|| Lori Bjork*
Frese on Bjork
"Coming from a competitive and experienced basketball background, Lori has a lot to offer, both on and off the court. Although she is not playing this season due to NCAA transfer rules, she has already made a positive impact to our team. Her work ethic, fierce competitive nature, and her ability to lead by example, proves she will and already is an excellent addition to our basketball family."
Will not see playing time in 2008-09 due to NCAA transfer rules ... a graduate student studying kinesiology ... a third team All-Big Ten selection in 2008 ... left Illinois as a 1,000 point scorer and the Illini's record holder for most threes in a career ... also owns Illinois' best career three-point shooting percentage ... a three-year letterwinner with the Illini, she broke numerous single-season three-point shooting marks.
As a Junior (2007-08) at Illinois
Started all 35 games and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in minutes per game (36.3) ... set the Illinois career three-point field goals record on Feb. 21 vs. Penn State and finished with 214 threes in her career ... Illinois' career free throw percentage leader at 83.5 percent ... finished the season with 1,106 points, which ranks 17th on the UI career scoring list, becoming the 21st Illini player to score 1,000 points on Feb. 10 vs. Indiana ... hit 77 three-pointers on the season, which is second on the UI single-season 3FG list behind only the school record of 84, set by Bjork in 2006-07 ... averaged 10.0 points per game during Illinois' run to the Big Ten Tournament title game, scoring 14 points each in wins over #22 Ohio State and Michigan State ... third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media ... earned Illinois' sportsmanship award for the second-straight year ... led the Big Ten in 3FG made in conference games (2.39) ... season free throw percentage of 87.5 led the Big Ten and ranked second in the Illinois season FT percentage list ... a perfect 3-for-3 on three-pointers on Feb. 10 vs. Indiana, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds ... Hit three three-pointers and scored 16 points in the Jan. 31 win over #19 Ohio State, including two late free throws that sealed the Illini victory ... hit a season-high five 3s for 15 points at Missouri on Dec. 19 ... Scored a team-high 22 points against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 9, converting all 10 of her free throw attempts and connecting on 4-of-8 three pointers ... Named 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District for the second straight year ... Had the top GPA among all Illinois junior female student-athletes ... Won the team's Most Inspirational Award for her tireless work ethic ... Named preseason first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.
As a Sophomore (2006-07) at Illinois
Played and started in all 31 games ... second team All-Big Ten selection ... led the Big Ten and ranked 14th in the nation in threes made per game (2.71) ... 84 made threes surpassed the Illinois single-season record ... had a school-record streak of 35-consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer and was the third longest streak in the nation at the time ... had a nation-leading streak of 27-straight games with at least two threes made ... ranked third in the Big Ten in minutes (35.06), fifth in 3FG percentage (.385), seventh in scoring (14.3) and eighth in FT percentage (.825) for all games ... finished the year ranked 31st in the nation in the nation in three-point FG percentage ... in conference games, led the Big Ten in 3FG made per game (3.0), was third in minutes (36.20) and FT percentage (.875)m fourth in 3FG percentage (.417) and eighth in scoring (14.9) ... scored a season-high 25 points on two occasions vs. Michigan (Feb. 1) and at St. Louis (Nov. 29) ... drained a career-high six three-pointers against Michigan on Feb. 1, equaling the third-most made in a single game by an Illini ... named to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, the ESPN the Magazine Academic/CoSIDA All-District first team and the Academic All-Big Ten team with a 3.94 GPA in political science .... boasted the top GPA among all Illinois female student-athletes ... won the team's Most Outstanding Player award, Hustle award and Ralf Woods Free Throw Award ... team co-captain ... Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
As a Freshman (2005-06) at Illinois
Started 28 of 31 games ... selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by conference coaches ... led all Big Ten freshmen in 3FGM (1.71) and FT% (.810) and ranked second among Big Ten freshmen in scoring (10.1 ppg) ... ranked ninth in the Big Ten in 3FGM (1.71), 10th in FT% (.810) and 13th in 3FG% (.344) for all games ... finished fourth on the ILlinois single-season 3FG list with 53 ... ended the season ranekd sixth on the Illinois freshman scoring list with 313 points ... scored a career-high and team season-high 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting and 4-of-8 three-pointers on Feb. 9 vs. Wisconsin ... scored 24 points at Wisconsin on Jan. 15, hitting 5-of-6 three pointers to set a Kohl Center record for 3FG accuracy ... named to the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team after leading the Illini in scoring for both tournament games (14.0) and shooting .583 from the field ... won the team Blue Collar, Ralf Woods Free Throw and Academic Excellence Awards ... led the Big Ten All-Stars in scoring (10.3 ppg) during their 2006 summer tour in Scandinavia.
Listed as the 130th-ranked senior in the country by All-Star Girls Report ... scored 1,253 career points for Johnston and hit 120-of-317 three point shots (.384) ... averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior in 2004-05 while shooting .460 from the field, .379 from three-point range and .849 from the free-throw line ... named first team all-state by both the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and Des Moines Register as a senior ... a second team all-state pick as a junior ... three-time unanimous All-Central Iowa Metro League (CIML) first team selection ... started every game of her high school career ... Also played for the Iowa Elite AAU team.
Studying in kinesiology after graduating from Illinois with a bachelor of arts degree in political science ... daughter of Alan and Louila Bjork ... father, Alan, played basketball at Cornell College ... has twin siblings, Kevin and Janna, both 25 ... brother, Kevin, played golf at Beloit College ... Ranked No. 1 in her high school class of 309 with a four-plus GPA ... National Merit Scholarship finalist ... named Johnston HS's "Student of the Year" ... honored as a National AP Scholar ... also competed on the cross country and track & field teams at Johnston HS ... Lori Beth Bjork was born on April 19, 1986.
Bjork's Career Highs
Points: 27 vs. Wisconsin (2/9/06)
FGM: 9 at Wisconsin (1/15/06)
FGA: 16 at Marquette (3/26/08)
3FGM: 6 vs. Michigan (2/1/07)
3FGA: 13 at Michigan State (2/4/07)
FTM: 10 at Eastern Illinois (11/9/07)
FTA: 10 four times (last vs. Indiana, 2/10/08)
Rebounds: 7 vs. Indiana (2/10/08)
Assists: 7 twice (last vs. Minnesota, 1/10/08)
Steals: 3 three times (last vs. Michigan State, 2/22/07)
Blocks: 2 four times (last vs. Drake, 3/24/08)
Minutes: 44 vs. Penn State (12/28/06)
One-on-One with Lori Bjork
I chose Maryland because...
I chose Maryland because I wanted to have a chance to play for a winning program and for coaches who really care about their players.
How would you describe yourself?
I'm competitive, self motivated and stubborn, of course, I mean that in the good way.
What is your number one goal at Maryland?
My number one goal here at Maryland is to contribute positively to this program on and off the court.
Name something people do not know about you.
One thing that most people don't know about me is that I actually enjoy mowing the lawn. My dad doesn't even have to pay me to do it.
What is your favorite thing to do besides play basketball?
My favorite thing to do is to compete at anything. It can be Monopoly, mini golf, ping pong, absolutely anything.