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Thu. December 8, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Riverview's Woodard reaches 1,000-point plateau with triple double

Riverview junior basketball player Faith Woodard scored her 1,000th career point in Wednesday night’s 78-35 win at Newsome – and she did so with her best overall effort of the season.

The 6-foot-2 forward registered her first triple-double of the season against the Wolves, scoring a season-high 28 points, 20 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Even more remarkable: She was just two assists shy of a quadruple double.
 
“She has taken on more of a leadership role this season,” Riverview coach Lelani Gordon said. “She does what needs to be done. She will score, pass, lead follow. She is the player who wants to win more than anything. And for or all the attention she gets, she is one of the most unselfish players I’ve coached. It’s not often that one of your leading scorers is so unselfish.”

Woodard, one of the bay area’s top Class of 2013 recruits, joins Ashley Milian and Ashley Favors as players who scored 1,000 points at Riverview. Sharks junior Tesha Hanson, a transfer who played her first two years at Seffner Christian and Wharton, also has 1,000 career points.

Gordon said the school will honor Woodard’s achievement with a ceremony before Friday’s home game against Tampa Bay Tech.

Woodard is currently averaging 21.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 4.0 assists a game for the Sharks (8-0).

“She keeps improving daily,” Gordon said. “It’s exciting to watch and it’s fun to coach her. She was a great player coming in and it’s incredible to see her get better every day.”

USF women’s coach Jose Fernandez is expected to be there to scout the Division I talent – including Woodard, Hanson and TBT center Erica Young – and coaches from Florida, New Mexico and Kansas State are also expected to attend, Gordon said.

Coaches from South Carolina, Seton Hall, North Florida and SW Texas State have attended previous Riverview games this season, Gordon said.

Reach Times staff writer Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@sptimes.com and follow him on Twitter at @EddieHometeam.

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