Mya Hollingshed suffered professional disappointment not long after after leaving Colorado. But she soon will enjoy an opportunity to compete on a big-time stage.
One of the all-time greats from the Colorado women’s basketball program, Hollingshed will represent Puerto Rico in the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup, which begins Wednesday and runs through Oct. 1 in Australia.
Hollingshed is one of 12 players on the Puerto Rican roster and will open play against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday (6:20 p.m. MT, ESPN+). The Puerto Rico Basketball Federation received approval to naturalize Hollingshed, a native of Houston, Texas, in July.
Hollingshed was drafted eighth overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces but was waived before the start of the season. Hollingshed was the first CU player selected in the first round of the WNBA draft.
“This is a historic event for the National Women’s Program,” Puerto Rico’s women’s national team coach Jerry Batista said when Hollingshed was naturalized. “For a long time, we have been seeking to nationalize a player who will help us continue to climb and progress as a program, and have important pieces to compete against the best teams in the world…The work of Yum Ramos and the entire staff of the program bears fruit by approving the nationalization of Mya (Hollingshed).”
Hollingshed wrapped up her career as a Buff in 2022, taking full advantage of her extra year of eligibility to leave Boulder as the program’s sixth all-time leading scorer (1,681 points). Hollingshed was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and also earned back-to-back WBCA honorable mention All-America honors.
“She has a WNBA player level, with many offensive resources,” Batista added in the same July statement. “She has always been very interested in playing for Puerto Rico, she has seen the development of the program and is very excited to be able to represent our country. She is a young player who can give us many years of good basketball.”
Puerto Rico is in Group A and will take on Team USA, Belgium, China and Korea. Four teams from Group A and Group B will advance to the quarterfinals. A draw will determine the pairings of the Quarterfinals. The two best-ranked teams of each group (group A and group B) will be drawn against the two teams ranked third and fourth in the other group.
All World Cup games will be available on ESPN+.