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Sophomore forward continues to improve

By Darrion Eastmon
On February 22, 2016

Winston-Salem State women’s basketball player Briana Arnold has been chosen by fourth-year Head Coach A.G. Hall as this issue’s recipient of the Coach’s Game Ball.

Hall said Arnold, a 5-foot-10-inch sophomore power forward, is a very versatile player and a hard-worker.   

“As a high school senior, she averaged four points, one assist and two rebounds; but as of right now for us, she’s scoring eight points and five rebounds as a sophomore,” Hall said.   

Sophomore forward Briana Arnold
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“Normally, when you recruit a high school kid, you take their high school numbers and cut them in half, and that’s what you expect from them in college. But in Briana’s case, she works hard, we’re developing her, and she’s actually doubling her output as a college player which is great."   

“She can hit the three-point shot, is a great offensive rebounder and finishes well around the basket. She has a lot of potential.”

Off the court, Hall describes Arnold as a tough kid, very prideful and honest.   

He said she’s very family-oriented, and her education is important to her.

Arnold, an exercise science major from Raleigh, N.C., also excels in the classroom. She has made the Dean’s List every semester since her freshman year.

Argus: When did you decide you wanted to take basketball to the next level?

Arnold: My eighth grade year [of high school]. That’s when I first started playing AAU and started really traveling. So that’s when I made my mind up and decided to take it seriously so I could someday get a basketball scholarship.

Argus: What’s on your playlist as you are warming up?  

Arnold: Future and some Gucci [Mane] here and there.

Argus: What are some of your goals on and off the court? 

Arnold: One of my mentors hold the rebounding record, so one of my goals is to take that record. Off the court, I’m just trying to maintain Dean’s List.

Argus: What can you improve on to make yourself a better basketball player?

Arnold: Not being so hard on myself. I could do a lot better if I let go some of my mistakes that I make in the game. I also want to become stronger because I want to be able to finish better around the rim and grab more rebounds. Argus: Is it hard juggling your schoolwork and basketball?

Arnold: Definitely. I’m taking 15 credit hours, and with my major being exercise science, we have labs and they’re very hard. But unfortunately, they only count as one credit. So I have a lot of work and a lot of classes ahead of me, but have to keep going.

Argus: What are your plans after you graduate?

Arnold: I’ve always wanted to go into the medical field and work with children, so I plan on taking a semester off and going back to school to get a nursing degree.

Argus: Why did you choose WSSU?

Arnold: When I came to visit, the atmosphere for me was extremely comfortable. I enjoyed the vibe and the current events that Winston Salem State was having at the moment. I just knew this was the school for me the moment I stepped on campus.

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