NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana’s Maya Trench was named Thursday to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All-Defensive women’s basketball team.
Trench, a 5-foot-2 point guard from Edgard, La., and a graduate of West St. John High School, is the first freshman, female or male, to be named to a GCAC All-Defensive team. The conference picked its first All-Defensive teams in 2015-16.
Trench, who leads the Gold Nuggets with 69 steals and 84 defensive rebounds in 29 games, said she has become a much better defensive player since her arrival at XULA. “Thanks to coach Bo (Browder),” Trench said. “He’s made me work hard. He’s made sure I’m competing and that nobody gets past me.”
Trench was the Gold Nuggets’ only honoree at a banquet held the day before the GCAC Tournament’s opening round. The XULA women had no one on the all-conference team for the first time ever. The GCAC’s first season was 1981-82.
The Gold Nuggets (17-12) are seeded third in the tournament and will play sixth-seeded Philander Smith (13-15) at 2 p.m. Friday at SUNO’s The Castle.