Over the course of the next six weeks we will be counting down the Top 12 stories of the 2011-12 year. Each Monday and Thursday we will reveal a new story, until we reach the top moment, which will be unveiled in mid July.
On December 22, Brittany Hedderson had a game for the ages as the senior guard poured in a school-record 39 points in a 69-65 win over Oakland at Alumni Arena. The Tecumseh, Ontario native eclipsed the previous record of 38 points set by Regina Frazier against D’Youville on February 24, 1978.
Hedderson led the Bulls to a 69-65 overtime victory over the Golden Grizzlies.
"It's a great honor," Hedderson said. "It's kind of a reflection of the hard work, to not just me, but what the whole team puts in."
Hedderson had 19 points in the first half as the Bulls took a 28-26 lead into the break and added another 16 points in the second half as the teams were tied at 58-58 after regulation. Hedderson scored the first two points of the overtime period and put UB up 67-63 late in the extra session to preserve the win.
Hedderson had a career year for the Bulls as she finished second in the league in scoring at 20.4 points per game. Hedderson will go down as second in school history in points for a season with 631, while her 1,169 minutes played this past year is first in school history. For her career, she will finish fourth in scoring (1,462), fourth in field goals (555), third in three point field goals (161) and eighth in assists (311). She ends her career as one of only two players in school history to record 1,400 points and 300 assists, joining Brenna Doty.
Twice this past season, Hedderson was named MAC East Player of the Week and she led the Bulls in scoring in 26 of their 31 games. In all, she finished with 15 games of 20 points or more. Hedderson’s 39-point outburst was one of four 30-point games on the season.