Warracknabeal basketball product Chloe Bibby is primed for a big year with the Maryland Terrapins in her final college season.
The 2020-21 season was Bibby's senior year; however, the NCAA's Division I Council voted to give eligibility relief to winter-sport athletes regardless of how many games they played during the 2020-21 academic year.
Now athletes have the opportunity to play five seasons within six years rather than the typical four seasons in five years because the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled many key games and tournaments.
Bibby, along with three of her teammates, opted to use their extra year of eligibility.
Last season the Terrapins won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament title, with Bibby playing a pivotal role all year.
The forward/guard averaged 13.2 points and six rebounds a game and received All-Big Ten Honourable Mention honours.
The side entered the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I tournament as the number two seed, but went down to the sixth seed Texas Longhorns 64-61.
Bibby recorded 14 points and five rebounds in that match.
This year again, the Terrapins are expected to be a force, with six (including Bibby) of their players re-committing who averaged double figures in scoring in 2020-21.
Speaking at the Big Ten media day, Bibby said the side was embracing being a tournament threat.
"We love that the target is on our back," Bibby said.
"I would rather it be that way and I want them chasing us down.
"The Big Ten, we see how competitive it is already. And so we know the target's there and I want everyone's best shot every night.
"I want everyone's best shot because that's going to prepare us for March and that's what we're focused on."
Bibby also described playing in an offence that scores ninety points per game as "fun and exciting".
"Every day whether its practice or at the game we're competing and we're getting buckets," she said.
"I can't explain it, I mean it's fun."
The Terrapins begin their season with an exhibition match against Fairmont State on October 29.
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