May 17, 2013
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AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team has signed junior college forward Melinda Brimfield to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced Friday. Brimfield, a native of Norway, S.C., played the last two seasons at Gulf Coast State College.
"Melinda is a great addition to our signing class," said Williams-Flournoy. "Melinda is a long, lanky and athletic post player. She will give us some much-needed depth, as well as some maturity and experience, but also a great deal of athleticism down on the blocks. We are excited about her joining our team."
Brimfield, a 6-0 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013-14 season. She is the fifth player ever from Gulf Coast State to sign with Auburn, joining Trevesha Jackson (2006-09), Carol Smith (2000-02), Mandisa Stevenson (2002-04) and Tanesheia Thompson (2003-05).
"I really enjoyed talking with Coach Flo and Coach Evans and felt like I was supposed to be a part of the program," said Brimfield. "We never once had a conversation where we did not laugh and I really enjoy being with them."
Brimfield helped Gulf Coast State to a 29-6 record and a 9-3 league mark as a sophomore. The team went on to finish fourth at the NJCAA national tournament. Brimfield averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She also averaged 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
As a freshman, Brimfield helped the team to a 24-5 record after averaging 2.3 points per game.
While playing for Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School, Brimfield was a four-time all-state, all-region, all-area and all-conference selection.
As a senior, she led her team to a 24-1 record while averaging 33.6 points, 11.1 rebounds per game, 2.1 blocks and 3.3 steals per game. She was ranked 19th in the country in scoring and fourth in the state of South Carolina. She was also named team MVP, Orangeburg Times and Democrat Player of the Year and was MVP of the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game.
During her junior season, Brimfield led her team to a 23-2 record while averaging a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. It was enough for her to earn her first Orangeburg Times and Democrat Player of the Year honor.
As a sophomore, Brimfield averaged 20.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while leading her team to a 23-4 record. As a freshman, she helped the team to a 22-5 mark.
Brimfield is the seventh member of Williams-Flournoy's first signing class, joining Keonna Farmer, Katie Frerking, Brandy Montgomery, Kiani Parker, Allina Starr and Meagan Tucker.