November 16, 2017

Catching up with Ros

About a month ago Chuck Barney (Mercury News) wrote about the beginning of Ros' preparation for her new gig with TNT: 400 texts, apartment hunting and that next big step

Tonight Ros will be working the sideline for Turner Sports when the Warriors take on the Boston Celtics on TNT, and Logan Murdock wraps up the story: Her first TNT Warriors broadcast will be a biggie

November 14, 2017

Amy [Wustefeld] Brooks moves to upper ranks of NBA marketing

The NBA has named Amy [Wustefeld] Brooks ('96)the league’s first chief innovation officer. She has also been promoted to president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations division: Brooks first chief innovation officer at NBA.

November 9, 2017

Nicole Powell era starts at GCU

Grand Canyon University in Phoenix announces its first women's bssketball season as an NCAA Division I program with a shout-out to its new head coach: Nicole Powell era starts

If you're traveling to Arizona in January with the Cardinal, you can see Nicole and her Antelopes play Seattle University on Saturday, January 6 (details here).

October 25, 2017

Alumnae abroad 2017-18

Eleven Stanford alumnae hoopsters are playing professional basketball in Europe and Australia for the 2017-18 winter season, which started about a month ago. Four of them are playing in FIBA international competitions, as well as in their national league.

FIBA EuroLeague Women is the highest professional basketball league in Europe for women's clubs. Two groups of eight teams compete round-robin at home and away during the group phase. The four best-placed teams in each group advance to the playoffs, which begin in mid-March.

FIBA EuroCup Women is the second-tier women's club competition in Europe. Ten groups of four teams, divided into two conferences, compete round-robin at home and away during the group phase. The two best-placed teams in each group plus the two best third-placed teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. Those twenty-four teams will be ranked 1st to 24th. The top 12 automatically advance to the Round of 16; the lower 12 will compete home and away to qualify for the remaining four places in the Round of 16.

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Karlie Samuelson ('17) is playing her rookie professional season in Italy [map] with Meccanica Nova Vigarano

This is Vigarano's fourth season in the Italian SerieA1 league. They look to continue their climb out of the bottom third of league. They placed 10th in 2015-16 and improved to a three-way tie for 8th last season. (Amber Orrange played for Vigarano in those two seasons). They currently stand in a four-way tie for fourth in the league with a 2-2 win-loss record.

Karlie is Vigarano's starting shooting forward, described by the coach as "a shooting specialist, but also a complete player". She has been called on to replace Amber's offense and responsibilities, and is meeting those expectations.

Karlie leads the league in scoring with 18.5 ppg. She is 12-26 on three-point shots, 14-22 on two-pointers, and 10-12 at the free throw line. She is Vigarano's second-best rebounder with 5.8 rpg and also dishes 2.3 assists per game.

Erica McCall ('17) is playing her first season abroad in Hungary [map] with Atomeromu KSC Szekszard

Atomeromu means nuclear power plant. Hungary's only one is located in Pacs, 20 miles north of Szekszard.

Atomeromu, the team, finished in 1st place last year with a 17-3 record in the Hungarian A Division league and is ranked #17 in the top 100 European teams.

In addition to playing in the Hungarian league, Atomeromu is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women They're in a different group than PEAC (Bri's team) and Keltern (Amber's team). This is the first time that Atomeromu has participated in an international competition.

Atomeromu ranks third in the Hungarian A league with a 3-0 win-loss record and is 2-1 in the EuroCup group phase.

Erica is Atomeromu's starting shooting forward. She averages 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in Hungarian league play and 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.0 blocks per game in EuroCup.

Briana Roberson ('17) is playing her rookie professional season in Hungary [map] with PEAC Pécs ,

PEAC Pécs finished in 4th place last season with a 14-6 record in the Hungarian A Division league.

In addition to playing in the Hungarian league, PEAC is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women. They're in the same group as Keltern (Amber's team). This is PEAC's fifth consecutive appearance in EuroCup Women. They placed second or third in each of their previous appearances.

PEAC ranks eighth in the Hungarian A league with a 1-3 win-loss record and is 0-3 in the EuroCup group phase.

Bri is PEAC's starting point guard. She averages 12.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game in Hungarian league play and 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in EuroCup.

