Jones-ing for More, Brandi Snags A-Sun Weekly Award

Monday, February 08, 2010

MACON, Ga. – Brandi Jones led Kennesaw State in back-to back wins for the first time this season. For her performance, Jones claimed the first Player of the Week award of her career, the conference office announced on Monday.

In Kennesaw State’s 52-51 win against Mercer at the Convocation Center on Thursday evening, the freshman guard scored a career-high 19 points, connecting on five 3-pointers in the win. On Saturday, Jones tied for game-high honors with 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers. After averaging 13.7 points per game over the three-game week, Jones, a Eatonton, Ga. native, stands as the second-leading freshman scorer in A-Sun games, averaging 9.8 points per conference game.

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Other Top Performers
Brittany Brown, FGCU (Sr. - Guard - Flint, Mich. - Graphic Design) – Brown led the Eagles to a 2-0 record last week. In FGCU's 92-55 blowout of ETSU, the senior guard scored 17 points and grabbed five boards. Brown shot 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in 26 minutes of action. In the Eagles’ 76-43 win against Campbell, the graphic design major registered 15 points and five boards in 26 minutes, to go along with 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range.

Drameka Griggs, Jacksonville (Fr. - Guard - Jonesboro, Ga. - Education) – Griggs led the Dolphins in scoring and assists, while ranking second in steals during the week. The freshman guard opened the week with eight points, four steals and two assists at USC Upstate on Monday, Feb. 1. Griggs also recorded a team-best 12 points and two assists in the win at Belmont to break a 13-game losing streak.

Ashley Jackson, Stetson (Sr. - Forward - Opelika, Ala. - Rehabilitative Studies) – Jackson, in the midst of the best stretch of basketball in her four-year Stetson career, averaged 17 points and six rebounds in Stetson's three games this week, leading the Hatters to their first road win of the year with 15 points Monday at Kennesaw State. The senior forward scored 18 points Thursday against Campbell and the same total Saturday in a near-upset of two-time defending A-Sun champ ETSU. Jackson has scored in double figures six times in her last seven games and recently moved up into fifth place on the Hatter career three-point field goal list.

Jadhken Kerr, UNF (Fr. - Forward - Olathe, Kan. - Undeclared) – Kerr notched a career-high 17 points while draining a career-high five 3-pointers, four of which came in the second half. The freshman forward’s five 3-pointers ties her with several former Ospreys for second place on the single-game three-pointers made list.

Chelsea McMillan, USC Upstate (Jr. - Forward – East Gadsden, Fla - Accounting) – McMillan posted her fourth and fifth straight double-doubles against Jacksonville and at Kennesaw State, tying the school's NCAA-era record. The junior forward tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in leading Upstate to a 62-49 win against Jacksonville and added 12 points and 15 rebounds at Kennesaw State, in addition to two assists and a steal. McMillan became the 14th player in school history to score 300 points in a season twice in a career and the second player in school history to reach 40 career blocked shots twice in a career.

Ashley Williamson, Campbell (Sr. - Center - Colonial Heights, Va. - Biology) – Williamson led Campbell with a pair of double-doubles as the Lady Camels finished with a 2-1 tally on the week. The double-doubles, coming on Monday, Feb. 1 vs. Lipscomb and at Stetson on Thursday, marked Willliamson's second and third consecutively, giving the senior center five double-doubles this season and nine for her career, all coming in the last two seasons. At home against Lipscomb, Williamson led CU to a 60-58 win to sweep the season series from the Bisons with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Lady Camels grabbed their second season sweep on Thursday in DeLand, Fla., notching a 70-61 win as the biology major went for 13 points and 11 boards. Williamson approaches a career milestone at 15 rebounds shy from 500 career boards and the 17th Lady Camel to reach the milestone.