Women’s basketball at Richland is no longer a club sport. The 2019-2020 season will be the first season as an NJCAA Division III team. Leading the Richland T-Ducks women’s basketball team as head coach is former Louisiana State University Lady Tiger and Former WNBA Houston Comet, Erica White.
White discussed her background and plans for the new-founded collegiate team at Richland.
“I started playing basketball when I was 3-years-old. I plan on bringing the 30 years that I’ve given to the game of basketball, all my experience, I plan on bringing that to this program,” White said. “This program was club before and this is the first year it is an official sport. My assistant and I understand the importance of [creating] a good foundation.”
White is still looking for talent to join Thunderduck Women’s basketball team and encourages those interested to come try out.
“If there is any young lady on this campus that is interested in playing basketball, come by Guadalupe Hall. Come see Coach Erika and we can definitely have a conversation about her being part of the program,” White said.
Tryouts times are to be announced.
White is no stranger to high-stakes collegiate play. While at LSU, White and company led the Lady Tigers to NCAA Final Four appearances. She played in 16 tournament games.
While reminiscing about her Lady Tiger days, White discussed her most memorable collegiate tournament game.
“The one that comes to mind is Stanford my sophomore year. It was the regional finals, and on that team, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus, they went on to be Olympians and they’re still playing in the WNBA. But in that game in particular, I just happened to be the difference maker,” White said. “Most of my career, my job was to facilitate and get them the ball, but in that game, I had to step up and score, and my teammates were really excited about it.”
White finished that game with 14 points, seven assists, and five steals.
The inaugural Thunderduck women’s basketball season is scheduled to being on Monday, Oct. 29.