Richardson Earns WCC Player of the Week Honors
Richardson is the first Pepperdine player to earn the award since Lauren Bell in 2012.
Jan. 6, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -- After putting up the second highest single game scoring total in both Pepperdine and WCC history, Bria Richardson was rewarded with conference Player of the Week honors for her efforts. The junior guard averaged 20.7 points per game through three contests last week.
Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) followed up a tough game at BYU with a career night against Santa Clara, as the Waves picked up their first WCC win of the season in a 100-93 double overtime victory against the Broncos. The Waves’ leading scorer dropped 44 points in the game, going 14-for-24 from the field, 3-of-3 from long range and 13-for-16 from the free throw line. Richardson also filled out the stat line for the night with seven steals and five rebounds.
Playing an average of 39.7 minutes per game, Richardson also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists for the week. Her 44-point night was just two short of the Pepperdine record of 46, set by Fannie Allen back in 1980, and one short of the WCC record of 45, set by Martha Sheldon in 1992. It was the first 40-point night by a WCC student-athlete since San Diego’s Michelle Augustovo scored 42 against Clemson (12/11/05) and only the fifth overall.
Richardson currently leads the Waves with 17.7 points per game and is third in the conference in scoring. She is the first Pepperdine player to garner the award since Lauren Bell on Feb. 6 2012.
The Waves’ win over Santa Clara was the team’s fifth of the year, already matching their total from last season. Pepperdine (5-10, 1-3 WCC) is back in action this weekend, taking on Loyola Marymount Saturday at 2 p.m.