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Brea Beal

  • position Guard
  • height 6-1
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Rock Island, Ill.
  • High school Rock Island
  • position Guard
  • height 6-1
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Rock Island, Ill.
  • High school Rock Island

Brea Beal Bio

Career Game-by-Game Stats (PDF)


Sophomore Year (2020-21)
SEC Academic Honor Roll

Freshman Year (2019-20)
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

High School

Naismith All-America Third Team (2019)
WBCA All-America Third Team (2019)
McDonald’s All-America (2019)
USA Today Illinois Player of the Year (2019)
Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019)
Illinois Ms. Basketball (2017, 2018, 2019)

In the Record Book

Most games started by a freshman (33 in 2019-20)

Sophomore Year (2020-21)

  • Led or tied for the team lead in rebounding four times – vs. #21/20 Gonzaga (Nov. 29), at Alabama (Jan. 4), vs. Oregon St. (Mar. 23) and vs. Texas (Mar. 30)
  • Scored five of her seven points in the SEC Tournament title game against #16/21 Georgia (Mar. 7) during a 9-0 run that closed the third quarter and turned a tie game in to nine-point Gamecock advantage
  • Pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds against Oregon State (Mar. 23) in NCAA Tournament second-round game, including seven in the first half as Gamecocks built a 30-18 halftime lead
  • Impacted the game on both ends of the court against Ole Miss (Feb. 25), hoovering up nine rebounds and scoring eight points while tying her career high for blocks in a SEC game with two
  • Played all 45 minutes at #2/5 UConn (Feb. 8), tying her season high with 10 rebounds and scoring eight points
  • Posted fourth double-digit scoring game in last six outings with 11 points against Alabama (Jan. 31), impacting game with four points, a rebound, two blocks and a steal during 18-5 run that opened second half
  • Great defensive effort at #21/19 Mississippi State (Jan. 28), holding leading scorer Rickea Jackson to just two first-half points
  • Came up big at LSU (Jan. 24), scoring six of her 10 points in the third quarter as the Gamecocks rallied to regain the lead… also tied her career high with four assists
  • Had a career scoring night for the second-straight game with 22 against #15/16 Arkansas (Jan. 18), scoring seven of in the first quarter and adding nine during the third as the Gamecocks pulled away with the lead … all while helping lock up Arkansas’ prolific offensive weapons on the perimeter
  • Scored 10 of her then career-high 17 points in the first quarter at Vanderbilt (Jan. 14) and finished the game with three made 3s, tying her career high from beyond the arc
  • Strong effort at #10/8 Kentucky (Jan. 10), making All-American Rhyne Howard work on both sides of the ball throughout the game, which slowed down the Wildcats’ star late in the game
  • Had her first double-digit rebound game of the season at Alabama (Jan. 4), grabbing eight in the first half, including six defensive boards in the second quarter to help hold the Tide to just nine points
  • Was aggressive offensively early at #23/18 Iowa State (Dec. 6), scoring five of the team’s first seven points and going on to finish with a season-high 13 points, including three 3s
  • Provided an offensive spark against #21/20 Gonzaga (Nov. 29) scoring a then season-high 12 points to go along with her team high seven rebounds

Freshman Year (2019-20)

  • Part of first team in program history to end the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, claiming that spot in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
  • Steady, solid player at a number of positions … regularly drew toughest defensive assignment
  • Set program record for games started by a freshman after drawing the assignment in every game of the season
  • Notched the first double-double of her career in the SEC Championship game against Mississippi State (March 8) with 12 points and 11 rebounds
  • Snagged a career-best 13 rebounds at Missouri (Jan. 16), six of which came in the first quarter
  • Hit a pair of 3s as part of Gamecocks’ 5-of-5 3-point shooting start against Auburn (Feb. 13)
  • Pulled down 12 rebounds against #21/21 Arkansas (Jan. 9), including four offensive in the second quarter
  • Scored five of the team’s first 11 points and added three steals in opening quarter of her SEC debut against #13/13 Kentucky (Jan. 2) … tied her career-high scoring by halftime en route to game-high tying 15 points
  • Caught fire in the third quarter at Clemson (Nov. 24), scoring eight of her then career-high 11 points in the period
  • Cracked double figures for the first time against App State (Nov. 17), scoring six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter
  • With 10 rebounds at Dayton (Nov. 13), became first Gamecock freshman to post back-to-back double-digit rebound games since A’ja Wilson in 2014-15
  • Grabbed seven of her team-high 10 rebounds at #4/5 Maryland (Nov. 10) in the third quarter to help stymie a Terrapin run

High School

  • Ranked No. 11 recruit in the Class of 2019 and the No. 3 wing player in the class
  • Earned consensus All-America selection after her senior season (2018-19), during which she averaged 26.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists
  • Named Illinois Ms. Basketball three times (2017, 2018, 2019), adding Illinois AP Class 4A Second-Team All-State honors as a freshman
  • Also captured Illinois Player of the Year honors from Gatorade (2017, 2018, 2019) and USA Today (2019)
  • Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic (2019)
  • Finished career is all-time leading scorer in Western Big 6 history
  • Helped Rock Island to 30-2 record and sectional title as a senior (2018-19)


  • Daughter of Nicole Adamson and Kevin Beal … has three younger brothers, Baker, Bakari and Baryn
  • Majoring in retailing with fashion merchandising and digital innovations concentration