October 20, 2016

Nneka's splendid season

Nneka's splendid season ended in the best way possible tonight — with a WNBA Championship.

The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx 77-76. Nneka hit the game winner with a rebound and an impossible put-back at the three-second mark. Watch the last 20 seconds of the game here.

Here's the AP game report: Nneka Ogwumike's clutch shot lifts Sparks to first title in 14 years

So now Nneka has a championship trophy to go along with the MVP trophy she earned for her stellar play during the regular season. She joins an exclusive club of just six players who have won the MVP and championship in the same season.

And she has a cool pair of sneakers:

The Sisters rule

Nneka and Chiney are now part of the WNBA players' union executive council. Nneka is the new president and Chiney is a vice president.

Here's the press release: MVP Nneka Ogwumike elected WNBA players' union president

Here's Mechelle Voepel's opinion:

October 16, 2016

Jayne begins a new job

Jayne has retired from playing basketball, but she's still in the basketball business.

She has begun work as the Associate Director of Player Relations for the Women's Basketball Player Association (WNBPA), the first ever professional women athletes' union.

She was the San Antonio Stars' player rep to the WNBPA for five years, the WNBPA's secretary/treasurer for three. She did an offseason internship two years ago at St. Francis College in Brooklyn in the athletic department and said she is interested in the "business side" of athletics.

October 15, 2016

Nneka tops All-WNBA first team

Nneka topped the 2016 All-WNBA First Team.

She was the only unanimous pick, receiving 39 first-place votes and 195 points from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.

More here: 2016 All-WNBA First and Second Teams Announced

September 29, 2016

Molly Goodenbour succeeds Jennifer Azzi at USF

The University of San Francisco announced yesterday that Molly Goodenbour has been hired as their women's basketball head coach, replacing Jennifer Azzi who resigned the position two weeks ago.

For those who haven't been Cardinal fans forever: Molly and Jennifer were teammates at Stanford in 1989-90, the season of the Cardinal's first national championship. Jennifer was a senior and Molly a freshman. Molly continued on to the Cardinal's second national championship in 1992 — she was the Final Four MVP. Here is a report of that game from the Los Angeles Times: Stanford Stands Tall : Championship: The Cardinal makes coach forget October's misery with 78-62 victory over Western Kentucky.

USF is not a new venue for Molly. Her first coaching job was as an assistant to Mary Hile-Nepfel in 1994-95. After several years of playing professional basketball, she got her first head coaching job in 2002 at Santa Rosa Junior College. She returned to USF as an assistant coach in 2005-06 and has been a head coach since then at CSU Chico, UC Irvine, and CSU Dominguez Hills.

Read more in the USF announcement: Molly Goodenbour Named Head Coach

September 27, 2016

Yes!! Nneka is MVP!!!

Congratulations to Nneka on the least surprising news of the day: Nneka Ogwumike Named 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player Presented By Samsung

Here's another story from the WNBA about what makes Nneka such a special player: Nneka Ogwumike’s Rise to MVP. The story includes several videos of her season highlights with comments by Nneka, Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie.

And here's a great story by Mechelle Voepel: No matter how you look at it, Nneka Ogwumike is the right pick for MVP

Chiney wraps it up:

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.