Lindstrom nears rebound record
For the Superior Telegram
Jessica Lindstrom set her course in basketball during her earliest days of her career.
Her father, Mitch Lindstrom, was her first coach at the YMCA when Jessica was in second grade, and it was during that time that Mitch Lindstrom had a brief exchange with his daughter that seems to have established her mindset for the years to come.
“She once told me in second grade, ‘Dad, when I get an offensive rebound, then I get to shoot.’ I told her if you work hard to get a rebound, ‘By all means you get to shoot.’
“I really think this thinking has helped her become the good rebounder she is.”
Good is an understatement of Jessica Lindstrom’s skill as a rebounder.
Lindstrom, a 2014 graduate of Superior High School, made history as the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She finished her four-year varsity career with 2,065 points and 1,501 rebounds.
Now, as a forward for UW-Green Bay, Lindstrom is once again leading the way. She is averaging 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season — both team bests.
Among all NCAA Division I players, Lindstrom ranks 35th in double-doubles and 40th in rebounds per game.
“At the Division I level she is playing against the top players in the country every night, and rebounding gets harder, but if she stays away from fouls she usually does fine,” Mitch Lindstrom said.
Jessica Lindstrom has been Green Bay’s top rebounder since her sophomore season, when she pulled down 290 rebounds. She raised her season total to 322 last year, which was just six away from the team record since Green Bay moved to Division I.
Now, in her senior year, the countdown has begun on Lindstrom’s college career, and with that countdown come several others as Lindstrom closes in on school records.
Green Bay’s rebounding record, naturally, is within reach.
So far this season, Lindstrom has 136 rebounds, bringing her career total to 819. Chari Nordgaard (1996-99), with 862 rebounds, holds the career record since Green Bay moved to Division I. The all-time record of 1,234 was set by Jeanne Barta (1984-87) when UWGB still played in DII.
Lindstrom currently sits seventh on the all-time career rebounding list and fourth on the Division I list.
“Jessica has always been a good rebounder,” Mitch Lindstrom said. “Sometimes it seems she has had an internal radar that directs her to the place a ball is going to bounce off the rim. Through the years, as the competition got better, the instinct and internal drive to rebound have remained, but she has also learned things like positioning, staying away from over the back fouls and timing her jumps.”
Lindstrom is also racing up Green Bay’s all-time double-doubles list. She entered the season ranked fifth with 23, and she has added seven so far this season. Barta holds the all-time record of 59 from when the Phoenix played in DII. The record since Green Bay moved to DI is 35.
In scoring, Jessica Lindstrom has already entered an elite club at UWGB. She scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season and currently stands at 1,080. Only two dozen Phoenix players have reached the 1,000-point threshold since Green Bay moved to DI.
On Saturday, Lindstrom was recognized for reaching the 1,000-point milestone prior to a game with UW-Milwaukee. The Phoenix won the game to improve to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League.
They host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Lindstrom’s parents, Mitch and Wendy, will be watching one way or another.
Prior to winter break, they attended eight of the 11 games Green Bay played.
“Because this is her senior year obviously we are planning on seeing as many as possible,” he said. “The schedule is favorable for us this year with many weekend home games.”
When the Lindstroms can’t watch their daughter in person, they tune in to ESPN3.
“We hook our iPad up to our big screen TV and the video is really good,” Mitch Lindstrom he said.