Jennifer Brabson (Cleek), Francis Marion

Jennifer Brabson (Cleek), Francis Marion

Jennifer Brabson (now Jennifer Cleek) is the PBC's all-time career scoring leader, a mark that still stands 16 years following one of the most successful four-year careers any women's basketball player has ever had.  Between 1996 and 2000, Brabson helped lead the Patriots to a 103-22 record, the 1998 Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship, the 1999 PBC regular-season title, and four trips to the NCAA Division II national tournament, including three trips to the Sweet 16 (1998, 1999, 2000) and one appearance in the Final Four (1998).  Playing for head coach Wes Moore, she and teammate Chiffonia Adderson became the first players in Peach Belt history to earn All-Conference honors all four years.

A four-year starter, the 5-8 forward ended her career 20th on the all-time Division II scoring list with 2,217 points.  At FMU, she still ranks fourth in scoring, 12th in steals (200), 13th in rebounding (758), and 18th in assists (219).  She finished her playing days owning 11 school records and six Peach Belt marks, including the conference's all-time scoring record.  She holds the Patriot career marks for three-pointers made (182) and attempted (501), free throws made (705), and free throw percentage (78.3 %).  Amazingly, she averaged nearly six free throws made per game for her entire 124-game career, while attempting 900 charity tosses.

She still holds the PBC marks for free throws made in a season and career and free throws attempted in a career.

Statistically, her best season may have been her freshman year, when she averaged 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while setting a conference record for points scored by a freshman (526).  She averaged 17.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg as a sophomore; 17.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg as a junior; and 18.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg, while making 223 of 260 free throws, as a senior.

She was selected as the PBC's Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and earned All-America recognition in 1999 and 2000.  When the Patriots advanced to the Final Four in 1998, she was chosen to the NCAA Elite Eight All-Tournament Team, and she was an NCAA regional All-Tournament team selection in 1999 and 2000.  She twice was named the FMU team MVP (1999, 2000), was a two-time pick for the PBC All-Tournament Team (1999, 2000), and was a first-team Daktronics All-Region choice three times (1998, 1999, 2000).

She was twice named the PBC Player of the Week, and was named to six All-Tournament Teams for regular-season events including the prestigious 1998 Disney Tip-Off Classic. During her days at Francis Marion, Brabson was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was named to the FMU Athletic-Academic Honor Roll in 1999 and 2000.  In 2009, she was inducted into the Francis Marion University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The mother of three, Brabson returned home to her native Knoxville, Tenn.  She has also worked as a marketing coordinator at ESPN and ABC Sports in New York City.

Jennifer Brabson drives for a layup in the 1998 PBC Championship game.  FMU won the contest 71-67 over Columbus State.
Brabson plays in the 1998 NCAA Elite Eight.  FMU became the first PBC women's team to ever win a game at the Elite Eight that year, advancing to the national semifinals.

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