UNO's Brown earns basketball honors
Randi Brown, who broke a 35-year old University of New Orleans scoring mark in a 75-54 Southland Conference win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday, has been named Southland Conference Player of the Week by a vote of conference sports information directors.
Brown, a Central Catholic High School alum, set the scoring record with a 45-point performance. She broke the mark held by University of New Orleans All American and former Harlem Globetrotter Sandra Hodge in 1981.
Brown was 16-of-28 from the field, including 9-of-18 from beyond the 3-point arc. Her nine 3 pointers also set a new school record, previously held by Shanna Cook with eight set in 1994.
The Southland Conference Player of the Week honor was Brown’s second award of the day as earlier in the day she was named College Sports Madness Southland Conference and National Mid Major Player of the Week.
It is the second time this season Madness has cited Brown, the Southland Conference’s scoring leader. She was named College Sports Madness Southland Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 14.
Brown averaged 33 points in two Privateer wins.
In addition to Saturday’s 45-point effort, Brown had 21 points in a 123-33 win against Crowley’s Ridge College.
Against Crowley’s Ridge, Brown surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.
College Sports Madness identifies players nationwide who have had the greatest impact on their teams from each conference and on a national level each Monday.
Brown, who was Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in 2015, won the Southland Conference Player of the Week honor earlier this season (Nov. 14).
“When I talked to Randi about the record, all she wanted to talk about was the fact that it was the first time we beat Corpus Christi,” New Orleans Head Women’s Basketball Coach Keeshawn Davenport said in a news release. “That says a lot about her, and she will stay humble and work hard because this is not her end goal.”
Brown averages 21.9 points per game and leads the conference in points scored with 241. She was a Preseason All-Southland Conference Selection and an All-Southland Conference Third-Team Selection as a sophomore.
The Privateers continue Southland Conference play with a three-game Texas road trip, at Abilene Christian Tuesday, at Lamar Thursday and at Incarnate Word Saturday.
New Orleans’ next home game will be Jan. 12 at Lakefront Arena against Sam Houston State. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m., followed by the New Orleans men taking on Sam Houston State at 7:45 p.m.