The Bisons women's basketball team have announced the commitment of Stockholm, Sweden native Lovisa Fjellner for the 2021-22 season. The 6'2", 180-pound forward is a veteran of 44 games at the youth national team level and adds an immediate two-way presence to the roster. Most recently, Fjellner played four seasons with RIG LuleΓ₯, the equivalent of a prep school team in Canada.

"Lovisa is a player who puts the work in both on court as well as in school. She easily adapts to new groups of people and is liked by many. She is truly a team player and always put her team first," said Mikael Johansson, Fjellner's coach with LuleΓ₯ as well as the U18 national team.

"Lovisa has great technique within shooting, blocking, passing and she reads the game well, both offensively and defensibly. She has the ability to make her team better when on the court, which is proven by her plus-minus statistics."

"She plays very differently at her club team compared to the youth national team," added Bisons head coach Michele Sung, who enters her eighth season at the helm in 2021-22.

"At the national team, she's expected to set screens, be a really good passer from the high post, be a good rebounder and defend, whereas on her club team she's actually more of a guard, which was intriguing. That's also because their style of play is almost a true five out. It's definitely going to be some learning on the fly when she gets here and exploring some options of how to best fit her into our system, but we're very excited about that fact."

Fjellner is a multiple-time winner at the Division 1 level of the Swedish women's league, and was the 2019 Player of the Game. She also made it to the Final 6 of the Senior Women's Swedish Cup in 2020. Additionally, Fjellner has been an all-star numerous times, including in the European Girls' Basketball League.

"I´m so excited about my future adventure in Canada," she said.

"It is a great opportunity for me and I do believe I will develop both as a basketball player and as a person. I really look forward to joining the team and this will be such a great restart after a strange COVID season without an ordinary game schedule."

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