Repeat selection Whitney Gathright is Xavier University of Louisiana’s lone representative on the 2014-15 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women’s basketball team.
Gathright, a 5-foot-4 junior guard from New Orleans and a graduate of John Curtis Christian School, leads the Gold Nuggets in a slew of statistical categories, including scoring (13.1 points per game), assists (111), steals (59), free-throw percentage (.785) and 3-point field goal percentage (.418).
Gathright also has climbed steadily up several XU career lists. She is the Gold Nuggets’ all-time leader in 3-point accuracy (.386), second in free-throw percentage (.769), fifth in made 3-pointers (110) and seventh in made free throws (269). She is 25th with 895 career points and will take aim at becoming the 20th Gold Nugget to reach 1,000.
If Gathright maintains her team scoring lead, she’ll become the fourth Gold Nugget to lead the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior. The others were Kay Williams (1978-79 and 1979-80), Henrietta Mitchell (1987-88 and 1988-89) and Jarryn Cleaves (2004-05 and 2006-07).
The All-GCAC women’s and men’s teams were announced Thursday at a GCAC team luncheon at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport hotel in suburban Kenner, La. The GCAC Tournament will begin Friday in New Orleans.
The Gold Nuggets (16-14), the defending champion and winner of four of the past five GCAC tourneys, are seeded second. They’ll play seventh-seeded Tougaloo (4-22) at 5 p.m. at Dillard’s Dent Hall in the opening round.
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