During her freshman season, LeeAnne Wirth was asked to be a defensive and rebounding presence off the bench. She led all bench players in offensive rebounds and had a combined 24 blocks and steals in her 11 minutes per game.
Last year as a sophomore, her twin sister Jenn Wirth went down with a hand injury before the season. LeeAnne was hoisted into the starting lineup and required to score more. She thrived in both respects. The 6’3 forward started all 34 games for Gonzaga and increased her scoring average from 3.5 to 6.5 points and grabbed 4.6 rebounds a game, third best on the squad.
With Jenn fully healthy and the departure of Zykera Rice, it seems likely that the Wirth twins will start together at the forward spots. Jenn is a more natural scorer, while LeeAnee is the defensive stopper. LeeAnne may not rack up eye-popping block and steal numbers on paper, but if you watch their games, she forces every opponent into very difficult shots without fouling. The twins, as twins often do, complement each other well, and both have the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers.
Wirth’s father, Alan, played Major League Baseball for the Oakland A’s. Her older sister Christina played in the WNBA. Now, LeeAnne is creating her own legacy in a long line of successful Wirths. She may never average gaudy numbers in the scoring category, but make no mistake, LeeAnne Wirth is one of the most important pieces to this roster and is poised for a huge junior season.