Maylinn Smith and Jessica Richardson
Andy Wilhelm

Two More for the T-Birds

April 18, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah, Apr. 18 – Southern Utah University women’s basketball has picked up two more commitments for the 2013-14 season in Utah prep star Jessica Richardson and Division-II transfer Maylinn Smith. Richardson is a 5-11 post player out of Davis High School and was named the 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Deseret News for the 2012-13 season. Smith is a former PacWest Player of the Year who transfers to SUU after earning her degree in just three years at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

"We are so excited to welcome both Maylinn and Jessica to the T-Bird Family,” stated Payne. “They will be wonderful additions to our program, both on-and-off the court.”  

Smith was consistently among the team’s leading scorers during her time at GCU, averaging double-digits in each of her three seasons with the ‘Lopes. The 5-9 guard was named the PacWest Player of the Year in 2012 after ranking among the conference leaders with an 87.5 free throw percentage, a 39.8 3-point percentage, 16.2 points-per-game and 75 assists. The left-handed shooter from Mesa, Ariz. recorded double-digit scoring in 24-of-26 games during her junior year, including a career-high 34-point performance in a game in which she also set a school record and tied the PacWest record with eight three-pointers made.

“Maylinn brings a wealth of collegiate experience and will bring stability and leadership to our back court,” commented Payne. “We expect her to have a big impact on all three guard positions.”  

Richardson took Davis to a Region 1 title and an appearance at the state tournament this past season. During her time with the Darts, she received recognition as the KUTV 2 News Prep of the Week in addition to the aforementioned defensive honors. Along with her solid play on defense, Richardson posted averages of over 14 points and almost nine rebounds during her senior campaign. She also turned in 19 double-figure scoring performances, including a 27-point effort in a 63-34 rout of West early on in the year.

Richardson was also a member of the Davis High volleyball team and won a state title in the discus as a junior.

“Jessica is going to be a great asset to our post corps next year. She brings an incredible work ethic and toughness that we love in our post players,” explained Payne. “We are extremely excited about the upcoming season and are proud to welcome Maylinn and Jessica to SUU!”

The two newcomers join guards Mary Klapperich of Palmer, Alaska and Madison Wright from Spokane, Wash. who each signed NLI’s to play for the T-Birds back in December.