- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Tabatha Richardson-Smith of Seton Hall has been named the Big East Conference’s women’s basketball player of the week for the second time this season.

The sophomore was selected by the league on Monday, two days after she scored a school-record 38 points in a comeback overtime victory over Marquette.

Richardson-Smith, who also won the award in early December, is the first Pirate win the weekly award twice in a season since Monique Blake in 2004-05, and is just the fourth player in program history. The other two are Arminda Moreno in 2000-01 and Jodi Brooks in 1993-94.

For the week, Richardson-Smith averaged 26.0 points in leading her team to victories over Providence and Marquette. She also averaged 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.

Her 38 points broke the old school mark of 36, set by Pirates’ all-time leading scorer Geraldine Saintilus against St. John’s on Jan. 4, 1989. Richardson-Smith shot 15-for-27 from the field, with her 15 field goals passing Saintilus’ old single-game mark of 14, set in 1988.

With three regular-season games left, the Bay City, Texas resident is averaging 17.8 points, second in the conference. She averaged 4.9 points as a freshman.

Additionally she is seven 3-pointers shy of tying Brittany Morris’ school record 74, set just last season. Richardson-Smith has recorded ten 20-point games this season and has topped 30 points on two occasions.

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