Now nationally well-known as a star collegiate basketball standout, Brianna Mullins of Rosston has officially completed four successful seasons as one of the top players to ever perform at the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears women's basketball program under the direction of head coach Sandra Rushing.

Now nationally well-known as a star collegiate basketball standout, Brianna Mullins of Rosston has officially completed four successful seasons as one of the top players to ever perform at the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears women's basketball program under the direction of head coach Sandra Rushing.

It's no surprise Mullins would continue more success on the hardwood in college to become a dandy Division I women's basketball player at UCA since she was an unstoppable force in high school.

After having a extraordinary career as a star athlete at Nevada High School for the Lady Jays athletic program, Brianna known to everyone as "Bri" has accomplished many accolades on the collegiate level since making her arrival to Conway.

Not many star athletes in high school finish or completes four years of athletics as signees. Some may even transfer to another college to play sports, but Mullins remained dedicated to her commitment and over excelled her progression on the collegiate level for the UCA Sugar Bears women's basketball team.

She made the transition look easy, but Bri had to adjust being away from home during the first year as a UCA Sugar Bear.

"It was hard being away from home and adjusting to not having much time off. I had practices six days out of the week and going to classes at the same time was just a big transition," Bri said.

Mullins, a 5-6 guard, was a four-year starter from freshman to senior year for UCA. Knowing she was arguably one of the best female high school basketball players in the entire state of Arkansas, Bri had to make adjustments to her talents and ability as a performer on the D-I level at UCA.

"I had to adjust to the speed in college. It's more faster pace and had to get use to playing with a shot clock," Bri said.

Throughout her four seasons for the Lady Sugar Bears, Mullins has racked up numerous historic accolades as one of the top D-I college female basketball players in the nation. She finished the first season at UCA as the 2013-14 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year participating in all 30 games and starting 25 of them to average double-digit scoring.

She averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25 minutes per game. She had back-to-back 20-point games, also scoring 23 against Northwestern State on January 23, 2014. She had season-high eight rebounds at Stephen F. Austin on January 25, 2014 and accounted six assists in three separate games, and three steals at Abilene Christian. She led team in scoring in six games with assists, steals and three games with blocks.

So it's more than safe to say Bri was successful of making the transition from playing high school basketball to college.

As one of the most memorable and star Nevada Lady Jay athletes in high school, Mullins led Nevada senior high girls basketball team to the Arkansas 1A state championship in 2013. She scored 32 points in 51-31 state championship victory to earn State Tournament MVP honors under head coach Stacy Stockton-Cornelius. She was named all-state and earned a spot in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

She was all-state, all-state tournament and all-district as a junior after averaging 20 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 steals per game. Her junior season, she earned three state titles in track in field, breaking the 1A state record for long jump and winning state titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Also she was all-state, all-state tournament and all-district as a sophomore and the valedictorian of senior class at Nevada High School as a member of the National Honor Society.

Bri was heavily recruited by numerous colleges in the nation, but wanting to stay in Arkansas played a big part to help make her decision to choose UCA. The academic aspect also was very important to Bri and as a double major in Health Education and Nursing, UCA is highly ranked nationally in their nursing program. This has been one of the biggest reasons she chose UCA to enhance her education as well as playing basketball.

Knowing where ever she took her talents to play college basketball would present success, Bri said assistant women's basketball coach Destinee Rogers influence the decision for her to come to UCA.

"Coach Rogers is the big reason why I came to UCA. I've always looked up to her and watched her play basketball in high school at Camden," Bri said.

Bri got the privileged to watch Coach Rogers play in the 2008 Class 5A girls state finals game when Camden faced Morrilton at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs. Bri was a seventh grader during that time which it's the same year her dad, Bobby Mullins, as head coach of Nevada senior high boys basketball team played in the Class 1A boys state finals in Hot Springs.

Coach Rogers was instrumental in the recruitment of Brianna. Under Rogers' guidance, Mullins and fellow freshman guard Maggie Proffitt were the team's 2nd and 3rd-leading scorers behind Southland Player of the Year Courtney Duever, averaging a combined 19.7 points per game while shooting 39 percent (84 of 216) from 3-point range.

In 2014-15, Coach Rogers helped guide the Sugar Bears to their sixth straight season with a .500 or better record as the team finished 17-14 and qualified for their fifth straight Southland Conference tournament. Sophomore guards Proffitt and Brianna Mullins, whom Rogers was heavily involved in the recruiting efforts of, were selected 2nd and 3rd team All-Southland Conference and 2nd team Southland All-Academic.

For one of Brianna's unique experiences, she met and sat beside legendary women's all-time Hall of Fame coach Pat Summit during the 2008 Class 5A girls state finals in Hot Springs. Summit was recruiting Morrilton's now WNBA forward Shekinna Stricklen with the Connecticut Sun to the University of Tennessee. Bri was in the seventh grade at the time when meeting Summit and will always cherish the memory of knowing of the all-time great coaches in sports.

Bri's relationship grew strong over the years with Coach Rogers and remains even stronger now have finished four seasons played at UCA.

