Brereton Among National Scoring Leaders; Named SBC Player of Week

October 12, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee senior forward Debs Brereton was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week Tuesday after supplying three goals and five assists in two Blue Raider wins last weekend.

Brereton, who is the first repeat winner of the award this season, is ranked among the Top 20 nationally in the three major scoring categories. She is seventh in points per game (2.58), tied for eighth in goal per game (1.0), and tied for No. 20 in assists per game (0.58).

"I'm very appreciative of this recognition, but like I said before, the team deserves the credit," Brereton said. "We are playing well right now and this is when you want to be playing well because we are in the thick of the Sun Belt race."

Brereton came up big in the Blue Raiders' two home league wins last weekend. The top scorer in the Sun Belt proved to be a versatile contributor as Middle Tennessee (8-4, 2-1 SBC) won both conference contests. She had two goals and three assists against Arkansas-Little Rock, and added one goal and two more assists against Arkansas State.

"Debs has been consistent and she's been playing very well for us all season," Middle Tennessee coach Aston Rhoden said. "She did a nice job of setting others up last weekend and when she had opportunities to finish, she usually did. We certainly have been pleased with her contributions to the team."

Brereton leads the Sun Belt in points and goals, and is second in assists. She has tied the school record for points in a season (31) and is tied for third on the single-season goals list with 12.

NOTES: Middle Tennessee has the third-highest scoring offense in the country this week, averaging 4.25 goals per game ... Freshmen have performed well for the Blue Raiders this season. Rookie keeper Jenny Manis has been in goal for all five of the team's shutouts this season. Manis is second in the SBC in shutouts, fourth in save percentage and fifth in saves per game. Another freshman, Holly Grogan, is making her mark among the league's best. Grogan is tied for fourth in the SBC in points (17) and goals (7).

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