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MSU Basketball adds Division I Transfer

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Maiki Viela, a former Parade Magazine High School All-American who played three seasons at nationally-ranked Division I Gonzaga, has transferred to Morehead State and will join the women's basketball program. She has one season of collegiate eligibility remaining.

"We are very pleased to have Maiki join our program," Head Coach Greg Todd said. "She has been competing daily the last three years on a top-25 program at Gonzaga."

A 5-6 guard, Viela helped Gonzaga to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and three straight West Coast Conference Championships. GU produced 84 wins and a 45-5 league mark with Viela on the squad. In her three seasons, the Bulldogs were listed nearly continuously on the USA Today Top 25 poll and climbed as high as 15th in 2013-14.

She appeared in 51 games and shot 41 percent in her GU career.

A native of Lahaina, Hawaii, Viela earned Parade Magazine All-America honors as a senior at Lahainaluna High School. She was a two-time (2009-10, 2010-11) Gatorade State Player of the Year and was named State Player of the Year in 2009-10 by the Honolulu Advertiser and Star Bulletin.

Viela was also a semifinalist for the McDonald's All-America Game and was named to the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) All-Star squad four times. She was a First-Team All-MIL selection as a sophomore, junior and senior and led her team to a state championship in 2009-10 as a junior.

Viela averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game as senior. Her teams won 59 consecutive games to set an MIL all-sports record.

Her uncle, Brian Ching, won two Major League Soccer Cup Championships with the Houston Dynamo and played for the United States National Team for eight years, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


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