Women's Basketball

Lori Bjork
Lori Bjork

Johnston, Iowa

High School:



Lori Bjork

2007-08 - Junior: Started all 35 games and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in minutes per game (36.3) ... Set the Illinois career three-point field goals record on Feb. 21 vs. Penn State and finished 214 threes in her career. The old record was 194 by Krista Reinking ... Is Illinois' career free throw percentage leader at 83.5 percent, just ahead of Lisa Robinson's former school record of 83.3 percent ... Finished the season with 1,106 points, which ranks 17th on the UI careeer scoring list. She became the 21st Illini player to score 1,000 points on Feb. 10 vs. Indiana ... Hit 77 three-pointers on the season, which is second on the UI single-season 3FG list behind only the school record of 84, set by Bjork in 2006-07 ... Averaged 10.0 points per game during Illinois' run to Big Ten Tournament title game, scoring 14 points each in wins over #22 Ohio State and Michigan State ... Named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media ... Earned Illinois' sportsmanship award for the second straight year ... Led the Big Ten in 3FG made in conference games (2.39) ... Season free throw percentage of 87.5 led the Big Ten and ranked second in the Illinois season FT percentage list behind only Lisa Robinson's 88.8 percent in 1980-81 ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 on three-pointers on Feb. 10 vs. Indiana, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds ... Hit three three-pointers and scored 16 points in the Jan. 31 win over #19 Ohio State, including two late free throws that sealed the Illini victory ... Hit a season-high five threes for 15 points at Missouri on Dec. 19 ... Scored a team-high 22 points against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 9, converting all 10 of her free throw attempts and connecting on 4-of-8 three pointers ... Named 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District for the second straight year ... Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row ... Had the top GPA among all Illinois junior female student-athletes ... Won the team's Most Inspirational Award for her tireless work ethic ... Named preseason first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media ... Transferred after the 2007-08 season ... Earned a bachelor's degree in political science in three years before transferring.

2006-07 - Sophomore: Played and started in all 31 games ... Second Team All-Big Ten selection ... Led the Big Ten and ranked 14th in the nation in threes made per game (2.71) ... Her 84 made threes surpassed the Illinois single-season record of 74 set by Krista Reinking in 1995-96 ... Had a school-record streak of 35 consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer. It was snapped in the Big Ten Tournament loss to Penn State and was the third longest streak in the nation at the time ... Had a nation leading streak of 27 straight games with at least two threes made. It was snapped vs. Purdue on Feb. 25 ... Already ranks third on the Illinois career 3FG list with 137 in just two seasons ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in minutes (35.06), fifth in 3FG percentage (.385), seventh in scoring (14.3) and eighth in FT percentage (.825) for all games ... Finished the season ranked 31st in the nation in three-point FG percentage ... In Big Ten games, led the conference in 3FG made per game (3.0), was third in minutes (36.20) and FT percentage (.875), fourth in 3FG percentage (.417) and eighth in scoring (14.9) ... Led all Big Ten sophomores in scoring at 14.3 points per game ... Scored a season-high 25 points on two occasions vs. Michigan (Feb. 1) and at St. Louis (Nov. 29) ... Drained a career-high six three-pointers against Michigan on Feb. 1, equaling the third-most made in a single game by an Illini...Named to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team, the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team and the Academic All-Big Ten team with a 3.94 GPA in political science ... Had the top GPA among all Illinois female student-athletes ... Won the team's Most Outstanding Player award, Hustle award and Ralf Woods Free Throw Award ... Team Co-Captain ... Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005-06 - Freshman: Started 28 of 31 games ... Selected to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team by conference coaches ... Led all Big Ten freshmen in 3FGM (1.71) and FT% (.810) and ranked second among Big Ten freshmen in scoring (10.1 ppg) ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in 3FGM (1.71), 10th in FT% (.810) and 13th in 3FG% (.344) for all games ... Ranked eighth in the conference in 3FG% (.390) and seventh in 3FGM (1.88) for Big Ten games ... Finished fourth on the Illinois single-season 3FG list and second on the Illinois freshman 3FG list with 53 ... Ended the season ranked sixth on the Illinois freshman scoring list with 313 points ... Scored a career-high and team season-high 27 points on 8 for 14 shooting and 4 of 8 three-pointers on Feb. 9 vs. Wisconsin ... Scored 24 points at Wisconsin on Jan. 15, hitting 5 of 6 three pointers to set a Kohl Center record for 3FG accuracy ... Named to the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team after leading the Illini in scoring for both tournament games (14.0) and shooting .583 from the field ... Won the team Blue Collar, Ralf Woods Free Throw and Academic Excellence Awards ... Led the Big Ten All-Stars in scoring (10.3 ppg) during their 2006 summer tour in Scandinavia.

