Macon, Ga. - Senior guard Tierra Brown (Orlando, Fla.) scored a career-high 25 points, surpassed 1,200 career points and set a school record with a five for five performance from three-point land as the second-seeded Stetson women's basketball team (18-12) defeated seventh-seeded Kennesaw State (9-20) 65-47 in the quarterfinals of the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Championships Wednesday evening at Mercer's University Center. Brown led four Hatters in double figures as Stetson advanced to the A-Sun semifinals for the first time since winning the championship in 2005.
Brown made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and all five of her three-pointers; a single-game Stetson record (minimum five three-point attempts). The Hatters jumped out to a 14-4 lead early on and never trailed or were tied up again. KSU used swarming defense to cut the Stetson lead to 21-17 with 4:41 left in the first half, but a 9-0 Hatter burst helped Stetson take a 30-21 lead into the locker room.
The Hatters began the second half with another 10-3 spurt to go up 16 points by the first media timeout; the Lady Owls would not come within single digits again as Stetson cruised home to its first postseason victory in six seasons.
Brown raised her career scoring total to 1,206 points, passing Sarah Foley '90 for 12th on the all-time Stetson points list. Her 25 points were two more than her previous career high and concluded a run in which she averaged 21.3 ppg in three contests vs. Kennesaw State in 2010-11. The Hatters have won five consecutive contests against the Lady Owls and are now 10-3 all-time vs. KSU.
Sophomore guard Victoria McGowan (Inkster, Mich.) had 12 points and six rebounds with senior center Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) and freshman forward Sasha Sims (Fayetteville, Ga.) reaching double figures as well. Graboski scored 11 points while Sims had 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Jessica Conner (Cocoa, Fla.) returned to the lineup after missing the last eight games of the regular season with an ankle injury, notching seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Sametria Gideon paced Kennesaw State with 13 points and eight rebounds; Elaina Gray grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The second-seeded Hatters will play the winner of tomorrow night's game between third-seeded Campbell and sixth-seeded Belmont; Stetson split with both teams in the regular season. The semifinal game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
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