October 16, 2014

Katy Steding, new head coach at Boston University

Katy Steding ('90) has loved basketball since age 6.

She was Tara's first Stanford recruit, has played or coached basketball ever since, and begins her first stint as an NCAA Division I head coach at Boston University this season.

Jacklyn Bamberger (Boston University Daily Free Press) reviews Katy's basketball progress from elementary school to Boston University in: Steding ready to make her mark on BU women’s basketball.

October 5, 2014

Team USA wins the gold

Team USA defeated Spain 77-64 to captured their ninth world championship:

This is Nneka's fourth gold medal with USA Basketball. Previously she won the gold in the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, the 2009 USA U19 World Championship and the 2011 World University Games.

October 4, 2014

Team USA Going for the Gold

Team USA defeated France 94-72 in the quarterfinals yesterday, defeated Australia 82-70 in the semifinals today, and will compete with Spain in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Read all about the games here:

The gold medal game will be played at 11:15am PT on Sunday. It will be telecast on NBA TV and streamed live on ESPN3.

Click here to see how the USA and Spain match up statistically and other information about the gold medal contenders.

October 2, 2014

About Nneka and Team USA

Here's a really nice story about Nneka by Elliott Almond (Mercury News): Nneka Ogwumike showing she belongs on Team USA

And another from USA Basketball about the medal round, which begins tomorrow: USA Enters Medal Round At 2014 FIBA World Championship

October 1, 2014

Team USA advances to quarterfinals

The 2014 USA Basketball Women's National team completed its sweep of the FIBA World Championship group round yesterday with a huge win over Angola 119-44.

Team USA rookies (Nneka, Odyssey Sims and Breanna Stewart) came off the bench for lots of playing time, and Nneka took full advantage of the opportunity. She led all scorers with 18 points on seven of eight field goals and grabbed the most rebounds (10).

For more about the game, see:

By virtue of its performance in group play, Team USA gets two days of rest before playing France in its quarterfinal game on Friday.

All the quarterfinal, semifinal and final games will be broadcast (live-streamed) on ESPN3. Click here for the schedule.

September 28, 2014

Team USA off to a good start

The USA Women's National Basketball team began its quest for the FIBA World Championship yesterday with an 87-56 win over China.

Nneka did not play a big role in the game. She scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes of play.

Read more about the game here:

Team USA continues group play with games against Serbia today and Angola on Tuesday, both at 11:30 am PT.

After the group round, the top team in each of the four groups advances to the quarterfinals. The second and third place teams complete for a spot in the quarterfinals on Wednesday 1 October.

The quarterfinals will be played on Friday 3 October, the semifinals on Saturday 4 October and the finals on Sunday 5 October.

Although the FIBA website says, "Watch all of the action on LiveBasketball.TV!", don't bother buying a subscription. Some games can't be viewed in some countries, and all of the games in which Team USA has, will, or may play are blocked from being shown in the USA.

The best you can do to keep track of things is follow the live stats provided by FIBA. There are links to stats for each game at the top of the FIBA World Championship website home page.

The FIBA Calendar gives the option of showing game times in your local time — very handy for the time-zone-conversion challenged.

September 23, 2014

2014 USA Basketball World Championship Team Roster Finalized

Nneka's hard work has paid off. She is a member of the 2014 USA World Championship Team, which was finalized today.

This is the USA Basketball announcement.

This is Nneka's USA Basketball bio.

Nneka worked really hard this morning to help Team USA defeat the Czech Republic 76-41 in their final exhibition game before the world championship. She scored 12 points and grabbed the team-high 10 rebounds.

This is the game recap.

September 22, 2014

13 finalists remain for Team USA

... and Nneka is one of them!

The 13 include the 11 who played against France yesterday, Jantel Lavender and Brittney Griner, who is expected to join the others in Istanbul on Wednesday. One more player will be cut from the roster before the FIBA World Championship begins.

Read all about the final selection in the USA Basketball announcement.

September 21, 2014

Team USA loses to France

Here's the AP game summary:
Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women's national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday.

It's the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour.

The Americans, who beat the French in the gold medal game at the Olympics in 2012, had a 12-point halftime lead and were up 60-52 with 6:39 left in the game before the hosts rallied. France led 71-67 with 27 seconds left after Celine Dumerc hit a jumper. Maya Moore made a 3-pointer 7 seconds later to make it a one-point game.

After the teams exchanged free throws, Dumerc made the first of two from the foul line before corralling her own miss with nine seconds left to seal the win.

Nneka started for the first time and played a good game — six points on three of four field goals, five rebounds, an assist and a block.

Team USA fielded only eleven players today — Skylar Diggins, Stefanie Dolson, Jantel Lavendar and Kayla McBride did not play. I have no idea if this is indicative of the final selection. There is no news yet of Brittney Griner.

For more about today's game, see the USA BB game recap and the FIBA live statistics.

Team USA will now head to Prague for a final exhibition game against Czech Republic on Sept. 23 at 10:00 am PT, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.

The FIBA World Championship games will begin on Saturday Sept. 27 with three rounds of intra-group competition. The USA is grouped with China, Serbia and Angola.

September 20, 2014

Another win for Team USA

The 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team took a double-digit lead over China six minutes into the first quarter and pulled away to a 51-24 halftime advantage before easing up in the second half for a 99-75 victory.

Nneka had her third straight strong exhibition game for Team USA. She scored the team-high sixteen points on seven of eight field goals and again had the highest efficiency ranking of the day.

Here is the game recap from USA Basketball and live stats from FIBA that include the box score and play-by-play.

Team USA will play its third exhibition game in Paris against the host team, France, tomorrow (Sunday, September 21) at 8am PT. USA Basketball will tweet game updates and the link to live online stats.

The USA and China will meet again in group play at the FIBA world championship in Turkey next Saturday.