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Jessie Loera Begins Professional Career in Iceland

The landscape will not be hard on the eyes.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard Jessie Loera will begin her professional career with the Breiðablik Basketball Club, based out of Kópavogur, Iceland, The Spokesman Review reported.

Loera started every game for Gonzaga last season, leading the Zags with 150 assists. She finished fourth all-time at Gonzaga with 445 career assists.

Breiðablik finished 4-21 in Iceland’s Dominos League, and lost their leading scorer from last season. Loera, whose tenacity on defense was one of the hallmarks of her style of play, will probably be asked to provide a bit of firepower as well. Loera hit 37.8 percent of her three-point shots last season.

Kópavogur sits just south of Reykjavik and is the second-largest municipality in Iceland by population.

Congratulations to Loera on the start of her career. It is not editorializing to say that Iceland is legitimately owns some of the more beautiful landscapes in the world. The sun sets a bit early in the winter (and rises a bit late), and it can be a little windy, but when you can relax in a geothermal pool every day, it makes it all easier.