July 14, 2014

Sparks win first Ogwumike contest

The Sun and the Sparks looked well-matched for the first half, which ended with the Sparks ahead by just 6 points, 44-38.

But the Sparks surged ahead in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Sun 30-10. The game ended with a big 90-64 win for the Sparks.

Both sisters had excellent games. Nneka was the Sparks' leading scorer with 24 points. She also tallied an assist, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. Chiney led the Sun in scoring (18) and rebounding (six, all offensive) and stole the ball twice.

Kayla came off the bench for the Sun for 15 minutes, during which she tallied four points and a rebound.

Candice, who is recovering from knee surgery (meniscus repair), played for 14 minutes for the Sparks, but did not score.

Here are:

July 13, 2014

Ogwumike sisters set to square off

Mechelle Voepel (espnW) writes:
Sunday in Connecticut, Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike will square off as foes for the first time in their WNBA careers. They really don't look forward to it, although they're as upbeat as ever in talking about it.
Click here for the story.

July 9, 2014

Ogwumike family reunion on Sunday

Nneka and Chiney, teammates in high school and college, will play against each other for the first time on Sunday when Nneka's Los Angeles Sparks visit Chiney's Connecticut Sun.

Kayla Pedersen, who plays for the Sun, and Candice Wiggins, who plays for the Sparks, may also be called in from the bendh.

The game is scheduled for Sunday July 13 at 10 am PT. It will be televised by NBATV and streamed to the internet by WNBA LiveAccess.


June 25, 2014

June 23, 2014

New's Wedding

Posted by Harriet Benson

Kristen Newlin ('07) and Emre Vatansever married June 21, 2014 in Stanford's Memorial Church.  Kristen, known to us as New, met Emre in Turkey where she plays and he coaches basketball. Both have become bilingual.

New's bridal party included Christy Titchenal (Titch) as maid of honor, Sebnem Kimyacioglu, Nicole Powell, sister-in-law Ashleigh Newlin, and Turkish basketball player Tugba Palazoglu.  Nicole left early for her Seattle Storm commitment; Tugba not pictured.

Family and friends came from afar.  Among the attendees were Amy, Charmin, Marcella, DeeDee, and several basketball classmates, including Krista Birnie (Rapp), Markisha, Shelley, Morgan, Brooke, Clare, Jillian, and JJ.  Rapp's, Titch's, Seb's, Brooke's, Jill's, and Nicole's families also came to the wedding.

New danced at her wedding

Here are more photos of attendees:

New wore a tradional Turkish garment at a pre-wedding party.

Emre and Kristen return to Turkey this fall where New will play for Istanbul University.

June 20, 2014

Jayne speaks out on LGBT rights

Jayne is definitely on board for "WNBA Pride", the league's marketing initiative to reach out to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Read more... in Mechelle Voepel's espnW article.

June 17, 2014

Jamie Carey is assistant coach at Colorado

Do you remember Jamie Carey's 3-point shooting? She made 44.5% of her 3-point attempts in her freshman season (2000). That still holds as the Stanford career record.

We'll be seeing her back in Maples next season — she is now an assistant basketball coach at the Univerity of Colorado.

Since retiring from professional basketball four years ago, Jamie has been the assistant women’s national team director at USA Basketball and has been coaching high school basketball in Colorado.


    June 14, 2014

    New Cardinal hoopster? ... or fan?

    Meet Annika Noel Birnie

    Daughter of Kriata Rappahahn ('06) and David Birnie

    Arrived May 24

    Class of '35?

    June 12, 2014

    Chiney named Pac-12 Woman of the Year

    Yesterday Chiney was selected as the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year.

    As such, she becomes the Conference’s candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

    The Pac-12 announcement details Chiney's accomplishments that qualify her so richly for this honor.

    Here is more information about the NCAA award.

    June 11, 2014

    Nneka & Chiney's challenge

    Nneka and Chiney are continuing their efforts to empower girls in Nigeria with a campaign that has three major goals:
    • Engage American girls basketball players in community service.
    • Raise awareness among Americans about what is happening right now in Nigeria.
    • Raise money for UNICEF Nigeria's emergency fund that will help to support programs such as girls education and girls empowerment among other critical initiatives protecting and saving the lives of children.

    Michelle Smith ( espnW) tells the story in Ogwumikes take on Nigeria fight.

    Nneka and Chiney explain the campaign and invite participation in Nneka & Chiney's Challenge.