May 24, 2013
May 16, 2013
Bobbie Kelsey (Stanford '97) and Vanessa Nygaard (Stanford '98) have been chosen as court coaches by USA Basketball. As such, they will will assist the coaching staff during trials.
She said, "These are committee-selected positions, so for the committee to see my value in adding me to the trials and participating in that way as a coach is quite an honor. I feel privileged to be looked at in that light."
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She said, "I am honored and excited to be chosen as a court coach ... I look forward to helping develop the next generation of great USA Basketball players.”
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May 15, 2013
May 7, 2013
Candice comments, "When I was a freshman in high school, Nicole was a huge part of the reason I wanted to go to Stanford. I never thought I'd be playing with her. And I get to play with Kayla again, the most reliable post I ever played with."
May 6, 2013
The 2012-13 season is over for the ten Stanford alumnae playing abroad. Here is how they did — youngest to oldest:
Nneka Ogwumike ('12), CCC Polkowice
Nneka finished her rookie professional year with a flourish as CCC Polkowice swept the best-of-seven Polish PLKK finals against archrival Wisla Can-Pak and won the Gold for the first time. Nneka tallied a double-double in each of the last three games of the finals.
Polkowice was also the PLKK regular season champion with a 17-1 win-loss record. Nneka ranked #1 in the PLKK in scoring (18.3 ppg), #2 in rebounds (9.3 rpg) and #8 in steals (2.0 spg)
Polkowice, in just its second appearance in EuroLeague Women, made it to the Final Eight.
A profile of the team in EuroLeague Women news mentions Nneka as "one of the revelations of the season" and credits her shooting range as one of the most important elements of the Polkowice's success, "since she has stepped beyond the three-point line on a regular basis and with great success."
In the EuroLeague games, Nneka led Polkowice in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounds (7.8 rpg) and steals (2.1 spg). She took only 12% of her shots from beyond the arc, but made 48% of them. She also made 90.3% of her free throws — the best in the competition. She ranked in the top 20 in 15 statistical categories.
Nneka was named the Euroleague.com All-Polish PLKK Player of the Year, Center of the Year and Import Player of the Year.
Kayla Pedersen ('11), Ceyhan Belediyespor
Kayla ranked #6 in the TKBL in rebounds (9.3 rpg), #7 in steals (1.8 spg) and #9 in blocks (0.7 bpg). She was the third-best scorer on her team (11.3 ppg) and tallied eight double-doubles.
Kayla posted to her blog four times while in Ceyhan, recounting how much she enjoyed being a basketball player in Turkey.
Jayne Appel ('10), Henan Elephants
Henan finished 11th (of 12) in the China WCBA League with a 6-16 win-loss record — a step up from last season when it finished last.
Jayne was a standout member of the team. She was Henan's leading scorer (26.9 ppg, third in the league), rebounder (15.4 rpg, first in the league), shot blocker (2.0 bpg, second in the league), and thief (1.9 spg, seventh in the league).
Jayne was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Chinese WCBA 2nd team and to the All-Imports team.
Michelle Harrison ('10), Terpsithea Glyfadas
Michelle began her professional basketball career this season in Switzerland with Uni Basel. Although she was leading the team statistically after 12 games (20.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.4 spg), Basel released her for reasons that have not been clearly stated publicly. One report hinted of interpersonal discord; another that the manager was under duress to improve performance and the easiest thing to do was release the non-national.
Whatever ... Michelle signed with Terpsithea a month later and finished the season in Greece. Terpsithea placed ninth (of 12) in the Greece-A1 league with a 7-15 win-loss record.
Michelle played in the starting five for seven games with Terpsithea, led the team in rebounds (9.6 rpg), and was their second-best scorer (13.7 ppg).
Jillian Harmon ('09), Lavezzini Parma
Jillian was a major factor in her team's success. She was Parma's second-best scorer (14.4 ppg, #7 in the league) and rebounder (7.9 rpg, #6 in the league). She had six double-doubles.
Jillian was named to the Euroleague.com All-Italian A1 Second Team and to the All-Imports Team.
Cissy Pierce ('08), Gruner Stern Keltern
After playing three years of professional basketball in Germany, Cissy began the 2012-13 season in Luxembourg. She left that team after a month and returned to Germany, where she signed with Keltern, a team in the second German national league, Bundesliga.
