June 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of transfer point guard Shakena Richardson on Wednesday.
Richardson appeared in 59 games, with 12 starts, for Rutgers the past two seasons (2011-13).
Per NCAA transfer rules, Richardson will sit out the 2013-14 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Garnet and Gold.
“In order to remain one of the country’s top programs we must have strong point guard play,” Semrau said. “Shakena joins a long line of excellent floor generals at Florida State. She will be mentored by senior Cheetah Delgado this season and be ready to step in as a veteran and leader as Cheetah graduates. Shakena brings so many skills and intangibles to the floor. She is quick, scores well – both in the paint and from the perimeter – and, of course, loves to set the table for her teammates.”
The 5-4 guard was ranked the No. 4 point guard and No. 18 overall player by ESPN in the 2011 recruiting class coming out of Neptune (N.J.) High School after averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game her senior season. She led Neptune to an 89-4 record her last three seasons and was a three-time All-State and All-Shore selection.
During her sophomore season at Rutgers in 2012-13, Richardson averaged 5.0 points, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 19.7 minutes in 30 games, including 11 starts. She stepped her game up down the stretch for the Scarlet Knights, increasing her averages to 5.5 points, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 22.3 minutes in 16 Big East Conference games.
Her best performance came against Pittsburgh in the final game of the 2012-13 regular season when she tallied career highs in points (15), assists (seven) and steals (four), and made 5 of 6 field goal attempts over 35 minutes in a 65-44 victory.
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