Naketia Marie Swanier ws born on August 10, 1986 to Cornell & Rosie Swanier. Fondly called as Maria, she is an American professional basketball player who plays for the team of the Phoenix Mercury as a guard positioned athlete.
Ketia attended Columbus High School. She was named the 2003 and 2004 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Player of the Year, was three-time Georgia AAAA All-State First Team choice (2002, 2003, 2004), and 2003 Georgia AAAA Region Player of the Year. Other accolades included being four-time Metro Player of the Year, 2003 Street & Smith All-America Fifth Team, 2002 Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention, and 2001 Georgia AAAA All-State Honorable Mention.
Ketia attended the University of Connecticut, majoring in sociology. She played basketball for the Huskies under coach Geno Auriemma. Ketia was selected #12 by the Indiana Fever, and then traded to the Connecticut Sun.
She rarely started, but rather came off the bench, where she “flourished in her role as the Huskies’ change-of-pace guard.” Despite coming off the bench, she was always among the team leaders leaders in steals and assists in each season.