The two Israeli League standouts are on their way to Indianapolis
With a torn ACL eliminating Victoria Vivians from their 2019 plans, the Indiana Fever are looking for reinforcements at guard. Crystal Bradford and Bria Goss hope they are able to step into the void left by the star’s absence. The two standouts from the Israeli League were signed to training camp contracts, head coach and GM Pokey Chatman announced on Friday.
Crystal Bradford gives the WNBA a second go
Bradford has some experience in the WNBA, albeit brief and uneventful. After completing her college career at Central Michigan as the 2014 Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, she was taken with the No. 7 pick in the 2015 draft by the L.A. Sparks.
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The 6-foot guard played only one season for the Sparks, although she also attended camp in 2016. She appeared in 15 games during the 2015 season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a rookie.
Most recently, Bradford played for Bnot Hertzeliya in Division I of the Israeli League. She appeared in 17 games during the 2018-19 season, averaging 21.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.1 steals per game. It was her third straight year playing in Israel.
Bria Goss tries to make her first WNBA roster
Goss entered the University of Kentucky in 2011. She was coming off a superb senior year on the prep level that ended with the title of Indiana Miss Basketball.
She hit the ground running at Kentucky, where she averaged 11 points per game as a freshman. She averaged 10.2 points per game to go along with 4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals as a junior. Unfortunately for Goss, her productivity dropped as a senior when she missed six games with a broken thumb.
After going undrafted, she started her career overseas. For the last three seasons, Goss has played for Maccabi Raanana in the top division of Israeli women’s basketball. She’s the fourth-leading scorer in the league with 19.3 ppg.
The Fever is trying to improve on a season that ended with a 6-28 record that had them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. They added Teaira McCowan, Paris Kea and Caliya Robinson in the draft.
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