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After playing for Narbonne Hign School, Ify Ibekwe was a college superstar playing for Arizona and she averaged 15.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in the 2008/09 season, 14 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in the 2009/10 season and finally 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the 2010/11 season prior to being selected with the 24th pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm.
Ify Ibekwe started her professional career in the 2011/12 season and she signed in Belgium with Dexia Namur and averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in League and 21.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and +24 efficiency in 27 minutes per game in Eurocup.
In Feburary 2012, Ify Ibekwe signed in Spain with Burgos and she averaged 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 miutes per game.
In December 2012, Ify Ibekwe signed with Hainaut and she was an impact player in French League, averaging 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Ify Ibekwe started the 2013/14 season in Spain and she averaged 12.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and +16 efficiency per game with Ibaizabal before being bought out by KEB Hanabank and finishing the season in South Korea.
In the 2014/15 season, Ify Ibekwe signed in Spain with Uni Girona and she was the League MVP after averaging 16.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and +23.8 efficiency per game, leading her team to become Spanish League Champions after defeating Perfumerías Avenida in the Finals with Ify producing 17 points and 12 rebounds in game 1 and 22 points and 10 rebounds in game 2.
In the 2015/16 season, Ify Ibekwe signed with SEQ in Australia and she averaged 14.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 26 minutes per game. In March 2016, Ify moved back to Uni Girona and she averaged 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and +21.3 efficiency in the Regular Season and 23.5 points, 9 rebounds and +23 efficiency in the Playoffs, reaching the Spanish League Finals.
Ify Ibekwe re-signed with Uni Girona in the 2016/17 season and she averaged 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in 28 minutes per game in Spanish League and 17.5 points and 11 rebounds per game in the Queen´s Cup, reaching the Final in both competitions.
Ify Ibekwe also played the Eurocup with Uni Girona and she was one of the best players in the competition with 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.
In the 2017 summer, Ify Ibekwe played 5 games in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks. Previously, Ify also had WNBA experiences with the Seattle Storm, San Antonio Silver Stars, Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream.
In the 2017/18 season, Ify Ibekwe signed in Turkey with Istanbul Universiti and she averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.7 steals per game in Turkish League and 19 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 4 steals per game in the Eurocup.
In January 2018, Ify Ibekwe signed in Israel with Ramla and she averaged 14.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
In March 2018, Ify Ibekwe signed in the WNBA with the New York Liberty.
In November 2018, Ify Ibekwe signed in Turkey with Kayseri and she was a superstar in Turkish top league with 20.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game with 56% from the field. Ify was the 2nd best scorer, rebounder and also 2nd best in efficiency in the whole competition.
In the 2019/20 season, Ify Ibekwe signed in Italy with Ragusa and she averaged 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds (42% 3P) and +14.4 efficiency in 23 minutes per game.
Ify Ibekwe is a 1.88m ultratalented versatile american forward (3/4) with nigerian passport (Cotonou) born in 1989 who has tremenduous physical abilities and who has dominated and collected huge stats in countries with competitive leagues like Spain, Turkey, France, Australia or Israel.
Ify Ibekwe is currently one of the best foreigners among all the ones who are playing professionally overseas.
- Second best in efficiency | Turkish League 2018/19
- Second Best Rebounder | Turkish League 2018/19
- Second best scorer | Turkish League 2018/19
- Israeli League Finalist 2017/18
- Spanish League Finalist 2015/16, 2016/17
- Spanish Queen´s Cup Finalist 2016/17
- First Team | Spanish League 2014/15, 2016/17
- Spanish League Champion 2014/15
- MVP Spanish League 2014/15
- Best Defender | Spanish League 2014/15
- 24th pick | 2011 WNBA Draft
- Defensive Player of the Year | Pac-10 Conference 2010/11
- Pac-10 All-Defensive Team 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
- Pac-10 First Team 2009/10