September 13, 2018

Britt heading way down under

Brittany McPhee will begin her professional basketball career with the Perth Lynx on the west coast of Australia.

Craig O'Donoghue (The West Australian) reports how this came to be: Sami Whitcomb’s endorsement leads to Perth Lynx signing import Brittany McPhee.

Stanford Athletics chronicles Britt's collegiate accomplishments: McPhee signs in Australia.

September 12, 2018

Nneka is finalist for USA Basketball World Cup team

Nneka has spent the past couple of weeks at the USA Basketball Womens's World Cup training camp, and has been selected as one of the 16 finalists for the team.

The team has departed for France, where they will play in a four-team, international tournament against Canada, France and Senegal. The final 12-member USA World Cup Team will be selected prior to the start of the World Cup.

More information:

September 10, 2018

September 8, 2018

Jamila Wideman has a new career

The NBA has hired Jamila Wideman ('97) as Vice President of Player Development:

Former WNBA player Jamila Wideman has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. In her new role, Wideman will lead outreach and collaboration with the league-wide network of team player development directors, manage partnerships with external organizations and expand the NBA’s Career Crossover program.

Wideman was selected third overall in the 1997 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and played four seasons in the league. A former standout at Stanford University, she also played professionally in Israel and Spain. During her WNBA career, Wideman founded the Stanford Athletic Alliance and Hoopin’ with Jamila, a youth mentoring program.

Before joining the NBA, she worked as an attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative and the Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society, providing representation to incarcerated and low-income populations. Wideman graduated from New York University Law School.

September 7, 2018

Hall of Famers to be recognized at Stanford/USC game



Candice Wiggins is one of eight Stanford athletes in the 2018 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame class. The class will be recognized at Stanford's football game against USC on Saturday.

This is her Hall of Fame bio:

Candice Wiggins ’08, Women’s Basketball:
Recruited for basketball and volleyball, Wiggins emerged as one of the most prolific two-way guards in school history. She is the program's only four-time All-American and departed as the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer with 2,629 points. As a senior in 2008, Wiggins became the first woman in NCAA Tournament history to score at least 40 points twice, netting 44 against UTEP and 41 against Maryland. Wiggins received the Wade Trophy as the best women's player in Division I. A dynamic playmaker and shooter, she led the Cardinal to a 32-3 record in 2004-05 and was the first to claim Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in what is now the Pac-12. As a sophomore, she buried 90 3-pointers and repeated as Pac-10 Player of the Year. She holds career records at Stanford for highest scoring average (19.2), 3-pointers made (295), free throws made (556) and steals (281), and ranks second in points and 11th in assists (436). Wiggins hit 16 free throws in a contest twice (T-1st) and made eight 3-pointers (T-3rd) once. She was the third overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx and also played for the Tulsa Shock, Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty. Wiggins made the All-Rookie team and won a WNBA crown in 2011, later playing professionally in Spain, Greece, Turkey and Israel. She earned a degree in communication, lives in San Diego, and wants to stay involved with sports as a mentor to young athletes.

Read more from Stanford Athletics: Stellar Class

August 24, 2018

WNBA playoffs over for Cardinal alums

Neither the Los Angeles Sparks nor the Connecticut Sun survived the second round of the WNBA playoffs.

The Sparks were overwhelmed by the Washington Mystics 96-64: Mystics ease past Sparks 96-64 to reach semifinals

Candace Parker was the only Spark to score in double digits. Nneka played for 31 minutes, scored just eight points and grabbed three rebounds. Karlie got a couple of minutes of playing time in the last few minutes of the game, but did not take a shot.

The Sun fought a very close battle with the Phoenix Mercury for 37 1/2 minutes, at which point the score was tied at 86-86. Then the mature, experienced Mercury closed out the game with a 10-0 run: Griner, Taurasi help Mercury beat Sun 96-86

Chiney was suffering from a bone bruise to her right knee and spent much of the game on the sidelines on an exercise bike. She played for 19 minutes, but tallied just two points, three rebounds and two steals.

August 22, 2018

Nneka and LA Sparks advance in playoffs

For the third consecutive season, the LA Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx met in an elimination game in the WNBA playoffs. In the previous two seasons, the game was the championship game — last night, it was a first round game.

The Sparks defeated the Lynx 75-68 in a hard-fought game and will play the Washington Mystics in the second round (also single-elimination) on Thursday.

Nneka has been struggling with mononucleosis for much of the season, but found the strength to play for 37 minutes. She tallied 19 points, five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block.

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August 17, 2018

Markisha Coleman is Pro-Am veteran

The S.F. Bay Area Pro-Am Basketball League gets little attention from the Bay Area media. Neither does Markisha Coleman (Stanford '07), who is about to begin her fifth season as the girls' basketball head coach at Menlo-Atherton school and who is a veteran member of the Pro-Am League.

The Pro-Am finished its season this week with the championship game on Thursday.

Terry Bernal (San Mateo Daily Journal) took the occasion to write this story about Markisha and the Pro-Am: M-A coach proves iron woman in Pro-Am playoffs

August 13, 2018

Bethany Donaphin works to improve WNBA



Former Stanford ('02) and WNBA star Bethany Donaphin was named head of league operations this season and hopes to bring the player experience into the league offices. Her involvement in basketball and business will help her to be an asset in a league that is expanding.

Read more in this interview by Amanda Scurlock (Los Angeles Sentinel): Bethany Donaphin Works to Improve WNBA

August 10, 2018

Nneka reaches 3500-point career mark

Nneka Ogwumike has reached 3500 WNBA career points after the 82-81 Sparks win over the Liberty yesterday.

This places her well-down on the WNBA all-time career scoring list (Diana Taurasi is the leader with 8472 points, Alana Beard is 25th with 4678.). but she has lots of time to move up. This is Diana's 14th year in the WNBA and Nneka's seventh.