Incoming Women’s Basketball Freshman Jenny Lidgren’s Swedish National Team Places Fifth at U-20 European Championship
Jenny Lidgren averaged 4.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg at the U-20 European Championship in Lithuania.
Druskininkai, Lithuania-Incoming UMBC women’s basketball freshman Jenny Lidgren, a member of the Under-20 Swedish National Team, spent last week competing at the European Championship, where she helped the Swedish squad to a fifth-place finish in Division B.
Lidgren averaged 4.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in seven games, starting five.
Sweden finished its round robin preliminary action with a 3-1 record and tied with Montenegro and Poland for first place in Group B, which also included Romania and Ireland.
In the quarterfinals, Sweden lost a close match to Portugal, 54-50. Lidgren scored seven points, her tournament high, and led the team with eight rebounds. After a 72-50 rout of Romania in the classification game, Sweden took down Poland, which represented its only loss in preliminary action, by a score of 67-52 in the fifth-place game. Lidgren posted a team-high three blocks in the game and tied for the team lead with 10 rebounds, her tournament best.
Montenegro defeated host Lithuania, 83-64, in the finals to claim the U-20 European Championship title.
Lidgren and her teammates now head to Slovakia for the U-19 World Championship, beginning July 26 against Mali. Sweden and Mali are in Group D with Brazil and Australia. Preliminary action concludes July 28, and the championship game is Aug. 5.
Lidgren, a 6-foot-2 post player, has played for the Swedish National team since she was 16 years old. She led the U-18 team to the bronze medal at the 2006 European Championship.
Lidgren is one of five members of the Retrievers’ 2007-08 recruiting class. She joins classmates Michele Brokans, Meghan Colabella and Chrissy Robinson, as well as junior college standout Chantay Frazier.