Riana Byrd named Mountain West player of week, hits 1,000-points milestone


Richmond native Riana Byrd became the 14th player in San Jose State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points in her career after scoring 17 points in a 66-64 win over Fresno State last week.

The senior center had a clutch game that included highs in points (17) and rebounds (8) and also two steals and two blocked shots, according to the school. The effort earned her the Mountain West Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career (as reported in the below video at about the 2:00 mark).

“She came into the final period with 7:47 to play and scored eight of the team’s next 12 points to turn a 55-47 deficit into a 59-59 tie,” the team said. “With the Spartans up 65-64 and 11 seconds to play, Byrd blocked the potential go-ahead shot and grabbed the rebound.”

Her 1,000th point came in the fourth quarter, when she hit a layup with 5:37 to play.

Byrd’s huge performance came against a Bulldogs team the Spartans hadn’t beaten in 12 meetings since the 2001-2 season.

Entering the last seven games of the regular season, Byrd will be hunting down another career milestone. She is 22 rebounds away from 1,000, and if she attains that feat she’ll be just one of two players in team history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

San Jose State will next host UNLV in The Event Center Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Mountain West Conference