JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A game after recording her career-high in points, senior captain Briona Brown became the seventh player in Jacksonville University women's basketball history to eclipse 1,000 career points. The go-ahead basket occurred in the second quarter of the Dolphins' 65-52 victory over Savannah State Saturday.
"It's a great feeling to make history but the most important thing was pulling out a win tonight," said Brown.
She entered Saturday's game in need of four points to join the elite club.
Fouled in the act of shooting on Jacksonville's second possession, she sank a pair at the free throw line for the team's first two points. The go-ahead basket was a three-pointer at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter.
Brown finished the night with 16 points and sits at 1,012 in her career. Jacksonville's all-time leader Ashley Williams scored 1,489 in her three-year Dolphin campaign.
"I'm proud of Briona," Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin added. "She has put in the work. She's been with me since the beginning and I'm glad to watch and be a part of her growth."
Christin Mercer led the Dolphins with 17 points on a 7-for-11 shooting clip from the floor, which included a midcourt buzzer beater to end the third quarter, and Brandi Buie chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
The difference between the first and second quarters was night and day for the Dolphins. After shooting 0-for-6 from the floor to start the game, Jacksonville found its groove in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Tigers 22-6.
Mercer recorded the Dolphins' first field goal with 9:52 on the clock in the second quarter, and went on to make half of the team's baskets (4-of-8) to direct it to a 26-19 advantage at the break.
Brown's second three-pointer in the third frame (7:52) lifted Jacksonville to its first double-digit lead, 31-19, and it maintained the gap through the final horns.
The Dolphins open Atlantic Sun action Saturday at North Florida. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
"I'm kind of glad that nonconference is over," McCuin said. "Now we can take a look at the next 14 games, and really have a good analysis of where we are, what we need to do, and be able focus on wins and losses that are going to be meaningful.
"Hopefully, we can learn from our seven losses and fix things to be better in conference."
"From now on, win or lose, it really counts," Brown added. "We have to make sure we play JU basketball and do what we have to do to become A-Sun champions."