Bibby in elite com­pany

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports -

The me­te­oric rise of War­rackn­abeal bas­ket­ball ex­port Chloe Bibby, 19, shows lit­tle sign of slow­ing af­ter she took part in one of the sport’s most elite com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals.

Bibby, a fresh­man or first-year stu­dent at Mis­sis­sippi State Uni­ver­sity was part of a Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion women’s cham­pi­onship thriller on Mon­day.

In a match that de­ter­mined the best fe­male col­le­giate team in the United States, Notre Dame Fight­ing Ir­ish beat Mis­sis­sippi State Bull­dogs 61-58 on the buzzer in the grand fi­nal at Colum­bus, Ohio.

Bibby had only a minute of court-time in the fi­nale and gen­er­ally played off the bench for a pow­er­ful Bull­dogs team this sea­son. But to be any­where near the game’s elite level in her first col­lege year was a rare achieve­ment.

A for­ward, Bibby shot 146 points for an av­er­age of 3.9 in the 505 min­utes she played in her 2017-18 NCAA di­vi­sion-one sea­son.

Mis­sis­sippi State en­tered the Fi­nal Four play­offs as favourite to win the cham­pi­onship.

Bibby’s par­ents Leigh-anne and Adrian flew to the United States and watched the ac­tion from the stands.

Fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers in Aus­tralia have fol­lowed her progress in the heady world of elite Amer­i­can sport on­line.

Bibby quickly rose to promi­nence in Wim­mera sport and was soon liv­ing in Mel­bourne, rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in ju­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive bas­ket­ball teams and rub­bing shoul­ders with emerg­ing tal­ent from across Aus­tralia and around the globe.

Apart from play­ing bas­ket­ball, Bibby plans to be­come a mid­wife.

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