Bibby in elite company
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.