Brianna Lawrence was a member of the TSU women’s basketball team for four years. As a senior, she averaged 12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while leading the team in steals. During her junior year, she helped TSU win the OVC Tournament Championship and earn an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in 20 years. She was the Most Valuable Player of the championship and was also named to the All-Tournament team. Academically, she was named to the Dean’s List each semester as a TSU student. A native of Conyer’s, Georgia, Brianna graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
She shared her experience with TSUTigers.com.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: Overall I had an amazing TSU experience. I got the chance to experience being a Tiger when I was up and when I was down. I am grateful for the moments when I was down because when I finally did come up, I appreciated it so much more.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: What I love most about TSU is the family atmosphere. It was comforting to know that every time I left my family at home, I would always have somebody who treats me like family at school.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: What I will miss most would have to be my teammates. I love those girls to life!
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable sports moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable sport’s moment hands down would have to be winning the OVC Championship with my team. That was without a doubt the greatest day of my life. I have never experienced anything like that before and I am so grateful to God for Him allowing me to do so.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-sports moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable non-sport’s moment would have to be homecoming week of 2012. I have never seen so many people in a place at one time before and I loved every minute of it.
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in this season?
A: I think social networking played a role in getting more people in the stands out our games.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: My favorite supporters would definitely have to be my dad and mom.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: I will tell them to limit distractions so you can stay on course to reach your end goals, to never give up no matter how bad it may look at the moment, and to have fun.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: My most challenging class was Black Arts and Literature.
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: Dr. Lisa De La Mothe
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of your sport?
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: Coach Janna
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: I am blessed right now with several different options to choose from but I am currently working part time for the state, as an accountant, at the Georgia Dome.
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: I will definitely be at all the home games I can to support my former teammates.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: I wish I would have known how much my mindset needed to change from high school basketball to college because that was a difficult transition for me to go through.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: I learned that God is a jealous but faithful God and if you just put Him first, He will bless you tremendously.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: Thank you to everybody at this institution that helped me grow on and off the court, in and out of the classrooms, and with my walk with God.