Playing women's basketball at Vanderbilt University has provided some unique opportunities for Christa Reed.
The former Bay High standout is a potent three-point shooter for the Commodores. The senior has made 45 percent of her three-point attempts and averages 10 points a game.
Despite Vanderbilt (5-15, 1-5) being last in the SEC, Reed has enjoyed her four-year stint with the Commodores. She averaged six points as a true freshman, 11.6 points as a sophomore and 9.1 points last season.
“The reason I signed with Vanderbilt because I fit in with the team, but we had coaching and player changes over the years,” Reed said. “It's been good character building for me. It's been great playing at Vanderbilt.”
One of Reed's best moments at Vanderbilt was spending part of last spring in Southern France. The Medicine, Health and society major took an overseas course that studied French medical practices and policies. She graduates in May with a Medicine, Health and Society degree and minored in Psychology.
“I got a chance to learn about France and European health care systems,” Reed said. “I had a chance to compare them to the health care systems in America. It was a great learning experience to go into another country and see first-hand.”
The five-foot-11 Reed also participated in the SEC's leadership council, chosen to represent the Commodore basketball team.
“It was great exposure for me,” Reed said. “I got to brainstorm ideas with other players in the SEC to make our conference, our own schools and teams better. I was super grateful to be part of it.”
At Bay High, Reed is considered one of the greatest girls' basketball players in Coast history. She's the Sun Herald's only three-time girls' basketball player of the year. As a junior, Reed led Bay High to an unbeaten 36-0 record and the Class 4A state championship.
Reed, who averaged 26 points and seven rebounds as a high school senior, hasn't forgotten her Bay High roots. Playing at Bay High was a family tradition. Her older sister, Kendra, is also a former Sun Herald player of the year and starred at Southern Miss after winning two state titles at Bay High. Another older sister, Stephanie, also made the Sun Herald’s All-South Mississippi team and played on two 4A state title teams at Bay High. Her parents, Christina and Jeffrey, still reside in Bay St. Louis.
“I was able to develop under coach Debbie Triplett at Bay High,” Reed said. “She cares about her players. She taught me a lot about the game. Whenever we have breaks at Vanderbilt, I always go back to the school and work out with the players. I want to keep my presence there.”
Triplett isn’t surprised Reed had a solid career at Vanderbilt.
“We all knew Christa would succeed in anything anywhere,” Triplett said. “She has the character and work ethic to accomplish any goal she desires. Her achievements at Vanderbilt were expected. All of her Bay High family is very proud of her.”