Hildur Björg Kjartansdóttir

Hildur Björg Kjartansdóttir (born November 18, 1994) is an Icelandic professional basketball player who plays for KR in the Úrvalsdeild kvenna and the Icelandic national basketball team. She was named the Icelandic Women's Basketball Player of the Year in 2017[1] and 2018.

Hildur Björhg Kjartansdóttir
No. 6 KR
PositionForward
LeagueÚrvalsdeild kvenna
Personal information
Born (1994-11-18) November 18, 1994
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Career information
CollegeTexas–Rio Grande Valley (2014-2017)
Playing career2009–present
Number5, 6
Career history
2009–2014Snæfell
2017–2018Club Baloncesto Leganés
2018–2019Celta de Vigo Baloncesto
2019–presentKR
Career highlights and awards

Career

After coming up the junior ranks of Snæfell, Hildur played her first game for the senior team during the 2009-10 Úrvalsdeild kvenna season. During the 2012–13 season, she was selected as a starter in Icelandic All-Star game, where she scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.[2] She was a key member of the Snæfell's 2014 national championship team,[3] averaging 15.3 points and 9.9 rebounds during the season.[1]

In 2014, Hildur signed with University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and spent the next three years there. On February 24, 2017, she scored the game winning basket at the buzzer against Seattle University.[4] She played 100 games for UTRGV, with 82 starts, averaging 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds over the three seasons.[5]

After graduating, Hildur signed with Breiðablik on May 27, 2017.[6] In August, she exercised an escape clause in her contract with Breiðablik and signed with Club Baloncesto Leganés of the Spanish Liga Femenina 2.[7][8] For the season she averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 40% from the three-point range.[9]

In June 2018, Hildur signed with rival LF2 club Celta de Vigo Baloncesto.[9]

In December 2018, Hildur was named the Icelandic Women's Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight year.[10]

On 13 May 2019, Hildur signed a one-year contract with Úrvalsdeild kvenna club KR.[11]

Icelandic national team

Hildur Björg was first selected to the Icelandic national basketball team in 2013, at the age of seventeen,[12] and as of 2017 she has played 19 games for the team.[13][14] In November 2017 she was selected to the team for the EuroBasket Women 2019 qualification.[15][16]

Awards, titles and accomplishments

Individual awards

Titles

Accomplishments

  • Icelandic All-Star game: 2013

References

  1. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (13 December 2017). "Hildur Björg og Martin eru körfuknattleiksfólk ársins 2017". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. "Hildur Björg Kjartansdóttir". goutrgv.com. Texas–Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (28 February 2014). "Hildur í öðru veldi". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  4. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (24 February 2017). "Flautukarfa Hildar réð úrslitum í Seattle í nótt". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. "Hildur Björg Kjartansdóttir Stats". herosports.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. Kristjana Arnarsdóttir (27 May 2017). "Landsliðskona til liðs við nýliða Breiðabliks". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (24 August 2017). "Hildur Björg spilar á Spáni í vetur". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. Andri Yrkill Valsson (26 August 2017). "Var í raun mjög óvænt". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (6 June 2018). "Hildur spilar áfram á Spáni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  10. Jón Björn Ólafsson (17 December 2018). "Hildur og Martin körfuknattleiksfólk ársins annað árið í röð". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  11. Ólafur Þór Jónsson (13 May 2019). "Hildur Björg til KR". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  12. Kristján Jónsson (24 December 2011). "Þetta er aðalíþróttin í bænum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). p. 4. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  13. "KKÍ | A landslið". kki.is. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  14. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (17 November 2015). "Uppteknar í bandaríska háskólaboltanum og missa af landsleikjunum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  15. Hans Steinar Bjarnason (27 October 2017). "Landsliðshópur valinn fyrir undankeppni EM". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  16. Sindri Sverrisson (9 November 2017). "Munum finna fyrir því í teignum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
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