Janice Joseph-Richard, 46,  dies

Updated: December 2, 2010, 12:26 AM ET
Associated Press

PINEVILLE, La. -- Louisiana College women's basketball coach Janice Joseph-Richard has died after a five-year fight with breast cancer. She was 46.

Louisiana College president Joe Aguillard says Joseph-Richard died Wednesday at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

A native of Alexandria, Joseph-Richard was an All-American player at Louisiana College in 1985 and 1986 before beginning a professional basketball career in Europe.

She led the Lady Wildcats for the past three seasons, including a 24-3 record last year and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

She also coached at Xavier University in New Orleans and San Jose State.

Aguillard said Joseph-Richard was "one of the classiest ladies that I have had the privilege of working with, highly professional, very graceful."

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