JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior Briona Brown dropped a career-high 27 points Wednesday to lead the Jacksonville University women's basketball team to a 79-47 success over South Carolina State. In the decision, the captain from Haines City, Fla., tied for fourth all-time for most points scored in a single game and is four points away from recording her 1,000th career point.
"Confidence," Brown exclaimed. "This game is going to help me get back into my rhythm. Offensively, I've been down a little bit. We don't lose at home and I'm glad that I could step up and be a leader tonight."
The Brown sisters tabbed Jacksonville's first two baskets of the game and the team gradually jumped out from there. It built a double-digit advantage, 15-4, with 4:45 on the clock in the first quarter and went on to take a 42-21 lead at the half.
Jacksonville edged SC State in many categories; it outrebounded the visitors (42-to-26) and outscored them in the paint (38-to-14), off turnovers (28-to-15), second chance (12-to-11) and in fast break (6-to-0).
Toni Grier paced SC State (4-7) with 15 points.
For the first time under the direction of Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin, Jacksonville will enter the new year with a .500 record. It improved to 7-7 overall and remained unbeaten at Swisher Gymnasium.
"I thought we played hard," said McCuin. "There were some personal goals that we wanted to hit tonight as a team and didn't, but overall, we wanted to finish out the year with a victory and I'm glad we got that."
Next, the Dolphins face Savannah State at Swisher Gymnasium Saturday at 2 p.m.