The fact that former Kentucky Women’s Basketball star Bria Goss just landed her first WNBA contract is a great enough story in itself, but once you read about the journey she’s taken to get there, you’ll appreciate it even more.
As he so often does, Gregg Doyel knocked it out of the park today with this profile of Goss, who just signed a training camp deal with her hometown Indiana Fever after four years of playing overseas and a lifetime’s worth of health problems. In 2017, a tumor forced Goss to have a hysterectomy, an unimaginable pain for any woman, let alone a 24-year-old. In between recovery and playing in Finland and Israel, she also took a job as a bartender at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to pay the bills. Now, she’s one of 15 players competing for 12 roster spots to play in that same arena, the culmination of a lifelong dream.
“After all that time on my journey, of course I wanted to see the light at the end of the tunnel – but it was hard,” she says. “Four years ago when I was hardly going overseas, this opportunity didn’t look real. I didn’t see it coming in a million years. So when I finally got that call to check my email and there’s my contract (from the Fever), I just cried. I was so excited. Not only because I’m getting my first WNBA contract as a 26-year-old woman, but I’m getting my contract with the team I grew up watching.”
You go, Bria. We’ll be cheering for you.