UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine senior forward Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) and junior guard Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) were both selected as Second Team All-Americans by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association recently.
James, who was a all-American honorable mention selection last season, earned First Team All-Penn State University Athletic Conference this winter as Brandywine's leading scorer and rebounder. She averaged 15.6 points per game and became the 10th Lion to reach 1,000 career points in early January, while adding 9.3 rebounds per outing.
In 27 games, James reached double figures in scoring 22 times, including a career-best 31-point performance at Penn State Beaver in the PSUAC Tournament during the final game of her career. Among all USCAA players, James ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.505) and free throw shooting (.757).
She also produced 10 double-doubles after pulling down at least 10 rebounds 12 times this winter. Her 251 boards were the eighth-highest total in the USCAA.
In 112 career games, James poured in 1,166 points, ranking eighth all-time in scoring at Penn State Brandywine. She is also among the leaders in rebounding with 797 boards.
The first three-time all-American in Brandywine women's basketball history, Velez was a starter in all 27 games, averaging 13.4 points per outing. She shot 40.4 percent from three-point range, the second-highest mark in the USCAA, while ranking seventh in free throw shooting (.758). Velez tallied five 20-point games, with a season high of 27 points coming in a victory over Penn State Mont Alto in November.
Velez, who scored her 1,000th career point early in the season, also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per game. Her 69 steals this season ranked 17th in the USCAA.
Velez will enter her senior season fifth on Brandywine's all-time scoring list with 1,258 points. She is 262 points from passing Dana Johnson as Brandywine's all-time leading scorer.
March 11, 2019 James, Velez Earn Second Team All-American Honors From USCAA
February 22, 2019 Women’s Basketball Trio Lands All-Conference Awards
February 22, 2019 Brandywine Concludes Season In PSUAC Semifinals
February 19, 2019 Brandywine Rolls Past Hazleton; Reaches 14th-Straight PSUAC Semifinal
February 18, 2019 Postseason Begins Tuesday For Brandywine Basketball Teams
February 15, 2019 Lehigh Valley Rallies To Top Brandywine On Senior Night
February 11, 2019 Lions Extend Winning Streak To Five With Triumph At Hazleton
February 9, 2019 Brandywine Locks Down York To Win Fourth-Straight
February 2, 2019 Brandywine Outlasts Greater Allegheny 69-53
February 1, 2019 James Leads Lions' Comeback Victory At DuBois
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
January 5, 2019 Eastern Ends Brandywine’s Winning Streak At Seven Games
January 2, 2019 Brandywine Downs Bryn Athyn 73-32 In Return From Break
December 7, 2018 Brandywine Rolls Through Scranton For Fifth-Straight Win
December 6, 2018 Brandywine Ranked Fifth In USCAA Directors’ Cup Standings
December 5, 2018 Brandywine Defense Locks Down Wilkes-Barre In 25-Point Victory
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