Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tournament MVP Gathright is GCAC Player of the Week

NEW ORLEANS — For the second time this season and the fourth time in her career, Xavier University of Louisiana's Whitney Gathright is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball.

Gathright — a 5-foot-4 senior point guard from New Orleans and a graduate of John Curtis Christian School — averaged 19.7 points, four rebounds, 5.3 assists and two steals in three games to lead the Gold Nuggets (22-11) to the GCAC Tournament championship for the second time in three years and the fifth time in the last seven seasons.


Gathright shot prodigiously during the tournament, making 38 shots and missing 10 (16-of-24 from floor, 5-of-7 3-pointers, 22-of-24 free throws). She produced game-highs of 25 points, six assists and three steals in the tournament final Sunday, a 75-68 victory against 15th-ranked Talladega.

Gathright and Brittany Powell (2008-10) are the only XU women's basketball players to win four GCAC weekly awards in a career.

Xavier will compete March 16 or 17 in the opening round of the NAIA Division I National Championship at Independence, Mo.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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