||Northeast's Riddle signs with DSU
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Antionette Riddle signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the Delta State University women’s basketball team on Wednesday.
“I think she’s going to be a big time asset for them, just like she was for us,” Lady Tigers headman Brian Alexander said. “I’m not the only one that shares this opinion, but she was one of the best players in Mississippi this year. She has just been a role model and we’re tremendously excited for her and the opportunity that she has.”
Delta State, which is located in Cleveland, holds six national championships and 15 Gulf South Conference titles in its illustrious history on the hardwood. The Lady Statesmen, under the direction of head coach David Midlick, went 24-6 last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a ninth straight campaign.
“I came to Northeast where of course we have the most in everything as far as winning championships,” said Riddle. “I’m just going to try to contribute where I’m going now.”
The 5'9" guard led Northeast in a number of categories as a sophomore, including points per outing (15) and assists per contest (2.9).
She averaged 33.9 minutes per outing, which topped the Lady Tigers. It was also 14th highest among athletes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and second in the league.
One of Riddle's best skills was driving the lane against defenders for easy layups. This also created the chance for offensive rebounds and she recorded two double-doubles this way down the stretch of the campaign.
Riddle scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 boards in a victory over Coahoma Community College inside Bonner Arnold Coliseum on January 21, while she notched 18 points and 10 rebounds at rival Itawamba Community College just over a week later.
She wrapped up her career at Northeast with a brilliant performance at Mississippi Delta Community College. Riddle finished just shy of a triple-double with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.
Riddle reached double figures in 21 of 23 games during her last season in Booneville, including in 18 straight matchups to end the campaign.
The Tupelo High School product paced one of the elite free throw shooting teams in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC). She connected on 5.4 attempts per game at the charity stripe to lead a squad that made 17.2 each outing, which was third best in the conference.
Riddle headed Northeast’s offensive output during the 2013-14 season with a field goal percentage of 41.5. She normally made 4.7 baskets per contest.
“I’m going to work on dropping the three-ball for them and playing better defense,” said Riddle. “I just love their coaches and their tradition of winning.”
In her two years as a Lady Tiger, Riddle tallied a total of 596 points. She eclipsed the illustrious 500 mark against East Mississippi Community College on February 10 in front of a nice home crowd.
Riddle competed in 46 games during her career and averaged 13 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.4 blocks per matchup.
As a freshman, Riddle led Northeast to the MACJC State Tournament championship game against Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She totaled 29 points and 12 rebounds in three contests during the single elimination event at Pearl River Community College.
Riddle received a handful of postseason honors from the league office following her sophomore year, including an All-State first-team selection.
She recently competed in the MACJC All-Star Game on the campus of East Central Community College as well. Riddle earned the start and scored five points in the North’s 81-69 victory against the South’s best players.