Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel), senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN), senior Yolanda Richardson (Toledo, OH) and senior Riley McCormick (Cleveland, OH) have been named captains for the Rockets' 2012-13 campaign, fifth-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop announced on Thursday, Oct. 4. The quartet was selected based on votes by team members.
Shafir, a 5-foot-7 guard, returns for a fifth year after being redshirted last year due to tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee just four games into last season. A candidate for MAC Player of the Year honors, Shafir has appeared in the starting lineup in all 106 games of her collegiate career. The three-time all-conference selection currently sits fourth in Toledo annals in career assists (569), fifth in free throws made (441), eighth in scoring average (13.7 ppg) and free-throw percentage (76.8%, 441-of-574) and 10th in points (1,452), steals (168) and minutes played (3,210). The two-time team captain has scored in double figures on 77 occasions in her career and dished out at least six assists 44 times while donning the Midnight Blue & Gold.
Smith, a 5-foot-9 forward, started 28 games a season ago and tallied 5.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals in 22.6 minutes. The two-time team captain scored at least 10 points six times and pulled down at least seven caroms on eight occasions in 2012-13, including a career-high 15 boards against Central Michigan. She also shot an impressive 50.0 percent (67-of-134) from the field and currently ranks 10th in school history in overall field-goal percentage (55.5%, 81-of-146, 2010-11) in a single season.
Richardson, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 10.3 points, a team-high 6.7 rebounds, a league-best 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists in 24.2 minutes per game in 2011-12 to earn second-team All-MAC accolades. The Toledo native finished first in the MAC in overall field-goal percentage (62.4%, 161-of-258) and blocked shots (36th in NCAA), 11th in overall rebounding and 21st in scoring. She scored in double figures on 19 occasions and grabbed at least seven boards 17 times, totaling a team-high five double-doubles. Richardson currently sits first in Toledo annals in career blocked shots (171, third most in MAC history) and third in overall field-goal percentage (55.8%, 344-of-617).
McCormick, a 5-foot-10 guard, possesses a pure, consistent and quick release on her shot and could prove to be a deadily three-point shooter in 2012-13. The fourth-year Rocket averaged 1.8 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.1 steals in 7.0 minutes in 12 games a season ago.
Toledo began practice for the 2012-13 season on Monday, Oct. 1 and opens its exhibition season on Sunday, Nov. 4 against Wayne State in Savage Arena at 2:00 p.m.