Next season, you will hear a lot about twins when anyone is talking about the Gonzaga Bulldogs womens’ basketball squad. The Zags have a pair in the frontcourt, senior forwards Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth, and a pair of incoming guards from Houston, Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong.
The two Truong sisters seem to be treated as one person in the news, with ESPN ranking them both the No. 28 point guard in the nation for the Class of 2019. However, when it comes to Gonzaga’s purposes, we will probably see the ball in the hands of Kayleigh more often.
Kayleigh is a 5’8 guard who averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 steals per game her senior year, helping lead the Jersey Village Falcons to a District 17-6A championship with a 33-3 overall record. That effort was enough to earn her a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Here is what Head Coach Lisa Fortier had to say about Keyleigh after the guard signed her letter of intent:
“Kayleigh has some great natural leadership characteristics that we really look for in point guards,” Fortier said. “We trust our point guards to have a hand in running our team, and Leigh will do an excellent job. She will be able to easily move off the ball since she is such a good three-point shooter as well. She has the ability to see the next pass before anyone else in the gym knows that it is coming.”
The Zags lost their starting point guard from last season in Laura Stockton. Senior Jessie Loera is more than ready to take over at point, but there is a hole that Kayleigh will need to fill immediately. The Zags roster is pretty balanced all over, but if Loera needs a rest, Kayleigh is probably best suited to provide some immediate relief.
It will be a great introduction for the freshman playmaker as she begins to cement her status as the Zags’ point guard for the next four years. We might be another year away from a full-blown Truong takeover, so consider this season the appetizer for what is to come.