Sophomore guard Tera Reed began her collegiate career at VCU by earning a selection to the 2018 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in February. This season, she looks to build off the honor and continue her athletic success.
Reed started all but two games last season and led the team in scoring. Averaging 13.9 points per game, she was the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since 2005. Reed was only the seventh freshman to accomplish that in the university’s history — the sophomore is on track to leave quite a legacy at VCU.
“I moved to California when I was 14 and attended school there for a year,” Reed said. “In 2016, I left and came back to the United States to attend high school in New Jersey.”
Born in New Zealand, Reed played for her country’s National Age Group teams where in 2012 she was a member of the U16 team at the Australian State Championships. Reed later played at the FIBA U17 Oceania World Qualifiers and in 2016 was co-captain of the U18 team that competed in the FIBA Oceania U18 Qualifiers in Fiji.
“The transition from New Zealand to the United States wasn’t too difficult, but the biggest change for me was just the amount of diversity,” Reed said. “I miss the beaches and nature back home, but I enjoy all of the different types of food and cultures here.”
Although the sophomore doesn’t have a favorite WNBA team, she does have a favorite player — Candace Parker, power forward for the Los Angeles Sparks.
“I model my game after Candace Parker,” Reed said. “She is a very tall, athletic player who also has really good guard skills and abilities.”
Like Parker, Reed plans on going pro after college.
“I would like to play in Europe as that is one place that I have not been to yet,” Reed said. “I think it would be a great experience.”
Even though she was surprised to be named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team last season, Reed has her eyes set on bigger aspirations.
“My goal is for our team to win the A-10 Conference Championship,” Reed said. “I want our team to be remembered as a team that was very successful and made school history.”
Reed and the women’s basketball team will begin the season Nov. 6, as they travel to Williamsburg to face the William & Mary.