Richardson named GCAC Player of the Week
by Wesley Sinor
Feb 08, 2012 | 1752 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA — Ebony Richardson led the Talladega College Lady Tornadoes to three wins last week, and the senior has now been recognized for her efforts.

Richardson was named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week Monday.

The Oakland, Calif., native scored 21 points in a 75-62 win over Edward Waters, another 21 points in a 72-44 road win over Morris College and 22 points in a 73-60 victory at Southern University New Orleans.

“I don’t want to show too much emotion,” Richardson said on Tuesday when asked how she reacted to the news. “I have to stay humble, because I don’t want to boast about it. I celebrate within myself.”

In the three games combined, Richardson pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had 10 steals.

She shot 91 percent from the free throw line, 43 percent from long distance and 48 percent from the field.

“Those are outstanding stats,” said Talladega College head coach, Romeo Lagmay. “And they were definitely a major contributor to our success. You can’t complain about that, all you can do is hope it stays consistent.”

Richardson has had her share of bumps and bruises this season. At the beginning of the year she was forced to sit out a few games for a concussion.

More recently she has suffered a cut lip, bruised ribs and a foot injury. She says no matter what, she owes it to the team to come out and play every night.

“When I had to sit out after the concussion it hurt me so bad,” she said. “I just wanted to play with my team. If I can move I’m able to go.”

The Lady Tornadoes have now won five straight and hold a 16-6 overall record. Richardson said as long as her team keeps winning, she doesn’t care how many points she scores.

“At the end of the day, points don’t matter,” she said. “I can score three points, and as long as my team wins I’m content with that. As long as I play a great defensive game, I’m happy.”

Lagmay said Richardson’s play and leadership are two of the team’s biggest weapons.

“She’s going to do what she needs to do,” he said. “Ebony’s taken care of. That’s what makes it satisfying.”

Richardson’s ultimate goal is to win one more national championship before her time at TC is up.

Only four more games remain in the regular season, and Saturday’s game with Xavier will be crucial. Xavier is on top of the GCAC standings, while Talladega sits at third behind Tougaloo.

Xavier pounded Talladega 66-48 on Jan. 21, but Richardson is confident Saturday’s outcome will be different.

“I’m confident,” she said. “You can’t beat us at home.”

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