Jan 6, 2016
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The San Jose State University women’s basketball team coined the phrase “Byrd watching” for this season, since one of its star seniors — Richmond native Riana Byrd — is closing in on a career milestone of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Byrd would be the second player in team history to have accomplished this feat.

So far this season, fans have had plenty of reason to point their binoculars in Byrd’s direction.

In two Mountain West Conference wins against Utah State (86-74) and Air Force (81-60), the center has “dramatically upped her game,” the university said. Her points per game total have risen from 7.6 to 13, and her rebound totals are up from 5.7 to a whopping 11. She’s even recorded more steals (from .5 to 2 per game) and blocks (from 1 to 3.5 per game).

byrd.1-6-1Her stepping up has helped SJSU get off to its best conference start, at 2-0, since the 2005-6 season. The team, 4-9 overall so far following a tough preseason schedule, hopes to continue the conference win streak while hosting the San Diego State Aztecs tonight.

Byrd, who graduated from Inderkum High School in Sacramento, must be getting awfully close to joining the 1,000/1,000 club. As of our report in November, she was on pace to reach the milestone in February.

Last season, she became among the top three players in school history for totals of rebounds and blocks.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.