Athlete of the Week

CHELSEY GIPSON

A 5-foot-7 sophomore guard on the Loyola Marymount Univertsity women’s basketball team, Chelsey scored a career-high 26 points—including 18 in the fourth quarter—to lead the Lions to a 69-52 road victory over West Coast Conference rival San Diego on Jan. 3. She scored 12 points two days later in a 55-44 loss to Brigham Young in Utah. Chelsey has started nine of 11 games in which she has played this season, and enters tonight’s game versus San Francisco averaging 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Chelsey led Palisades High to three straight  City Section Open Division finals (winning two) and was ranked No. 53 by ESPN Hoopgurlz as a senior and was a two-time CalHiSports first team selection. She was named to the 2016 Los Angeles Times All-Star team, was a two-time All-City Player of the Year and was the City’s John Wooden Award recipient. She also won the Post Cup Award as the outstanding senior athlete at Palisades in 2016-17 and topped the Palisadian-Post’s Athletes of the Year list. To nominate your favorite Palisadian for Athlete of the Week, email sports@palipost.com.