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Avila junior explodes for 40 points in win over Graceland

February 4, 2011
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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Avila junior shooting guard Brittany Townsend had a game she, nor anyone else involved, will soon forget Feb. 3 in Lamoni, Iowa.

Townsend, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard from Orrick, Mo., had a shooting night for the ages – and, one for the Avila record books – in the Eagles' 76-70 victory over Graceland. She scored a game-high 40 points, behind an incredible 10-of-15 shooting from beyond the three-point line. Overall, she made 13 of 21 shots from the field and was perfect at the free-throw line, making all four of her charities.

"I really didn't think I was going to shoot very well, because in warm-ups, I wasn't shooting well at all," said Townsend, who improved her season average to 15.81 points per game, second-highest on the team behind senior center Alyson Young. "The first five (shots I made) I was shooting from the same corner, the exact same spot."

Townsend had scored 27 points three separate times this season, but had been unable to eclipse that total until she shattered it against Graceland. She said she remembered scoring "30-something" in high school at Orrick.

Though no records could be found dating prior to head coach Larry Williams' arrival at Avila, no one can remember a player scoring 40 in a game.

"It's pretty unheard of," Williams said.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.