Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Gabrielova will show off herBy Al Chase
passing ability for the Hawaii
women's basketball team
In the high-scoring Weatherford (Texas) College system, Janka Gabrielova's first responsibility was to trigger the fast break, then, when in the half court offense, get the ball inside.
Gabrielova will get to show off her passing skills for the University of Hawaii.
The 5-foot-7 point guard yesterday signed a letter of intent to play for the Wahine basketball team.
"She really only shot when she was wide open, but had one game where she scored 22 points," said UH assistant coach Jon Newlee.
Gabrielova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, averaged 12.7 assists, nine points and four steals a game for the 26-4 Lady Coyotes.
She was a Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference first-team member and a third-team All-American selection.
"Janka is a great passer with excellent court vision," Newlee said.
"She is very quick, plays excellent defense and can score when she needs to. She plays with a lot of fire and emotion."
Gabrielova also was recruited by Texas Christian, Wichita State, San Diego State and Houston.
The third guard signed for next year, she joins former Weatherford teammate Dainora Puida on the Wahine roster. Christa Brossman and Melanie Croser signed in November.
Also, head coach Vince Goo awarded Michelle Gabriel a scholarship for next year.
The former Maryknoll standout was a walk-on last season. A 5-5 point guard, she appeared in 11 games, scored 11 points and had six steals in 31 minutes of action.
"Michelle worked incredibly hard this past season," Goo said. "She's done everything we've asked of her and is very deserving of the scholarship."
Ka Leo O Hawaii