NEB WBB: Stallworth Joins Huskers

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Bria Stallworth, a member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie women’s basketball team as a freshman at UMass in 2015-16, has joined the Huskers for the 2016-17 season, Nebraska Coach Amy Williams announced on Wednesday, July 6.

Stallworth, who will sit out the 2016-17 season because of NCAA transfer rules, will redshirt and have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Huskers.

The 5-6 guard from Chicago, Ill., led all Atlantic 10 freshmen in scoring with 13.1 points per game. She finished the season with 393 points, while knocking down 39 three-pointers on 35.1 percent shooting. Stallworth also led all Atlantic freshmen in assists with 3.8 per contest, totaling 114 assists against just 81 turnovers in 30 games.

Stallworth was also a workhorse in her first collegiate season, averaging more than 32 minutes per game while starting 26 of 30 contests for UMass.

"We are excited that Bria chose to come to Nebraska to continue her college career," Williams said. "She showed some outstanding potential as a freshman, and we are hoping that a redshirt year to take advantage of some of the amazing athletic, academic and life skills support services here at Nebraska will help her be ready to help us in competition in 2017-18."

Stallworth averaged 13.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game as a true freshman at UMass. She started 26 of 30 games for UMass and played 965 total minutes (32.2 mpg), which ranked second on the team. Stallworth hit 39.1 percent (155-396) of her field goal attempts, including a solid 35.1 percent (39-111) from three-point range. She was also a strong 81.5 percent (44-54) from the free throw line. UMass struggled to a 12-18 overall record that included a 5-11 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

Stallworth put up consistent production, especially for a freshman, producing double figures in 24 of 30 games, including 11 of her last 12 contests. She erupted for a career-high 24 points against Dayton on Feb. 17. She also knocked down a career-high five three-pointers against the Flyers. Stallworth notched the first 20-point performance of her collegiate career with 20 points against No. 13 Duke, when she attempted a career-high 26 field goal attempts, including 12 three-pointers. She added three straight 20-point games beginning with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and a career-high 11 assists for her first career double-double against Rhode Island on Jan. 27. She followed with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting against George Mason on Jan. 30. She added 21 points, five rebounds and four assists while playing the full 40 minutes at Duquesne on Feb. 3.

Overall, Stallworth produced five 20-point games and 10 games with 17 or more points as a freshman. In her final game with UMass, she had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists while playing a career-high 42 minutes in an A-10 Tournament loss to Fordham on March 3. She hit at least one three-pointer in each of her final eight games as a freshman and dished out at least four assists in each of her final five games. She notched at least one assist in all 30 games of her freshman season, including 17 games with four or more assists.

Stallworth closed an outstanding prep career at Homewood-Flossmoor High School ranked as the No. 33 point guard in the nation by ESPN as a senior in 2014-15. The No. 18 player overall in the state of Illinois according to MaxPreps, Stallworth earned fourth-team all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in 2014-15.

She helped Homewood-Flossmoor to a 20-8 record in 2014-15, after guiding the Vikings to a 22-2 mark and a final No. 5 national ranking as a junior in 2013-14. Stallworth scored 16 points off the bench, including the final six of the game and the game-winning shot with seven seconds left, to help the Vikings end Riverdale High School’s 62-game winning streak on Nov. 29, 2013. Stallworth played her first two prep seasons for Marist High School in 2011-12 and 2012-13.