Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gathright is All-Louisiana for 3rd consecutive season

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Whitney Gathright has done it again.

Gathright, a 5-foot-4 senior point guard from New Orleans and a graduate of John Curtis Christian School, was named second-team All-Louisiana in women's basketball late Friday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. It's the third consecutive season that Gathright is All-Louisiana; she made the third team as a sophomore and junior.

Gathright received two votes for Player of the Year and finished fifth in that voting. Xavier's Bo Browder received one vote for Coach of the Year.

Gathright led the Gold Nuggets in scoring for the third consecutive season. She averaged 14.4 points and led her team with 150 assists and 73 steals. Her 184 free throws and 226 attempts are XU season records. She finished her career in the top 10 of nine XU categories, including first in made free throws (463) and free-throw percentage (.782) and second in 3-point accuracy (.366).

Gathright is the second Xavier player to reach 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. Her 1,414 points in four seasons rank seventh all-time at XU.

Other honors this season for Gathright included WBCA NAIA All-America first team, NAIA Division I All-America third team, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament MVP for second time in three years, first-team All-GCAC for third straight year, Louisiana Co-Player of the Month (November) and GCAC Player of the Week twice.

A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of sports media and publicists selected the All-Louisiana team, which consists of student-athletes from NCAA Division I and NAIA members. The Gold Nuggets never have produced a first-team selection; Gathright is the program's first second-team player since Brittany Powell in 2009-10. Gathright is the second Gold Nugget chosen All-Louisiana three times. Jarryn Cleaves (third team in 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08) was the first.

Xavier's Gold Nuggets were 22-12 in 2015-16, won the GCAC Tournament for the sixth time in 11 seasons and qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship.

2015-16 All-Louisiana Women's Basketball Team


Brandi Wingate, senior, Louisiana Tech 
Keke Veal, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kolby Morgan, sophomore, Tulane
Janelle Perez, senior, Northwestern State
Jalyn Johnson, senior, McNeese State

Whitney Gathright, senior, Xavier
Alexis Hyder, junior, LSU
Reagan Maricle, senior, LSU-Alexandria
Kourtney Pennywell, junior, LSU-Shreveport
Alayshia Hunter, senior, Louisiana-Monroe

Shakyla Hill, freshman, Grambling
Randi Brown, sophomore, New Orleans
Allison Baggett, senior, McNeese State
Taylor Maricle, senior, LSU-Alexandria
Kia Wilridge, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Brandi Wingate, Louisiana Tech   
Voting:  Wingate 10, Veal 6, Morgan 5, Perez 3, Gathright 2, Hyder 1

  Alexis Hyder, LSU 
Voting:  Hyder 17, Brooke Pumroy (Louisiana Tech) 8, Quianna Tucker (LSU-Shreveport) 2

  Shakyla Hill, Grambling   
Voting:  Hill 20, Cassidy Barrios (Nicholls State) 5, Megan Worry (Loyola) 2

  Garry Brodhead, Louisiana-Lafayette   
Voting:  Brodhead 11, Lisa Stockton (Tulane) 9, Kellie Kennedy (Loyola) 4, Nadine Domond (Grambling) 2, Bo Browder (Xavier) 1

Liann McCarthy, senior, Nicholls State; Briana Oglesby, senior, Loyola; Pearl Paulo, senior, LSU-Alexandria; Nanna Pool, senior, Southeastern Louisiana; Brooke Pumroy, senior, Louisiana Tech; Quiana Tucker, junior, LSU-Shreveport; Leslie Vorpahl, junior, Tulane

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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