June 16, 2017

Chiney and her new job — a perfect match

Chiney has joined ESPN as the co-host of SportsCenter across sub-Saharan Africa.

She will co-host the African edition of SportsCenter with Phil Murphy on SportsCenter in Africa, which brings sports fans across 19 sub-Saharan nations a nightly look at the latest in International and American sports news, highlights and updates in the program’s signature fast-paced format.

Here is the WNBA announcement: Chiney Ogwumike To Host Africa's SportsCenter

Here is a behind-the-scenes video from her first day on the job:

June 15, 2017

Mikaela returns to Tasmania for the summer season

Mikaela Ruef ('15) has played basketball with the Launceston Tornadoes for the past two summer seasons.

She left the Tornadoes this summer to try out for the WNBA. When she was waived by the LA Sparks, the Tornadoes had already replaced her and had no room to re-sign her.

But the Hobart Chargers did have room and have signed Mikaela for the remainder of the season (a bit less than half).

The signing is quite a coup for the Chargers, who have struggled with the lack of a strong inside presence. A report in the Tasmanian Mercury began, "The Hobart women Chargers have secured the one missing ingredient which has instantly rocketed them into a SEABL title contender."

The Tornadoes and the Chargers are both located in Tasmania (see map) and are members of the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL), which is one of seven Australian state leagues.

June 13, 2017

Jillian and the Tall Ferns

Here's a nice story from the New Zealand Herald about Jillian and the Tall Ferns: Jillian Harmon hungry for World Cup opportunity

And another that explains why the Tall Ferns have a good chance of getting to participate in the FiBA 2018 Women's World Cup: Asian tournament offers Tall Ferns easier route to World Cup

June 12, 2017

Kayla returns to the Sun

Kayla Pedersen ('11) has signed a contract with the Connecticut Sun.

She had been waived for the season because she broke her thumb in the Italian League championship game. But that was almost five weeks ago, and she's apparently ready to play again.

Kayla replaces Jordan Hooper on the Sun roster. The Sun traded Hooper to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft.

Kayla previously signed a contract with the Dandenong Rangers (Australia) for the 2017-18 season, but there probably won't be any overlap in the two commitments. Dandenong is scheduled to begin its season early in October, and the WNBA regular season ends on September 3. The Chiney-less Sun isn't expected to progress far in the playoffs.

June 11, 2017

Ros' Journey

Ros shares her journey from Queens to Stanford and on to the Golden State Warriors' sidelines in this video from The Relish: Why Ros Gold-Onwude Is the Warriors Real MVP

June 7, 2017

Karlie and Bri will play on in Europe

Karlie and Bri have signed contracts for the 2017-18 season in Europe.

Karlie will be playing in Vigarano, Italy [map], for the team on which Amber has played for the past two seasons.

Vigarano Basketball is pleased to announce, "... a new entry in the roster 2017/2018, the first foreigner, coming knit Mechanics Novan Karlie Samuelson , shooting specialist, but also complete player who will complement the external quintet available to coach Andreoli."

Bri will be playing in Pécs, Hungary [map].

Head coach Gabriel Carrasco says, "Briana is a very intelligent player, both offensively and defensively will be very great help in the second and each post."

May 31, 2017

Q&A with Ros

Chuck Barney (Bay Area News Group) chats with Ros about the NBA Finals, her love for hoops and being beautiful and powerful’: Q&A with Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

May 26, 2017

Jillian is helping the Tall Ferns go for the gold

The Tall Ferns (the New Zealand Women's Basketball National Team) have named Jillian to the 12-member squad that will compete in the FIBA Women's Basketball Asia Cup in July, aiming to qualify for the FIBA 2018 Women's Basketball World Cup.

The Tall Ferns have a much better chance than ever to advance to the World Cup, because FIBA has re-organized the continental competitions this year.

In the past, Australia and New Zealand (and many other small Pacific national teams) competed in the Oceania Championship, which was virtually a "gimme" for powerhouse Australia, which has won 15 of the 16 Oceania Championships since 1974.

This year New Zealand and Australia will compete alongside six Asian teams. The top four at the tournament will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

New Zealand and Australia will not meet until the semi-final (or final) round of Asia Cup, because they are assigned to different groups.

New Zealand, which is ranked #38 in the world, is grouped with China (#10), Chinese Taipei, (#34) and North Korea (#64).

This is Jillian's fourth summer of international competition with the Tall Ferns. She first joined them in the 2008 Olympics, between her junior and senior years at Stanford. She re-joined the team in 2012 and again in 2016 for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Read more: Experienced Tall Ferns to lead the way in Asia