MARSHALL – Kendra Lindblad is used to dishing out assists.
As a senior at Dawson-Boyd, she led the Marshall area with 112 assists in the 2010-11 season.
The assisting mind set has carried over to her time at Dakota State. Now a senior, Lindblad leads the Trojans with 70 assists.
“At Dawson-Boyd I was a ball-handler and point guard and had vision of the whole court,” Lindblad said. “It’s a big part of my game. By advancing the ball down the floor we are speeding up the tempo of the game which catches players off guard.”
Her ability to find open teammates also creates openings for Lindblad as a scorer. She is currently averaging 8.2 points per game.
A game Lindblad looks at as a career highlight was a 91-76 win over Graceland College on Nov. 6, 2015. She finished with 15 points and six assists off the bench on 7 of 8 shooting.
“The tempo of that game was really fast, which allowed us to create shots we wanted,” Lindblad said.
As is the case for most point guards, decision-making is an important part of Lindblad’s repertoire. It wasn’t always a strength, though.
“Kendra wanted to make plays every time she had the ball when she was younger,” DSU coach Jeff Dittman said. “Now she understands there is a time to pass for an assist, a time to shoot and a time to make the pass that leads to the pass that leads to a score. Her basketball IQ is very high – she just needed a little patience.”
As a pass-first player, Lindblad isn’t afraid to share credit with her teammates. She appreciates good teamwork on both sides of the court.
“I really enjoy the games when we play great together as a team,” Lindblad said. “The more satisfying wins and even losses are when we are a defensive team, by being a defensive team you focus on getting stops rather than scores and that mind set has really improved our game this year.”
The defensive focus is evident in her stat line. The senior guard is second on the team with 39 steals.
“Kendra is an excellent all-around player who is capable of making plays at both ends of the court,” DSU coach Jeff Dittman said. “She will be a big part of our attempts to win the North Star Athletic Association conference title this year.”
Dakota State is currently 12-10, including 4-2 in the NSAA.
Looking past her senior season on the hardwood, Lindblad wants to continue assisting others by opening up a fitness center.
“I hope to provide a place for athletes and non-athletes to improve their overall health and fitness goals,” Lindblad said. “I really enjoy helping people become the best version of themselves that they can be.”