The NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has announced the selection of Murray State College Lady Aggie Tierani Richardson to participate in the 6th Annual NJCAA All-Star Weekend. Participants were selected by a committee of coaches from Division I, Division II, and Division III schools. Only the top forty athletes were chosen as all-stars.
Richardson is the daughter of Chuck and Rena Richardson from Ardmore. As a Sulphur Lady Bulldog, she was a member of the 2013 3A State Basketball Champion team. She was also selected for the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team, the 2013 3A State Tournament All-Tournament Team, the 2013 Bertha Teague All-Tournament Team, the Ardmoreite Superteam (2010, 2012, 2013), the LCC All-Conference Team (2010, 2012, 2013), the 2010 OBU All-Tournament Team, and was named the 2010 Offensive Player of the Year. In her first year as a Lady Aggie, Richardson was selected as first team All-Conference, and All-Region.
MSC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Justin Cellum says Richardson was chosen to participate not only because of her ability on the basketball court, but because of how she plays the game. He singles out her competitive nature and enthusiasm for the game as keys that draw the attention of opposing coaches.
“I am very proud of Tierani and her accomplishments,” says Coach Cellum. “I am looking forward to traveling to watch Tierani and I am very confident she will be a great ambassador for Murray State College.”
A 5’3” shooting guard, Richardson says that although she’s not the biggest girl on the court, she feels blessed with an ability to play the game. She says to be able to represent her college is an honor.
"I feel honored to represent Murray State in the All-Star game,” she says. “I set this goal for myself over the summer and to see it come true is truly remarkable. I played with a great group of girls this past year that pushed me every day to get better. I also had a coach who challenged me to play to the best of my abilities."
Richardson played under Coach Phil Daniel last year. This year new head coach Justin Cellum takes over the team. Cellum says he is expecting big things from his small guard.
“First and foremost, Tierani is a strong leader and fearless competitor,” he says. “Obviously, she is a great shooter from the three-point line…statistically one of the best in the nation, but she has been working extremely hard on becoming more than just a great 3 point shooter. She will garner a lot of attention from opposing teams next season.”
Richardson excels off the court as well. She is a member of the President’s Scholars Program, an academically elite group of students on campus and was one of three selected for the prestigious Oklahoma Regent’s Scholarship. She maintained a 4.0 this year. She expects to graduate from MSC in the spring of 2015 and plans to pursue a career in speech pathology.
“With the Speech Pathology degree, my plans are to work in a clinic or school setting helping children with speech impediments,” she says. “Working with children is something I have always wanted to do and helping children overcome obstacles in their lives is something that is close to my heart--so one day I wish to be able to make a positive impact in a child's life.”
On the court, Richardson says she hopes to lead her team to a conference championship and a trip to the national tournament. “We have a new coach and a great set of girls coming in to join the four returning players. If we come together as a team, we have a great shot at being a top competitor in our conference.”
Richardson and Cellum make the trip to Niceville, Florida for the NJCAA All-Star weekend July 24-27.