Friends of Women's Basketball Spotlight: Sabra Wrice '08
November 10, 2016
“Find harmony and balance in everything that you do. Be authentic and stay true to who you are.” Words from alumna Sabra Wrice ’08, former athlete and current supporter of Fairfield University Women’s Basketball applied culmination of confidence, hard work and authenticity to achieve a successful career as a Division I student-athlete. Wrice, who most recently launched her own media company, also understands the impact alumni have on the next generation of Stags.
“It is essential to help pave the way for the people who come after you. I think in life our job is to find ways to improve the student experiences. When you give back to your university, you create resources and an opportunity for schools to do the same for their current students. It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself.” Wrice was a four-year letter winner for the Stags and graduated seventh all-time in scoring (1,577) and fourth in steals (220). The four-time All-MAAC selection was named as Fairfield's Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and still holds the school record for points in a game (36).
Deciding to attend Fairfield was an easy choice for Wrice simply because it felt like home. “I remember the day I stepped on Fairfield’s campus like it was yesterday. I already visited other schools in two different cities and as a small town kid I was terrified at the thought of my parents leaving me alone in those places. Fairfield was nothing like that. It was beautiful and felt like a home away from home. Instantly I thought to myself: this is it. I knew the school was good academically because the coaches recruiting me provided me with excellent resources. I was excited to play basketball and could continue to compete at the Division I level. Fairfield had what I was looking for at that time in my life. It was instinct.”
As a student Wrice studied in the media department and majored in Film. Despite the rigors many student-athletes face juggling athletic and academic schedules, she and her teammates were very active on campus: “a couple of my teammates and I joined the gospel choir. It was actually a lot of fun and we participated in events held on campus. I also remember doing the Jail N’ Bail which was a lot of fun.” Following graduation in 2008, Wrice played overseas in England for two years and returned to states to start a coaching career at Fisher College. She went on to coach internationally at the Sheffield Hallam University where she also received her M.A. Most recently, Wrice opened a small media company which continues to thrive each day.
While graduation may be a distant memory, Wrice fondly reminisces on her time at Fairfield. “I have my teammates to thank making school a lot of fun. Most of my memorable moments are times where I was just in a dorm rooming laughing with friends or on the court enjoying playing. My 1000th point game will always stand out because I broke the school scoring record the same day, but also because the night before I spent it with my teammates joking around and making senior night banners and posters. We almost didn’t go to sleep!”
As Wrice continues on her path to success, she always encourages students to make the most out of their experiences, to stay confident and to value self-worth. “If you can maintain confidence and self-love throughout college or after graduation, you will be equipped to handle any obstacle you face.”