012-2013 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, Wynn played 30 games in the 2013-2014 season. She led the team in a number of categories, including scoring 11.3 points per game, rebounding at seven per game, total assists and steals, and minutes played per game, averaging more than 28.

Wynn said she has built a good relationship with Petersen during her time with the Mean Green.

“Our basketball chemistry is really, really strong,” Wynn said. “We don’t talk much, but when we do, it’s all about basketball.”

Her presence and leadership hasn’t gone unnoticed by her teammates either.

Senior guard BreAnna Dawkins said she has been impressed by Wynn’s play on the court over the past two years.

“I think she plays just like LeBron [James],” Dawkins said. “LeBron is one of her favorite players. She’s just a great player to play with. I’ve known her since maybe sophomore year of high school. I look up to her.”

Wynn has also kept up academically, earning a degree in applied arts and sciences and is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Her academics and athletic ability will both play a factor in what she decides for her future post graduation.

“I have had some thoughts about going overseas to play, but I want to spend a little time developing my game before I actually went over there,” said Wynn. “I’ve also thought about doing just internships in criminal justice so I’m kind of in between.”

Despite the team being 2-16 and struggling, Wynn said she doesn’t regret joining the Mean Green and said being on the team has helped her.

“I’ve grown as an individual at UNT and I was able to also find myself again as far as basketball,” Wynn said. “I kind of lost sight and I knew something wasn’t right and I knew if I wanted to continue to play, I had to get back to myself and show everybody the real Briesha, and I was able to do that here at UNT. So I don’t regret anything about it at all.”

Featured Image: Senior forward Briesha Wynn runs the fast break during the women’s basketball game against Charlotte on Jan. 15 at the Super Pit. The team lost 67-58. Photo by Ryan Vance – Senior Staff Photographer

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