By Marvin Pave, Boston Globe Correspondent
A junior captain and the only returning starter for the women's basketball team at Clark University in Worcester, Brooke Brennan is showing early signs of a career season. The 5-foot-10-inch guard from Weston is averaging 15.6 points per game, including a 29-point performance that included eight three-pointers in a 58-49 win over Anna Maria on Nov. 25.
Through seven games, she was also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.3 assists, while shooting 43.5 percent overall (42.9 from three-point range), and usually defends the opposition's top offensive player.
"She has developed into both a great defensive player and a great scorer, and is our team leader," said Clark's 30-year head coach, Pat Glispin.
A management major, Brennan, 21, played on back-to-back NEPSAC Class B championship teams her junior and senior seasons at the Rivers School after transferring from Weston High.
What was your earliest basketball experience?
It was with the fifth-grade town recreation team in team in Lincoln and I liked it right away — probably because I was taller than a lot of other kids.
What was the most important phase of your development?
With the Basketball 2 the Limit AAU team coached by Donald Morris. He told us that mistakes will happen on the court, but if they do, make sure that you are giving 100 percent at the time.
How was your transition to the college game and how has your role changed?
It really started with my years at Rivers, where I played with so many talented girls, three of whom have gone on to Division 1 schools. That relationship and our coach, Bob Pipe, gave me a great feel for the game that has been important in college.
What does being the team's only captain mean to you?
A lot. It means that all the things I tried to do last year aside from scoring — tough defense or diving for loose balls — are more important this year in setting an example.
Your brother, Alec, is a 6-foot-10 freshman on the Princeton University team. How close are you?
Very close. We're always encouraging one another. When we were younger, we'd go one-on-one at a hoop in our backyard, but then he got too tall for me.
What direction do you hope your major takes you?
I'm hoping for a career in the business world that focuses on being creative and thinking out of the box. I minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. Through that program, I'm creating an iPhone app for real-life investors as part of the "U-Reka!'' challenge competition.
What was your most embarrassing moment on the court?
I was with Basketball 2 the Limit, and we were up by a point with 12 seconds left against a great AAU team from the Bronx that we had no business beating. I jacked one up without a thought and missed. My teammate, Emma Roberson, who now plays at Tufts, took a charge at the other end and saved us. It's a moment I'd like to take back.