Maryland beats Ga. Tech women on Gibson jumper

January 05, 1996|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller has been waiting for Kelley Gibson to live up to her promise, and her patience was rewarded handsomely last night in the Terps' 61-60 win over Georgia Tech at Cole Field House.

Gibson, one of the most highly touted players to enter the Maryland program since Olympian Vicky Bullett, scored a career-high 20 points, including the game-winner, an eight-foot pull-up jumper in the lane with eight seconds left.

Gibson, who missed virtually all of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear in her right knee, scored the last six points for the Terps (6-5, 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference), who erased a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes and bounced back from a 41-point drubbing by North Carolina State on Tuesday, the worst ACC loss in the 24-year history of the Maryland program.

"I'm not thinking that, 'This is for last season' or 'This is for my knee.' I'm thinking this is for the team," said Gibson, who also contributed four assists and three rebounds.

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