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Maiki Viela loses her coach at Gonzaga
April 8, 2014 - Robert Collias
Maiki Viela, a Parade All-American at Lahainaluna as a senior in 2011 and the leader of a state championship team in 2010, has struggled to find playing time at Gonzaga University.
Monday, the coach who recruited her to Spokane, Wash., Kelly Graves, took the vacant job at Oregon.
“We appreciate the tremendous success that was achieved during Kelly Graves’ tenure at Gonzaga and wish him well at Oregon,” Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth said in this brief release on the school's athletic website. “We will work hard to identify the very best candidate to build on what we have today.”
Viela appeared in 21 games this season, averaging 1.9 points in 6.2 minutes per game for the Bulldogs, who finished 29-5 and won their 10th straight West Coast Conference title. They lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to James Madison.
Viela, the second Parade All-American ever to play for Gonzaga women's basketball, has scored 82 points in 51 games in her college career.
Viela, who made her final choice Gonzaga over Hawaii in 2011, has one season of eligibility remaining. There were eight guards on the Zags' roster this season and the two starters both graduate.
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