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Former Nanook Brittany Richards nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 5:35 PM AKDT
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Brittany Richards scores against Montana State Billings. (Archive/KTVF January 16, 2020)
Brittany Richards scores against Montana State Billings. (Archive/KTVF January 16, 2020)((Archive/KTVF January 16, 2020))

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

Former Alaska Nanook, Brittany Richards, was announced with three athletes from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as nominees for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Woman of the Year. The former women’s basketball player not only started 28 games for the blue and gold, but she also volunteered in the community. Richards spent time with the Raven Landing Senior Community, Chi Alpha, a faith based on-campus organization and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Busniess Honor Society. She was also named the 2019-2020 Alaska’s Business Administration Program Student of the Year. The NCAA nomination came as a complete surprise to the former Nanook.

“I was in legit shock. Yeah to be honest I feel like I just go under the sideline and just do it quietly,” said Richards about finding out about the nomination. “So I feel like to me it was just a huge shock.”

Richards impacts were more than just stats on a basketball court. The former Nanook from Dunedin, New Zealand impacted a community on many levels. From being a senior voice for the freshman on the team to helping out seniors at Raven Landing, Richards accomplished quite a bit in her three years playing for Alaska.

“She was a great example of what you want every student athlete to be and being one of our seniors she is also one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” said Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto. “I’ve never seen anybody not get along with Brit. You know they all love her. She has the ability to connect with people of everyone. You know it’s so unique and that’s just because her heart is truly genuine.”

Richards joins UAA’s Yazmeen Goo, Saint Martin’s Bria Thames and Humboldt State’s Amelia Wagoner as the four semifinalists. The GNAC will whittle the nominees to two. There the Woman of the Year selection committee will select 30 student-athletes, 10 from each division, with a winner being named in the Fall.

Richards is continuing her education at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand getting her Master’s in Sports Recreation. She is also on scholarship to play basketball for the Lincoln Rams.

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