Women’s Basketball Player Competes for Finland at Summer Universiade 2019

July 10, 2019 | Athletics, Events, News
By Brian DeBenedictis

Toledo women’s basketball player Sara Rokkanen is competing for her home country of Finland at the 30th Summer Universiade 2019 Championships.

The event started July 3 and runs through Wednesday, July 10, in Napoli, Italy.


Rokkanen and Finland are 3-2 in the competition, posting wins over Canada (82-59), Mexico (77-51) and Romania (73-50). Finland has lost to Australia (68-51) and China (75-50).

The Helsinki, Finland, native is averaging 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 12.6 minutes in the five contests. The Toledo senior is shooting 40.9 percent (9 of 22) from the field, including 30.8 percent (4 of 13) from beyond the arc. 

Rokkanen and Finland will face Hungary Wednesday, July 10, for ninth place in the 16-team event.

This past year, Rokkanen shot a team-high 38.8 percent (54 of 139) from three-point land and ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference in three-point field-goal percentage.

Overall in 2018-19, Rokkanen contributed 6.3 points, 2.8 boards and 1.8 helpers in 24.1 minutes per game. She scored in double figures on eight occasions, the fifth highest total on the team, including a season-high 13 points on two occasions.

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