Former Hawaii women’s basketball player Michelle Gabriel is in the news for a recent decision by Maryknoll School, her alma mater and now-former employer.
Maryknoll decided to release Gabriel, a 1999 Spartans graduate who went on to play for UH’s Vince Goo (1999-2003), from her position as director of its middle school in late January because she was eight months pregnant and unmarried. A rally of support for Gabriel, who was also a P.E. teacher, was held Wednesday outside of the private school.
Gabriel, a 5-foot-5 guard from Kailua, played on four straight WNIT teams under Goo, including three straight 20-win teams. She started in the backcourt as a senior in 2002-03, averaging 5.8 points, 3.0 assists and a team-best 1.5 steals per game.
At Maryknoll, she was also an All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu soccer player as a senior.