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#24 Shakena Richardson
Position: Guard
Height: 5'4"
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Neptune, N.J.
High School: Neptune High School
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2014-15 OUTLOOK: One of the hardest working student-athletes on the team who is very vocal on the court...Will battle for one of the starting guard positions and expects to play a key role in this year’s team...Has already jelled very well with her teammates after sitting out her first year at FSU due to NCAA transfer rules...Brings great athleticism to the backcourt.

Junior Season at Florida State (2013-14)
Sat out her junior season due to NCAA transfer rules...Excellent practice player who played on the scout team.

At Rutgers (2011-13)
Appeared in 59 games, with 12 starts, over two seasons at Rutgers...Averaged 5.0 points, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 19.7 minutes in 30 games, including 11 starts, during her sophomore season in 2012-13...Stepped up her game down the stretch for the Scarlet Knights, increasing her averages to 5.5 points, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 22.3 minutes in 16 BIG EAST Conference games...Her best performance came against Pittsburgh in the final game of the 2012-13 regular season...Recorded career highs in points (15), assists (seven) and steals (four), and made 5-of-6 field goal attempts over 35 minutes in a 65-44 victory...Appeared in 29 games during her freshman campaign in 2011-12, averaging 2.1 points and 1.2 assists.

High School
Rated the No. 4 point guard and No. 18 overall prospect by ESPN in the 2011 recruiting class coming out of Neptune (N.J.) High School...Averaged 13.8 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game during her senior season...Led Neptune to an 89-4 record her last three seasons...Captured All-State and All-Shore honors three times each...Shore Player of the Year in 2009.

Personal
Born Nov. 15, 1992...Parents are Frankie and Peggy Richardson... Majoring in criminology…Aspires to play basketball professionally after college as well as pursue a career in forensic science...Calls her parents and Malcolm X her role models...Favorite music artists are Beyoncé and Jay-Z...Favorite movie is Mr. & Mrs. Smith...Favorite television show is Scandal...Favorite quote is “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”...Favorite song is Beyonce’s “I Was Here,” which she has to listen to before every game…Biggest hardship she had to overcome is when her grandmother passed away in December 2013…Played basketball and soccer in high school…Once in a while likes to listen to the early 80’s hit “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics on her iPod…Favorite accessory in her wardrobe are her necklaces…Biggest celebrity look-alike is Serena Williams…Her jersey No. 24 is a special number that has been passed down from her father and all her siblings…Something not many people know about her is that she loves tennis…Has two sisters and one brother.

 

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