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Shakena Richardson Headed for Dallas Wings

The WNBA Dallas Wings basketball betting odds have improved now that they have selected Seton Hall University Shakena Richardson as the sixth pick in the third round. Richardson is the first-ever Seton Hall women’s basketball player to be drafted by the WNBA. Two former Pirates played in the league in the 1990s – forwards Dana Wynne and Texlin Quinney. “I knew there was a slight chance that it might happen, but at the same time I was surprised. I was also overwhelmed -- exciting, crying, joyful,” she said. “When I heard that I was like, ‘Wow.’ My career hasn’t always been one I was fond of. It was full of ups and downs.
To leave a mark like this on a program that was so good to me, it really means the world.”

The Neptune High School graduate is bound for Dallas to get ready for training camp. Should she make the team, Richardson will make between $35,000 and $40,000 as a rookie – and could put money in the pockets of basketball betting gamblers while she’s at it. Otherwise, her draft-pick status should help land a decent contract in Europe. In either case, Richardson is reaping the rewards a strong finish with the Pirates after transferring from Florida State and Rutgers prior to that. She averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists per game, leading the Pirates to a 23-9 record, an NCAA Tournament spot, and an alluring sports gambling proposition.

“Tremendous vision – best of any guard I’ve ever coached,” Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella described Richardson. “Great team player, very unselfish. Always put the team first.” Bozzella gave credit to assistant coach Lauren DeFalco for challenging Richardson on a daily basis in film sessions. He also cited Seton Hall’s guards Didi Simmons and Daisha Simmons, for helping recruit Richardson and for putting Seton Hall on WNBA scouting maps. Bozzella’s pitch for Richardson to come home was simple: “I’m putting the ball in your hands and trusting you to run the team.”

“It’s great for our current players because it shows if you work hard and believe in the system and play team-first basketball, you’ll have great opportunities,” Bozzella said. “It also helps us with recruiting. We got a big-time commitment over the weekend from a guard who saw that and was impressed.” Richardson said her phone has been ringing off the hook. “It’s been non-stop,” she said. “So much love and support from all over.” One part of her dream has come to fruition. Now it’s time to go chasing the second part. “I know Dallas has great guards,” she said. “I’m just going there to be a sponge and take everything in and learn. I want to contribute and bring what I can to the team.”