Lani Gibbons

SFU hoop star vies for athlete of the year

April 10, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

The dazzling five-year Clan basketball career of Lani Gibbons acquired even more sparkle April 8 with news the five-foot-four point guard is a nominee for a BLG Award, honouring the top Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) female athlete of 2007-08.

The male and female award winners, who will each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, will be announced at an April 28 ceremony in Calgary.

Gibbons was named CIS women's basketball player of the year as the Clan led all 14 national coaches polls in 2007-08, kept the best regular-season record in the nation at 22-1 and captured the Canada West Pacific Division title. The women also claimed bronze at the conference Final Four and won the consolation final at the CIS championship.

Gibbons, a two-time CIS champion (2006-07, '04-05), led the country in assists for the third straight season (5.7 apg), finished second in steals (3.7 spg) and contributed 12.0 points per game as Simon Fraser finished second in CIS scoring with 82.0 points per duel.

The diminutive arts major’s sister Erin Gibbons played basketball at the University of Utah, while her grandfather played one NHL season with the New York Rangers.

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