Leigha

Brown

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#32

Forward
Height: 6'1"
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Auburn, Ind.
High School: DeKalb
Major: Management

Bio

Q&A with Leigha Brown

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 11)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
  • No. 21 Forward in the Nation (ESPN, 2017)
  • IBCA Supreme 15 Underclass All-State (2017)
  • Indiana Class 4A All-State (2nd Team, 2016)
  • Indiana Class 4A All-State (HM, 2015)
  • IBCA State Player of the Week (Nov. 6, 2017)

Freshman (2018-19)
Leigha Brown (pronounced LEE-uh) worked her way into Nebraska’s starting lineup for the final six games of her freshman season.

An explosive scorer, Brown put up Nebraska’s top offensive effort of the season with 30 points in just 25 minutes off the bench in a win over Purdue (Feb. 10) to earn a spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll. She started Nebraska’s next six games, with the first starts coming in place of an ill Taylor Kissinger against No. 7 Maryland (Feb. 14) and No. 24 Michigan State (Feb. 17). 
For the season, Brown averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
In Brown’s 30-point performance against Purdue, she scored 22 in the second half. She set career highs with four threes and 10 free throws made against the Boilermakers while tying a career high with two steals. She tied a career best by hitting four more threes in a win over No. 24 Michigan State on her way to 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. 
Brown added 20 points while matching a career best with two steals at No. 19 Iowa (Jan. 3). She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7), for her performance against Iowa and a 19-point effort to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal in a Big Ten road win at Ohio State (Dec. 31). 
Brown opened Big Ten play with 11 points and five rebounds in a win over Michigan (Dec. 28). She had 18 points and a career-high six rebounds against Rutgers (Jan. 13), before adding 10 points in a road win at Illinois (Jan. 17).
Through her first six Big Ten games, Brown averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game. For the season, she averaged 10.2 points in Big Ten action. She notched eight double-figure scoring efforts against Big Ten foes among her 11 double-digit performances on the season.
Brown had 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She added 17 points and career highs of five assists and two steals in a win over Denver (Dec. 15). She scored 13 points in a win over Radford (Nov. 25).

Before Nebraska
Brown averaged 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a senior at DeKalb High School in 2017-18. It followed her junior season when she averaged 22.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 blocks for Coach Brett Eltzroth in 2016-17 on her way to IBCA Supreme 15 Underclass All-State honors.

She earned second-team Class 4A all-state honors after averaging 17.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a sophomore in 2015-16. She was honorable-mention all-state as a freshman in 2014-15.

Brown closed her high school career with 1,798 points, 810 rebounds, 325 assists and 161 steals and 86 blocked shots.

In the first game of her senior season, Brown notched a triple-double with 34 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. Her second game as a senior, she erupted for a career-high 53 points to go along with 24 rebounds in a win over Lakeland High School on Nov. 3.  Her 53-point performance ranked second in DeKalb history, just four points shy of the school record held by MaChelle Joseph, who is Georgia Tech’s current head coach, Purdue’s all-time leading scorer, the 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.

Brown played her club basketball for Always 100 coached by Julius Smith.

Personal
The daughter of Jenese Brown and Nate Brown, Leigha was born July 14, 2000 in Auburn, Ind. She has a younger sister, Jayla. Leigha is majoring in management and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.

She chose Nebraska over Xavier, Belmont, Western Michigan, Wright State, Indiana State, Youngstown State, American and IUPUI.

“I believe it is a perfect fit for me,” Brown said. “The coaching staff, fans and the opportunities that the school provides were exactly what I was looking for in a school.” 

Leigha Brown's Career Bests
Points - 30 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019 
Rebounds - 6 vs. Rutgers, Jan. 13, 2019 
Assists - 5 vs. Denver, Dec. 15, 2018 
Steals - 2 Three times, most recent vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019
Blocks - 1 Three times, most recent at Maryland, Feb. 14, 2019 
FGM - 8 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019; vs. San Jose State, Dec. 8, 2018 
FGA - 14 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019 
3FGM - 4 vs. Michigan State, Feb. 17, 2019; vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019 
3FGA - 6 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019
FTM - 10 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019
FTA - 12 vs. Purdue, Feb. 10, 2019; at Ohio State, Dec. 31, 2018

Brown's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2018-19

30-6

94-223

.422

32-89

.360

69-94

.734

79-2.6

48-1

45

30

3

23

289-9.6

Career

30-6

94-223

.422

32-89

.360

69-94

.734

79-2.6

48-1

45

30

23

289-9.6

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