Brown trades Orange & Black for Crimson & Cream

Britney Brown's decision causes Goodenough to see Red!

Britney Brown the all-time leading scorer and star point guard at Norman North spent a year intending to suit up for the OSU Cowgirls next season, but bolted Wednesday morning for the Oklahoma Sooners.

"I was all set to go to OSU, then last Thursday I got a call from Coach Coale," Brown said yesterday. Brown visited OU and toured the Sooner basketball complex Friday, and began to rethink her Cowgirl future. By Sunday a decision, in the Sooners favor, had been reached.

"Coach Coale said she really wanted me to come and play for her program," Brown relayed.  "She said she'd always wanted to offer me, but just didn't have a scholarship available."  So why the sudden offer form Oklahoma?  "A guard scholarship opened when one of their players decided to graduate early," Brown said. (Junior guard Stephanie Luce, a steady backup for the Sooners on the court and an outstanding Dean's list chemistry-philosophy major decided to forgo basketball next year in order to focus on her studies and graduate in December).

Brown, a Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World Super Five pick, ended her prep career as Norman North's all-time leader in points scored, assists and steals. The three-year starter averaged 18.6 points, 6.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a senior. The 5-8 guard led NNHS to an overall record of 23-5 while shooting 54 percent from the field (151-of-278) and 72 percent from the free throw line (146-of-204).

"We are extremely excited to add Britney to our basketball family," Coale said. "She is a talented, tough perimeter player who gives us speed and depth at the point guard position. It's always special to add Oklahoma kids to our roster, and we believe Britney can help us reach our goal of bringing a National Championship to Norman and the University of Oklahoma."

Brown becomes the first basketball player from Norman North to sign with OU. She grabbed several coaches' attention when she scored 31 points in the Timberwolves first state championship game where they finished second to Jenks, 68-62. Brown was named to the Oklahoma All-State squad after earning MVP honors in both the Mid-State Conference and Lady Titan Classic. In addition, she was voted to the Junior Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.) All-Tournament team.

Brown's switch left the Cowgirls reeling. "We are extremely disappointed," said OSU coach Julie Goodenough. "We were counting on her to be the cornerstone in our rebuilding efforts. We really thought it was going to be the ‘Britney Brown Show' around here for the next four years. We thought she was excited to be a Cowgirl, but I guess things can change."

Yes, Julie, things can change when you can trade in a Chevy for a Lexus. Welcome Britney, we're looking forward to your play.

 


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