Bria Richardson, captain of the women's basketball team and the starting point guard, reached a new career-high with 25 points on Monday at UCLA (her second straight game with a new career high). Her play helped the Waves get close at the end after trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half. Richardson embraces her responsibility as a team leader and it has showed in her play. Here is what she thinks about her role this year:
Q: What are your goals for the season?
A: As a team our goal is to compete every game and give everyone a show. We simply want to be better than we were last year. But, personally, my goal is to embrace my role as a point guard and leader on the floor, to lead the team with confidence.
Q: How have you seen the team change this season?
A: The biggest change is the team's mindset. My teammates are working so much harder than before and looking to win. We motivate each other to play hard, compete, and make each other better
Q: What were your thoughts about yesterday's UCLA game and your career high?
A: The UCLA game was significant. We let a great opportunity slip away that could've put us on the map. Although we lost, the game showed us that we can compete at a high level. I hope my teammates walk away from that loss with their chin held high and excited about the endless possibilities we have throughout the rest of our season. It's hard to be happy about setting a career high after a loss, but I can say it was an amazing experience and feeling to play a great game in such a historic gym.
Q: Did you know the coach considers you the team leader? How do you feel about your leadership role?
A: I am really honored to be held out as the team leader. The responsibility comes with great pressure and motivation, but all-in-all it is such a compliment.
Q: Coach Weisenberg's philosophy is "always compete" on and off the court. Has the team embraced that?
A: Yes, we strive to play hard all the time and be as aggressive as possible. We compete in the classroom as well and give it our all in our studies.
Q: Do you have a personal philosophy you stand by when it comes to basketball?
A: Play with a lot of heart and fire.
Q: What do you like most about Pepperdine?
A: The small community. Being close with the school makes it feel like family. Professors come out to our games and support us in our athletics and in our personal lives. They know what is going on in our lives and truly care about all students and players.