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Ms. 1,000

ECSU's Brown scores 1,000th career point vs. Apprentice School | w/Videos

Brown entered game with 999 career points

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Elizabeth City State's (ECSU) senior guard Jalyn Brown (with ball) celebrates with her family and ECSU athletic director George Bright (second right) and women's basketball coach Antonio O. Davis (right) during the women's basketball game against Apprentice School, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Vaughan Center. Brown scored her 1,000th career point during the game.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, November 30, 2018

Over the past three-plus seasons, Elizabeth City State's Jalyn Brown has been one of the constant players for the women’s basketball program.

Her longevity with the program was awarded Wednesday night in a contest against Apprentice School from Newport News, Virginia.

Brown scored her 1,000th point of her college basketball career in ECSU’s 72-61 victory against the visiting Builders at the R.L. Vaughan Center.

Brown, a senior guard, entered the contest with 999 career points and surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark early in the first quarter.

The point was generated when Brown and DeNayia Holmes trapped an Apprentice ball handler near the scorer's table.

That led to a turnover at mid court.

ECSU’s Sirenna Pitts picked up the loose ball near the 3-point line and sent a pass to a wide-open Brown, who shot the ball off the glass and in the basket.

As Brown trotted back on defense, the ECSU bench celebrated Brown’s accomplishment.

With seven minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the quarter, the game was stopped as ECSU athletic director George Bright presented Brown a basketball that recognized Brown scoring her 1,000th career point.

After embracing her head coach Antonio O. Davis, Brown was joined at mid court by her family.

Brown, who played her high school basketball in Williamston at Riverside High School, acknowledged after the game that she rather the game continue than have the stoppage.

“I wanted the game to keep going so I can focus on what's really important,” she said. “I'm glad that I achieved this obstacle. I knew that it was coming, but things like that can be a distraction for those who are not mature. I personally wanted the game to keep going so I can stay focused, my teammates can stay focused and we stay focused on the main thing.”

Brown, who has won multiple all-CIAA awards during her time with the Lady Vikings, added that her teammates are very unselfish and she appreciated that they celebrated her accomplishment.

After the celebration, it was back to work for Brown and the Lady Vikings.

ECSU led by 34 points late in the second quarter and held a 50-19 advantage at halftime.

Brown finished with six points with two rebounds and two assists in the win.

Brown noted that she was glad that she was able to achieve 1,000 career points.

Brown, who is currently enrolled at ECSU as a graduate student, added that she is focused on team goals.

“I’m focused on conference play and getting better on the intangible things of the game,” she said.

That includes her mentality and leadership in every area.

“I'm known to be able to score, but I want to lead when I'm not leading numerically,” Brown said.

She added that she wants to help her other teammates and grow mentally.

Brown acknowledged that she has made gains on the mental side of the game.

“The very first five games were a learning experience because I'm learning different positions and different places on the court and knowing how to be effective in other areas,” she said.

Brown noted that outside of her faith, basketball is her identity.

It is a game that she has played since she was a little kid.

“Basketball is not the destination. It's just the car to drive me to where I want to go,” she said. “I'm thankful for that.”

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