University of Memphis sophomore guard Brittany Carter is not exactly the type of brash or ostentatious personality that we may have come to expect from talented basketball players these days.
Her high school coach Tiffany Johnson once commented, “Brittany works hard and she’s a good kid. She’s not as vocal as I would like but she does a good job of leading by example.” Memphis coach Melissa McFerrin echoed Johnson’s sentiment, describing Carter as a “great young kid”. Meeting her lends credence to Johnson’s assertion that “she’s not as vocal as I would like” as she almost exudes an unassuming and reserved demeanor upon first meeting her.
So maybe it’s just her personality or perhaps she was simply exhausted from all the post-game attention, but it was hardly evident that she had just scored 49 points in a 98-83 victory over Sacramento State University on Black Friday. She was so composed that it almost made shattering records seem routine.
“I was just trying to be aggressive,” said Carter matter-of-factly. “When I’m aggressive that’s when I’m at my best and I know that’s what I need to do for my team so I just wanted to get the win and I’m so happy I got 49 points.”
If her performance against Sacramento State is what happens when she “tries to be aggressive”, then she might end up monopolizing the space in the Memphis record books.
In addition to her 49 points on 16-28 shooting (57.14%) and 15-20 free throw shooting, she added a game-high 11 rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Although her rebounds, field goals made, and free throws made and attempted were all personal bests, the 49 points undoubtedly made the biggest mark on history, both in Memphis and Seattle.
Brittany Carter Scores School-Record 49 in 98-83 Win Friday – MEMPHIS OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The win is the third straight for the Tigers and bumps them to 3-2 on the season. Carter’s 49 points broke Tamika Whitmore’s school record of 45 points against Arkansas State on Mar. 17th, 1999.
“I never imagined breaking (Tamika Whitmore)’s record. I hadn’t even thought of it,” Carter said. “I’m excited, I’m more excited we got the win,” Carter said. “I had a lot of help from my teammates, (LaToya) was making plays, Alex hit those threes…it was a team effort, it was fun playing with them and this is exactly how I like to play. My uncle and my mom flew in from Atlanta. It’s exciting to have them here to see me play. “