They have tried four years in a row, but had fallen as many times in the finals against the sovereign Luleå. But Wednesday night was the curse finally broken. Umeå basketdamer celebrated the gold medal on Sunday in Gothenburg.
" I think not so many in the team meant that we missed four straight. However, it has probably been sitting in the walls of the klubbkansliet, said coach Jan Enjebo.
there was no real excitement in the Gothia Arena. Umeå was better for the most part, played excellent defense and had a hot american guard who kept a cool head when the packed hall cooked by hemmasympatier. Tiffany Brown was the man of the match top scorer with 21 points and was pleased that it finally became Umeå's turn.
"we've been waiting for this," said Brown, who argued that the defensive and returtagningen was the key to the triumph.
It did, among other things, that Högsbo surprisingly difficult to find the basket in the beginning of the periods. It took three and a half minutes in both the third and fourth act.
Enjebo, who took over the team in the middle of fjolårssäsongen and just experienced one of the finalförlusterna, matched six players hard in the final, and put the extra plus for the German Anna Degbeon, Umeå found on the college of the united states and that Enjebo describe as a diamond in the rough.
He said that it was Umeå's better power which eventually took its toll.
– We can train two to three times per day and recover faster. I think that our strength was more decisive today than in other matches, said Enjebo and danced then celebrating with the players and a few visiting fans.
the Newcomer Högsbo have been the big sensation in the basketball-Sweden this season. After a seventh place in the league beating göteborgskorna out the last few years giant Luleå in the playoffs and pressed Umeå in the final.
the home crowd hailed their girls in silverhattar, who felt like a winner after all.
" We have won a silver, said the two guards, Ida Fredrikson, who put nine points and together with Hanna Johansson (19) and Tiasha Gray (11) did his best to keep the home team left in the match.
" We weren't really in the night, said Fredrikson.
agreed, but couldn't do anything than to pay tribute to his players for a powerful season.
" It will be tough to surpass. The second year is, as known, is always the hardest, " said Sandberg, whose contract with the club runs out in may.
the Future is not fixed, but if Ida Fredrikson, daughter of klubbchefen Jonas Fredrikson, may determine the choice is easy.
" We want to have Robin left, said Ida Fredrikson.
have a hard to surpass 2018/19. It was only two losses of the season, against Alvik in the series and Högsbo in the playoffs.
Maybe the team also manage without guldmakaren Tiffany Brown.
"Who knows," answered the girl, from North Carolina to the question of where she is playing next season.