The chance of a lifetime and a lasting impact for Morgan women’s basketball

Benjamin McKnight

When the Lady Bears Traveled to the University of Richmond for a non-conference match-up earlier this season, they would lose their fourth straight game and hold a 2-10 record on the young season.

Many frustrations, confusion and doubts but the Lady Bears still had something to celebrate.

Junior guard Braennan Farrar scored her 1,000 career points.

Farrar scored on a lay-up in the game against the Spiders solidifying her as the 14th player in Morgan State women’s basketball history to reach the milestone.

Bebe Farrar in a game earlier this season against Savannah State University. Photo by Wyman Jones.
Bebe Farrar in a game earlier this season against Savannah State University.
Photo by Wyman Jones.

She is currently the team’s leading scorer this season and shows no signs of stopping.

Farrar, better known as “BeBe,” is a Biology hailing from St. Louis, MO. She picked up a basketball at the age of three after seeing her older brother play. As a four-year starter at point guard for Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, Farrar had the privilege of sharing the court with players she went through the AAU program with at the high school level.

Farrar helped the Phoenix to four straight St. Louis Public High League championships, two district championships, a Missouri state tournament appearance. She earned first-team All-Missouri and first-team all-conference honor and was a Fab Five Girls selection in 2014.

In addition to her basketball accolatdes, she played softball, ran cross country and track, all while remaining an honor roll student.

Despite all her accomplishments in high school, Farrar was not highly recruited, but Lady Bears assistant coach Brittany Dodson played a role in Farrar coming to Morgan.

“Coach B Dod gave me a chance,” said Farrar. “I signed with a junior college and coach B Dod asked me why I signed with a junior college and I told her nobody wanted me. I came to Morgan on a visit and played in open gym and they gave me a chance.”

Although Farrar is now a key component to the Lady Bears team, she doesn’t feel like she’s the one being looked at as the primary leader.

“I feel like we all are leaders in our own way. I wouldn’t say I’m the only leader because everybody got something different that shows leadership,” she said. “Ivy (Harrington) is the vocal leader, Chelsea (Mitchell) is the energy, Zuri (White) is the heart – there’s different components of leadership on the team.”

It’s evident Farrar loves the game and loves putting on the Morgan uniform. Her Instagram account is flooded with candid shots of her during games, with her famous hashtag “InFiveWeTrust”. 

Lady Bears Interim head coach Ed Davis’ fondest memory of Farrar was a game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore last season where Farrar was relentless and took over the game.

Farrar squaring up on defense in a game earlier this season against Florida A&M University.
Farrar squaring up on defense in a game earlier this season against Florida A&M University.

“She stepped up and refused to let us lose down there and she ended up with 30 points,” Davis said. “You could feel the adrenaline that she brought to the floor and to the rest of the team and they fed off it. As a coach, that’s what you want because that makes my job easier.”

Davis expressed that his memorable moments of Farrar are more than her helping the team put a win in the win column.

“For me, BeBe moments don’t necessarily mean winning, they mean doing things that keeps us focused as a group for the next game and those are some of the things I appreciate about her,” said Davis.

When the team has an off day, Farrar enjoys bonding over Uno games with her teammates. But on gameday’s she’s listening to rapper Meek Mill and a few local rappers from her hometown to prepare her for battle.

Farrar’s personality has made an impact on her teammates individual lives on the court and off the court. “She’s definitely like a big sister. She always has high spirits, she’s positive and always motivating me to get better,” said sophomore guard Chelsea Mitchell.

Farrar and the Lady Bears had their

season on day one of the MEAC Tournament, losing to Savannah State University.

As for next season and ways the team can improve and learn from its mistakes, “we need more dedication,” said Farrar.