In memory of legendary player and coach Janice Joseph-Richard
Pineville, La. - The Louisiana College men's and women's basketball teams, along with the LC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host their annual "Fill The Fieldhouse" event on Saturday February 2nd in the H.O. West Fieldhouse.
The event, which will showcase a huge American Southwest Conference basketball doubleheader between LC and ASC East rival LeTourneau, is free to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. as the Louisiana College Lady Wildcats take on the LeTourneau Yellow Jackets.
That will be followed with the Louisiana College men taking on LeTourneau at 3 p.m.
In addition to the doubleheader, the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be on hand collecting donations benefitting the Christus Cabrini Cancer Center in memory of the late Janice Joseph-Richard.
Joseph-Richard, a legendary Central Louisiana basketball figure and two-time All-American basketball player for LC in the 1980's, coached the Lady Wildcats from 2007-2010 until her long-time battle with breast cancer ended in December of 2010.
The legendary Central Louisiana figure coached the Lady Wildcats to their first ever NCAA Division 3 Tournament appearance as well as first ever ASC Tournament Championship during the 2009-2010 season.
"Coach Janice (Joseph-Richard) is one of the finest human beings to ever walk across our campus," LC Assistant Athletic Director Will Tubbs said, "any opportunity we have to honor her legacy and memory is something we are extremely honored to take part in, and this year's 'Fill The Fieldhouse' event is certainly one of those opportunities."
Adding to the significance of day's events are the possible implications that surround it.
The Lady Wildcats (18-1 overall, 13-0 in ASC play), ranked #19 in the country and leading the ASC's Eastern Division by four games, will put their 45 game regular season home winning streak on the line against the Yellow Jackets as well as looking to take a step closer to clinching the ASC East Title.
Senior Natosha Gottlieb is also just 13 assists away from becoming the first player in American Southwest Conference history to register 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 200 career assists, 200 career steals, and 100 career blocks.
The Gene Rushing's LC men's team (5-10, 5-8 in ASC play) will also be playing for their postseason lives, as they are in a must-win situation to stay alive in the ASC Tournament hunt.
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