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Lions’ Richter repeats as GSAC Player of the Year

March 05, 2008

Vanguard University senior Jessica Richter has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women’s basketball for a second straight season.

Richter, a 5-foot-10 guard who was NAIA Division I Player of the Year as a junior, is averaging 20.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.3 assists per game for the Lions (22-4, 18-2 in conference to finish second), ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division I.

Vanguard senior Melissa Cook is also on the 15-player all-conference squad. Cook, a 6-0 guard-forward is averaging 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals, heading into the Lions’ GSAC Tournament quarterfinal, Wednesday night at 7:30 against visiting Hope International.

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Vanguard had won five consecutive conference titles before being bested this season by No. 3-ranked Point Loma Nazarene, which swept the Lions to finish 19-1 in conference, 25-2 overall.

The Sea Lions were represented by three players on the all-conference squad, while Bill Westphal was named Coach of the Year.

— Barry Faulkner


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