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Pendande Named Star of the Generation By Spain

Aug 21, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah women's basketball forward Lola Pendande has been named Star of the Generation for the 2000s by the Spanish National Team organization, it was announced today.

"This recognition means a lot to me," Pendande said. "All the hours, days and months of training have their reward. I like to play and represent my country, and I do it with great pleasure. Not many have the privilege of playing for Spain and showing the rest of the world how hard we work to get those medals. It is an honor."

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Congrats to @pendandelola on being named La Estrella De La Generacio´n - Star of the Generation - for the 2000's by @baloncestoesp. ???? Over her career with Team Spain, she averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and has won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. Her most recent medal was won in Thailand last summer for the FIBA U19 World Cup where she was named to the prestigious All-Star Five. Proud of you, Lo! ??

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Pendande, who was a Pac-12 all-freshman team member in 2019-20 after a standout first year, has been an integral part of Team Spain's success over the year, appearing in tournaments all over the world while leading her country to multiple golf, silver and bronze medal finishes.

"Lola's freshman year showed that her ceiling in the sport of women's basketball is extremely high and this award, this early in her career, is a testament to her level of play," Utah women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts said. "She is a hard worker with a passion and hunger for the game. The sky is the limit for her."

During her time with the Spanish National Team, she has averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds, and most recently, represented her country at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Pendande led Team Spain to a bronze medal finish in the tournament, earning a spot on the prestigious All-Star Five team.

Pendande also played for both the U20 and U18 teams in the 2018 European Championships, leading the U18 team to a second place finish and the U20 team to the gold, earning spot on the All-Star U18 team for her performance. She also was a part of the U16 European Championship winning team in 2016.