March 27, 2015

Ros is rookie of the year

No, this isn't a flashback to 2007. It's a story by Ann Killion (San Francisco Chronicle) about Ros' great success in her first season as sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors: Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude is rookie of the year

March 25, 2015

Markisha named Coach of the Year

Markisha Coleman (Stanford '07), head coach of girls' varsity basketball at Menlo-Atherton High School, was named the Daily News girls basketball co-coach of the year along with Donovan Blythe of Eastside Prep.

In her first year at Menlo-Atherton, Kish guided the Bears to the Peninsula Athletic League South Division title. The Bears went on to win the PAL Tournament title for the first time since 2008.

Here's a nice story about her championship team: Girls Basketball Wraps Up Phenomenal Season

March 19, 2015

New is MVP of the Week for Turkish TKBL

Kristen Newlin ('07), known in Turkey as Nevin Nevlin, is playing professional basketball for Istanbul University this season after seven seasons with Fenerbahce. New is the starting center for Istanbul Uni and has helped the team rise to fourth place in the Turkish TKBL league. Euroleague.com awarded her the TKBL MVP of the week:
Naturalized American Center Nevin Nevlin (193-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Istanbul Univ. and that's her to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 29-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and twelve rebounds, while her team edged out Hatay (#12, 6-16) 67-65. Istanbul Univ. is placed at 4th position in Turkish TKBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Istanbul Univ. will need more victories to improve their 14-7 record. In the team's last game Nevlin had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Stanford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nevlin is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.3rpg).

March 12, 2015

Dynamo Kursk and Nneka advance to Final Four

Dynamo Kursk won its third and decisive quarter-final playoff game against Bourges Basket, so has advanced to the EuroLeague Women Final Four.

Nneka was, "once again outstanding in all facets of the game." She top-scored with 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished up six assists.

Read more in the game report. You can see the complete live game, which is archived on YouTube.

Dynamo Kursk will play against UMMC Ekaterinburg in the semi-final on April 10. The top performers for UMMC are Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker. Click here for a head-to-head comparison of the two teams.

Dynamo Kursk and UMMC Ekaterinburg also compete in Russian league PBL. With two regular season games left to play, UMMC currently leads the league with a 16-0 win-loss record; Dynamo K is fourth with a 12-3 record. Dynamo K has lost to UMMC twice in league play.

In other EuroLeague Women quarter-final play, Seb's team Galatasaray lost to Fenerbahce.

March 10, 2015

Azzi and Dons not quite dancing

Jennifer Azzi (Stanford '00), in her fifth season as head coach at the University of San Francisco took the Dons to the WCC championship game for the first time since 1997, but fell one game short of taking them to the NCAA tournament.

The #6-seeded Dons upset #2 San Diego in the semifinal round, then fell to #5 BYU in the championship game today (game report).

March 9, 2015

March 4, 2015

Sister, Sister

Nneka and Chiney reflect on their journey to the WNBA, and document their plans for the future in Sister, Sister

The story is a familiar one to Cardinal fans, but this is the sisters' first-person account directly to The Players' Tribune, a new media platform that will present the voices of professional athletes.

March 2, 2015

Seb and Nneka in EuroLeague Women playoffs

The FIBA EuroLeague Women playoffs begin tomorrow, and two Stanford alumnae will be playing: Sebnem Kimyacioglu (2005) and Nneka Ogwumike (2012).

Seb plays for Turkish team Galatasaray. She has played for them since graduating from Stanford, but not continuously — she took four years off from professional basketball to study for her law degree.

This is Galatasaray's 15th season of competing in EuroLeague Women. They are the reigning champion.

Seb became a legend for Galatasaray last year when she stepped off the bench to hit two big triples that handed her team a first EuroLeague Women title over arch rival Fenerbahce.

Galatasaray and Fenerbache meet again this season in the EuroLeague Women quarter-finals. Read what Seb had to say about the upcoming competition: Kimyacioglu fired up for Fenerbahce

Nneka has played professional basketball overseas for three seasons. She is in Russia this season, playing for Dynamo Kursk, which is competing in EuroLeague Women for the first time.

Dynamo Kursk will play French team Tango Bourges in the EuroLeague Women quarter-finals.

In his preview of the quarter-finals, women's basketball journalist Paul Nilsen says of Nneka:

Arguably the frontrunner for season MVP as things currently stand, Ogwumike is proving to be a fire that can't be extinguished. She is leading the competition in field goal shooting with a wonderful 57.8% and is over 60% inside the paint. When you throw in her 11.5 boards per game for a season double-double, the scale of the task in terms of shackling her effectively becomes even clearer.

The quarter-finals are best two-of-three series. The first round is on Tuesday March 3, the second on Friday March 6, the third (if necessary) on Wednesday March 11.

All the playoff games will be shown live and archived on You Tube. See the TV Schedule on the EuroLeague Women home page for links to ongoing live games. Subtract 11 from Central European Time (CET) to get Pacific Time — e.g. 19:00 CET is 8:00(am) PT.

Click here for a playlist of live and archived games.

February 19, 2015

Nneka is EuroLeague Women top performer for 5th time

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had double reason to celebrate on Wednesday night, as she led Dynamo Kursk to top spot in EuroLeague Women Group A while claiming Top Performer honours in the process. Dynamo Kursk's Nnemkadi Ogwumike has taken EuroLeague Women Top Performer honours for the fifth time this season. Read more...

In their final game of group play, Dynamo Kursk (which is playing in EuroLeague Women for the first time) defeated Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg 74-73 and took over the top spot in their group. Nneka had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Click here for the game report. The playoffs begin on March 3.

Among the almost 200 players in EuroLeague Women, Nneka ranks #1 in scoring (20.5 ppg), field goal percentage (57.8%), rebounding (11.5 rpg) and double-doubles (10).