Gabbie Green has been playing basketball since she was a little girl. But she never thought that she would accomplish as much as she has during her first two years in college.
Green grew up in Bellville, Texas, where she started playing basketball at age 7. She continued to grow her passion of basketball through high school, where she also played volleyball and ran track. She continued her basketball career at South Plains College, where she majors in pre-physical therapy.
Green said she wasn’t recruited highly coming out of high school but came to SPC because it felt like the best fit for her. She also said that Cayla Petree, head women’s basketball coach at SPC, had gotten her former players to big schools in the past, so that was a desirable part of coming to and playing at SPC.
Green’s career as a Lady Texan started with a disappointing season, as the team went 17-13 overall and failed to advance to postseason play. As one of only two returning sophomores, Green said she was driven by her faith to come back and play hard for the team, the program, and her mother.
“I would have to say I do the things I do because of my mom,” said Green. “It’s been us since day one.”
Green says her favorite thing about basketball is becoming a family and the togetherness of basketball teams, no matter what team she has been on.
Despite the disappointing first season, things started to look up for Green and the team. An 11-1 record in the first month of play showed that the Lady Texans, and a much-improved Green, were a force to be reckoned with.
As a driving force for SPC, Green helped lead the Lady Texans to a No. 1-ranking earlier in the season and a 27-3 overall record in the regular season. The Lady Texans also won a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship, en route to the final four of the NJCAA National Tournament, which was held in Lubbock.
Green attributes the successful season to the leadership of her and fellow returning sophomore Chantel Govan, and sophomore transfer Keke Hunter, along with the coaching staff.
“This season showed me just how much you can accomplish by being a leader,” said Green. “How much you can accomplish by just working hard and being a family; we’re all a family.”
Green was named the NJCAA Region V Player of the Year, the Most Valuable Player in the WJCAC, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American, and NJCAA All-American for her hard work.
“I’m still surprised about it,” Green said of her honors. “Because that wasn’t the goal at the beginning. My main goal was for the team to succeed.”
“Coach Petree sent the list to me and my mom in a group message,” added Green. “I said, ‘Wow, little ole me, that’s cool.’”
Green recalls when she was a freshman that after practices when coaches would blow up, she and her teammates would go into the locker room and look at each other like, “What just happened?”
Green said, “Moments like that I look back on.”
Now that her playing time at SPC is over, Green is looking toward the next step in her journey. She has been recruited by Central Arkansas, Illinois State, Delaware State, Boise State, and the University of Massachusetts, but she is leaning toward signing a scholarship agreement with the University of Pittsburgh, with plans to major in communication studies and sports broadcasting wherever she ends up.
Green added, “I’m looking forward to just being a major impact on the next team.”
After college, Green said she is looking to compete in women’s basketball leagues overseas. However, if the opportunity to play in the WNBA presented itself, she would try it out.
In her spare time, Green enjoys listening to music, as well as singing and dancing with Govan. She also enjoys going to the mall and creating her own fun.