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Nov. 11, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate guard Koko Richardson averaged 7.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg for the Spartans a season ago. Her efforts helped lead Upstate to one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation. In 2007-08, the Spartans first year in Division I, they won just five games compared to 13 wins in 2008-09.
Richardson and her Spartan teammates begin their third season in Division I when they host North Greenville on Friday night. Tip-off at the Hodge Center is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Richardson recently sat down with Alex Edwards of upstatespartans.com to discuss the upcoming season, as well as her time at Upstate.
What has preseason training been like for you and your teammates? Do you feel that you are prepared for your first game against North Greenville?
What are the expectations for you and the Spartans this season?
If things aren't going your way and your shots just aren't falling, how do you mentally and physically motivate yourself or pick yourself up?
Prior to arriving at Upstate, you played at Santa Fe Community College in Florida. What is the biggest difference between the junior college level and Division I?
What games on the 2009-10 slate are you most looking forward to this season?
This is your final season in a Spartan uniform, what do you see yourself doing when your time in Spartanburg is over?
What advice would you give someone who wanted to play collegiate basketball?
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete here at Upstate?
When you are not on the court or in the classroom, what do you find yourself doing?
What is one thing that people may not know about you?