Warracknabeal very own budding basketball star Chloe Bibby has opted-in to play an extra season in the NCAA with her college team, Maryland.
The college made the announcement early this month with Bibby among three other teammates who have elected to use their "extra year of eligibility".
The 2020-21 season was Bibby's senior year of playing and at college, but in October the NCAA's Division I Council voted to give eligibility relief to winter-sport athletes regardless of how many games they play during the 2020-21 academic year.
Now athletes have the opportunity to play five seasons within a six-year span rather than the typical four seasons in five years, because the COVID-19 pandemic led to many key games and tournaments getting cancelled.
In late March Bibby's Maryland team made it to the sweet sixteen stage of the NCAA Women's basketball championships.
Her Maryland team raced out of the blocks and held a seven-point half-time lead, but the Longhorns responded with a massive third quarter to hold on for a 64-61 win.
In a post-game press conference, Bibby said despite the close loss she was proud of her team.
"I mean I will take my girls every day of the week and twice on Sundays," she said.
"It just happens, sometimes you just miss those three-pointers or you miss those easy lay-ups.
"I thought we missed a lot of bunnies tonight and we had some uncharacteristic turnovers
"But those are learning things and we are all just little babies I think and we are just going to learn from this, but I would still take my team every day of the week."
Earlier in the tournament, Bibby recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in her 25 minutes of court time to help Maryland to a first-round 53-point win over Mount St Mary's Mountaineers.
Along with Bibby opting-in, her three other senior Terps teammates Katie Benzan, Channise Lewis, Alaysia Styles have also decided to play for an extra season.
With all of the Terps seniors staying on, Bibby and her Maryland squad should be a team to watch in 2021-22.
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