Senior guard Breanna Wright has been shining on the basketball court for quite some time here at ACU, and she’s continuing to do the same during her senior season.
She joined the team for the 2016-2017 season and was immediately a key player for the team as she appeared in 32 games and started 31.
Wright has been playing the game of basketball for as long as she can remember and she credits it all towards her mother.
“My mom was a coach when I was growing up, and we always like to joke that I actually took my first steps on the basketball court,” Wright said.
Wright was always around basketball and it was something she looked forward to everyday as a kid.
“There was never a moment where I was left out,” she said. “I was either handing out waters, following my mom or even running sprints with the team.”
Wright graduated from Jarrell High School in 2016 and was a three-sport athlete playing softball, basketball and cross country but had to make a decision in which sport she wanted to pursue.
“I could’ve gone for softball, and that was a big decision going into high school,” Wright said. “I knew I would have to choose what I wanted to do and basketball is where my heart was, so that’s what I chose.”
Her life back home with her family is great for Wright, and while her mother made the biggest impact, the rest of her family has played a serious role in her sports career as well.
“Back home is really good,” she said. “I grew up in a strong sports oriented family. My grandpa coached me growing up and he inspired me to play and my mom played basketball in college.”
Although she is a college basketball player, Wright likes to take her talents onto the disc golf course as well.
“Recently I picked up on disc golf, and I love to go out and play when I’m not on the basketball court and take my teammates out there,” Wright said.
For many players, choosing a college can come down to the coaching staff, the location or even playing time. But for Wright, a big condition for going to college was that the school had to be purple. Luckily ACU was the perfect choice.
“A running joke in my family was that a really big conditional for me was the school had to be a purple school, and I fell in love with ACU and luckily ACU fell in love with me too,” Wright said. “The coaching staff is wonderful and a great basketball fit for me, and coming from a small town to another small town was great.”
Wright currently leads the Southland Conference with 16.9 ppg and 5.1 assists ppg, but she still is looking for more to improve on in her final season.
The Wildcats are looking to continue last season’s success and repeat as Southland Conference tournament champions.
“Right now we’re in a good place,” Wright said. “We dropped a couple games that we shouldn’t have dropped, but the community that we have and the family that we’ve built together, I know we can accomplish anything.”