Wyoming's Richardson Named MWC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Feb. 17, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Wyoming senior guard Donta Richardson is the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, marking the first player of the week honor of his career.

Richardson, a Colorado Springs, Colo. (Liberty HS), native, posted the best week of his Wyoming career as he averaged 31 points, five rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals in two games. He shot 52.5 percent (21-of-40) from the field, including 50 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range, and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.

Richardson began the week with a 23-point performance in a 56-69 loss to Utah last Monday. He hit 9-of-20 field goals (45 percent), grabbed four rebounds and had two steals. In Wyoming's 103-91 win at New Mexico Saturday, Richardson scored a career-high 39 points on 12-of-20 field goals (60 percent), including 7-of-10 three pointers, and was perfect from the free throw line hitting all eight attempts. He also had six rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals.

Richardson's 39 points vs. the Lobos ranks 12th on the Wyoming all-time single-game scoring chart and was the second-highest point total for a New Mexico opponent in the history of "The Pit" (BYU's Timo Saarelianen scored 41 vs. UNM on Feb. 7, 1985).