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The Gerolof Panthers brought in goalkeeper Jill Townsend from the USA

The Gerolof Panthers brought in goalkeeper Jill Townsend from the USA

Osnabrück. The Gerolof Panthers have signed a second American woman for next season in the German Basketball First Division. Guard Jill Townsend comes from Gonzaga University in the Northwest USA and completes the team’s planning for now.

The 1.80-meter Townsend, who celebrated her 23rd birthday on Sunday, averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in 27 games last season. Overall, she has attracted attention in recent years, and was recently elected to the Allstar Team of the West Coast Conference twice in a row and received an Honorable Mention in the US Allstar Team in 2021. In 2019/20 she was also the Conference Player of the Year.

“Jill is a huge asset to our team and brings us some of the qualities we lacked. She’s an excellent long-range shooter, good defender, and good rebellion for her position,” says Alexander Kwik, Panthers coach and team manager. Townsend “has an excellent career at Gonzaga University and we hope that She moves to German basketball with the same success. She fits in well with our current team and will make our team even better. Townsend said she was excited about her new role: ‘It’s a big club in a great city. My goal is to help the team achieve first place.”

With Townsend committed, according to Quick, the team’s planning is over for now. “Of course we keep our ears and eyes open for potential reinforcements,” he said.