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BETHANY’S BRANDENBURG EARNS SECOND HONOR FROM D3HOOPS.COM
Feb. 25 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the second time this year, Bethany senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) has been chosen by the national website D3Hoops.com for its national Team of the Week, which selects five nominated players from across all of Division III.
The 6-1 center averaged 17 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in two games last week for the Bison. On Feb. 18, she scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to help BC recover from a four-point halftime deficit against Westminster and claim an 82-74 victory. Three days later, Brandenburg dropped in 14 points and blocked three shots against #21 Washington & Jefferson in a 93-77 setback. For the week, she hit 13-of-21 shot attempts from the field (61.9 percent).
Tuesday night in the PAC Quarterfinals, Brandenburg was instrumental in keeping Bethany’s season alive. Trailing Waynesburg by a dozen at halftime, she scored 12 points in the second half to help the Bison forge a tie and send the contest to overtime. In the extra session, Brandenburg scored the first four points to give BC the lead for good, as they went on to a 68-63 victory to advance to the PAC semifinals Friday night against W&J at top-seeded Thomas More.
In the win, Brandenburg shot 89 percent (8-9) from the floor and 71 percent (5-7) from the foul line while also pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. The Bison have lost two inside players due to injuries over the last two weeks and Brandenburg has stepped up, averaging 18.3 points in the last three games while making 70 percent (21-30) of her field goal attempts.
“Renee played really well last week and was outstanding again last night,” said Bethany head coach Rebecca Upton. “As a senior and our only experienced player in the post right now, we are relying on her heavily and she is stepping up when we need her the most.”
A managerial economics major, Renee is the daughter of Ron & Nancy Brandenburg of Avella, Pa.