Kia Wilridge Made Her Mark On UL Women’s Basketball Program
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun senior guard Kia Wilridge has, without a doubt, left her mark on the women's basketball program.
Wilridge, along with fellow seniors Keke Veal, Brooklyn Arceneaux, and Adrienne Prejean, will close out their regular season-careers this week, as Louisiana closes out their 2015-2016 regular season schedule, hosting Georgia St. on Thursday, and Georgia Southern on Saturday, at the Cajundome.
These four young women, all from the Acadiana area, have help turn the culture of the women's basketball program completely around.
Last season, the Cajuns won 23 games, and captured the Women's Basketball Invitational in the postseason, while racking up 18 wins this season, with two more regular season games, and the postseason, remaining.
A native of Crowley, Wilridge, who attended St. Thomas More High School, has been a four-year starter for coach Garry Brodhead’s program.
In terms of points scored, Wilridge has poured in 1,184 career points, becoming only the 12th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Those 1,184 career points rank Wilridge 8th on the all-time UL women’s basketball scoring list.
In front of her on the list, at #7, is Alyson Habetz, who scored 1,192 career points.
In the assists department, Wilridge currently ranks 5th in school history in assists, with 305.
In career steals, with 233, Wilridge currently ranks fourth.
Wilridge will end her UL playing career in the top ten in games played and games started, and despite her 5-foot-5 stature, has pulled down 503 career rebounds, which ranks her in the top 15 in school history.
All of those impressive statistics, and Wilridge has been, in my opinion, the best defensive player in the Sun Belt Conference for the last three years running.
So...Wilridge ranks in the top ten in school history in games played, games started, points, assists, and steals. Any doubt she leaves as one of the top ten players in school history?
This UL women's basketball program has improved dramatically over the last 4 years, and Kia Wilridge is a big reason why.