Tiffany Bias pursues multiple dreams
After staring at Oklahoma State and playing in the WNBA, Tiffany Bias leaves next week to start a season in Dubai. She is also an aspiring fashion model, appearing in several magazines.
Tiffany Bias started nearly every game during her four years at Oklahoma State. From 2010 to 2014 she racked up more than 1,600 points, 295 steals and nearly 800 assists as she helped the Cowgirls win an NIT championship and make two NCAA Tournament appearances. Since her career at OSU, Bias won a WNBA title with the Phoenix Mercury and continues to play overseas and in the new mixed-gender league started by rapper and businessman Percy "Master P" Miller. Bias leaves next week to start a season in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She is also an aspiring fashion model, appearing in several magazines.
My earliest basketball memory is playing with my dad. He was always serious about getting me ready to play basketball. My dad had me in weighted pants and shirts to build muscle and help with stamina from when I was little. I think at first, especially being a teen, I didn't get why he was always pushing me so hard but now I am so thankful for the way he pushed me back then. He’s driven me to be the person and player I am.
I started to realize I was maybe something different when I started playing summer ball in early high school. When things started to get serious and the level of play turned up you start to see how good you are. You figure out what it’s all about and you build bonds with teammates andyou can see how you develop and get better against really good competition. When I started holding my own against older girls that's when it kinda clicked for me that 'Oh ok, I might have a future in this.'
My greatest foe in college was Odyssey Sims from Baylor. We went back and forth on each other for our entire college careers and it was always an incredible battle that I think really brought out the best in both of us. I think my biggest foe since college is my place in the WNBA. I haven’t been able to show everything I could be in the WNBA. I had a great college career but to have a chance to showcase myself at the next level has been a struggle. But I keep trying to overcome that and show people what I'm all about.
I committed to Oklahoma State as a sophomore in high school and coach (Kurt) Budke was a big reason why. He taught me a lot in a year and half before he passed about being mentally strong. Coach Budke knew I was a leader and taught me how to lead in every situation and how to take charge and speak your mind. I was really young and I started all four years. Having seniors look to you as a leader was weird at first but he knew I could handle it.
My worst moment and my proudest moment go hand in hand. My sophomore season after Coach Budke and coach (Miranda) Serna died was the worst moment in my life. Those two people meant so much to me.The way they helped guide me through life and loved me and showed me how much they cared through their actions... losing them was just devastating. But also the way I and my teammates handled their passing is something I still draw from to this day. To experience something that tragic and that young, I feel like I handled that to the best of my ability and I'm really proud of that.
Basketball really help me mentally. After their passing we really just became such a tighter and closer unit and really bonded together and just hid ourselves within the game. Playing basketball was a big part of getting back to normal in a way. While everything was sad and we were hurting, basketball was still this thing we all loved to play.
My first time in front of a camera was after my rookie season. I’ve always wanted to model and I’ve always wanted to come out with my own fashion line. I never had the time to model growing up so having some free time after the season it was nice to do some things outside of basketball. I am definitely getting into the business and it’s a big transition but I think I can take basketball into this with me. You gotta be a go-getter and you can’t be afraid. Lots of people trying to tell you you can't do it or you won't make it but that makes me go harder.
For a model I’m not super
skinny. I’m muscular and
I'm toned and that’s not always what they are looking for. It's all about trying to find the right designer and really flashing that confidence. Confidence shines through and kinda shows that you know that you are good enough. It's a different feeling being in front of a camera. It's like learning a new sport or dribbling a basketball for the first time.
Basketball is definitely a job once you get to this level. It’s always been a dream and I feel fortunate to still be playing but it can definitely be hard packing up and going overseas to play. My rookie season I went to Hungary and this past year I went to Israel. In the WNBA that’s just what you do. During your offseason you stay in shape by going overseas. It sucks that we get paid more overseas than in the states but we all have families to feed and we all want to continue playing the sport we love. Girls can play with guys,
we do it all the time in rec league. That's what attracted me most to the Global Mixed Gender Basketball League. WNBA players, former NBA players, street ballers, they are all there playing together and everyone is getting paid the same. I think it's really cool to be apart of that and hopefully it's something that keep catching on.
Former Oklahoma State star Tiffany Bias spent three seasons in the WNBA, last with the Dallas Wings in 2016.