What a summer it’s been for former Superior Spartan basketball standout Jessica Lindstrom.
In the span of two weeks she helped the Wisconsin Glo clinch the Global Women’s Basketball Association regular-season title, was named the GWBA Player of the Week, and announced she has accepted an offer to play for Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen in Belgium.
The Kangoeroes are a member of the Pro Basketball League, the top tier division in Belgium since 2013.
Lindstrom signed a contract to play in Belgium in April, but kept quiet to avoid causing distractions as the GLO plowed through an undefeated season and a GWBA regular-season championship.
It turns out the Kangoeroes were scouting Lindstrom while she was playing for T71 Dudelange last winter in Luxembourg and liked what they saw.
“Their coaches were watching our games and know what I bring to the table,” Lindstrom said. “The Belgium league is a step up from the previous league. They can pay more money and there are more perks, like cars and things.
“I’m really excited, even though it’s kind of tough with a season that lasts seven to eight months. That’s a long time being away from home, but the experience is great.”
Prior to leaving for Europe in August, Lindstrom and the GLO have some unfinished business in the GWBA.
The GLO (11-0, 5-0) wrapped up the regular season with a 101-91 win at Flint, Mich. on Sunday, July 28, and will host the GWBA playoffs Aug. 10-11.
Lindstrom was one of five players in double figures on Sunday with 13 points. She also grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
The GLO also defeated Flint 99-79 on July 13. Leading the way was Lindstrom, who recorded 14 points, a franchise-record 18 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot, which led to her being named the GWBA Player of the Week for July 8-14.
Lindstrom, who graduated from Superior High School in 2014 and UW-Green Bay in 2018, shot 5-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free-throw line on the way to notching her team-leading third double-double of the year by the end of the third quarter.
Lindstrom’s 18 rebounds also broke her own previous team record of 15, set against the St. Louis Surge on May 18.
Prior to Sunday’s win, Lindstrom was averaging 8.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. She has led the team in rebounding each of the past five games and seven times overall on the year, and has accounted for six of the GLO’s 10 double-digit rebounding performances.
Lindstrom is the third member of the Wisconsin GLO to garner GWBA Player of the Week honors, joining guards Jolene Anderson (Week 2, Week 4) and Gabbi Ortiz (Week 5).
Anderson, a former Wisconsin Badger and South Shore Cardinal, led all players with 19 points in their clinching win over Flint. She shot 8-for-20 from the floor on the way to pacing the GLO in scoring for the second time and recording her eighth double-digit scoring performance in nine games played on the year.
“Jolene is so fun, it’s crazy,” Lindstrom said. “I saw her playing some AAU summer games when my sister (Lindsay) was playing and she was unbelievable. I still think she’s the greatest of all time.”
The GWBA playoffs begin with semifinals at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Menominee Nation Arena. The league championship game is set for 3 p.m. Aug. 11.
NOTES: After helping UWGB make four NCAA postseason trips from 2015-18, Lindstrom played professionally for T71 Dudelange in Luxembourg last season, averaging a team-best 20.2 points and 15.1 rebounds on a squad that won the league’s regular season title with a 24-4 record. … Prior to moving to Mechelen in 2018, the Kangoeroes played in Boom and Willebroek. … After her all-state prep career at Superior, Lindstrom recorded a UWGB program-record 41 double-doubles and 1,030 rebounds. The only Green Bay player in the Division I era to register more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds, Lindstrom ranks among the schools all-time top 10 in points (1,379), made field goals (511) and made 3-pointers (180).