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Women's Basketball Inks Two During Early Signing Period

Nov. 17, 2006

Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's head women's basketball coach Paul Thomas announced today the signing of two student-athletes for the 2007-08 season. Suzie Davis (Oxnard, CA) and Leanna Richey (Brentwood, CA) will join the Gaels next season.

Davis, a 5-11 guard/forward from Pacifica High School in Oxnard, CA had a stellar junior season for the Tritons. Davis averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks for coach Will Cowen last season.

"Suzie is a very good perimeter player that possesses the intensity and work ethic to help our women's basketball program," Thomas said. "She competes every possession and that is the type of student-athlete we are looking for."

Her 17 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals led the Pacific View League. For her efforts, she was named first-team all-league along with first-team all-county. As a sophomore Davis also garnered first-team all-league and all-county accolades. Her freshman year, Davis was named second-team all-league.

Her best game last season was a 29 point, 16 rebound out-burst against Augora High School.

"I am really excited to come to Saint Mary's," Davis said. "It's a beautiful school with a program on the rise with a team that I will play hard for to help my teammates win."

Richey, a 6-3 post from Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA helped the Lions reach the North Coast Section semi-finals. The Lions finished the season with an 18-10 overall record and a 10-4 conference mark.

"Leanna is a post player that has the foundation to become a strong contributor in the West Coast Conference," Thomas said. "She fits our style of play with her ability to rebound and run the floor."

Richey put together a stellar game against Monte Vista when she went off for a double-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

In addition to her scoring and prowess around the glass, Richey has proven to be a defensive stopper. Richey held highly touted Jayne Appel, now at Stanford, to her lowest scoring out-put on the year.

On top of the accolades on the basketball court for head coach Shelley Delange, Richey is also a standout on the volleyball court where she was named all-league.

"Leanna brings enthusiasm, intensity and a great work ethic," Delange said of Richey. "She will challenge her teammates on a daily basis to get better and plays the game from the shoulders up. She uses her aggressiveness, competitiveness and impeccable timing to dominate basketball games."