August 14, 2015

Candice comes full circle

"Every athlete dreams of playing just one game at Madison Square Garden ..."

Candice has come Full Circle.

July 23, 2015

Nneka is named to the WNBA All-Star game

For the third consecutive season, Nneka has been selected to participate in the WNBA All-Star Game. She is one of the twelve reserves selected by the WNBA head coahes. Read more from Stanford Athletics: All-Star Again.

The starters have been selected by the fans, as reported by the WNBA: A Look At Your Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015 Starters.

Several of the selected starters are unable to play due to injury. Replacement players will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.

July 20, 2015

Mikaela signs with Australian team for 2015-16

On completion of the summer basketball season in Tasmania, Mikaela will move back to the Australian mainland to play with the Adelaide Lightning for the 2015-16 season.

Story: Adelaide Lightning sign US import Mikaela Ruef to join Leilani Mitchell in a WNBL rebuild

Adelaide is on the southern Australia coast, about 750 miles east of Sydney, where Mikaela played last season. Here's a map.

July 10, 2015

Nicole to be inducted to Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame

Nicole Powell ('04) is a member of the 2015 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame class.

The eight inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at Bing Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. The class also will be introduced at halftime of Stanford's football game against UCLA on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Powell, a versatile guard/forward was a three-time All-American and three-time finalist for the James Naismith National Player of the Year Award.

She finished her career with 2,062 points (seventh all-time), 1,143 rebounds (fifth), 577 assists (fifth), 457 free throws made (fourth), .829 free throw percentage (second), 201 3-point baskets (seventh) and a 17.3 scoring average (fourth).

She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2001, and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004, posting six triple-doubles.

During her four-year career, Powell sparked the Cardinal to a 105-26 record.

After graduating with a degree in urban studies, she played professional in the WNBA for 11 seasons and was the third overall draft pick in 2004 by the Charlotte Sting. She won a WNBA Championship with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005, earning the league's Most Improved Player award, and was named a WNBA All-Star in 2009. Powell led the league in three-point field goals made (66) in 2005 and was first in field goal percentage in 2007 (96.4) and 2009 (97.9).

She also played overseas, leading Fenerbahce to Turkish League titles in 2009 and 2010.

Powell is in her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Oregon.

See also: Stanford Athletics set to induct another Hall of Fame class

June 29, 2015

Amber signs with Italian team

Amber has signed with Italian club Pallacanestro Vigarano for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Vigarano is in northeastern Italy, about 75 miles south of Venice [map]

Amber is expected to arrive in Vigarano early in September, soon after the team has gathered for the season.

Here is the announcement from Vigarano: Amber Orrange è la seconda USA di Vigarano. (La prima USA è Samantha Ostarello, Purdue '13.)

I suggest that you open the announcement with Chrome and request that it be translated to English. As is always the case with Google translations, the result is both informative and amusing. Vigarno expects that Amber will provide, "... quality shooting and rebounding presence, although not in possession of too many centimeters."

June 28, 2015

Chiney rises to the challenge

Chiney has been told by her surgeon that she's not to play basketball at all this season — that's at least three more months than she had anticipated.

Peter Ogwumike, Chiney's father, is not surprised at how she has handled the news. He said, “You need to throw a challenge at them (Chiney and Nneka) and see how they respond and what they do ... They will rise to the occasion.”

Unable to play, Chiney is an ambassador for the Connecticut Sun, an unofficial assistant coach, a sports commmentator, whatever someone asks of her ...

Read more in Marc Allard's story for the Norwich Bulletin: Connecticut Sun's Chiney Ogwumke branches out during time off court

June 25, 2015

Mikaela's sensational season

Mikaela is enjoying a very successful season as the starting forward for two teams in Tasmania.

On weekends, Mikaela plays in the Southeastern Australia Basketball League (SEABL), which is one of five Australian State Leagues.

The SEABL season runs from mid-April to mid-August, with playoffs extending to mid-September.

There are 14 teams in the SEABL. Mikaela plays for the Launceston (aka Heritage Isle) Tornadoes. The Tornadoes are currently ranked fifth in the SEABL with a 9-4 win-loss record.

Mikaela is the leading rebounder in the league, with 13.5 per game, and she averages 15.9 points and 3.6 assists. She has tallied a double-double in every game, except the one where she was sidelined with a possible concussion. (Story: Timely return for Tornadoes).

She was recently named the SEABL Player of the Week, and was also named to the halfway SEABL all-star team.

On Tuesdays, Mikaela and three of her Tornado teammates drive about 75 miles to play in the Northwestern Basketball Union (NWBU). (Story: Trio sticks together for NWBU road trips).

The NWBU season runs from mid-February to mid-July, with playoffs extending to mid-August.

There are eight Senior Coastal Women's teams in the NWBU. Mikaela plays for the Ulverstone Red Hoppers, who lead the league with a 16-3 win-loss record. Mikaela joined the Hoppers in April after her season with Sydney Uni Flames in the Australian National Women's Basketball League (NWBL). (Story: Ruef gives Hoppers extra kick)

Mikaela is the leading rebounder in this league too with 17.5 per game and is the Hoppers' leading scorer with 20.3 points per game. Her performance at the free throw line is equally impressive — she is fouled more than any other Hopper and has made 78% of her free throws!

A recent game report from Ulverstone said, "Mikaela Ruef was sensational again," and with good reason — she scored 32 points and grabbed 28 rebounds. (Story: Ulverstone firm for flag after big win)