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Jessica Richards Transfers to Windsor Lancers

Jessica Richards Transfers to Windsor Lancers for 2018-19

Jessica Richards Transfers to Windsor Lancers for 2018-19

Head coach Chantal Vallée and the Lancer women’s basketball team is pleased to announce the singing of transfer Jessica Richards from the NCAA’s DII Trevecca Nazarene University Trojans.

A 6’2 post, Richards played 22 games with the Trojans this past season, averaging 11.9 minutes per game, and producing 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Prior to that, she spent one year as a redshirt freshman with the Murray State Racers.

A native of Barrie, Ontario, Richards was a standout player with her senior basketball team at Innisdale High School, earning the honour of co-team MVP for three straight seasons. She averaged 18.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor, 85 percent from the free throw line and 35 percent from 3-point range.

Vallée could not be more thrilled to have Richards joining the Blue & Gold next season. “I have been recruiting Jessica since grade 11; so this is a long time in the making and I am so thrilled that she finally gave us the call,” Vallée said. “What I liked the most about her game was her post presence and how she is a rare true back to the basket play-maker. I have followed her career and seen her improve her shot and now that she can even shoot the 3-ball I think she will be a difficult match-up for our opponents.”

“I chose Windsor to be my home for the next four years simply because I trust the coaching staff,” Richard commented. “I know that my well-being is their true interest at heart and that they truly want to see me succeed on and off the court.”

“Jess will have an impact right away with our team,” Vallée continued. “She is a seasoned vet from the NCAA who I know will adjust quickly, and we will look to her for offensive presence. On a personal level, I am so excited for her and her entire family. They are incredible people and we look forward to welcoming all of them to our Lancer Family.”

Richards is equally as excited as Vallée to be part of the Lancer program. “I’ve known Coach Vallée since my sophomore year in high school and I’m honestly upset it’s taken me this long to figure out that Windsor is where I’m supposed to be, under her wing. Better late than never!”