21 - Lena Gipson
Lena Gipson
Height: 6-0
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Hanford, Calif.
High School: San Joaquin Memorial
College: Fresno City College
Position: Forward
Major: Psychology

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Terrific three-year career at Santa Clara. One of the nation's top rebounders and a three-time All-West Coast Conference player. Gipson averaged a double-double (13.2 points/10.3 rebounds) and is one of only two players in 46 years of women's basketball at SCU to have over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds. 

SENIOR IN 2010-11: All-West Coast Conference First Team player for second straight season … led the WCC in rebounding (11.2) and ranked No. 8 nationally ... also ranked No. 12 in NCAA with 17 double-doubles ... finished her career with 54 double-doubles in just three seasons ... also finished her career No. 2 all-time at Santa Clara in rebounds (962) and rebounding average (10.3) ... SCU all-time top 10 in points (1,224), scoring average (13.2), field goals (451), field goal percentage (50.8), free throws (322), free throw attempts (467) and blocks (60) … her 336 rebounds and 11.2 rebounding average as a senior each rank third all-time in SCU single-season history … 129 free throws made was sixth all-time in a single-season at SCU … averaged 19.4 points and 12.3 rebounds during month of February and was named the WCC Player of the Month ... had 14 points and 14 rebounds in SCU's WCC tournament victory over USF (Mar. 4) ... her 16 rebounds against Portland (Mar. 5) was two shy of the WCC tournament record ... scored season-high 22 points twice during the month, at Pepperdine (Feb. 26) at USD (Feb. 12) ... named WCC Player of the Week (Feb. 6) after scoring 21 points and clearing 16 rebounds in a win over USF (her second WCC POW award of season) ... also named to the Jesuit Basketball Honor Roll (Feb. 6) and was a finalist for the Jesuit Basketball Player of the Year award … posted five-straight double-doubles from Jan. 22 to Feb. 10 … eclipsed the 1,000-point and 800-rebound milestones in a win over San Diego (Jan. 11), scoring a then-season-high 19 points ... had a string of five-straight double-doubles (pts-reb) (Nov. 30-Dec. 16) ... set a career-high with 22 rebounds in win over Pacific (Dec. 16) - her third 20-rebound game as a Bronco ... made a career-high 12 free throws and had 18 rebs. vs. Oregon (Dec. 21) ... named the WCC Player of the Week (Dec. 20) after 22 rebound performance against Pacific (Dec. 16) ... played a career-high 41 minutes and made a key basket in OT to help SCU beat Cal Poly (Dec. 30) ... set a career-high by making all 8 of her shots in a victory over USF (Jan. 8).

JUNIOR IN 2009-10:
Outstanding junior season, named to the 2010 All-WCC First Team... averaged a double-double (12.6 ppg/10.0 rpg) ... her 16 double-doubles ranked No. 23 in the NCAA ... ranked second in the WCC in rebounding average (10.0) and No. 30 in the NCAA ... finished the year with 626 career rebounds, needing just 85 more to be No. 2 all-time at SCU ... 319 rebounds was third-best all-time in SCU's 45 years of sponsoring women's basketball ... finished the year ranking No. 2 all-time at SCU in rebounding average (9.9) ... started in all 32 games ... also finished the year seventh in school history with 626 rebounds, seventh in scoring average (13.1), 10th in FG% (.508) and ninth in blocks (41) ... ranked sixth in the WCC in field goal percentage (.524) ... terrific in the 2010 WCC tournament, helping Santa Clara become the only No. 8 seed in conference history to advance into the semifinals ... her 23 points and 10 field goals against Portland (Mar. 6) in the WCC quarterfinals were both career-high's ... her 15 rebounds against Portland (Mar. 6) was three shy of the WCC tournament record ... Gipson averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds and shot 58.1 percent from the field in the first two games of the WCC tournament - helping the Broncos beat San Diego 68-67 (Mar. 5) and Portland 74-61 (Mar. 6) ... began the year by being named to the 2009-10 All-WCC Preseason Team ... scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in the season-opener against Sonoma State (Nov. 7) ... named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hawkeye Challenge (Nov. 15) ... scored 18 points and cleared 10 rebounds versus UCLA at the Hawkeye Challenge (Nov. 15) ... posted double-figures in scoring in 12 of the first 13 games ... had 17 points and 12 rebounds against Utah (Nov. 29) ... had three consecutive double-doubles Dec. 6 through 13, which included equaling a career-high with 20 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 11), while also scoring 14 points ... 20 rebounds ranks fifth-best in SCU single-game history ... pulled down 15 rebounds and scored 11 points at Robert Morris (Dec. 28) ... scored 19 points at Portland (Jan. 30) ... also had 19 points at LMU (Feb. 11) ... blocked a career-high five shots against Pepperdine (Feb. 13) ... approached her career-high by scoring 21 points at USF (Feb. 20) ... all three of her 20-point games came in the six games of the season - which included her career night (23 points on 10-of-15 shooting) against Portland (Mar. 6) at the WCC tournament ...had double-figure rebound games in eight of the last 10 to finish the year ... played all 40 minutes twice and averaged 31.2 minutes per game ... led the team in rebounding 26 times in 32 games and in nine of the team's last 10 games of the year.

