MEDIA, Pa. -- The United States Collegiate Athletic Association released its women's basketball all-Americans on Tuesday night at its end-of-year banquet and a pair of student-athletes from Penn State Brandywine were honored as sophomore Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) was selected to the first team and junior Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) was named honorable mention.
Now a two-time USCAA First Team All-American, Velez paced Brandywine in scoring for the second-straight year at 15.0 points per game. One of the top three-point threats in the USCAA, Velez tied for sixth nationally by shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, while her 68 total triples led the Penn State University Athletic Conference and stand as the eighth-highest total in the USCAA.
Velez knocked down at least one three-pointer in 23-of-24 games this season and has 52-of-54 games during her two-year career. She ended the season by shooting nearly 68 percent from three-point range during her final four games, burying 19-of-28 triples during that time.
The only first team all-American in Brandywine women's basketball history, Velez also ranks near the top of the USCAA in steals, producing 2.8 thefts per game, tied for 15th-best.
James, who claimed second team all-conference laurels from the Penn State University Athletic Conference, is Brandywine's second-leading scorer, averaging 11.4 points per game, and top rebounder at 7.6 per outing. She netted at least 10 points in 20 of the 27 games she played for the PSUAC champion Lions, while also grabbing at least 10 rebounds on seven occasions.
A 49 percent shooter from the field, James ranked 10th in the USCAA in field goal percentage. She also collected six double-doubles, a team-high total.
Brandywine (21-6), which won its second-straight conference title, is the No. 5 seed in the USCAA Tournament and will face No. 4 Warren Wilson Thursday night at 7:30 pm in the quarterfinal round.
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February 18, 2018 Brandywine Repeats As PSUAC Women’s Basketball Champion
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February 9, 2018 Brandywine Secures No. 1 Seed On Senior Night
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February 6, 2018 York Halts Brandywine's Winning Streak
February 3, 2018 Brandywine Bests Schuylkill; Winning Streak Hits 12 Games
February 2, 2018 Brandywine Tops Hazleton 80-69 For 11th-Straight Win
January 30, 2018 Brandywine Doubles Up Mont Alto 82-41
January 26, 2018 Fayette No Match For Lions In 78-55 Rout
January 25, 2018 Victory At Valley Forge Pushes Brandywine's Win Streak To Eight
January 22, 2018 Brandywine Claims Lopsided Road Victory In D.C.
January 20, 2018 Brandywine Cruises To Sixth-Straight Victory
January 19, 2018 Brandywine Starts Fast; Rolls Through Beaver
January 17, 2018 Brandi James Lauded As USCAA Player Of The Week
January 15, 2018 Third Quarter Run Leads Brandywine To Win At Wilkes Barre
January 13, 2018 Brandywine Edges Mont Alto; Improves To 5-0 In PSUAC
January 12, 2018 Lions Pick Up PSUAC Victory At DuBois
January 5, 2018 Brandywine Escapes Bryn Athyn With 50-44 Triumph
January 3, 2018 Brandywine Drops First Game After Break At Widener
December 20, 2017 Lions’ Rally Comes Up Short At Eastern
December 9, 2017 Brandywine Tops Scranton In Late-Night Affair
December 5, 2017 Brandywine Rides Strong Defensive Effort Past York
December 2, 2017 Brandywine Claims Conference Opener 68-53 At Lehigh Valley
November 30, 2017 Brandywine Deals Davis 69-49 Defeat
November 27, 2017 Berks Drops Brandywine In Lions’ Home Opener
November 21, 2017 Velez Earns PSUAC Player Of The Week Honors
November 21, 2017 Stanford Leads Brandywine Past Immaculata
November 19, 2017 Brandywine Pulls Away From Bryn Athyn For First Win
November 18, 2017 Lions Drop Neumann Tournament Opener
November 15, 2017 Brandywine Falls Short In Overtime At Rosemont
November 14, 2017 Basketball Season Tips Off Wednesday