Brandi Brown Scores Career High 39 Points in Win Over UIC
Youngstown State senior Brandi Brown scored a career-high 39 points as the Penguins put forth a strong performance in a 79-66 victory over UIC on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.
Brown, who had 33 points in her last home game, took it to another level on Thursday night. On her way to scoring the sixth most points in a single game in school history, she was 12-of-19 from the field, 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc and 11-of-12 from free-throw line. She finished with her 19th double-double of the campaign. Her previous career high was 35 against UIC in March 2011.
The victory was key for the Penguins who remain in second place in the Horizon League standings behind Green Bay and moved closer to solidifying a first-round home game in the league tournament. YSU improves to 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the Horizon League while the Flames drop to 9-17 and 5-8.
It was apparent early the Brown could have a night to remember. She scored YSU's first seven points, had 10 of their first 13 and scored 22 in the opening half, playing just 17 minutes.
YSU was extremely hot in the first half making 16-of-24 shots (66.7 percent), knocking down 9-of-13 3-point attempts (69.2 percent) while connecting on 8-of-9 shots from the line (88.9 percent).
All the sharp shooting amounted to a 49-34 halftime advantage.
YSU trailed twice in the early going before wrestling the lead away from the Flames at the 16:50 mark of the opening half. The Guins drilled three consecutive 3-pointers as Hornberger connected on one and Brown made two from downtown to go in front 16-7.
UIC cut the deficit to four on two occasions and trailed 25-20 at the 8:45 mark. A 22-6 run by the Guins over the next 6:42 stretched the advantage to 47-26 with 2:02 left in the half.
Youngstown State began the run with a 10-0 spurt with all the points coming from Touvelle and Brown. Two free throws by Rachel Story stemmed the tide before the Guins scored the next eight points on 3-pointers by Liz Hornberger and Monica Touvelle while Brown converted a fast-break layup.
Four straight points by Amanda Barger, who had not scored in a Horizon League game this season, gave the Guins their biggest lead of the game at 47-26.
In the second half, UIC kept trying to get back in the contest, but the closest it could get was 52-45 at the 14:30 mark. YSU responded by scoring the next five points and only once could the Flames get the deficit under double digits for the remainder of the evening.
In fact, the Guins pushed their advantage back up to 17 with 4:11 remaining in the contest.
The Penguins had nine players account for all 79 points. Besides Brown's 39, Hornberger had 12, Touvelle had 12, Melissa Thompson contributed 10 and Barger had six. Leading the way for the Flames was Story who had 26 while Katie Hannemann finished with 20.
For the game, YSU shot 49 percent connecting on 24-of-49 shots from the field. YSU did not make a 3-pointer in the second half, but finished with nine for the game. From the line the Guins were 22-of-28.
UIC shot 43.1 percent for the contest.
The Penguins play the middle contest of their three-game homestand against Wright State on Saturday. Tipoff at the Beeghly Center is set for 2:05 p.m. Fans in attendance will receive a No. 42 Brown T-shirt as part of "Brandi Brown Appreciation Day".