September 15, 2014

Chiney one of four cut by USA Basketball

USA Basketball has reduced their roster by 4 players after their first training camp.

The four are guards Bria Hartley, Briann January and Danielle Robinson and power forward Chiney Ogwumike.

The remaining 13 will play Canada on Monday in a televised game (at 4:00 PT on ESPN2) after beating them 75-52 in a scrimmage on Sunday.

Then they'll travel to Paris to compete in the Sept. 19-21 France International Tournament. They'll be joined by some or all of the seven 2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team members that were competing the the WNBA finals.

From Paris, the Americans will head to Prague for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.

Read more: USA Basketball Women’s National Team Roster Set For Exhibition Versus Canada

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September 12, 2014

Nneka shines in USA Basketball Showcase

Nneka played a great game in the USA Basketball Showcase last night. She led all scorers with 26 points on 13 of 15 field goal attempts, grabbed the most rebounds (12), and played the second-most minutes (just 20 seconds less than Maya Moore).

It wasn't quite enough to lead her red squad to victory — the white squad won the scrimmage 95-87.

But it earned her some high praise from head coach Geno Auriemma, who was a spectator at the game.

After the game, he commented on how the young guys have looked compared to the returning Olympians:

When we had this training camp in Las Vegas (in Oct. 2013), none of the Olympians participated, so all the young guys looked really good. And we all went away from there going ‘wow. We have some great young players, you should see these guys, they’re really, really good.’

Then, when the Olympians came back and we put them on the floor with the young guys, all of a sudden the young guys didn’t look so good. There’s a real gap between some of the players that have won two or three Olympic gold medals and the young guys that are trying to make the team. There’s a gap there.

But, having said that, there’s an athletic ability. There’s a youthful kind of hunger to play and somebody like Nneka (Ogwumike) who has not ever played on the national team, she did things today that makes you appreciate who she is and what she is.

Chiney was one of five red squad players who scored in double digits. She scored 12 points on six of eight field goal attempts and grabbed five rebounds in just 17 minutes of playing time.

Click here for a full report from USA Basketball, including links to the box score, a photo gallery, the post-game quotes and several video clips

The team has now travelled to Connecticut for more practice, a day off on Saturday, and practice again on Sunday in preparation for a game vs USA Canada on Monday at 4:00 PT. The game will be shown on ESPN2.

If Phoenix closes out the WNBA finals with a win tonight or Sunday, the remaining seven contenders for a spot on the USA National Team (DeWanna Bonner, Elena Delle Donne, Candice Dupree, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and Courtney Vandersloot) may join the others in Connecticut.

September 10, 2014

Nneka & Chiney at USA Basketball training camp

On Monday, Nneka and Chiney joined 15 of their peers in Annapolis, Maryland for the 2014 USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp.

They were excited to have the opportunity to compete for the chance to make the National team and to play together for the first time since their college days at Stanford.

Seven more women will join the training camp after the WNBA playoffs are completed. Coach Geno Auriemma commented on the depth of talent and how difficult it will be to whittle down to 12 players: Tough Decisions Loom In the USA Women’s World Championship Team Selection Process.

The practice sessions were very competitive, with everyone trying their best to make the cut (view gallery):

On Tuesday evening the team participated in a Hoops For Troops basketball clinic for children of military families on campus at the U.S. Naval Academy: National Team Members Teach Skills to Annapolis Youth

After the third practice session on Wednesday, the USA National Team was introduced to the Naval Academy’s women’s basketball team (view gallery):

Then the USA National Team watched an amazing display of teamwork as 4,000 Naval Academy midshipmen marched into place for the noon meal formation: Representing the United States of America in Different, Yet Similar Ways.

Now the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team members have been split into two groups that will play each other in the USA Basketball Showcase, which will be shown on ESPN2 on Thursday, September 11 at 4:00 PT: USA Squads Set For Intrasquad Game With USA Basketball Women’s National Team Showcase

September 9, 2014

A conversation with Nicole

Jayda Evans (Seattle Times) speaks with Nicole Powell ('04) about her probable last season in the WNBA and her expectations of the upcoming season as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon: Nicole Powell found basketball home

September 2, 2014

Chiney nominated for 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year

Each year, the NCAA recognizes the top female student-athletes for outstanding performance in athletics, academic achievements, community service and leadership.

Chiney has been named as one of the top 30 honorees — ten women from each of the three divisions, spanning various NCAA sports.

Read more here:

August 28, 2014

Chiney is WNBA Rookie of the Year

It's been predicted all season, and yesterday it finally happened: Chiney received the WNBA Rookie of the Year award.

Here's the Associated Press report: Chiney Ogwumike is rookie of the year

And here's a nice story about Chiney and Nneka by Aaron Fischman (Swish Appeal), written recently in anticipation of Chiney's winning the award: Chiney Ogwumike's winning character shaped by relationship with sister Nneka

August 25, 2014

Chiney invited to USA Basketball training camp

Chiney has been added to the pool of 27 players who are trying out for the USA Basketball National Women's team that will participate in the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Read more in the USA Basketball announcement.

August 14, 2014

Who will make it into the WNBA postseason?

The WNBA playoffs begin in just a week (on Thursday, August 21), but the final playoff berth in each conference is not yet determined.

Jake Curtis (examiner.com) reports which Stanford alumnae are likely to participate in postseason play in: Five former Stanford players trying to make WNBA playoffs

There are actually six former Cardinal in the mix. Curtis omitted Candice Wiggins, who will be playing in the postseason with the Los Angeles Sparks. Candice missed eight weeks of play after having meniscus repair surgery early in the season. Since then she has played about 15 minutes per game and averaged 1.6 points, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 rebounds.

August 5, 2014

A step up for Ros

Ros has been hired by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area as the sideline reporter for Golden State Warriors games. She has previous pro basketball broadcast experience as color commentator for both New York Liberty games and the NBA D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State's affiliate).

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.

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