Chloe Bibby has arrived and done so in style, having put on an offensive show at home. It was her game to lose and Bibby took advantage of the Hump’s bright lights. With a career high 24 points, 12 of which were from beyond the arc, Bibby can now be regarded as a legitimate scoring forward after that performance.
As this year’s squad continue’s to gel, Bibby continues to prove herself on both ends of the floor. Comparable to former Bulldog star forward Roshunda Johnson, Bibby’s offensive prowess has vastly improved. The two have a similar game and both became more comfortable offensively in the midst of SEC play.
Bibby shot 8-13 from the field, 4-6 from three, and went 4-4 from the line in 40 minutes. She carried the Bulldogs and showed that the moment was not too big for her. Last year it was Johnson who was the missing piece that ended up being a reliable swiss army knife for head coach Vic Schaefer, and it looks like Bibby has stepped right into that same role.
If able to continue to find her way as a starter, Schaefer may end up having one of the best groups of five in the nation. With fellow forward Anriel Howard, center Teaira McCowan, as well as guards Jordan Danberry and Jazzmun Holmes, Bibby is surrounded by plenty of experience. Look for Bibby and Howard to be a lethal tandem going forward.
While it is one thing to be a reliable scorer, it is always a plus to be a sniper from distance. If Bibby can continue to hit threes, this team can be a serious contender. She won't always need to score in double digits but will definitely be a prominent factor on the offensive end.
Expect more scoring from Bibby, as she should have a day at Auburn on Monday. To complete her offensive game, her assists must go up and should throughout the season. Mississippi State is 15-1 and en route to another run at the ultimate goal, in large part due to Bibby’s elevated play.