5 - Leah Gonnella
Leah Gonnella
Height: 5-7
Year: Senior
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Mead HS '03
Previous College: Univ. Of Toledo
Position: G
Experience: 1L
2005-06: Gonnella finished the campaign in 14th place in the Big Sky Conference statistical charts in both assists per game (2.79) and three-point field goals made per game (1.71). After a slow start to her campaign, where she was just able to score nine points total in her first five games, Gonnella arrived on the scene with a smash in a 69-61 win over Cal State Northridge, scoring 16 points in the contest. A Gonnella basket gave EWU its largest lead of the game, 18, at 62-46. In a 74-61 setback at Northern Arizona, she tallied 14 points to go with four assists. The junior contributed 14 points, as well, in a 62-56 defeat at the hands of Portland State. In a 54-40 win over Weber State, Gonnella scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and contributed two blocks and one steal. Another 11-point performance was executed by the junior in a 74-65 loss to Idaho State. She also had seven assists in the contest. In EWU's 74-69 loss to Weber State in the Big Sky quarterfinals, she hit a number of big shots to keep Eastern in the contest. With 15:59 left, a three-point basket cut its deficit to five at 44-39 and another three-pointer, this time with 11:39 left, tied the contest at 49. Altogether, she scored 12 points in the contest. University of Toledo: Gonnella played in all 29 Toledo games in 2003-04, averaging 4.2 points in 12 minutes per game. She was third on the team in three-point field goals (28) and fourth in three-point percentage (30.1). In 2002-03, she saw time in 26 games as a freshman, averaging 8.2 minutes per game. She scored in double digits seven times and had UT career highs in points (15), field goals (5), three-pointers (5) and assists (2). Personal: Gonnella was a multi-sport athlete at Mead High School who earned four letters in basketball, two in soccer and one in softball. At Mead, Gonnella was a three-time All-Greater Spokane League selection. She averaged 17.8 points and was an All-State honorable mention honoree and a first-team selection to the All-Region squad. A high school team MVP, she received the "Best Offensive Player" award. She is the daughter of Steve and Sherry Gonnella.
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