Richards reaches goals

ENMU senior Elizabeth Richards dives for the ball against against Texas Woman’s during a game earlier this month at Greyhound Arena. Richards was chosen to the women’s All-LSC South first team, announced Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

PORTALES — Senior forward Elizabeth Richards said she had two goals for the 2006-07 basketball season — exceed her stats from her two previous full seasons at Eastern New Mexico University (2002-04) and make the All-Lone Star Conference South Division team.

Check, and check.

Richards, a 2002 Texico High grad, averaged 14.7 points and an LSC-leading 10.4 rebounds a game and, on Tuesday, was named to the South’s first team.

“When you average a double-double, you pretty much put yourself in a position to be a first-teamer,” ENMU women’s coach Linden Weese said of Richards, who helped the Zias to a 14-12 record (5-9 South).

Teammate Heather Brown was named to the second team. On the men’s side, ENMU had a pair of second-team selections in senior guard Tristan Largent and junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter.

Richards finished ninth in the LSC in scoring. She also led the conference in blocked shots (1.81 per game), finished seventh in field goal shooting (48.7 percent) and was tied for 12th in steals (1.96 per game).

She missed most of the 2005-06 campaign with a knee injury.

“I think it probably went better than I anticipated,” said Richards, a South honorable mention selection in 2003 and a second-team pick in 2004. “It took me a while to get going, it seemed like, but once I did I think I played pretty well.”

Richards, sixth in the program’s history in scoring (1,034) and third in rebounding (678), had 14 double-doubles this season.

“She spent the time to give herself a chance,” Weese said, referring to her rehab. “She was rewarded for it in the end.”

Richards acknowledged it’ll be different now with no more practices or games ahead, but she said she’s ready to move on. She’ll earn a Master’s degree in business this summer.

“It’s sort of sad, but I’m coming to a new stepping-stone,” she said. “Now I get to move on, and it’s real exciting.”

Brown led the Zias and finished fifth in the LSC in scoring (16.1 ppg). She also ranking third in the conference in free throw shooting (87.1 percent) and 3-point shooting (39.3 percent), and finished ninth in 3-pointers per game (2.65).

The Hereford, Texas, grad ended her four years at ENMU third in scoring (1,337 points). She was a first-team South choice and the division’s defensive player of the year as a sophomore, earned honorable mention status as a freshman and junior and was the LSC’s freshman of the year in 2004.

Largent, a senior from Martinsburg, W.Va., and a first-team men’s selection last season, was 10th in the conference in scoring (17.5 ppg) this season. In his two years at ENMU, he scored 782 points.

He was third in the LSC in free throw shooting (82.4 percent), ninth in 3-pointers per game (2.04) and 13th in 3-point shooting (40.8 percent).

Redman-Trotter, a junior from Milwaukee who came to ENMU this season from North Iowa CC, averaged 10.9 points and led the team with 81 assists. He was 10th in the LSC in steals per game (1.77), 13th in free throw shooting (78.2 percent) and tied for 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17).