January 7, 2008
Knoxville – University of Tennessee freshman Angie Bjorklund garnered Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors the conference office announced on Monday. This marks the third time this season that the rookie sharpshooter has been so honored.
Bjorklund averaged 14.5 points 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 three-pointers in the Lady Vols’ outings at No. 15 DePaul and No. 14 Notre Dame. She shot a sizzling 75.0 percent from beyond the arc, including a seven-of-nine performance against the Irish. Her seven treys in that game tie her own school record, which she set earlier in the season against her sister, Jami, and visiting Gonzaga.
The Spokane Valley, Wash., native earned her starting assignment during preseason workouts, becoming just the 11th Lady Vol to start in the first game of her collegiate career. In 13 games this season, Bjorklund is averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and shooting 46.3 percent from three-point territory, a clip that ranks second in the UT annals. That accuracy is fueling a 41.1 percent mark by her team as a whole, which stands as the best three-point field goal percentage in program history. The 1987-88 team holds the official record of .409 after connecting on 27-of-68 attempts.
No other rookie in the SEC has been named the league’s newcomer of the week more than once this season. Bjorklund’s three citations are the third-most in the history of the award, as teammate Candace Parker nabbed the honor five times, Sha Brooks of Florida earned it four times during the 2005-06 season and Georgia’s Ashley Houts was so named on four occasions during the 2006-07 campaign.
Fresh off of a four-game road swing, the Lady Vols return to Thompson-Boling Arena to start SEC play on Thursday night. Tip-off with Auburn is slated for 7:00 p.m. The game will be aired on FSN South.