The Bob Jones University Bruins women’s basketball team finished a remarkable season with a 19-14 record, including 9-4 at home.
The seniors proved to be a key to the Lady Bruins’ success this season.
Kendra Jeffcott ended her career as the Bruins’ all-time leading scorer with 1,365 career points. She also surpassed 1,000 career rebounds.
Julia Wright, like Kendra Jeffcott, played on the team since she was a freshman while Maggi Ford and Brianna Delaney both transferred into the program. The four seniors had a tremendous impact on the program on and off the court.
This season, BJU swept rival Pensacola Christian College, beating them 67-51 at home and 59-49 away—a huge accomplishment. They also had a strong finish to the season, winning 13 of their final 16 games.
Unfortunately, the Lady Bruins did not make a run in the postseason, losing their regional semifinal game in a thrilling overtime game to Point University.
Kendra Jeffcott led the team with 348 points for the season, while Maggi Ford recorded 267 points.
Jeffcott also led the team with 257 rebounds.
“The seniors can leave confidently knowing that the program is in good hands,” Coach Mike LeViere said. “In the second half of the season, our freshmen really grew up. They played college ball throughout the season. They adjusted their game, and they really started to fit in. That was exciting to see.”
Key returning players will include forward Bridgette Gleed, a rising senior, sharpshooter sophomore small-forward Sha’Ron Brunson and freshman point guard Bhrianna Jackson.
The seniors each had advice for returning players and future Lady Bruins.
“Just work hard,” Brianna Delaney said. “When you’re in practice, be there. Just be aware of what is going on around you.”
“It goes fast,” Kendra Jeffcott said. “Enjoy it while you can, and learn everything you can from Coach.”
“Know why you play,” Julia Wright said. “That way you can work hard for the right reasons.”
“Manage your time,” Maggi Ford said. “Between school and ball, manage your time well.”
The entire University family looks forward to what the Lady Bruins will accomplish in the upcoming 2016-17 season. It is hard to miss the growing potential of this team as it moves to capitalize on the lessons it has learned this year.