All-Region Honors for Lady Aggies
The National Junior College Athletic Association has released the names of the All-Region and All-Conference teams, and two Murray State College players made the list. Tierani Richardson was named first team All-Region (Region 2), and first team All-Conference. Toni Cheadle was named third team All-Conference.
Richardson, the daughter of Chuck and Rena Richardson from Ardmore, is 5’3” freshman from Sulphur, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs Class 3A State Champion Basketball team in 2013. She also received Academic All-State honors in basketball and track.
“Tierani has a motor that never stops and that was what attracted me to her as a high school player,” says Head Women’s Basketball Coach Phil Daniel. “She is fearless and aggressive and I love working with a player with those abilities.”
In her first season for the Lady Aggies, Richardson led the team in points per game (14.5) and free throw percentage (81%). She was a major contributor to scoring for the team, especially from beyond the three-point range where she shot 45-percent.
“Tierani is a great shooter who really stretches the floor,” says Daniel. “Defenses have had to concentrate on her and that has allowed our post players some room to operate. She has worked hard on the fundamentals and has improved a lot with her ball handling skills which will be important when she moves to the next level.”
Cheadle is in her final year at MSC. She is the daughter of Trynisha Cheadle, and graduated from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City. She was also named to the All-Conference team in her first year as a Lady Aggie, and also played in the NJCAA All-Star game last summer. Cheadle was second in the team in points per game (12.4), and lead the team in shooting percentage (57.3) and rebounds per game (7.9).
“Toni is a great leader who has shown tremendous character as she has played through pain all season,” says Daniel. “She has greatly improved her face-up game and her ball handling skills.”
Daniel says those skills will help as she moves on to the next level. Cheadle has signed to play at Texas Southern University in the fall.
“She will play a different position at Texas Southern than she did here at MSC,” he says. “She will have to play more facing the basket and she has really worked hard to develop those skills this season. I anticipate Toni being a great asset to the program at Texas Southern and wish her the best. They are getting a good player and an even better person.”