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Oct 31: Updated Candice's info.
Nine Cardinal alumnae are playing pro ball in the 2013-14 season in three continents — Australia, Asia and Europe.
map] playing for the Dandenong Rangers.
The Australian WNBL league began play early in October, and the Rangers have made a very strong start with five wins.
Kayla is in the starting five. She has averaged 13.6 ppg and leads the team in rebounds (7.0 rpg) and blocks (0.6 bpg).
In Asia, the national teams are competing this week in the FIBA Asia Championship for a place in the FIBA 2014 World Championship games.
The club team schedules for the 2013-14 season haven't been posted yet, but I expect that play will begin early in November.
This is Jayne's second season with Henan, and she just departed for China yesterday.
Nneka departed for China a week ago and tweeted that she got a wonderful welcome and was, "getting settled in quite nice for an exciting season!"
If you look at the Guangdong website for information about Nneka, you need to know that Google and Chrome translate her name to "Enka Di · Oahu Mick".
EuropeThere are two international professional basketball leagues in Europe for women’s clubs — EuroLeague Women (the premier league) and EuroCup Women (the second-caliber league). Round 1 play for both leagues begins next week.
Most of the national club team leagues have already begun play.
[map] playing for Hat-Agro Uni Gyor. She's the first Stanford alumna to ever play in Hungary.
Uni Gyor is the team whose bus crashed en route to a preseason game on September 7. The team's manager and the head coach died. One player had her leg amputated, and two others have not returned to the team.
Uni Gyor just signed Courtney Vandersloot too and now have nine healthy players on the roster. Read more in Uni Gyor go with Vandersloot and Tinkle.
Uni Gyor is scheduled to play in EuroLeague Women for the third straight season as well as in the Hungarian A Division. Its first EuroLeague game is on November 7th and its first Hungarian League game on December 1.
Sarah Boothe ('12) worked with a trainer this summer to overcome the foot problems that plagued her at Stanford and has achieved her hope to play pro ball. She's in Poland [map] playing for Widzew Lodz.
Widzew has started the season poorly with six losses. Sarah has played in the last three games and averaged 3.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
map] playing for Lavezzini Parma for the second season.
Parma has begun its season with two wins and a loss.
Jillian is in the starting five. She's the leading scorer (19.0 ppg) and second-best rebounder (9.3 rpg).
Fenerbahce is one of the two teams that dominate the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). They've been the league champion seven times and the runner-up once in the past eight seasons. They're playing in Euroleague Women, for the eighth straight season. They reached the semi-finals in 2012 and the finals in 2013. Basketball journalist Paul Nilsen predicts, "Fabulous roster and coach means possible repeat Final with UMMC."
In a pre-season competition, Fenerbache defeated Galatasary to win the TKBL President's cup. They began the season with a loss, then won the next two games. Kristen played only in the second game of the season.
Galatasaray is the other team that dominates the Turkish Women's Basketball League (TKBL). They suffered a major setback late last season with the loss of Lindsey Whalen, their top scorer. They finished second in the TKBL, lost the TKBL championship to Fenerbahce and finished eighth in EuroLeague Women.
After losing to Fenerbahce in the President's Cup, Galatsaray won its first three regular seaon games.
Seb has made six of eleven three-point attempts and averaged 7.0 ppg.
Tarsus has been in the middle or bottom tier of the Turkish league for the past few seasons. They played in EuroLeague Women last season and didn't make it past the first round. They're playing in EuroCup Women this season for the first time. They've lost their first three Turkish League games.
Cori is in the starting five. She's averaged six rebounds and five points per game.
Not playingThese five Cardinal alumnae who played abroad recently aren't this season:
Jeanette Pohlen ('11) tore her ACL just over a year ago and played in only 13 games with the Indiana Fever last summer. So she's probably focussing on strength and conditioning and enjoying her adorable new puppy.
Michelle Harrison ('10) never fully recovered from the knee injury she suffered in her sophomore year at Stanford. She tried playing pro ball last season, but has now retired and is trying to save her knee.
Candice Wiggins ('08)
didn't play overseas last season because, "It's cool to relax and enjoy life. I'm 25 years old." She apparently made the same decision this season. is conducting basketball camps and serving as an ambassador for AIDS support and women's basketball. She's way too busy to play pro ball this season. CWiggins' World.
Cissy Pierce ('08) is still in Germany, but no longer playing pro ball – at least, not this season.
Nicole Powell ('04) had contracted to play in South Korea, but has taken a different path and is now an assistant coach at Gonzaga.
October 6, 2013
Olympia Scott is one of the eight Stanford athletes who were inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. She is the ninth women's basketball player to be so honored.
Olympia Scott ’98, women’s basketball: Scott, one of the key figures during Stanford’s three Final Four runs in the mid-90s, finished her Cardinal career ranked among the top 10 of numerous statistical categories. Upon graduation Scott ranked second in field-goal percentage (53.4), fifth in rebounds (753) and seventh in points scored (1,524). Those numbers remain high on the Cardinal all-time lists today, with her field-goal percentage seventh, rebounding total 11th and scoring total 13th. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Scott was named to the 1997 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team en route to being named All-America honorable mention from the Associated Press.
Scott went on to participate in the 1997 World University Games, winning a gold medal with Team USA in Sicily, and in 1998 was selected to represent Stanford at the inaugural WBCA All-Star Game.
September 26, 2013
Jayne and Nneka are among the 33 athletes who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 USA Women’s National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 at the Cox Pavilion practice gym at the UNLV campus in Las Vegas.
The camp will be used to identify players for the USA National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected.
Here's the whole story and the roster.
Jayne and Nneka have each been a member of three USA Basketball championship teams.
Jayne won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 2007 Pan-Am games, and the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She is a member of the current USA Women's National Team -- this is her bio.
Nneka won gold at the 2011 FISU Women's World University Games, the 2009 FIBA U19 Championship and the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. This is her USA Basketball bio.
September 23, 2013
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August 25, 2013
The Seattle Storm contacted her on Thursday. She flew to Seattle for a physical, and worked out with the Storm’s strength and conditioning coach – Susan King Borchardt – on Saturday.
On Saturday evening, she signed a seven-day contract with the Storm and then flew to San Antonio to join the team for its next two games against the Silver Stars.
The Storm have just eight more games left in the season and are looking to secure a playoff spot this week. They're in fourth place in the Western Conference, just 1/2 a game behind Phoenix and well ahead of San Antonio and Tulsa.
The Storm have played without stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird all season. During their game on Friday vs Phoenix, guard Tameka Johnson was hit in the face and sat out the fourth quarter. It has been reported that she did not suffer a concussion and was held out as a precaution.
With her seven-day contract, Jos will have a chance to see action today and Tuesday in San Antonio, on Thursday in Seattle vs Connecticut, and on Saturday in Minnesota. None of those games will be on national TV, but you can see them on WNBA Live Access.
You can find more information about Jos' signing and the Seattle Storm here:
August 4, 2013
This was Jeanette's first appearance on the court since she tore her ACL in last year's WNBA Finals. She scored seven points in 16 minutes of play on two-of-three field goals, one of them a three-pointer, and two-of-two free throws.
"Obviously, the nerves kicked in a little bit when I first went out there,” she said. “But I'm just so blessed, so grateful to have everybody here supporting me. I was ready. It's been a while.”
July 30, 2013
The episode will be aired on Friday, August 16.
Click here for a full report from the Missoulian.