Amber Orrange ('15), after playing in Italy for two seasons, is playing in Germany [map] with Gruner Stern Keltern (aka Rutronik Stars Keltern).

Keltern joined Germany's premier league (DBBL) in 2015-16 after eight years in the secondary league (2.Bundseliga). They placed fourth in their inaugural season and second last season.

In addition to playing in the German league, Keltern is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women. They're in the same group as PEAC (Bri's team). This is Keltern's second appearance in EuroCup Women. They finished in second place last season.

Keltern ranks third in the German DBBL league with a 5-1 win-loss record and is 1-2 in the EuroCup group phase.

Amber is Keltern's starting point guard. She averages 13.0 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game in German league play and 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup.

Mikaela Ruef ('13), after three years in Australia, is in southern France [map] playing with Toulouse Metropole.

Toulouse is a member of France's secondary women's basketball league (LF2). They are in a six-way tie for third place with a 3-2 win-loss record.

Mikaela is Toulouse's starting center. She's leading her team in points (15.2), rebounds(10.8) and steals (2.6). She received the LF2 Player of the Week award last week for her 23-point, 15-rebound game.

Sarah Boothe ('12), after a great summer in Australia, has returned to Europe for the winter season. She's playing in Bulgaria [map] with Montana 2003.

Montana 2003 is a member of the Bulgarian NBL league, which consists of two groups — East and West. They rank first in NBL West with a 2-0 win-loss record.

Sarah is Montana's reserve center. She averages 12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

Nneka Ogwumike ('12) is in Russia [map] for her fourth season with Dynamo Kursk.

Dynamo Kursk is in the top tier of the Russian PBL league. They were the regular season co-champion (with UMMC) last season.

In addition to playing in the Russian league, Dynamo Kursk is one of 16 club teams playing in FIBA EuroLeague Women for the fourth consective season. They won the championship last season.

Kursk is on its way to another championship season with a 3-0 record in the Russian league and a 3-0 record in EuroLeague Women.

Nneka's return to Kursk was delayed as she finished up the WNBA season and she's played in just one PBL game and one EuroLeague game.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), after playing in Italy for three seasons, has returned to Australia [map] for her second season with the Dandenong Rangers .

The Rangers are among the strongest teams in the Australian WNBL league. They have never won the league championship, but were the runner-up in 2013-14 when Kayla last played with them. They currently stand fourth in the league with a 2-2 win-loss record.

Kayla is the Rangers' starting power forward. She is the second-best rebounder in the league (11.3 rpg) and the second-best scorer on her team (14.5 ppg). She also averages 2.5 assists per game.

Kayla is "real keen" to be back with the Rangers

Jillian Harmon ('09) is in southern Italy [map] for her ninth season of professional basketball, playing with Dike Napoli.

This is Napoli's fourth season in the Italian Serie A1 league. They are currently tied for eighth place in the league with a 1-3 win-loss record.

Jillian starts as Napoli's shooting forward and is still an excellent all-around player. She is Napoli's best rebounder with 9.3 rpg (ranks fifth in the league), second-best ball distributor with 4.5 apg (ranks fourth in the league), and third best scorer with 13.3 ppg.

Incidentally, one of Jillian's teammates is Jacki Gemelos (USC '10), still playing (as Napoli's starting point guard) after five torn ACLs.

Alissa (Cissy) Pierce ('08) is in Germany [map] , playing with the Goettingen Veilchen Ladies.

This is Cissy's eighth season of playing professional basketball in Germany, her second with Goettingen. Goettingen had been a member of the secondary German Women's Basketball League (Germany-2.Bundesliga) for several seasons and won the league championship last season. They joined Germany's premier league (DBBL) this season. They are currently in a four-way tie for last place in the league with a 1-5 win-loss record.

Cissy is Goettingen's starting shooting guard. She averages 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Kristen Newlin/Nevlin ('07) is in southeastern Turkey [map], playing with Bottasspor Adana where she began her professional basketball career ten years ago.

Adana is a member of the Turkish KBSL league. They are currently in a three-way tie for seventh place (of 14) in the league.

New is Botas' starting center. She averages 6.3 points, 8. 3 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game.

