Hall of Fame Inductee
As a junior player, Jennifer Screen represented Toowoomba, participating in the Queensland Classics in all age groups. Her performance at these state competitions earned her selection in the 1997 South Queensland Girls Representative team, as well as selection to Queensland teams participating in the under 16 and under 18 Australian Junior Championships from 1997 to 1999 and admission to the Queensland Academy of Sport national intensive training program.
Jenni was a basketball scholarship athlete at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for two years, in 1999 and 2000, representing the AIS in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons.
During her final year at the Australian Institute of Sport, Jennifer Screen was recruited by the Adelaide Lightning, becoming a valued team member from 2001-2005 and being awarded the WNBL's Good Hands Award in 2005.From 2006 to 2009 Jenni played professionally for Parma in Italy before returning to the Adelaide Lightning for the 2011-2012 season. Jenni ended her celebrated WNBL career spanning 178 games in 2014, averaging 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Jenni Screen played 19 games as part of Australian Junior team and 11 games for the Young Australian team, and as a member of the Australian Gems won gold medals at both the World Championships in the Czech Republic, and in the World Qualification Series in 2002. Jenni also won a bronze medal with the Australian team at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey, scoring 30 points in the 81-72 victory against Russia.
Jenni Screen was named on the Australian Opals for the first time in 2005 and as a valuable member of the team won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2006 World Championships in Brazil, a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, participated in tours of China, the United States and Hungary in 2010, and was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jenni also co-captained the Opals to victory in the gold medal game against New Zealand in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.
In 2014 Jenni called an end to her exceptional international career as a premier defensive player during which she played over 100 games and earned a reputation as one of the most respected, loved and loyal teammates in the program.
Jenni Screen has continued her career in basketball, taking her considerable experience and leadership skills to the FIBA Players’ Commission, where she has served since 2015 and where currently she serves as Deputy Chairwoman.
Having made exceptional contributions as a player with the Opals and within the Woman’s National Basketball League, and continuing to contribute to make basketball a better place for its people, Jennifer Screen is a most worthy inductee to the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame.