Brianna Puni
Brianna Puni


St. Charles, Mo.

High School:
Incarnate Word Academy





Second-Half Surge Not Enough in 57-52 Loss to NIU

Stekara Hall (21) and Octavia Crump (15) each recorded career-highs for points in the loss.


Redbirds Fall to Kansas State in the Second Round of the WNIT, 57-48

Candace Sykes also scored in double figures, scoring 10 points, while Brianna Puni added eight points.


Redbirds Fall to Shockers in Valley Tournament Title Game, 69-65

For their efforts throughout the tournament, Russell and Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team.


Redbirds Continue the Quest for Fifth MVC Tournament Title

Illinois State is 1-3 against Creighton in the conference tournament, but is 7-5 in the semifinal round.


Women's Hoops Tops Bradley; Advances to Face Creighton

With the win, ISU advances to the semifinal round of the conference tournament and takes on No. 2-seeded Creighton at 4:05 p.m.


WJBC Recap - WBB Princeton vs. Illinois State

WJBC Recap - WBB Princeton vs. Illinois State


WNIT First Round - ISU vs. IUPUI

Thursday, March 21


Illinois State vs. Missouri State

Illinois State vs. Missouri State 3/3/13


Illinois State vs. Wichita State

Thursday, February 28 at 7:35 p.m.


Illinois State vs. Creighton

Sunday, Feb. 10 at Redbird Arena in the Play4Kay game


Illinois State vs. Drake

Feb. 8 at 7:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court

Sophomore Season (2012-13)
Appeared in all 35 games and recorded nine starts ... named the 2012-13 Most Improved Player ... averaged 19.3 minutes per game, playing a total of 675 minutes during the season ... was fifth on the team in scoring with 204 points, averaging to 5.8 points per game .. was second on the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 50 percent (78-of-155) of shots from the field ... made 48 free throws in 73 attempts ... finished third on the team in rebounds with 189, including 58 offensive and 131 defensive boards ... brought down 5.4 rebounds per game ... collected 17 blocks ... dished out 19 assists and had 25 steals on the season ... recorded first collegiate start at Indiana State (2/24), where she also had first-career double-double with 10 rebounds and 17 points ... scored a career-high 17 points three times during the 2012-13 season ... recorded a career-high three blocks at Illinois (12/21) in a one-point victory over the in-state rival ... at Bradley (3/7), had second-career double-double effort with a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 points ... tallied three assists at Evansville (2/16) for a career-high ... took away three steals twice during the season against Missouri State (3/3) and IUPUI (3/21) for career-highs ... went 8-of-11 and set career-highs in field goals made and field goal attempts ... attempted 14 free throws at Southern Illinois (2/14) and made seven free throws, setting career highs in both categories ... played a career-high 35 minutes against Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game.

Freshman Year (2011-12)
Sat out the first nine games of the season due to an injury ... appeared in 20 games and saw action in her first-collegiate game against No. 21 DePaul (12/19) ... finished the season with 20 points and 24 rebounds ... had two assists, two blocks and one steal during her freshman season ... recorded her first collegiate point against Southern Illinois (12/30) ... recorded her first collegiate block at Northern Iowa (1/14) ... set or tied a career high in five categories against Drake (2/19), including points (4), rebounds (6) and minutes (16) ... set a career-high free throws made and tied career-high free throws attempted at Southern Illinois (3/3).

Prior to ISU
Won the Missouri state title as a junior and senior ... senior team ranked in USA Today in the top-25 in the nation ... ranked 11th in the nation by ESPN and USA Today as a junior ... high school team finished second in the state as a freshman ... named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Team as a senior ... earned all-state honors as a senior ... named a team captain as a senior ... earned all-conference honors as a junior and a sophomore.

Born 8/29/1992 ... daughter of Tey and Jessica Puni ... has three siblings: Derrick, Devin and Dominick ... mother, Jessica, played volleyball at Truman State ... father, Tey, played football at Truman State ... major is undecided.