Elem Ibiam
Elem  Ibiam


Fayetteville, Ga.

High School:
Fayette County




Swat team: Elem Ibiam closing in on school block record

By David Cloninger (The State)

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video

Career Highlights

2014 SEC All-Defensive Team
2014 SEC Community Service Team

Junior Year (2013-14)
Named to the SEC All-Defensive Team after shattering the Gamecocks' singles-season blocks record with 83 ... ranked among the nation's top 25 and second in the SEC with 2.44 blocks per game ... lifted that number to 2.8 blocks per SEC contest ... started all 34 games this season ... posted 16 games of three or more blocks, including seven SEC contests and two postseason outings ... ranks sixth in career blocks at 130 ... grabbed 6.3 rebounds per SEC game to rank 18th in the league ... led team in scoring four times (Seton Hall, at Charlotte, Alabama, vs. Kentucky) ... paced team in rebounding five times (Seton Hall, at Charlotte, SC State, at Vanderbilt, Georgia) ... continued great postseason play with 11 points in NCAA Tournament opener against CSU Northridge (Mar. 25), adding nine second-half points, including a hook shot in final three minutes to stop 8-0 Matador run then followed it with tough defensive rebound in traffic ... averaged team high 14.0 points on 76.5 percent shooting (13-of-17) in SEC Tournament (two games) ... led team with 16 points against #12/13 Kentucky (Mar. 8) in SEC Tournament semifinal, including last six of first half as Gamecocks tried to rally from 13-point deficit ... controlled the glass during 11-0 run in first half against Georgia (Feb. 27), pulling down seven of her nine and blocking three of her five shots in opening period ... scored six of her 16 points at #15/15 Kentucky in first four minutes of the second half as Gamecocks stretched lead to 17 ... broke Gamecock single-season record with five of her seven blocks at Mississippi State (Feb. 6) in the first half, making the most by a Gamecock in an SEC game and the second-most by any SEC player in a league game on the season ... two blocks in second half came with Bulldogs within four in final three minutes of play ... became just ninth Gamecock all-time to reach 100 career blocks with her five against Ole Miss (Jan. 30) ... dominated first half at Vanderbilt (Jan. 26) helping team to halftime lead while three other starters sat with two fouls, posting eight points and six rebounds in opening period ... scored nine points in each half against Alabama (Jan. 19) to lead the team in scoring with 18 points in just 21 minutes ... pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M (Jan. 16) ... tied for fourth in Colonial Life Arena history with six blocks against #9/10 Kentucky (Jan. 9), including four in second half ... scored seven straight points during Gamecocks' 10-minute run in first half against Vanderbilt (Jan. 5) that turned two-point deficit into 11-point halftime lead ... was great on the glass in second half against Winthrop (Dec. 20), grabbing seven of her team-high nine in the second period to help hold off rally ... anchored the paint against #14/13 North Carolina (Dec. 18), shooting 7-of-10 from the field and blocking four shots ... matched her career high with 19 points at Charlotte (Dec. 8), dominating first half with 10 points and six (of her nine total) rebounds ... scored seven of her 11 points and grabbed six of her eight rebounds against Louisiana Tech (Nov. 10) in the first 10 minutes of the second half ... tied for fourth-best perfect shooting night in Colonial Life Arena history, going 7-of-7 from the field against Charleston Southern (Nov. 8), the second-best shooting game in the SEC on the season.

Sophomore Year (2012-13)
Played in 30 games this season, missing three due to injury ... led the team in scoring two times (at Kentucky, vs. Alabama) and rebounding four times (Elon, Furman, Western Carolina, Kentucky) ... scored in double figures seven times and grabbed double-digit rebounds twice ... was team's second-leading rebounder and third-highest scorer in postseason play ... posted first career double-double in NCAA Tournament Second Round against Kansas (March 25), including a hook shot that knotted the game midway through the second half ... handed out a career-high three assists against South Dakota State (March 23) in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... came one rebound shy of first career double-double with stellar 19-point, nine-rebound effort against Alabama at SEC Tournament (March 7) ... scored eight of her 11 points against Mississippi State (Feb. 24) in second half to help hold off Bulldogs ... posted 13 points in a six-minute span of the first half at No. 9/7 Kentucky (Feb. 14) to help Gamecocks to 14-point lead at halftime, finishing with career-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting ... netted all of her 12 points during an eight-minute second-half stretch at Alabama (Feb. 7) to help hold off a charge by the Crimson Tide ... scored six of her eight points against #5/4 Kentucky (Jan. 24) during a 12-4 run that turned a six-point deficit into a two-point lead that helped deliver the win ... Also tied for team-high honors with eight boards, including four offensive ... blocked two shots midway through the second half at Florida (Jan. 20) to help a 10-0 Gamecock run that kept the Gators at bay ... grabbed four of her seven rebounds against LSU (Jan. 17) on the offensive end ... scored eight of her nine points against Vanderbilt (Jan. 10) during 25-5 first-half surge that propelled team to victory, hitting all four of her shot attempts in the run ... netted all five of her points at Mississippi State (Jan. 6) in second half as team pulled away, blocking two shots as well ... tied her career high with five blocks against Western Carolina (Dec. 29), tying for third most in Colonial Life Arena history ... also led team with nine rebounds and scored six of team's last eight first-half points against the Catamounts ... posted seven of her career-high 11 points in the first half against SC State (Dec. 21), including five as part of team's 12-4 run to close the first half to finally establish a substantial lead ... scored career-high eight points against Furman (Dec. 9), hitting 4-of-8 from the field while grabbing team-high nine rebounds ... posted her first career double-digit rebound game in season opener against Elon (Nov. 9), pulling in six of her 11 boards on the offensive end.

Freshman Year (2011-12)
Came off the bench in 25 games, including 10 SEC contests and five postseason games ... was the team's top rebounder one time (Miss. State) ... tied South Carolina freshman record with five blocks in first-round win over Eastern Michigan, the most blocks by any Gamecock in program's history in the NCAA Tournament ... was perfect from the floor in SEC Tournament semifinal against #13/10 Tennessee ... played a season-high 16 minutes in first round SEC Tournament game vs. Alabama ... was solid presence in middle of zone that held Alabama to just 27.7 percent shooting at Colonial Life Arena, the lowest by an SEC opponent this season ... posted six points and team-high six rebounds against Mississippi State, all during her 10 minutes of second-half play ... was solid at Auburn, adding a basket and two rebounds in just three minutes of action late in the first half ... pulled down season-high seven rebounds against SC State in 15 minutes of action ... netted season-best seven points against Furman on 3-of-6 shooting ... swatted away three shots at Xavier ... made her Gamecock debut in season opener at Illinois.

High School
Earned four letters for Coach John Strickland's Tigers ... rated among the top 15 post players in the 2011 class by ESPN HoopGurlz and the overall No. 57 recruit in the class, according to Blue Star Basketball ... earned a spot on the Atlanta Tip-Off Club All-Metro team and was a 4A second-team selection as a senior after helping her team to a 28-5 record and region and state titles ... was named to the All-Metro Southside Second Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and first-team All-Fayette County by the Fayette County News as a junior.