June 23, 1979 |
Pforzheim, West Germany
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Vincent Lübeck Gymnasium Stade|
|Draft||1st pick, 2nd round, 26th pick overall, 2002
New York Liberty
Considered the best women’s player in Germany, Fröhlich enters her fifth WNBA training camp and first in Indiana. She is a versatile power forward and her game has improved during the past two seasons overseas in Italy and Russia. Linda also played abroad in Turkey and Romania. She wears number 13 on Sacramento Monarchs.
Linda Fröhlich was born on June 23, 1979 in Pforzheim in Southern Germany, where she lived for the first four years of her life. After that her parents bought a house in the northern part of the country. She spent her childhood in a Mayberry-type existence: playing outside, gardening, taking care of a menagerie of pets.
She is the eldest of five children, three sisters and a brother, Richard Fröhlich. Linda did not start off playing basketball, her mother strongly discouraged it. Only after Linda failed in ballet, judo, did she allow her to begin play.
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Linda made history when she became the first UNLV basketball player to be drafted in the WNBA. She was the first draft pick of the New York Liberty in 2002, (26th overall). Waived during training camp with Phoenix Mercury in 2004. Waived by the Charlotte Sting at the end of training camp in 2005. Signed as a free agent by the Indiana Fever on November 2, 2006. Signed as a free agent by the Sacramento Monarchs on May 4, 2007.
- 2006-2007: Fenerbahçe Istanbul
- 2005-2006: Spartak Moscow
- 2006-2007: Taranto Cras Basket
- 2010: Municipal MCM Târgovişte.
A memory by her words
"At the last game before Christmas break, the fans of Fenerbahçe caught me off-guard as they crowned me as their "Queen." At the ceremony, they went ALL OUT! I had a crown, I had a song, and I had a "throne" wrapped in a German flag. Absolutely crazy, but you have just got to love the fans here at Fenerbahçe."
Before Linda came to the States, she had received some national and international awards, where she calls the following her personally most valuable:
- Topscorer of the European Championships in 1994
- All-Tournament Team of the European Championships in 1994
- Won the German youth national championship in 1998 on the homecourt (SC Rist Wedel).
She recorded her saddest memory with the day that she was cut from the German national team in 1998, while they were getting ready to participate in the world championship.
Finished sixth in the nation and first among freshmen and led the WAC with 23.5 ppg Player of the Week Women's Basketball Journal & United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year UNLV Sportswoman of the Year Female Athlete of Las Vegas of the Year (Best of Las Vegas, Review Journal) All-Tournament Team at Four Queens/Lady Rebel Shootout & WAC Championship All-Tournament Team & MVP at the Golden Gopher Classic
Finished fifth in the nation and first among sophomores and led the MWC with 21.6 ppg Leads MWC in scoring (21.6pg) rebounding (1.4pg) and steals (3.21pg) Mountain West Player of the Year Three-time MWC Player of the Week on AP & WBCA All- American Honorable Mention Female Athlete of Las Vegas of the Year (Best of Las Vegas, Review Journal) All-Tournament Team at Nassau Sun Splash Shootout & Cox Communication/Lady Rebel Shootout
Scored her 1,500th career point at San Diego State in her 70th career game Women's Basketball News 2nd Team All-American AP & Kodak All-American Honorable Mention Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Female Athlete of Las Vegas of the Year (Best of Las Vegas, Review Journal) Player of the Week on Jan. 3, Jan. 29, All-Tournament Team at the Roger L. White Invitational & MWC Championship
2001-2002 UNLV All-Time Leading Scorer (men's and women's) Lady Rebels' All-Time Leading Rebounder AP All-America Third Team honoree Kodak All-America Honorable Mention First Lady Rebel to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in career Conference Player of the Year Academic All-Mountain West Conference Honoree Voted "Best of Las Vegas" Verizon / CoSIDA Academic First Team All-America Selection Strett & Smith Preseason All-American selection WBCA College Allstar
- Position: Power forward
- Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
- College: UNLV
- Team(s): New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, Charlotte Sting, Indiana Fever, Sacramento Monarchs