Brittany Morris, Women's Basketball
Fresh off her second selection to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in 2012-13, senior guard Brittany Morris (Raleigh, N.C.) can add her fourth SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week award to the growing list of accomplishments and accolades she has compiled this season.
A breakout performer for the Pirates in her senior campaign, Morris helped The Hall navigate a figurative "sea of red" in the final week of the regular season as the team challenged a 16th-ranked Louisville squad on the road before closing the year with an impressive home victory over St. John's. The win was the program's first over the Red Storm since 2006-07, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the series.
Morris was the top scorer for the Pirates in both contests, a feat she has now repeated 17 times in 29 games this year.
A superlative effort against STJ on Senior Night was a fitting end to a regular season that saw the fourth-year guard emerge as a primary offensive weapon for a much-improved team as Morris left Walsh Gymnasium for the finale time having put a career-high 28 points on the board during a 60-51 Seton Hall victory. Morris also matched her career-high with 10 made field goals, five of which came from behind the arc. Against Louisville, she poured in 20 points and nailed three more treys.
In all, the Raleigh native topped the 20-point mark in four of the final five games of the season and six times in 2012-13. She completed conference play averaging 14.8 points per game against league opponents, more than a point better than her season average of 13.6 per contest (17th in BIG EAST).
Morris' scoring prowess is born out of her proficiency from three-point territory as earlier this season; she completed a climb to the top of Seton Hall's record book in career three-pointers made. After draining eight more last week, she has now made 173 triples in a SHU uniform and will head into the BIG EAST Tournament with 69 makes from behind the line, matching the program-best mark set by Ebonie Williams in 2009-10.
With this, her final season in South Orange, Morris will leave a legacy that includes three of the top-10 most prolific single-season three-point shooting efforts in the program's 39-year history. As the Pirates head to the conference tournament in Hartford, she will enter postseason play with 966 career points, just 24 points behind Ashley Bush (01-05) for 20th-place on the school's all-time scoring list.