Jenine Browne definitely deserves some respect. Growing up in St. Brides Newfoundland, a town of just about 200 people, you would expect her to be shy and quiet, and she is, but believe me there is nothing quiet about her game. In fact, it’s louder than heavy metal music. The 5-11, 155lbs senior out of Memorial University has led the CIS in scoring the last three years by averaging 22.5 points per game in addition to picking up first team All-Canadian honors in the process. By the time you read this she will be well on her way to racking up her fourth consecutive first team All-Canadian award in five years and possibly another scoring title.
An impressive accomplishment for the 23-year-old Kinesiology student, but it does not stop there. Browne has a chance to become the all-time leading scorer in CIS history. Currently in 3rd place with 1888 career points and trailing the current record holder Leighann Doan (1958) by 70 points. With 6 regular season games remaining, there is no doubt she will break this record and ink her name into the CIS women’s record book as the first player to score over 2000 points in her career.
Despite all of her personal accolades, Browne remains focused on her main goal, which is to lead Memorial University to their first national championship. Her outstanding all-around game and the consistent play of her teammate and play maker, Amy Dalton, have helped turn the Sea-Hawks program into a national powerhouse over the last three years. With Browne in the picture, the Sea-Hawks even earned themselves the league’s best record of 18-2 during the 2003-2004 season, which ended with an unexpected heartbreaking loss in the Atlantic conference finals against the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB).
“I still remember that game, it was very disappointing and it really hurt,” says Browne who dedicates a majority of her off-season to work on her defensive game, to compliment an already polished and unstoppable offensive game. That hard work paid off when she was named AUS defensive player of the year 2002-2003.
“She really has become our defensive stopper,” admits Coach Doug Partridge who has been a major influence in the development of her game and believes that she is best player in the country despite never winning the award. “I think that for the last two years she has been the best player in the country” he confirmed. Call him biased, but the man does have a valid reason; she has dominated the CIS every year. Add the fact that she has international experience via the 2002 Junior National team that played at the world qualifier in Brazil. If that wasn’t enough, Browne was the leading score on 2003 FISU team that played in Korea. You can’t help but wonder why she still hasn’t won the prestigious player of the year award.