Fenumiai provides beacon of hope for struggling Evergreen State
Let’s be real, the NAIA women’s basketball team in Olympia, Washington, would be lost without her. The Geoducks have a 1-9 record and that’s with the Juneau product playing like a candidate for Cascade Collegiate Conference MVP.
The 6-foot post out of Peninsula College leads the team and ranks in the top five in conference in scoring [15.4], rebounding [7.4] and shooting percentage [.525].
Fenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has reached double figures in nine of 10 games, highlighted by a 26-point effort against Pacific.
Twice she has grabbed 11 rebounds in a game.
A week ago, Fenumiai averaged 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting better than 55 percent from the field during a three-game stretch.
That led to her earning conference player-of-the-week recognition.
“Gabi is learning that we need her to be more than a big body in the post,” Evergreen coach Jennifer Schooler told the school’s website. “She has improved her toughness and creativity to help her team. Her constant willingness-to-learn mentality has been a joy to be around.”