Gipson Named Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior forward Marlies Gipson garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors after helping the Wildcats to their first 6-0 start in Big 12 history with two victories last week, including a 68-63 upset win at No. 14/13 Oklahoma State.


This is the first Big 12 Player of the Week honor for Gipson and the first for the Wildcats since Kendra Wecker on Feb. 28, 2005. Overall this is the 18th Big 12 Player of the Week honor for K-State women’s basketball.


Gipson registered a double-double in both games and averaged 16.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, three steals and two assists. She now has six double-doubles on the season and 12 for her career, which is tied for ninth in school history.


In K-State’s win over the Cowgirls in Stillwater, Gipson, a 6-0 forward, registered a new career-high of 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. The product of McPherson, Kan., tied her career-best on the boards with 16, including 14 defensive rebounds. She also tallied five blocks to tie her season-high and had three steals. She registered 11 points and 10 rebounds in the critical second half, as the Wildcats came back from a four-point halftime deficit.


In K-State’s first game on Wednesday, an 80-49 win over Iowa State, Gipson registered 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in just 26 minutes of playing time. In the first half, Gipson had registered 10 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats held a 42-22 first half lead.


The No. 18 Wildcats return to action on Wednesday at Nebraska. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 in Lincoln and can be heard on 1350 KMAN.