FMU pair receive Arthur Ashe Awards
Francis Marion University junior women’s track and field athlete London Richardson and sophomore women’s basketball forward Zaria Woods have earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar Awards for 2020. The honors are presented by Diverse magazine, a publication that addresses issues in higher education.
Woods was named to the second-team for women’s basketball, while Richardson was a fourth-team selection in track. The 52 women’s hoop players recognized were from all divisions of competition, and Woods was one of only two hoop players selected from Peach Belt Conference schools.
A pre-nursing major and a native of Lancaster, Woods has registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.76. This past season, she averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while setting a school record and finishing second in NCAA Division II for field goal accuracy at 64.7 percent. She earned second-team All-PBC honors and was named to the conference’s Team of Academic Distinction for 2019-20.
Richardson, a native of Wadmalaw Island, owns a 3.59 cumulative GPA as a mass communications major. This past spring, she competed (javelin and discus) in the only meet the Patriot track and field squad attended before the covid-19 pandemic prematurely ended the season.
A three-year letter-winner, she has been named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on five occasions and is a member of Chi Beta Sigma sorority and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. Richardson is a product of James Island Charter High School, while Woods is a graduate of Lancaster High School.