#12 Laura Richards
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Connersville|
Enters senior season seventh in program history with 288 career assists.
2011-2012: Played 30 games, all starts, for the Crusaders during junior campaign ... missed just one game ... led the Horizon League in minutes played, averaging 37.5 minutes per game ... played 40 minutes 13 times ... tied for fifth in the Horizon League with 3.6 assists per game ... tied for second in the Horizon League with 2.8 steals per game ... averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest ... led team with career-high 107 assists ... tallied personal-best 83 steals, the fifth-highest single season total in Crusaders women's basketball history ... named to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive Team ... four points, three assists and three steals in season-opening loss versus SIU-Edwardsville (Nov. 12) ... posted six points, four boards and three assists versus Western Illinois (Nov. 22) ... scored career-high 12 points, dished out four assists and pulled down three rebounds in win against IPFW (Dec. 6) ... eight points, three rebounds and three assists at Pitt (Dec. 10) ... matched a career-high with eight assists in victory at Ball State (Dec. 18) ... six rebounds, seven assists and five steals versus Eastern Illinois (Dec. 20) ... registered a career-high six steals at Wright State on Dec. 28 ... scored five points and matched career-high with six steals versus Youngstown State (Jan. 7) ... turned in nine points and posted a career-high 11 rebounds while matching a career-high with eight assists in a near triple-double against Butler (Jan. 14) ... six-rebound, six-assist performance against Loyola (Jan. 19) ... balanced effort - eight points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals - at Youngstown State (Feb. 2) ... nine points, five boards at Cleveland State (Feb. 4) ... matched career-high with 12 points at Butler (Feb. 11) ... seven points and nine rebounds in losing effort versus UIC (Feb. 16) ... added nine points and eight assists against Loyola (Feb. 18) ... seven points, five rebounds and four assists at No. 12 Green Bay (Feb. 23) ... amassed seven points and five steals against Wright State on March 1 ... pulled down six boards apiece in first-round and quarterfinal action in the Horizon League Championships.
2010-2011: Saw action in 29 games, making 26 starts as a sophomore ... averaged 3.4 points per contest ... finished eighth in the Horizon League averaging 3.2 assists per contest ... seventh in the league with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio ... led Valpo with 35 steals ... played 14 minutes and grabbed two rebounds in return to action at Green Bay (Feb. 24) after missing two games ... matched career high with 11 points, making two threes, at Youngstown State on Feb. 12 ... scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds against Wright State (Feb. 3) ... registered five assists without a turnover against Milwaukee on Jan. 27 ... matched a career high with 11 points, making two threes, at Loyola (Chicago) (Jan. 22) ... grabbed seven rebounds at UIC on Jan. 20 ... pulled down four rebounds and added seven assists against Cleveland State (Jan. 15) ... recorded four assists against Youngstown Sate on Jan. 13 ... grabbed six rebounds and scored five points at Butler on Jan. 2 ... scored eight points, including a career-high two three-pointers, in the win at Eastern Illinois (Dec. 30) ... tallied seven points and pulled down eight rebounds against Chicago State on Dec. 18 ... also had five boards against the Cougars ... dished out a career-high eight assists in the win over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 4 ... scored four points and had four assists against Cincinnati (Nov. 28) ... grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and had four assists against Ball State in the home opener on Nov. 24 ... recorded four assists and three steals at Lamar on Nov. 20 ... scored six points, registered four assists, and had four steals against Austin Peay (Nov. 19) ... named to the Horizon League’s Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls ... earned Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Presidential Academic honors.
2009-2010: Played in all 30 games as a rookie, making 28 starting assignments ... scored a season-high 11 points at home against Youngstown State on Feb. 13 ... had 10 points at Butler (Jan. 9) ... grabbed eight rebounds against Detroit (Jan. 21) and seven against Auburn (Dec. 28) ... dished out seven assists both at Youngstown State (Jan. 14) and Cleveland State (Jan. 16) while registering six against Detroit ... had five steals at home against Youngstown State ... made five-of-six shots from the floor against Youngstown State ... registered three blocks on the year ... averaged 2.9 assists per game.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Spartans ... a three-time All-Olympic Conference selection ... selected for the Top-60 workout as a senior ... a North-South All-Star game selection in 2009 ... selected for the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic in 2008-2009 ... a Junior Indiana All-Star selection ... picked for the IBCA/IHSAA Top-100 Showcase as a sophomore and junior ... named to the All-Regional Team as a sophomore ... Most Valuable Player on the All-Sectional Team in 2006-2007 ... three times selected as team’s Most Valuable Player ... led Connersville to a pair of Olympic Conference championships ... set school record for assists in a game with 13 ... career field goal record-holder with 366 ... led team to a 19-3 record as a junior ... played for coach Michael Thompson ... a member of National Honor Society ... also lettered in soccer and track and field.
Personal: Laura is the daughter of Jeff and Becky Richards ... born Jan. 25, 1991 ... major is exercise science.