MEDIA, Pa. -- Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) became the 10th 1,000-point scorer in Penn State Brandywine women's basketball history as the Lions edged Penn State Fayette 85-76 on Friday night.
James' layup midway through the fourth quarter accounted for her 15th and 16th points of the night, putting her at exactly 1,000 points. She finished with 19 points and a game-best 13 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season, in 33 minutes of action. James also added four assists and three steals.
Four players accounted for 82 points for the Brandywine offense, which has scored 80-plus points in three-straight games for the first time since 2016. In addition to James, Madison D'Ambrosio (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) poured in a career-best 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) scored 23 points, collected six steals and grabbed four rebounds and Madison Michael (Brookhaven, Pa./Sun Valley) tallied 15 points.
Brandywine shot 57 percent from three-point territory (12-21) and limited the visitors to 3-of-14 shooting from long distance.
The Lions trailed early on, but tied the game on D'Ambrosio's second triple of the first quarter and then took their first lead on James' free throw at the 5:54 mark. Velez knocked down two consecutive triples, upping the margin to 18-15, but Shelbie Brown's layup with two seconds remaining tied the score at 21-21 after one period.
Fayette netted the first two points of the second period; however, Brandywine answered with nine-straight points, jumpstarted by a D'Ambrosio triple to grab a 30-23 lead. After the visitors drew within six, D'Ambrosio and Velez canned three-pointers and James sank a layup, extending Brandywine's edge to 40-26 at the break.
The Lions' lead swelled to 16 points when Velez knocked down her fourth trifecta of the night, making the score 51-35, but Fayette chipped away, climbing within six after three quarters following a three-pointer by Dae-Lin Burnsworth.
Velez sank back-to-back layups midway through the final quarter to push the lead back to double figures, but Burnsworth kept Fayette in the game, scoring eight points in a three-minute span to trim the deficit to 78-72. However, Brandywine connected on seven free throws during the final 1:17, four from Velez, to ice the game.
Brandywine (12-6, 9-1 PSUAC) is right back in action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Penn State Beaver, the leader of the PSUAC West Division, at 1:00 pm.
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January 30, 2019 Brandywine Cruises Past Schuylkill 71-37
January 26, 2019 Beaver Deals Brandywine 65-59 Setback
January 25, 2019 James Nets 1,000th Point In 85-76 Victory
January 23, 2019 Brandywine Cruises To 84-39 Triumph Over Scranton
January 15, 2019 Brandywine Finishes Off Season Sweep Of Wilkes-Barre
January 12, 2019 Brandywine Bounces Back To Top York
January 10, 2019 Lehigh Valley Deals Brandywine First PSUAC Defeat
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November 30, 2018 Velez Reaches 1,000 Points In Victory Over Mont Alto
November 29, 2018 Brandywine Edges Valley Forge 72-67; Wins Second-Straight
November 27, 2018 Brandywine Tops Hazleton In PSUAC Opener
November 24, 2018 Cold-Shooting Brandywine Downed By Immaculata
November 19, 2018 Brandywine Rallies To Earn First Victory
November 14, 2018 Widener Runs Away From Brandywine In Home Opener
November 13, 2018 Brandywine Drops Second-Straight At Lancaster Bible
November 10, 2018 Brandywine Falls At Rosemont In Season Opener
November 9, 2018 Women’s Basketball Begins 2018-19 At Rosemont Saturday
August 24, 2018 2018-19 Brandywine Women’s Basketball Schedule Announced
June 25, 2018 Women’s Basketball Announces 2018 Recruiting Class