Berglind Gunnarsdóttir

Berglind Gunnarsdóttir (born February 17, 1993) is an Icelandic basketball player who plays for Snæfell in the Úrvalsdeild kvenna and the Icelandic national basketball team.

Berglind Gunnarsdóttir
No. 11 Snæfell
PositionGuard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild kvenna
Personal information
Born (1993-02-17) February 17, 1993
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Career information
Playing career2007–present
PositionGuard
Number11
Career history
2007–presentSnæfell
Career highlights and awards

Career

Berglind came up through the junior ranks of Snæfell, playing her first senior match during the 2007–2008 season in the second-tier Icelandic Division I where She helped the club to a perfect 16-0 season and a promotion to the Úrvalsdeild kvenna.[1]

Injuries plagued her next few seasons, she tore a cruciate ligament in her knee which required two operations and during 2012–2013 season as she repeatedly dislocated her shoulder after having initially injured it during the summer.[2]

Berglind helped Snæfell reach the Icelandic Cup finals in 2014 but missed the game due to a knee injury.[3] Without her, Snæfell lost 70-78 to Haukar.[4] On April 6, she helped Snæfell win its first ever women's national championship after sweeping Haukar 3-0 in the Úrvalsdeild finals.[5]

She won the national championship with Snæfell again in 2015, playing in all but one of Snæfell's games during the playoffs despite dislocating her shoulder in the semi-finals and again in the finals.[6][7][8] In 2016, Snæfell won the championship for the third year in a row, beating Haukar 3-1 in the finals. She had 11 points and 4 rebounds in the title clinching game.[9]

Berglind had a breakout season in 2016–2017[10], averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and being named to the Úrvalsdeild kvenna Domestic All-First Team.[11] She helped Snæfell post the best record during the regular season[12] and once again make it to the Úrvalsdeild finals against Keflavík. In the finals, Keflavík proved to be to strong and won 3-1.[13][14]

On December 10, 2017, she scored the game winning layup, after rebounding her own miss, at the buzzer to beat Valur in the final eight of the Basketball Cup.[15][16] On February 28, 2018, Berglind dislocated her shoulder once again in a loss against Keflavík.[17] In 26 games, she averaged 8.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

After participating with the national team at the 2019 Games of the Small States of Europe in May 2019, Berglind underwent a shoulder surgery and was expected to miss the first half of the 2019–20 season.

Icelandic national team

Berglind was first selected to the Icelandic national basketball team in 2015[18] and as of 2017 she has played 15 games for the team.[19] She was selected to the national team for the EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification where Iceland finished third in its group.[20] In November 2017 she was selected to the team for the EuroBasket Women 2019 qualification.[21]

Personal life

Berglind's sister is basketball player Gunnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, who plays for Snæfell and the Icelandic national team.[22]

Awards, titles and accomplishments

Individual awards

Titles

Accomplishments

  • Icelandic All-Star game: 2011

References

  1. Sindri Sverrisson (8 November 2017). "Margir héldu að þetta gæti ekki gengið". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (13 February 2013). "Ein óheppnasta körfuboltakona landsins". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (20 February 2014). "Systurnar fá ekki að slást". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  4. Kristján Jónsson (22 February 2014). "Haukar bikarmeistarar - Hardy með 44 stig". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  5. Skúli Unnar Sveinsson (6 April 2014). "Snæfell Íslandsmeistari í fyrsta sinn". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (30 April 2015). "Kevin Love úr axlarlið og úr leik en ekki Berglind". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  7. Eiríkur Stefán Ásgeirsson (27 April 2015). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: Snæfell - Keflavík 81-80 - Snæfell Íslandsmeistari 2015". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  8. Haukur Harðarson (12 January 2016). "Eina leiðin til að vera með lið í Hólminum". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. Hjörvar Ólafsson (26 April 2016). "Snæfell Íslandsmeistari". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  10. Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (13 November 2016). "Körfuboltakvöld: Berglind nýtur þess að spila með nýja Kananum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. "Lokahóf KKÍ 2017 - Thelma Dís og Jón Arnór valin best". Icelandic Basketball Federation (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. Kjartan Atli Kjartansson (20 March 2017). "Berglind: Eigum einn gír inni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  13. Tómas Þór Þórðarson (26 April 2017). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: Keflavík - Snæfell 70-50 - Keflvíkingar Íslandsmeistarar í sextánda sinn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  14. Kristján Jónsson (26 April 2017). "Keflavík Íslandsmeistari kvenna í körfuknattleik". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  15. Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (10 December 2017). "Snæfell fer í undanúrslit eftir hörkuspennu í Stykkishólmi". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  16. Andri Yrkill Valsson (11 December 2017). "Horfðum á boltann leka ofan í". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  17. Skúli B. Sigurðsson (28 February 2018). "Berglind fór alvarlega úr axlarlið". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  18. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (18 November 2015). "Tveir nýliðar fara með til Ungverjalands". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  19. "KKÍ | A landslið". kki.is. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  20. Brynjar Ingi Erluson (23 November 2016). "Varnarleikurinn var lykilatriði í dag". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  21. Hans Steinar Bjarnason (27 October 2017). "Landsliðshópur valinn fyrir undankeppni EM". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  22. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (19 November 2015). "Fjórar systur á leið með landsliðinu til Ungverjalands". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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