Gibson South Star's Golden Girl

Wisconsin recruit puts up game-high 15 points, six rebounds in South All-Star team's win

Caitlin Gibson got a small taste of what her life will be like in a few months. Wearing a red and white South All-Star jersey, the University of Wisconsin recruit led the Division 2 South team to a 65-47 win over the Division 2 North squad in a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game at the Kohl Center Saturday afternoon. Next fall, she will be wearing a different red and white jersey but she will be playing on the same court she has come to know. Gibson also played at the Kohl Center when she led her prep team to a 46-29 win over Green Bay Notre Dame March 12 for the Division 2 state championship.

"I had a lot of fun playing on the court," Gibson said after Saturday's win. "It just felt good for me to be out there."

Gibson, a former Jefferson High School standout averaged 8.0 rebounds, 16.2 points and 3.0 assists as a senior. Saturday, she stood out again, leading all players with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and was one of three players on her team to collect six rebounds. She also had two blocks, a turnover and one personal foul.

"I feel pretty good," Gibson said. "I felt like I was rushing the court a lot better than what I felt like at the beginning of the week, so it was really good."

Gibson's presence extended beyond the game itself, as she good-naturedly chest-bumped one of her South teammates before the game started, and helped one of her North opponents up from the floor during the game.

Marquette recruit Krystal Ellis of Racine St. Catherine's, Gibson's teammate on the South team, contributed 11 points and six rebounds to the win, while guard Trisha Legois of Luxemburg Casco led the North with 11 points.

After competing at the state track meet in La Crosse June 2, where she placed second in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 8 ¾ inches, Gibson can finally turn her focus to what lies ahead: Badger basketball. She will start working out in Madison on Monday, while making the 30-minute commute from Jefferson.

"I'm pretty much going straight into (basketball) right now so this is a good starter for me," Gibson said.

Although Gibson has not spent much time in Madison, she has met her future teammates, who she said were "really great."

Gibson will room with fellow Badger recruit Christine Spencer, a forward from Traverse City, Mich. Spencer arrived in Madison this past week, according to Gibson, and has already started working out.

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