Women’s basketball: In “best shape of her life,” Richmond strives to succeed

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By Cameron Hurst @CameronNHurst

Gabby Richardson is quite familiar with the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team.

As a graduate student and redshirt senior, Richmond is the longest tenured player of the current Bonaventure team and is coming off a 2015-16 season where she averaged 5.3 points per game, recording minutes in each of last season’s 32 games.

However, as the old saying goes, “what is old is new again” as Richmond enters this season with a new coach in Jesse Fleming and a young team that includes five freshmen. Richmond, personally, is trying to strive through Fleming’s new system.

“Personally, I’m just trying to have a good season,” said Richmond. “The past seasons I’ve been here and there, pretty average. I want to have an all-around consistent season and be a leader for the team.”

Her coach is looking forward to what she will do on the court this year, as well.

“She can create some havoc defensively,” said Fleming. “She was coming in this and she was winning sprints. She came in the best shape of her life. She wants it and she wants to put her stamp on this team. She’s a leader.”

And, as a leader, the Chicago native wants to help lead the Bonnies to a successful follow-up season, following last year’s run to the NCAA Tournament.

“In general, I want the team to definitely have a winning record and prove people wrong,” Richmond said, acknowledging the Bonnies preseason ranking of tenth in the Atlantic 10 Conference as motivation for the season.

“We’re usually ranked high. I want to prove people wrong this year. It’s like no one expects much from us anyways, so it’s always good to prove the doubters wrong.”

A big part of that, she believes, will occur thanks to the team’s new head coach.

Said Richmond, “[Fleming] really cares about the game, he really cares about the school, and in general the team as individuals. He’s very intense, but we need that. Coach Jesse is doing a great job preparing us for the season.”

And, as she herself prepares for her final season as a Bonnie, Richmond is proud of the way the program has developed in her five years on the team.

“It’s been a rocky road,” she said. “I have been on teams that did really bad and I have been on teams that made program history, so it’s just like really great how the program has evolved over the years and me, as a player, evolving through the program. It’s a really great thing to see hard work get paid off. We’ve gotta keep working hard to prove that we deserve these things.”

Women’s basketball: Richmond has high hopes for Bonnies

By Trystan Rushia @trystanrushia

With the college basketball season around the corner, Gabby Richmond has high hopes for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this year.

The 6-foot-1 redshirt junior forward wants to see all of her teammates go hard and leave everything on the court.

“When you play hard, you get the result you usually want- a win,” said the Chicago native.

Individually, Richmond said she needs to do her job as a rebounder and be a strong defender to help her team to the best of her ability.

“If they have a big post player who coach says is good, it’s my job to shut them down,” said Richmond. “I want to be consistent all-around: assisting, scoring points and playing great defense.”

Like Richmond, coach Jim Crowley wants consistency.

“Gabby had a great freshman year cut short to injury, but unfortunately, she was inconsistent last season,” said Crowley. “We need to know what we can count on, whether it’s defense, passing, screening or whatever it may be.

“We need to know that we can always count on her physicality and effort. If we count on all of that, we’ll get good things out of her.”

In the offseason, Richmond hit the gym and focused on her shooting ability. Last season she shot 35.4 percent from the field and averaged only 5.9 points per game, both lower numbers than her redshirt freshman season, when she shot 52.5 percent from the field and scored 9.4 points per game.

According to Richmond, Dayton and George Washington always are threats to the Bonnies in conference play.

“They both have great programs,” said Richmond. “Plus George Washington has two returning seniors. But I believe there is no one we can’t beat.”

Women’s basketball: Bonnies’ Richmond, Rombach excited for season

By Jeff Fasoldt, @Jeff_Fasoldt

With a senior, a graduate student and a walk-on graduate student on the team this year, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies women’s basketball team is full of inexperienced yet talented young players, and a successful season will ride on the shoulders of sophomores and freshmen.

Gabrielle Richmond, a redshirt freshman, and sophomore Kelsie Rombach look forward to helping the team this year.

“We want to make it to the Atlantic 10 tournament this year,” Richmond said. “Of course we want to do better than last year”

Last year the women posted a 10-19 record. Richmond, who was a standout recruit in high school, has many goals in mind for the upcoming season.

“I want to average the most rebounds (on the team), and since we’re pretty small this year it’s important that I’m playing hard all the time,” Richmond said. “I want to be a defensive threat.”

Richmond, a Chicago, Ill. native, did not play her senior year of high school due to injury, but averaged 16.8 points per game her junior year, and was named to the All-Area first team.

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