SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (January 29, 2013)
Brittany Morris, Women's Basketball
After finishing two consecutive contests as a top-scorer for The Hall, senior guard Brittany Morris (Raleigh, N.C.) landed a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her career.
Most notably, Morris led all scorers with 19 points on Sunday (1.27), lifting the Seton Hall women's team to a 45-42 win over rival Rutgers. The victory was the Pirates' first in the series in over 10 years.
Morris helped jumpstart the offense early on, netting three long-range connections and scoring 11 first-half points to help SHU carry a seven-point lead into halftime. In the second half, she helped stem RU's attempted comeback with a clutch jumper from the baseline, breaking a 42-42 deadlock late in the action and putting Seton Hall on top for good. Morris also grabbed six rebounds as part of a stifling defensive effort that held the Scarlet Knights to their lowest point total of the season.
Against USF earlier in the week, Morris matched a team-high with 15 points, adding three rebounds and three assists. Through 20 contests, the Raleigh native has scored in double-figures a team-best 14 times and has held at least a share of the team-high in points on 11 occasions.
A seasoned backcourt presence, Morris has done much more than put the ball in the basket during a stellar senior campaign that is already her finest in a Seton Hall uniform. A starter in every one of the first 20 games, she has equaled or set new single-game career-highs in eight different statistical categories. Entering the final nine games of the regular season, she also sits just one rebound, two assists and four steals shy of establishing new personal-bests for a single season in each category.
In addition, Morris' excellence from behind the arc has her positioned to become SHU's all-time leader in three-pointers made. Boasting an average of over two three-pointers made per game this year, she needs just 12 more treys to surpass the current mark of 156 shared by Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famer Jodi Brooks and former SHU guard Ebonie Williams.
This is the second time this season that Morris has been dubbed SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (1.29), joining five other student-athletes including teammate Ka-Deidre Simmons (Newark, N.J.) who have been repeat honorees in 2012-13.