Keltern finished third (of 11) in the South Group of Bundesliga with a 13-7 win-loss record and ended its season with a loss in the semifinals of the Bundesliga playoffs.
Cissy played as a reserve for Bundesliga. She averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. She didn't attempt many 3-point shots and made just four in the 20 games she played for Keltern. She may not have fully recovered yet from the shoulder dislocation she suffered last season.
Kristen Newlin/Nevin Nevlin ('07), Fenerbahce
It finished first in the Turkey TKBL league with a 24-2 win-loss record and won the TKBL championship for the eighth consecutive season. Fenerbahce and archrival Galatasary have now each won the title eleven times.
Fenerbahce made it to the Final Four of EuroLeague Women for the second consecutive year and, for the first time, advanced to the championship game where it lost to highly-favored UMMC Ekaterinburg 82-56.
Kristen, in her fifth season with Fenerbahce, is described in her EuroLeague bio as "a seasoned performer who is powerful under the hoop, has a decent mid-range game, is strong on the glass and can match up well defensively with opponents".
She averaged 4.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.4 blocks in the Turkish league games and 2.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 0.1 blocks in the EuroLeague games.
Sebnem Kimyacioglu ('05), Galatasaray
Galatasaray, Turkey's other powerhouse team, suffered a major setback in February when its leading scorer Lindsey Whalen left the team over an alleged salary dispute. It finished second in the Turkish league with a 21-5 win-loss record and lost the TKBL championship to Fenerbahce.
In spite of Whalen's departure, Galatasaray placed fourth in its group in EuroLeague Women and advanced to the second round, but lost all three of its games there.
Seb averaged 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in the Turkish league games and 2.7 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.2 assists in the EuroLeague games. She was one of Galatasaray's most dependable three-point shooters, making almost 40% of her attempts in the Turkish league games and 30% in EuroLeague Women.
Nicole Powell ('04), Perfumerias Avenida
The season began badly for Avenida. Midway through the first round of EuroLeague Women, it was next-to-last in its group with a 2-6 win-loss record. This was a bitterly disappointing position for the team that had been the EuroLeague Women champion in 2011.
In an attempt to reach the top again, Avenida replaced its head coach. A few days later, it terminated Nicole's contract, citing off-court disciplinary reasons as being the main foundation for the decision. (Click here for more.)
Nicole contested the charge, and Avenida subsequently withdrew its allegations of unprofessional behavior. (Click here for more.)
Cori Enghusen/Korel Engin ('02), Botasspor Adana
Botas finished 10th (of 14) in the Turkey TKBL league with a 10-16 win-loss record.
Cori, in her 11th season of professional basketball, came off the bench for about eight minutes per game. She averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.1 blocks per game.
April 10, 2013
As part of the West Coast Conference Thanks Title IX campaign, the WCC launched its "Nine In Nine" video series, which features personal stories of WCC student-athletes, coaches and administrators from each of the WCC's nine institutions over nine months.
This month's video features University of San Francisco's Head Women's Basketball Coach Jennifer Azzi.
April 6, 2013
Vanessa is head coach of Girls Varsity Basketball at Windward School in Los Angeles. She led the team to 32 straight victories this season and a Southern Section Division 4AA championship.
She accomplished that after having given birth to twins in November two weeks before practice started.
Click here for the LA times article.
March 12, 2013
March 6, 2013
Kate Starbird is:
... a first-year assistant professor in UW's Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation laboratory. In English, that means she teaches how social media is used in crisis situations and how to design better applications for digital volunteers.Click here for the article.
The only basketball souvenirs in her office are dreamy Mediterranean photos from her time playing pro ball in Ibiza, at the end of her career ...
March 1, 2013
Unless more trades ensue, three Stanford greats will be teammates in Tulsa this season — Nicole Powell 2000-04, Candice Wiggins 2004-08 and Kayla Pedersen 2007-11.
The Tulsa Shock has acquired Nicole from the New York Liberty and Candice from the Minnesota Lynx. Click here for the Associated Press report.
Nicole graduated from Stanford the year that Candice arrived. Candice and Kayla played together for one season — Candice's senior year and Kayla's freshman year. They shared the first win over Tennessee in eleven years and the loss to Tennessee in the NCAA championship game.