Bri's humble spirit as a person and basketball player blossomed to be a productive and outstanding teammate. She worked extremely well to develop friendships with many of her high school and college teammates during her days playing basketball. Once arriving to Conway, Bri said several of her teammates in high school communicated with her while at UCA. As the years grew, Bri became close with her UCA teammates and the bond stayed together to develop a family like relationship.

"Some of my former teammates kept in touch with me from high school and got close to my UCA teammates. We practically almost did everything together. We became like a family and they were easy to get along with," Bri said.

The bond Bri developed with her teammates was special over the years. Whenever Bri got the chance to come home to Rosston, some of her UCA teammates came with her and that was always a special opportunity.

Knowing she would be away from home hundred miles away, the one thing that will always stay unforgettable in her career as a basketball player was the support from her parents Bobby and Linda Mullins of Rosston. Bri couldn't be more thankful for their time to travel and watch her play in games no matter where she played. They've always have been there for her through everything and it's something special in her life.

"I thank my mom and dad for all they've done for me. They have always got what I need when I played AAU, high school and college ball. Also I thank my sister Fredrica Quarles for being supportive," Bri said.

It has always been a treat and blessing for Bri to come home when the time present. She loves spending time with her family and going to church with them on Sundays in Mt. Holly where she's a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Even with basketball completed in Bri's active playing career, she still has a busy life with school to finish her nursing degree. 2019 is the projected year she plans to graduate college from UCA's three-year nursing program.

Bri feels very blessed that she didn't suffer any major injuries throughout her four years playing basketball at UCA.

For her career at UCA, she appeared in 124 games with 119 starts. She scored 1,229 points, averaging 9.9 with 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. Brianna is the program's Division I career record holder in assists with 396, ranks fourth in program D-I history in scoring and ranks third in program history in career starts. She has shot 40.5 FG pct. (409-1011), 37.2 3pt pct. (121-325) and 74.6 FT pct. (290-389); which ranks first in school D-I history and seventh overall in 3-point percentage. She has scored in double-figures in 58 games, has seven career double-digit rebound games and two double-digit assist games and has five career double-doubles and one triple-double.

In her senior season, 2016-17 she started all 31 games, averaging 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game with a 44.3 FG pct. and 38.7 3pt pct. and 64.7 FT pct. She ranked 4th in Southland in assists and 2nd in assist-to-turnover ratio. She scored in double-figures in 10 games, had two double-digit rebound games and had one double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener vs. Hendrix which tied career-high with 25 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 4. She had season-high 11 rebounds vs. Incarnate Word on Jan. 28 and led team in scoring three times, rebounds five times, assists a team-high 16 times, and steals a team-high 10 times.

For her junior season 2015-16, Brianna started all 32 games, averaging 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and team-best 1.3 steals in team-high 30.6 minutes per game. She shot 37.8 FG pct. (102-270), 34.7 3pt. pct. (34-98) and 78.3 FT pct. (94-120) and ranked eighth overall in Southland and fifth in league play in assists. She was fourth overall in Southland Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio, and sixth in free throw percentage. She was one of two Southland players to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in conference play. Brianna was named to Southland All-Tournament team after averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 100 percent from 3-point range in leading team to its first Southland Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth and scored in double figures in 17 games, had two double-digit rebound games and one double-digit assists game . She had two double-doubles with 11 points and 11 rebounds vs South Carolina State December 2015 and 18 points and 12 rebounds at New Orleans January 2016. She had season-high 24 points at McNeese February 2016 and a career-high 12 rebounds at New Orleans, 11 assists at Sam Houston State, and five steals at New Orleans. She led team in scoring eight times, rebounds five times in assists for a team-high 16 times, and 12 time in steals for team-high.

For her sophomore season, Mullins was third team All-Southland Conference selection as one of just three Southland players to average at least 11 points, five rebounds and three assists per game She had six triple-doubles in Southland history (first since 2010) and first in UCA's Division I history (12th overall and first since 2004) with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in win over Southeastern Louisiana on February 28, 2015. She played and started all 31 games, averaging 30.5 minutes per game and was third on team with 11.1 points per game, led UCA with 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, with 41 steals and 80 free-throws made. She's All-Southland All-Academic second team and BennettRank D-I Women's Basketball Gem of the Year.

Now beginning life after basketball, Brianna doesn't plan to play professionally in the WNBA or overseas. She just plans to finish school with her nursing degree as a double-major in Health Education to accomplish a longtime goal.

When she's not playing basketball, she looks forward to spending time with family at home, going fishing with her dad, reading and also cooking. Over the summers, she returns to Rosston to help her dad coach and teach fundamentals at Nevada's Rookie Youth Camp held at Nevada High School. The kids love to see Brianna come each year and she enjoys working with the youth every time.

"It's always interesting each year. The children are funny and I just enjoy doing it. The kids look-up to me and it's enjoyable working with them," she said.

The hometown Rosston native and star athlete will always be well-known as someone extremely special in the sports industry, but more legendary as one of the all-time great success student-athlete stories for a true example of hard work ethic and dedication.