Gillette, Wyo.--Gillette College Pronghorns KeKe Wright and Christina Davis will continue their college basketball careers in the Final Frontier, as they both have signed to play for the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).
A NCAA D-II program, the UAA Lady Seawolves are part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference-the same conference as Montana State University-Billings.
Wright and Davis both played for the Pronghorns for two seasons coming from Las Vegas. KeKe played at Canyon Springs High School and Christina from Valley High School. They were rivals in high school, but played together in AAU ball.
When asked to compared the rivalry at the high school level in Nevada, the two said it was on par of a Gillette vs. Sheridan match up.
Pronghorns Head Coach Will Rider could see them being great cohorts at the junior college level.
“When [KeKe and Christina] came to school here, they had visions of going to Division I or Division II basketball. So to see them sign their letter of intent to get to that level now, it's just icing on the cake.”
KeKe was one of the best in the nation in multiple categories this past season. She was 11th in the nation in scoring with 558 points, ninth in the nation when it came to points per game (averaging 17.4) and 42nd in the nation in field goal percentage at 52.7 percent. She was named to the All Region IX Team, All Region IX Tournament Team and became the first women's Pronghorn player to be named an All-American.
Christina might have been small in stature-at 5'5”, she was the third smallest player on the team this season- but tall on leadership. She averaged 9.4 points per game and on multiple occasions, made some crucial three-pointers in games that helped the momentum of the game. She was also named on the All Region IX Tournament Team this past season. Davis always played scrappy, not afraid of going after the ball.
The two of them helped lead the Pronghorns to their best overall record at 28-6 their sophomore season. This past season the team reached its highest ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association at #11 in the nation. They also made it to the Region IX Championship Game, the deepest the Pronghorns have made it in the Region IX Tournament.
In terms of playing together for possibly another two seasons at UAA, Wright jokingly said “It's a love-hate relationship.”
Davis added “We know how to put up with each other, we know how to live with each other...”
Christina said that under Head Coach Rider, she really learned the game of basketball.
“It's more than just, like, with the physical aspect, it's a mental aspect. You gotta see the court,” Davis mentioned.
When KeKe was asked about her biggest accomplishment after two years of playing at Gillette College, she said that it was helping get the program on the map and making it to a #11 ranking in the NJCAA this past season.
When a Pronghorn player, whether it be on the mens or womens team is asked what they will miss about Gillette, the most popular answer is the city's community, but when KeKe was asked what she would miss outside of the supportive community, one word came to mind. Humphrey's.
I guess the local restaurant may need to consider freezing their food and shipping some to Anchorage.