15 Brandy Richardson
15 Brandy Richardson
Birth Date: 05/22/1983
Year: Senior
Hometown: Aiea, Hawai'i
High School: Kalaheo HS
Position: Forward
Repeated as an honorable mention all-conference recipient...Also named Big West Defensive Player of the Year, making her the first-ever Gaucho to earn an all-specialty award from the conference...Ranked seventh in the league with 6.7 rebounds per game...Averaged a team-high 7.6 boards in Big West play...After amassing double-digit rebounds 17 times in 2002-03, did so just twice last season...However, reached the nine-board plateau on seven occasions as a junior, including three straight to open league play...Led UCSB's efforts on the glass in ten different games...Averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during January roadtrip to Utah State and Idaho, recording two of her four-highest scoring totals as a Gaucho...Part of a four-game run in which she sunk 17-of-26 shots (65.4%)...50 steals were second-most among all UCSB players, and in Big West play she ranked fifth in swipes per game at 1.94...Junior campaign got off to an ominous start as Richardson collided with a teammate in pregame warm-ups just before season opener on Nov. 15, forcing her to miss the first - and only - game of her collegiate career...Hauled down 10.5 boards in two Big West tourney contests, racking up a season-high 13 in the semifinals vs. Long Beach State. 2002-03
Honorable mention All-Big West selection in 2002-03 was the first award of her collegiate career...Tied for conference lead with an average of 9.2 boards per game...Rebounding total of 295 as a sophomore was seventh-best in a single season at UCSB...Led Santa Barbara's efforts on the glass on 22 occasions and reached double-figures 17 times...Six of her seven career double-doubles came last season...17 rebounds in a Jan. 9 victory over USC were the most by a Gaucho in nearly five years...Part of a three-game stretch in which she averaged 14.3 boards...After entering Big West Tournament semifinals having made just two of 29 career three-point attempts, buried all three shots from beyond the arc against UC Irvine...Enjoyed a career-high 13-point effort to go along with 13 rebounds in upset of then-No. 6 Purdue (Dec. 15)...Matched that point total on March 1 at UC Irvine...Dished off personal-best six assists with only one turnover vs. Cal Poly (Feb. 20)...On a team that substituted liberally, Richardson led Santa Barbara with an average of 29.8 minutes per game...Did not play fewer than 24 minutes while starting every contest in 2002-03. 2001-02
Major contributor in her inaugural campaign, especially on the boards...Earned start and grabbed seven rebounds in Big West Tournament opener vs. Fullerton (March 6), and tied the championship game (March 9) at 36-36 by completing a three-point-play midway through the second half...UCSB never trailed Pacific from that point on...Season highs of 12 points and 14 boards both came against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 6)...That rebound total equaled the second-highest single-game mark by a Gaucho in 2001-02, and the most by a UCSB freshman...Grabbed 11 boards in a come-from-behind home win over UOP (Feb. 1)...Started her first collegiate game - vs. Western Kentucky (Nov. 16) - in addition to nine other contests...Season-high 23 minutes came in a reserve role against Stephen F. Austin...Seven-point performance, including buzzer-beating jumper at the end of the first half, to close regular season at UC Riverside (March 2). High School
A 2001 graduate of Kalaheo High School where she was the three-time Hawai'i State Player of the Year in girl's basketball...Also selected as Gatorade Player of the Year three times...Helped guide Kalaheo to three state championship game appearances and four Oahu Interscholastic Association titles...Kalaheo went 48-0 in league games during her four year career...Holds the record for most points scored in the state tournament...Averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists her senior season...Career high of 41 points came in 2001 OIA Championship game against Aiea...High school coach was Chico Furtado...Also ran cross country and played soccer as a prepster. Personal
Brandy Richardson was born on March 22, 1983 to Patrick Richardson and Lowana Ing...Ruby Richardson is her stepmother...Has an older brother and sister as well as a younger brother and sister...Majoring in women's studies... Was also recruited by UCLA, Arizona and Hawai'i...Roots for the Los Angeles Lakers and enjoys going to the beach in her spare time...Favorite movies include "Love and Basketball" and "Crazy/Beautiful".