With just over a month remaining in her collegiate basketball career, Narragansett alumna Abby McKanna recently made a timely return to the hardwood for Assumption after having missed four games in a row either side of New Year’s Day.
The senior guard saw her first action of 2019 on Jan. 12 in the Greyhounds’ 60-47 defeat to New Haven, playing 21 minutes off the bench and recording two points and just as many rebounds.
A week to the day later, McKanna was in the starting five and chipped in with an assist and a rebound while being kept scoreless as Assumption lost its third straight contest to Pace 59-45.
Much in keeping with the former Mariner’s time as a Greyhound, she has mainly spent her final winter in a reserve role, averaging 17.9 minutes and 5.8 points per game while reaching a new career high of five blocked shots.
McKanna has reached double figures twice to date, notching a season high of 12 in Assumption’s conference-opening 83-81 victory over future Division I member Merrimack on Nov. 14, also grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
The Greyhounds are currently 10-7 on the season, with their record buoyed by a six-game winning streak early in the campaign that included four of their five triumphs thus far in Northeast-10 play.
Bolibruch sisters teaming up
The ranks of former North Kingstown Skippers competing for the University of Mary has now doubled with Tereza Bolibruch joining her older sister Maria on the Marauders track team.
Both Bolibruch siblings have competed in the 60-meter hurdles this winter, with Maria achieving the better time of the pair on the season, finishing in 8.81 seconds at Mary’s Winter Festival meet on Dec. 8.
Maria also got the better of Tereza in the 200 meters at that meet, winning the event with a time of 26.18 seconds, just over a second ahead of the newcomer to the collegiate level.
Last weekend marked the first time this season that the Marauders ventured beyond North Dakota as they competed at the South Dakota State-hosted Jim Emmerich Invitational.
Tereza entered the 200 meters and the 60 meter hurdles, joining Maria in the finals of the latter event after accruing a 13th place result in the former.
This time, youth defeated experience as Tereza crossed the line in 9.01 seconds, good enough for fifth whereas Maria was unable to back up her efforts in the heats.