SOPHOMORE IN 2008-09: Led the team in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (9.9) ... first on the team with 46 steals and 18 blocks ... earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors ... posted her first double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Fullerton (Nov. 14) ... collected 13 points, shooting 85.7 percent from the field against Minnesota (Nov. 16) ... registered double-double No. 2 with 17 points and a season-high 20 rebounds against Sac State (Nov. 20) ... dished out a season-high five assists at Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 26) ... posted a season-high two blocks vs. Chicago State (Nov. 28) and ... named to the Miami All-Tournament Team ... scored a then-career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 6) ... recorded double-double No. 7 with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Utah (Dec. 13) ... led the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Nevada (Dec. 18) for double-double No. 8 ... tallied double-double No. 9 with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Boise State (Dec. 20) ... tabbed double-double No. 10 with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against WVU (Dec. 22) ... had 10 points against San Jose State (Jan. 3) ... registered a team-high 13 points against Saint Mary's (Jan. 8) ... earned double-double No. 12 with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Gonzaga (Jan. 15) ... posted a season-high nine free throws and double-double No. 13 against Portland (Jan. 17) ... posted a game-high 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds against LMU (Jan. 29) ... recorded a game-high 16 points against Pepperdine (Jan. 31) ... led all players with 19 points and 11 rebounds against San Diego (Feb. 5) ... recorded double-double No. 17 with 12 points and 12 rebounds against LMU (Feb. 14) ... had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds against USF (Feb. 21) ... was one point shy of her then-career-high with 21 points and a game-high nine rebounds against Gonzaga (Feb. 26) ... also dished out a career-high five steals ... registered double-double No. 18 with a game-high 20 points and 15 rebounds against Portland (Feb. 28) ... posted double-double No. 19 with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Saint Mary's (Mar. 6) in the first round of the WCC tournament ... had nine points and seven rebounds against LMU (Mar. 7) in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament.

FRESHMAN AT FRESNO CITY COLLEGE IN 2007-08: Played one season for head coach Brian Tessler ... earned All-America honors in 2007-08 ... named NorCal State MVP ... earned league MVP honors ... led the Rams to a school-best 35-3 record ... the Rams advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament ... led the team in scoring (18.0), rebounds (11.0), blocks (1.9) and field goal percentage (.653) ... also averaged 2.8 steals per game ... scored the most points (683) in her comeback-from-injury season in 07-08 ... game-high points in a game (42) ... game-high rebounds in a game (29) ... both were recorded against Merced College for the Central Valley Conference title.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2006-07: Attended Arizona State University but injury kept her from playing for the Sun Devils as a true freshman.

AT SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL: 2006 graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. ... played for head coach Karen Wood ... broke the school record for rebounding ... became the 10th athlete in school history to score more than 1,000 points ... three-time All-North Yosemite League honoree ... named NYL MVP in 2004-05 after leading Memorial to the Central Division IV Finals ... recipient of the CIF Outstanding Athlete Achievement Award in 04-05 ... named a Fresno Bee All-Star in 04-05 ... also lettered three seasons in volleyball for head coach Sonny Perez and one year of track ... earned Principal's Honor Roll all four years.

PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Arthur and Teresa Gipson ... has two younger siblings: Julia and A.J. ... father attended Bishop's College in Alabama, mother attended Pepperdine University ... her aunt Catherine Williams ran track at Ohio State ... enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, reading and drawing in her free time ... aspires to be an occupational therapist ... graduated with a degree in Psychology.

CAREER SUMMARY
Games played: 93
Games started: 92
Minutes/game: 31.5
Points/game: 13.2
FG Pct: 50.8
3FG Pct:
FT Pct: 69.0
Rebounds/game: 10.3
Assists/game: 1.0
Turnovers/game: 2.5
Steals/game: 1.3
Blocks/game: 0.6

CAREER HIGH’S
Points ... 23 ... vs. Portland 3/6/10
Mins ... 41 ... at Cal Poly 12/30/10
Rebs ... 22 ... vs. PACIFIC 12/16/10
Off Rebs ... 9 ... 2x, at Pepperdine 2/26/11
Assists ... 5 ... at Florida Gulf Coast 11/26/08
Blocks ... 5 ... at Pepperdine 2/13/10
Steals ... 5 ... at Gonzaga 2/26/09
FG Made ... 10... vs. Portland 3/6/10
FG Att ... 17 ... at Gonzaga 2/26/09
FG % (5+ att) ... 8-8 ... at USF 1/8/11
3-PT Made ...
3-PT Att ...
3-PT % (3+ att) ...
FT Made ... 12 ... vs. OREGON  12/21/10
FT Att ... 17 ... vs. OREGON  12/21/10
FT % (4+ att) ... 6-6... vs. San Francisco 3/4/11