Gabby Jerahian didn’t take long to prove that she belonged in the starting lineup for the Roger Williams women’s basketball team. The sophomore from Quincy drained the game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in a season-opening 61-60 win over Brandeis. The 5-foot-5 guard from Quincy High is averaging 10 points a game. Her 28 minutes per game is the second-highest on the club.
Jerahian, an elementary education major, scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including three 3-pointers) in a 57-31 win over Nichols. With 20 3-pointers, she’s tied for the team lead. Jerahian has led her squad in scoring in two games, and had a team-high six assists in a 77-75 win over UMass-Dartmouth.
A two-time captain of the Quincy High basketball team, she also captained the soccer and lacrosse teams there. Roger Williams is 8-2, 2-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Q. What has been the key to the strong start this season?
A. I think it is our team’s unity. We come into every practice with the mind-set that we’re ready to get better, and we come into every game ready to attack our opponents. Being on the same page and wanting the same thing for our team, which is to win a CCC championship, serves as our pure form of motivation to win. However, we know that it’s all about the process and that helps to drive and motivate us.
Q. What is your role on the team?
A. I would say my role is to lead by example for all of our newcomers and be someone my coach feels confident to have in the game during tough situations.
Q. You were a multiple-time captain at Quincy. Describe your leadership style.
A. To lead by example, and to be very approachable to both my teammates and coaches, and always to have my team’s best interests in mind.
Q. What do you hope to do for a career?
A. After I graduate, I plan to get my masters degree in speech language pathology, and hopefully return to teach in the elementary school that I attended in Quincy.
Q. Is there a specific team goal?
A. Definitely to win the CCC championship. It has never been done before at our school and we really feel that this could be the year.
Q. Do you have a role model in life?
A. My role model is definitely my father, Jay, who passed away from cancer four years ago. He showed me that when things get tough, you don’t back down, but you attack it head on with full force. As a college athlete, you face adversity all the time and you have to find a way to overcome whatever that adversity is. You’ll hear our coach say “when things get tough, we get tougher,” and my dad definitely portrayed that throughout his battle with cancer.
Q. Favorite Celtics player?
A. My favorite player is no longer a Celtic. Ray Allen is someone who I always loved watching because of his three-point shot. Growing up, I would always make it a point to watch him in particular because I felt myself playing a similar role in the game as a shooter.
Q. Favorite moment from Quincy High?
A. It has to be when my teammate Nicole Jorgensen, who plays at URI, scored her 1,000th point and then later grabbed her 1,000th rebound. It was awesome to be a part of such an amazing accomplishment. Also, without a doubt, when we won the Patriot League title our senior year. It was our first banner for girls’ basketball, so whenever I enter the gym I can look at the banner and know that it was my team.John Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.