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 Brianne Stepherson 11
Brianne Stepherson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Middleton, Mass.

High School:
Masconomet High School

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

All-America Candidate

2001-02 (Junior)
Played and started all 31 games?Averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 31 minutes per game?In 16 BIG EAST games, averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest?An All-BIG EAST second team selection?A Kodak District 1 All-American?Named to the Sun & Fun Classic All-Tournament team?Scored in double digits 15 times?Led the team in scoring seven times?Had seven 15+ point games?Led the team in assists 16 times?Led the team in steals 11 times?Scored a season-high 21 points against Florida International?Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds against Alabama-Birmingham?Dished out a season-high seven assists in three different games (St. John's, Syracuse, Mississippi State)?Had a career- and season-high seven steals against Tennessee.

2000-01 (Redshirt)
Played in the first three games of the season before missing the last 21 games with muscle strains and weakness in her right knee?Averaged 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in those games...Started the three games she played?Announced on Jan. 30 that she would not return for the season.

1999-2000 (Sophomore)
Following the season, suffered an isolated tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during a pickup basketball game and had arthroscopic surgery on April 21, starting her six month rehabilitation...Started 31 games?Averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 34 games...Scored in double figures in 14 games...Averaged 32.9 minutes...Recorded 130 assists (3.8 avg.) and 47 steals...Shot 77.7 percent (73-94) from the line and 40.9 percent (115-281) from the field...Averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15 BIG EAST games...Scored a career-high 31 points (9-15 FG, 8-10 FT), including a career-high five three-point field goals, against LaSalle...Registered 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-4 FT), and added four assists and two steals in 38 minutes against Connecticut...Scored 16 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Florida?Played all 40 minutes in the games against Georgia, Illinois, Villanova, Rutgers, West Virginia, Syracuse and Virginia...Handed out a season-high seven assists against Notre Dame...Averaged 22.0 points and 5.5 assists in the two NCAA Tournament games...Scored 23 points (8-11 FG, 3-4 3pt. FG, 4-4 FT) and dished out five assists against Nebraska...At season's end, had a career total of 563 points, 211 rebounds, and 242 assists.

1998-99 (Freshman)
Named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team...Started 26 games...Averaged 9.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games...Started the first 11 games of the season, but was sidelined against Syracuse (Jan. 5), Seton Hall (Jan. 7) and Georgetown (Jan. 10) with a virus?Returned to the starting lineup against Miami and scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and added three assists and two steals in 40 minutes...Started in the final 15 games...Scored in double figures in 13 games...Averaged 34.7 minutes...Recorded 112 assists, 27 steals, and two blocked shots...Averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15 BIG EAST games...Shot 40.1 percent (81-202) from the field and 76 percent (73-96) from the line...Connected on 32.4 percent (12-37) of her three-point field goal attempts...Seventh in assists in BIG EAST games (4.33)...Eighth in free throw percentage in BIG EAST action (80.8)...Played all 40 minutes in eight games...Registered the first double-double of her career at Pittsburgh, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds; also dished out seven assists in the win over the Panthers...Scored 18 points and handed out six assists against Connecticut...Netted 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and handed out a season-high eight assists at West Virginia...Played 40 minutes in both BIG EAST Tournament games, and averaged 8.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists...Named to the Women's Basketball News Service All-Freshman third team...Invited to attend the 1999 USA Basketball Women's World University Team Trials.

High School
Rated as one of the nation's top 50 high school players...A WBCA/Nike All-American...A Street & Smith All-America second team selection in 1998...A three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American...Parade All-America fourth team selection in 1998...Named 1998 Gatorade New England Regional Player of the Year...1998 Massachusetts Player of the Year...Became the first player in the Cape Ann League to score 2,000 points, and the 31st player in Massachusetts high school basketball history...Registered 1,200 assists in her high school career...Averaged 22 points, 8.0 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game and led Masconomet to a 15-2 record as a senior...Starting point guard on the Masconomet High team since seventh grade...During her high school career, led Masconomet to one state championship, two Eastern Massachusetts titles, three North sectional crowns and five Cape Ann League championships...Led Masconomet to the Division II state championship against Monument Mountain as a sophomore, scoring 24 points...Named Massachusetts Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year as a junior...A six-time Cape Ann League All-Star...A three-time member of the Boston Globe Super Team...A five-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection...A member of the Boston Herald Dream Team three times...Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection five times...Five-time Hoffman Games All-Star and MVP as a sophomore...All-league selection five times...Cape Ann League Player of the Year three times...Scored 1,000th career point as a sophomore...Reached the 1,000 assist mark as a junior...Served as team captain as a junior and senior...Broke school record for most three-point field goals in a game...Class president for three years...An honor roll student...Named to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Star team four times...A Masconomet Scholar Athlete from 1993-98...Also participated on the soccer and track and field teams.

