Fenumiai provides beacon of hope for struggling Evergreen State

December 24, 2015

Gabi Fenumiai basketball

Gabi Fenumiai

Evergreen State College is counting its lucky stars for having junior transfer Gabi Fenumiai of Juneau.

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.”