Not Playing

These four Stanford alumnae have played abroad recently, but aren't playing this season:

Alex Green ('15) had a fabulous summer season in Australia, but has not signed with a team for 2017-18. I don't know whether or not Alex plans to continue playing professional basketball.

Chiney Ogwumike ('14) is pursuing her career in sports broadcasting this season.

Joslyn Tinkle ('13) has apparently finished with basketball as a career. She has been working as an account specialist with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits in the Portland area for more than a year.

Jeanette Pohlen Mavunga ('11) is watching pro ball again this season instead of playing. She's in Japan with her husband, Julian, who is playing with the Kyoto Hannaryz.

October 1, 2017

Championship in sight

Nneka helped bring the Los Angeles Sparks to one game away from their second national championship with her 16-point, 10-rebound, 2-steal perforance against the Minnesota Lynx in the third game of the series.

September 22, 2017

Kate Starbird pursues her battle against fake news

Jonathan Rabinovitz (Stanford Magazine reports on Kate Starbird ('97) and her research on social media in the wake of disasters that uncovers a web of disinformation: Where Does Fake News Come From?

Starbird's work has been featured this year by several major media providers.

From the Seattle Times: UW professor: The information war is real, and we're losing it

From the Washington Post: The web of conspiracy theorists that was ready for Donald Trump

From BBC News: How a University of Washington researcher discovered an "information war"

An interview on NPR:

September 4, 2017

Sarah and Alex vie for Australian championships

When they walked down the red carpet at the Final Four in Denver in 2012, Alex Green (’17)was rehabbing from the torn Achille’s tendon that had restricted her to just two games in her freshman season, and Sarah Boothe (’12) was wearing a boot as she often did to relieve the foot problems that plagued her for four years at Stanford.

I'll bet they never expected that they would each be vying for a league championship five years later in Australia.

Sarah took a year off from basketball after graduating from Stanford, during which she worked with a trainer to overcome her foot problems. She achieved her hope to play professional basketball and has played in Poland and then in Russia for the past four seasons.

Sarah moved way south this summer to play with the Bulleen Boomers in the BigV (Victoria) League, which is one of seven Australian State Basketball regional leagues.

In Australian slang, boomer means something successful or something large, and Sarah proved to be a huge inside force for the Boomers.

Sarah led the BigV league in rebounds with 14.4 per game and shooting percentage (51.8). She led her team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.

The Boomers made it to the Grand Final best-of-three series against the Sunbury Jets. The Boomers lost the first game by a narrow margin last weekend. In the second game yesterday, Sarah sank a jumper that tied the score at 54-54 with just over a minute left to play. In the final minute, the Boomers missed two shots while the Jets missed one, but made a free throw that gave them the championship ...

... and the Boomers had to settle for the silver.

Alex spent much of her collegiate basketball career on the bench recovering from injuries — the torn Achille’s tendon and a subsequent torn ACL. In her five seasons at Stanford, Alex was able to play in only 77 games for an average of 4.6 minutes per game.

But that wasn’t the end of basketball for Alex. She spent last summer, a year after graduating from Stanford, playing in a professional development league for women basketball players. And this summer she began her professional basketball career with the Southern Tigers in the Premier League, which is another of the Australian State Basketball regional leagues.

Alex was the Tigers’ starting point guard — their leader in position and in performance.

She played the most on her team (30.1 mpg), led the team in assists (4.3 (second-best in the league)) and steals (2.5) and was their second-best scorer (14.2 ppg).

The Tigers won their league preliminary final by two points in double overtime. Alex had a remarkable game: 46 minutes, 34 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

The grand final last Saturday night was a close game throughout. The Tigers were up by just one, 62-61, with 10 seconds left to play. Alex was fouled, made the first free throw, missed the second one, but grabbed the rebound, was fouled again, and made both free throws. So the Tigers won 65-61 to complete a remarkable return from the depths of South Australian basketball as they ended a 21-year championship drought.

Here's a recap of the grand final that speaks highly of Alex's contribution: Tigers claim historic championship as North lose again

September 2, 2017

Ros is headed for the big time

After spending three seasons as the Warriors sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area and excelling at the job, Ros has accepted a position with Turner Sports, where she will cover the NBA full time.

The Mercury News reports: Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude moving to Turner Sports