As many WNBA fans begin to count down to a new season in the premier women’s basketball league in the world, the Atlanta Dream will be a woman short when that season commences.
The Atlanta Dream has announced that Bria Holmes will miss the 2018 season due to pregnancy. Congrats to Bria!
— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) January 16, 2018
Holmes is expecting her first child this season and will not play in 2018. Last season, the Dream were without All-Star Angel McCoughtry as she was taking some time away from the W and focusing on opening her ice cream shop in Atlanta.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) January 16, 2018
The team in Poland she was playing for, CCC Polkowice, also sent a congratulatory tweet to Holmes.
— CCC Polkowice (@CCC_Polkowice) January 17, 2018
As did Nikki Collen, who will be in her first year as Dream head coach in 2018.
Love ya Bria!! ❤️💙
— Nicki Collen (@NickiCollen) January 16, 2018
While I am certainly disappointed Bria won’t be in a Dream uniform this summer, as a mother of three, I also wish to congratulate her on starting her own family. This league is about celebrating the female athlete and everything that it entails. Bria is a big part of the Dream family and we will welcome her back in 2019.
–Nicki Collen, Dream head coach, per Dream press release
As a female professional athlete, it is hard to start a family while playing year-round but this little human inside of me is truly a blessing to me, my family, and my boyfriend. I’m so happy and thankful I can continue my career after my bundle of joy is here. To my coaches, teammates, staff, and fans I want to thank you so much for all your support and help since I was drafted in 2016 – and wish everyone good luck this season – I’ll be cheering you all on! One Dream, One Team.
–Bria Holmes per Dream press release