Personal
Born on February 23, 1980 in Malden, Massachusetts?Daughter of Kathleen and Louis Stepherson?.Has a sister Tammi (33) and three brothers Scott (32), Keith (31), and Craig (30)?Graduated in May 2002 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in communications?Currently working on a master's degree in the James A. Woods College of Advancing Studies?Winner of the 2001-02 D'Agonstine Family Athletic Scholarship Fund II.

Stepherson's Career Statistics

YearGP-GSMinFGM-FGAPct.3FGM-3FGAPct.FTM-FTAPct.Off-DefREB-Avg.ASTSTBKPts.-Avg.
1998-9927-2693881-202.40112-37.32473-96.76014-86100-3.7112272247-9.1
BIG EAST15-1454342-108.3898-22.36442-52.8089-5564-4.365190134-8.9
1999-0034-311119115-281.40913-50.26073-94.77718-93111-3.3130473316-9.3
BIG EAST15-1248544-98.4494-21.19023-28.8217-4350-3.357210115-7.7
2000-013-3724-20.0000-3.0001-2.5000-44-1.35309-3.0
BIG EAST0-000-0.0000-0.0000-0.0000-00-0.00000-0.0
2001-0231-31961121-258.4694-14.28659-82.72026-6692-3.0125563305-9.8
BIG EAST16-1650262-133.4662-8.25038-52.73114-3044-2.868222164-10.3
Totals94-913090321-761.42229-104.279206-274.75258-249307-3.33721338877-9.3
BIG EAST46-421530148-339.43714-51.275103-132.78030-128158-3.4190622413-9.0

Stepherson's Career Highs - All Games
Points: 31 vs. LaSalle (12/22/99)
FG made: 9 vs. two opponents, most recently vs. Florida International (12/29/01)
FG attempted: 16 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. Virginia (3/19/00)
3-pt. FG made: 5 vs. LaSalle (12/22/99)
3-pt. FG attempted: 6 vs. LaSalle (12/22/99)
FT made: 9 vs. Virginia (3/19/00)
FT attempted: 11 vs. two opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (3/4/00)
Off. Rebounds: 2 vs. nine opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
Def. Rebounds: 10 vs. Pittsburgh (2/13/99)
Total Rebounds: 10 vs. Pittsburgh (2/13/99)
Assists: 8 vs. West Virginia (12/8/98)
Steals: 7 vs. Tennessee (12/5/01)
Blocks: 1 vs. eight opponents, most recently vs. Rutgers (3/3/02)
Minutes: 40 vs. 11 opponents, most recently vs. Connecticut (1/26/02)

Stepherson's Career Highs - BIG EAST Regular Season Games
Points: 19 vs. Rutgers (1/19/02)
FG made: 8 vs. Rutgers (1/19/02)
FG attempted: 15 vs. two opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
3-pt. FG made: 2 vs. two opponents, most recently vs. Villanova (2/12/00)
3-pt. FG attempted: 5 vs. Villanova (12/8/99)
FT made: 8 vs. Seton Hall (1/27/99)
FT attempted: 10 vs. Seton Hall (1/27/99)
Off. Rebounds: 2 vs. seven opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
Def. Rebounds: 7 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. Pittsburgh (2/20/0)
Total Rebounds: 10 vs. Pittsburgh (2/13/99)
Assists: 8 vs. West Virginia (12/8/98)
Steals: 3 vs. six opponents, most recently vs. Miami (2/26/02)
Blocks: 1 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
Minutes: 40 vs. 11 opponents, most recently vs. Connecticut (1/26/02)

Stepherson's 2001-02 Season Highs
Points: 21 vs. Florida International (12/29/02)
FG made: 9 vs. Florida International (12/29/02)
FG attempted: 15 vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
3-pt. FG made: 1 vs. four opponents, most recently vs. Mississippi State (3/15/02)
3-pt. FG attempted: 2 vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
FT made: 6 vs. Pittsburgh (1/12/02)
FT attempted: 8 vs. Providence (1/15/02)
Off. Rebounds: 2 vs. five opponents, most recently vs. West Virginia (2/12/02)
Def. Rebounds: 6 vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham (12/28/01)
Total Rebounds: 7 vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham (12/28/01)
Assists: 7 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. Mississippi State (3/15/02)
Steals: 7 vs. Tennessee (12/5/01)
Blocks: 1 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. Rutgers (3/3/02)
Minutes: 40 vs. three opponents, most recently vs. Connecticut (1/26/02)

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