Listed as the 130th-ranked senior in the country by All-Star Girls Report ... Scored 1,253 career points for Johnston and hit 120 of 317 three point shots (.384) ... Averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior in 2004-05 while shooting .460 from the field, .379 from three-point range and .849 from the free-throw line ... Averaged 12.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 2003-04 and shot .417 from behind the arc ... Scored 14.7 points per game while shooting .407 from three-point land as a sophomore in 2002-03 ... Named first team All-State by both the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and Des Moines Register as a senior ... Was a second team All-State pick as a junior ... Was a three-time unanimous All-Central Iowa Metro League (CIML) first team selection ... Started every game of her high school career ... High School coach was Rich Gradoville ... Also played for the Iowa Elite AAU team under coach Dave Wessling.

Born on April 19, 1986 ... Daughter of Alan and Louila Bjork ... Alan played basketball at Cornell College ... Has twin siblings, Kevin and Janna, both 24 ... Kevin played golf at Beloit College ... Ranked No. 1 in her high school class of 309 with a four-plus G.P.A. ... National Merit Scholarship Finalist ... Named the Johnston HS "Student of the Year" ... Honored as a National AP Scholar ... Also competed on the cross country and track & field teams at Johnston HS ... Majoring in political science ... Chose Illinois over Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Drake and Creighton.

Favorite place on campus: Our Ubben practice facility
Best memory as an Illini: Upsetting Oklahoma my freshman year
Favorite athletes: Kirk Hinrich, Manu Ginobili, Kevin Garnett
Favorite Illini athlete (not on your team): Trent Meacham (men's basketball) because I respect his work ethic
Favorite sports teams: Minnesota Twins, Phoenix Suns
Favorite movie quote: Sholess Joe Jackson: "Is this heaven?"
Ray Kinsella: "No, it's Iowa." -from Field of Dreams
Favorite TV shows: SportsCenter, Seinfeld
Favorite band: Rascal Flatts
Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza
Favorite activity outside basketball: Competing at anything, from mini-golf to Monopoly with family and friends
One thing I can't go a day without: Reading my critically acclaimed hometown newspaper, The Des Moines Register, online
My most overused phrase: "Don't ask me - I just work here."
Something most people don't know about me: I have enjoyed listening to sports talk radio, especially Jim Rome, since high school when I got hooked listening every day during my commute to and from school.
Biggest sports thrill: Running on a conference championship cross country team my junior year of high school
Pre-game superstitions: I always get a fist pound from our equipment manager, Rick Raven, and a high five from our trainer, Paul Schmidt, before the starting lineups are announced.
Person you would most like to spend a day with: Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden
Who had the biggest impact on your basketball career and why: My father for teaching me the game, my brother for playing it with me, my mother for instilling in me her strong will and my sister for exemplifynig dedication and commitment to excellence.
Three words that describe my play are: Competitive, persistent, savvy Plans after Illinois: Play basketball professionally and then go to medical school


Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2005-06 31-28 889 28.7 98 274 .358 53 154 .344 64 79 .810 18 65 83 2.7 36 1 41 58 12 21 313 10.1
2006-07 31-31 1087 35.1 133 325 .409 84 218 .385 94 114 .825 7 71 78 2.5 58 2 79 91 6 14 444 14.3
2007-08 35-35 1270 36.3 101 274 .369 77 204 .377 70 80 .875 5 79 84 2.4 70 1 87 101 7 24 349 10.0
TOTAL 97-94 3246 33.5 332 873 .380 214 576 .372 228 273 .835 30 215 245 2.5 164 4 207 250 25 59 1106 11.4

updated May 2008