Only a freshman, Quincey Gibson (Fr., Issaquah, Wash.) is already making her mark as a Linfield Wildcat.
The smooth-dribbling point guard from Issaquah, Wash., takes the game she loves rather seriously.
“On the court, I tend to pretty serious. I know I could come off as intense, but I just want our team to succeed,” she says.
To that end, Gibson finds a variety of ways to contribute to the team's success.
She has been in the starting lineup 14 times - the most of any of the Linfield frosh - and is averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest while logging a hefty 27 minutes a game.
She's converting 40.3 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts, fifth-highest in the Northwest Conference.
“I don't think I'm really superstitious or anything, but I have to wear the same socks to every game. I also like to listen to some good music before the games to pump me up. It helps a lot and gets me ready to have a good time on the court.”
And once she steps off the court, Gibson knows how to enjoy herself.
“When it's not time for a game or practice, I'm pretty goofy and I like to have fun. I've been playing the guitar for a few years and it's a great way to relax when I'm not too busy with practice or school.”
Her ability to compartmentalize her basketball life from her academic life comes from her mother, Kathy, who was the varsity head coach of her high school team.
Kathy has been a basketball coach as long as Quincey can remember.
“When I was born, I would go to my mom's games when she coached for Mt. Si High School, and then she moved to coach at Issaquah,” Gibson remembers.
As was inevitable, Gibson acquired a passion for basketball from her mother. She began playing the sports as soon as she could, and hasn't put the ball down since.
“I played on AAU teams and the Issaquah Select teams until high school, where I played for my mom.”
Gibson is thankful that she had the opportunity to play for her mother.
“Having my mom as my coach was such an amazing experience. When we were on the court she was my basketball coach, but the moment we stepped off, she was my mom. There were definitely times where it was hard, but overall I loved every moment of having my mom as my coach.”
While her high school experience was great, she has had a fulfilling time since beginning her studies at Linfield in the fall.
“I chose Linfield mostly because I was recruited to play basketball,” she says, “but now that I have a semester under my belt, I'd still choose to come here even if I wasn't playing basketball. I absolutely love the community and being able to have a personal relationship with all of my professors.”
As is the case with many of her teammates, Gibson is pursuing athletic training as her major with the goal of becoming a physical therapist and helping people recover from sports injuries.
In preparation for the future, Gibson believes basketball is the best way to keep her stress levels manageable as well as a means to develop close friendships.
“I'm super close to my teammates Catie Mets and Riley Graham. They're both so helpful on the court and so much fun to be around all the time!”
Mets feels just as close to Gibson.
“'Q' and Riley are my little rays of sunshine. I love them so much!” says Mets “Q has so much skill and it will be amazing to see how much she will grow and improve, even though she is already so amazing, in her time here at Linfield.”
A strong addition to this season's Linfield squad, it's easy to project nothing but a bright basketball career for Quincey Gibson.
-- Kelsey McGarry '16
Strums guitar to relax off the court
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