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Richardson recognized by Big East

For the fifth time this season, a USF softball player has caught the Big East’s attention.

Sophomore right-hander Lindsey Richardson found her way onto the Big East Weekly Honor Roll by going 3-0 as the Bulls won five games during the week to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Richardson began her week with a four-inning outing against Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach on Wednesday. She yielded one earned run on just three hits while striking out six Wildcats.

At home in the USF Softball Stadium on Saturday, Richardson won a pitchers’ duel over Georgetown junior Mackensey Carter by going six shutout innings to help the Bulls win 1-0. She allowed just three hits and struck out eight Hoyas without surrendering a walk.

Going for the series sweep Sunday, coach Ken Eriksen again put the ball in Richardson’s powerful right hand. She struck out another five Hoyas without giving up an earned run in the 8-1 win.

This is the first time this season Richardson (10-5, 2.84 ERA) has been named to the Honor Roll. Fellow pitcher Sara Nevins and first baseman Stephanie Medina – both freshmen – have each been recognized twice.

Men’s basketball awards

The men’s basketball team handed out its season awards at the annual banquet at the Embassy Suites on campus Monday night.

Junior power forward Augustus Gilchrist landed the John and Cynthia Ruzic Most Valuable Player award after leading the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. He was the only Bull to average double-figures in points and was second in rebounding with six rebounds per game.

Senior Jarrid Famous, who will graduate in May with a degree in interdisciplinary social sciences, took home the Academic Achievement Award. Originally from the Bronx, Famous transferred to USF from Westchester Community College and spent two seasons playing for the Bulls.

The Free Throw Award was split between Famous and sophomore shooting guard Shaun Noriega. Famous shot 75.8 percent from the line, just behind Noriega’s team-high 80.2 percent clip, though Famous took 58 more attempts. Noriega won Most Improved Player.

Sophomore Toarlyn Fitzpatrick won the Bull Pride Award, while redshirt junior Ron Anderson Jr. took home the Chairman of the Boards Award as the team’s leading rebounder.

Junior point guard Anthony Crater was given the Most Assists Award and junior guard Hugh Robertson won the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Women’s basketball awards

Junior guard Andrea Smith was named Offensive Player of the Year at the women’s basketball awards banquet Sunday. Smith was the third-leading scorer in the Big East and led all Bulls with 16.5 points per game.

Senior forward Leondra Doomes-Stephens won Defensive Player of the Year, while another senior forward, Porche Grant, took home the award for Rebounder of the Year. Grant was second in the Big East with 8.6 boards per game.

Junior guard Andrell Smith and freshman center Akila McDonald split the award for Most Improved Player. Kaneisha Saunders won her second consecutive Miss Dish Award as the team’s assists leader. Sophomore guard Aleshia Flowers won the Golden Bulls Coaches Award for hard work and dedication.