Aug. 29, 2012
RUSTON - Former Temple forward Brittany Lewis has signed scholarship papers and will suit up for the Lady Techster basketball team this season - her final as a collegiate player - while pursuing her master's degree.
Lewis, a 6-foot-2-inch forward who earned her bachelor's degree from Temple, has registered for fall classes and is eligible after the NCAA approved the waiver filed on her behalf by the Louisiana Tech.
"This was great news for us," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "Brittany can play inside, she can play outside. She has great footwork and is skilled in the paint. The best word I can use to describe her is crafty.
"She has the experience of playing at some strong Division I programs, and she understands what it takes to win. She will bring that mentality to this program. She wants to be here. Our coaching staff couldn't be more excited about Brittany. This is an awesome day."
After averaging 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds her senior season for coach Kim Pereira at Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, Florida, Lewis signed with Virginia Tech where she played 24 games as a true freshman before then transferring to Temple.
After sitting out a year due to the NCAA transfer rule, Lewis saw action in 49 games, making 20 starts, the past two seasons for the Owls of the Atlantic 10 Conference. This past season, Lewis averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line.
The multi-versatile forward scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Owls' A-10 semifinal loss to Dayton March 4. She also came one assist away from recording a triple double in Temple's first round WNIT win against Quinnipiac, recording 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
She registered double figure scoring games against the likes of Ohio State (13 points), Duke (13 points), UCLA (15 points) while pulling down double figures in rebounds in three of the last four games of the year.
2011-12: Averaged 8.0 points per game (fourth on the team) and 5.3 rebounds per game (third on the team)...Played in 31 games, starting in 18...Tied career high with 13 rebounds in the WNIT 2nd Round win vs. Harvard (3/17)...Came one assist away from a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine assists in the WNIT 1st Round win vs. Quinnipiac (3/15)...Led TU with a career-high 19 points and career-high 13 rebounds in the Owls' A-10 Semifinal loss to Dayton on March 4...Scored 11 points and grabbed a 11 rebounds for her first career double-double in a win vs. UMass (2/11); also tied career high with three blocks...Tied for the team high with 13 points vs. #8/7 Duke, including 11 points in a second-half run that got the Owls to within five...Scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a win vs. UCLA (12/20)...Led the Owls with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a win vs. Kent State (12/6)...Scored 14 points including two three-pointers at #24/25 Ohio State (11/18).Set a career high for the second straight game with 18 points in a win at Northeastern (11/15), also grabbing eight rebounds...Scored 12 points, grabbed six boards, dished three assists and recorded career highs in blocks (2) and steals (2) in Temple's season-opening win vs. Miami (OH).
2010-11: Saw action in 18 games with two starts in her first season on the court for Temple...Grabbed seven rebounds at Seton Hall (11/16)...Scored first points as an Owl by going 1-of-1 vs. Northern Illinois (11/23)...Hit a huge three-point shot with 1:22 left at Auburn (12/4) to put Temple up 62-61, which stood as the final score in the game...Scored four points and grabbed five boards in just seven minutes of action in a win vs. Hartford (12/10).
2009-10: Sat out the season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules.
2008-09 (at Virginia Tech): Scored four points in her collegiate debut against Radford...Tossed in eight points versus North Carolina Central...Tied for team-high in points with eight and posted two rebounds at #17 Vanderbilt...Had career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds versus SMU...Missed Presbyterian and Florida State games due to a bone bruise in her left knee...Scored five points with three rebounds at #12/16 Maryland...Had seven points and five rebounds against USC Upstate ... Scored four points with three rebounds at Wake Forest.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks per game during her senior season for coach Kim Pereira at Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, Fla...Holds the school's career record for points (705) and blocks (29)...Set the school standard with 29 blocks during her junior season...Was a three-time member of the St. Johns River Athletic Conference All-conference team...Named to the Jacksonville Times-Union All-area team...Also played AAU for Teamball.