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Anyssia Gibbs, Committed to Lamar University
Versatile guard Gibbs signs with LU
By Matt Faye
Updated 4:32 pm CDT, Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Photo: Fran Ruchalski/The Enterprise
The Lady Cardinals of Lamar took on the New Orleans Privateers at Montagne Center on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Fran Ruchalski/The Enterprise
Lamar University women's basketball coach Aqua Franklin added to her first full recruiting class Wednesday, signing junior college guard Anyssia Gibbs.
Gibbs comes to the Cardinals after playing one season at Collin Community College in Plano, where she averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. At 5-foot-11, she'll bring some much-needed size and versatility to Lamar's backcourt, Franklin said.
“(Gibbs) adds so much value and experience to our program on and off the court," Franklin said in a statement. “Anyssia has great size, a versatile skill set and can defend multiple positions. She is devoted academically and will make an immediate impacted on our culture.”
Led by Gibbs, Collin Community College went 24-9 last season and appeared in the NJCAA Region V Championship game. For her efforts, Gibbs was selected as an
All-Region Honorable mention.
Before that, Gibbs starred at Granite Hills High School in Apple Valley, California. She is Lamar's fifth signee in Franklin's current class, a Lamar spokesman told the Enterprise.
“I chose Lamar because I wanted to be somewhere where I could play my role and have an impact,” Gibbs said in a statement. “My freshman year of high school, my school had never won a League Championship in 18 years. My senior year, Granite Hills won its first League Championship in women's basketball.
“At Collin, we came in first in our conference and were the runners up in our region, something only one other women's basketball team at Collin has ever done," Gibbs added. "I want to be a part of that same process at Lamar.”
The Cardinals went 10-19 overall and missed the Southland Conference Tournament during Franklin’s first season at Lamar.
Seven Collin College student athletes have been named to the 2019-20 North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) All-Academic Team. Collin College’s selections to the team were: Women’s Basketball – Anyssia Gibbs of Apple Valley, California and Lucy Ibeh of Lagos, Nigeria, Women’s Tennis – Rebekah Clark of Frisco, Andrea Farris of Lucas, and Lea Mjertan of Osijek, Croatia Men’s Tennis – Hector Flores of Caracas, Venezuela, and Tom Golden of Perth, Australia Each honoree has completed at least three semesters of college work with a minimum of 36 hours of courses that lead to a degree while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater. The student athletes participated in a least one season on the varsity level and lettered in their sports.
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The Apache Ladies were like good ol’ fashion homemade biscuits on Saturday.
“I was worried coming in to today’s games about how my team would react after last night (one-point loss to No. 5 Northwest Florida State in OT),” Tyler Junior College coach Trenia Tillis said. “I always say championship teams are like biscuits, when the heat is on they rise to the top.”
The No. 10 Apache Ladies did just that with an 85-70 victory over Collin College during the final day of the annual Holiday Inn Women’s Basketball Classic.
“I was afraid the game with Northwest Florida would take a lot out of us,” Tillis Hoard said. “It looked like it affected Northwest today (NWF defeated No. 25 Angelina 55-49).”
TJC broke out to a 23-12 first-quarter lead and led 44-25 at halftime to please their coach.
Te’Aire Hambrick, the all-stater at La Poynor High School, led TJC with 18 points, followed by Felmas Koranga (15) and Gerlyn Smith (14).
Other scorers for the Apache Ladies were Kharisima Brown (8), Nala Hemingway (7), Niya McGuire (7), Diamond Atchinson (6), Saige Roberts (5), Frankazia Boyd (3) and Akeria James (2).
Three Lady Cougars were in double figures — Destiny Thurman (16), Cydney Rivera (14) and Anyssia Gibbs (13). Others scoring for Collin were Skye Dugan (8), Cardrina Nolen (8), Lucy Ibeh (7), Shala Robinson (2) and Arianna Clark (2).
After an extremely successful high school basketball career, this young lady has MADE IT to the next level.
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