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The Northern Arizona women's basketball team rounded out their 2019-20 roster with the late summer addition of Seneca Richards, announced by head coach Loree Payne on Thursday.

Richards, a graduate transfer from LIU Brooklyn, will be eligible to play for the Lumberjacks immediately.

"Seneca is someone who we don't quite have right now," Payne said. "She is a pure shooter. Anyone who watched her play in high school knows she can knock down the outside shot. She has deep range, and she is a taller guard who adds an element to our team that will be really helpful this upcoming season."

Richards, a 5-11 guard, returns to the state of Arizona after graduating Magna Cum Laude from LIU Brooklyn with her degree in psychology in just three years. Originally from Mesa, where she was a two-time All-State Honorable Mention player at Red Mountain High School, Richards brings nearly 70 games of Division-I experience with her to Flagstaff.

Richards appeared in all 60 games and made 25 combined starts during her first two seasons with the Blackbirds before she was limited to just eight games last season due to injury. In her three seasons at LIU Brooklyn, she averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game.

She is a 3-point threat, with 63 of her 71 career field goals coming behind the arc. In her first two seasons, Richards shot 33 percent from deep and recorded 15 games with multiple 3s made.

During her prep career at Red Mountain, Richards was a multiple All-State, All-Section, All-City and All-Tribune honoree. She averaged 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a senior, earning her All-Star recognition by the Arizona Basketball Coaches' Association. She also averaged 16.6 points per game as a junior.

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