|Born||Marlies Marie Gipson
January 2, 1987
McPherson, Kansas, USA
Marlies Marie Gipson (born January 2, 1987) was an American women's basketball player. She played with the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association and collegiately at Kansas State University. She has been honored numerous times, like being added to the 2005-2006 Big 12 Conference all-rookie team. Gipson is known for both her offensive and defensive skills. In the 2006 season, even though she only played in 16 games, had these statistics. 12.8 points per game, .706 free throw percentage, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 39 blocked shots. She played for the Atlanta Dream.
Born in Hays, Kansas, and moved to McPherson when she was 1 year old with her mother who began her teaching career there in McPherson. Gipson was always interested in basketball. She began competing in the 4th grade, in a local school league. She played with the McPherson BullPups MAYB team starting in the fall of 5th grade. They were successful and won numerous MAYB tournaments over the years. She began playing on the AAU team the Kansas Belles in 2002. The team did well each year at AAU Nationals winning the 2005 AAU-19 National Championship in Orlando, FL. Her high school team the McPherson Bullpups were one of the best teams in the state during her career. They got 2nd place in 2003, 2004 at the 5A Class State championships and going 25-0 undefeated 5A State champions in 2005, a game in which Gipson netted 17 rebounds and rejected 17 blocked shots.
In the 2005-2006 season, Gipson was the only Kansas State Wildcat to start all 34 games. She averaged 26.5 minutes per game, .466 field goal percentage, .438 3-point percentage, .674 free throw percentage, 6.4 rebounds per game, 54 assists, 76 turnovers, 62 blocks, 41 steals, 282 points, an average of 8.3 per game. The Wildcats went 24-10 and won the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
In the 2006-2007 season, Gipson went down with a season-ending injury. She averaged 28.4 minutes per game, in the 16 she played. .473 field goal percentage, .571 3-point percentage, ..706 free throw percentage, 8.3 rebounds per game, 25 assists, 37 turnovers, 39 blocks, 20 steals, 204 points, an average of 12.8 per game. The Wildcats went 19-15 and were in the final four of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.