Lucinda is a cultural anthropology ph.d. student at California University, working on her documentary thesis on women's values in various cultures. She is married to a sociology professor, Corey Randall, but has affairs. She and Brandon start seeing each other, until he discovers that she's married. Lucinda is a sensual, sexually liberated woman, but also unsure of what she wants and sometimes shields her unhappiness with her work.
After flirting at the college gym, Lucinda starts seeing Brandon Walsh, in spite of their 8 year age difference. Brandon is judgmental about Lucinda's life choices, and also abstain's from continuing any romance with her once he discovers she's married, mostly due to his being in her husband's class. However, Lucinda is persistent and D'Shawn Hardell notices their attraction, attempting to blackmail Brandon into taking a test for him. Brandon leaves town effectively ending their relationship. Upon returning to CU to teach a new course, 'Feminist Perspectives in Cultural Anthropology', which Brenda attends with the girls. After finding out from Brenda that Lucinda and Corey Randall divorced, he pays her a visit to apologise and see how she is. Lucinda tells Brandon that she was unhappy, but unwilling to break up with her husband and that he ended things with her.
Brandon and Lucinda start seeing each other, this time free of any concerns of secrecy (at least marital ones). When Kelly suggests Dylan as a possible patron of her documentary project, she and Brandon have dinner with Kelly and Dylan. However, after Lucinda made a pass at Dylan McKay to get him to finance her documentary, Brandon broke it off with her. She also began having issues with a jealous Kelly Taylor, who was Dylan's girlfriend at the time. Lucinda appeared one more time while Brandon was in Washington, D.C. on a task force assignment. She and Clare Arnold were both vying for Brandon's affections, but it was Kelly who landed the prize.