AHS Grad Plays with German Basketball Team

 

An Alameda High School (AHS) graduate played on the German National women’s basketball team that failed to qualify for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) EuroBasket 2019 tournament. 

Marie Bertholdt, a 2013 AHS graduate, competed with the German National women’s basketball team in the FIBA EuroBasket qualifiers in 2017 and 2018. The team went 2-4 in its six qualifying games. Thirty-two teams representing European countries competed in the qualifying round. The 32 teams were separated into eight, four-team groups. The four teams in each group played in a round-robin tournament. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the EuroBasket tournament, which will be held from June 27 to July 7 in Serbia and Latvia.  

The German National team competed in Group G along with Belgium, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Germany lost its first game, 89-56, to the Czech Republic on Nov. 11, 2017. Germany lost to Belgium, 103-60, in their second match on Nov. 15, 2017. Germany defeated Switzerland, 56-54, in their third game on Feb. 10, 2018. However, they lost to Czech Republic again, 82-67, on Feb. 14, 2018. In the last batch of games, Germany lost to Belgium, 77-58, on Nov. 17, 2018. Four days later they defeated Switzerland, 78-52, on Nov. 21.

In the six games, Bertholdt averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. Her high point total came against Belgium on Nov. 15, 2017, when she scored 13 points.

Bertholdt was a four-year starter for the Hornets. She was voted team MVP and team captain during her tenure. She was all-Foothill League first team in her senior year. She led the Hornets to a berth in the 2013 North Coast Section Div. II women’s basketball playoffs, where they were eliminated by eventual champions Bishop O’Dowd in the second round.

After graduation, Bertholdt was granted a full athletic scholarship to Santa Clara University (SCU). In 2015 and 2016, she was elected to the West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Academic team. In 2015, Bertholdt was named to the first team all-WCC. 

Additionally, Bertholdt was honored with a SCU leadership award and was the recipient of the Jim Shea Award for courage and leadership which is given to a deserving senior athlete. She finished her collegiate career with 1,174 points, becoming just the 23rd player in SCU history with at least 1,000 career points. She finished third in Bronco history with 753 rebounds. 

After graduation, Bertholdt agreed to join Basketball Club Pharmaserv Marburg of the German Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga (“Alamedan Joins German Basketball Team” Aug. 17, 2017). She is in her second season with Marburg. In her first season, she was invited to play for the German National Team. Although a U.S. citizen, she has a dual citizenship with Germany, making her eligible to play in the EuroBasket qualifiers for Germany. 

Bertholdt’s parents both participated at the national-team level. Her mother Stephanie played for the basketball team, while her father Joerg played for the volleyball team.