Herd Women's Basketball Signs Becky Richter





Herd Women's Basketball Signs Becky Richter

7/18/2000

Huntington, WV (May. 1, 2000) -- Marshall women's basketball coach Juliene Simpson announced today that Becky Richter of Columbus, OH, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Thundering Herd beginning next season.

Richter, a 6-2 power forward from Bishop Ready High School, averaged 15.4 points per game and seven rebounds per game as a senior for coach Joe Lang. Richter earned second-team all-state honors, and was also named to the Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team.

"In addition to Becky's 15 points per game scoring average, she will bring excellent defensive ability to our program," Simpson said. "Joe Lang is known for his emphasis on defense, and Becky is certainly a fine example of that."

Aside from her scoring and rebounding numbers, Richter also blocked 56 shots last season to run her career total to 140. She also shot 80-percent from the free throw line.

"Marshall is getting an intelligent, very competitive player that will develop into a leader," Lang said. "She runs the floor well, has great hands and an extremely soft shot. Her biggest plus, though, is probably her understanding of team defense. All of these things combined makes Becky the total package."

Richter joins Piketon High School's Cassie Hackworth in Marshall's late signing period class. The two were teammates on the South team in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game.

Richter is the third player that the Thundering Herd has signed for the 2000-01 season. Latae Cooley, a 6-0 forward from North Versailles, PA, also committed to Marshall during the early-signing period in November.

The Herd finished the 1999-2000 season with an overall record of 8-20 and a 2-14 record in the Mid-American Conference. Both of those win totals were a two-fold improvement from the previous year. Marshall has all but three players returning from last season, including four starters.