September 15, 2016

Azzi resigns from coaching

Jennifer Azzi has resigned her position as head women's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.

She announced that she is stepping away from the coaching profession effective immediately to pursue new career opportunities. She also announced that she and her wife, Blair Hardiek, are expecting the birth of their first child later this year.

Read more in the USF announcement: Azzi Steps Down as Women's Basketball Coach and in this report by Ann Killion (SF Chronicls): Jennifer Azzi steps down as USF women’s basketball coach

September 9, 2016

What's next for Jayne?

She's not sure yet, but after 15 or so years of basketball she's looking forward to controlling her own schedule.

Michelle Smith reports: Rest, retirement await San Antonio's Jayne Appel-Marinelli

September 6, 2016

Go Nneka!!

Today Nneka was named WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks, the fifth time this season and the ninth time in her five-year career!

Click here for more about her outstanding performances.

There's a rare opportunity to see Nneka in action tonight. The Sparks vs Lynx game will be nationally telecast by ESPN2 at 7:00 PT.

September 1, 2016

Wanting some version of normal

Jayne continues her mental health advocacy with this story about her family member for all those who just want some version of:

August 26, 2016

Nneka set to break WNBA record for FG%

The WNBA has resumed play after the Olympics break and Nneka is just 10 games away from shattering the WNBA record for single-season field goal percentage.

Although the Sparks were upset tonight by Seattle, 79-72, Nneka made 11 of 15 from the field (73%) and 4 of 4 from the line.

Matt Ellentuck (SB Nation) explains how she does it in this story Nneka Ogwumike is historically efficient. That’s why the LA Sparks could win the WNBA title, which includes several video clips of Nneka in action.

August 2, 2016

Ros on the road to Rio Olympics

Only five Stanford women's basketball players have (or will soon) play in the Olympics.

Only one Stanford women's basketball coach has coached an Olympic team.

And now, for the first time, a Stanford women's basketball player will be the sideline reporter for Olympics men's basketball — Ros Gold-Onwude ('10).

Ros was originally slated by NBC to work the women's sidelines, but they announced yesterday that she has been re-assigned to the men's games: NBC announces Ros Gold-Onwude to replace Craig Sager on men’s basketball sidelines

July 31, 2016

Jeanette and Julian wed

Jeanette Pohlen and Julian Mavunga were married yesterday

In attendance were Kayla, Sara, Chiney, Joslyn, Grace, Aaron, Jayne, Lindy, Kerry, Nneka, Ashley, Kate and Hannah.

Everyone had a good time!

July 29, 2016

Nneka, the WNBA's stat-busting new star

Neil Paine (FiveThirtyEight) has written a rave review of Nneka, who is "currently putting on one of the greatest single-season performances in WNBA history," and having "a magical all-around statistical season."

The Rise — And Rise! — Of Nneka Ogwumike

Note: The play button on the podcast icon did not work for me — this is the link. The discussion of Nneka, begins at about 30:45 in the 45-minute podcast.

July 21, 2016

Kish is passionate about basketball

Eric He (Palo Alto Online) tells the story of Kish's (Markisha Coleman '07) love for basketball, all the way from the third grade to Kezar Pavilion:

For ex-Stanford player Markisha Coleman, basketball is still central