May 18, 2018

Who's playing ball this summer?

Just a very few Stanford hoopsters.

Neither Karlie Samuelson ('17) nor Brittany McPhee ('18) made it through training camp. They were both waived just before the regular season started.

Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga ('11), who had played for the Indiana Fever for six seasons was also waived at the end of training camp.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), has retired from the WNBA to pursue ministry opportunities.

The leaves just:

  • Erica (still "Bird") McCall ('17) back for her second year with the Indiana Fever after a very successful 2017-18 winter season in Hungary.

  • Chiney Ogwumike ('14) for her third season with the Connecticut Sun.

  • Veteran Nneka Ogwumike ('12) for her seventh season with the LA Sparks.

May 9, 2018

One-on-one with Chiney

David Barron (Houston Chronicle) chats with Chiney: One-on-one with Chiney Ogwumike, basketball star, announcer

And here's a video of Chiney from WTNH (a Connecticut TV station) after the Sun's first game of the 2018 season: Ogwumike looking good after being lost for the last two season-- due to some major injuries.

Bethany Donaphin Named Head of WNBA League Operations

The WNBA announced today that Bethany Donaphin (Stanford '02) has been promoted to Head of WNBA League Operations. Bethany has been serving as Associate Vice President, NBA Basketball Operations for almost two years.

As head of operations, Bethany will oversee all on-court basketball operations, including playing rules, scouting, scheduling and venue compliance. She also will oversee the management of referee operations and the administration of player-related policies and programs.

Read more in the WNBA announcement.

May 7, 2018

Karlie's plans for next season

Karlie Samuelson ('17) is currently at WNBA training camp, competing for a spot on the LA Sparks roster. She won't know whether she makes the cut for a couple of weeks, but a reliable source reports that she would have made it last summer, had she not re-injured the ankle that she had sprained in the Final Four a couple of months earlier.

Regardless of the WNBA outcome, Karlie will play professional basketball in Belgium (the first Cardinal alumnae to play in that country) in the 2018-19 season. She has signed a contract with Mithras Royal Castors Braine , which is located in Braine l'Alleud, Belgium (see map), and is expected to arrive there at the end of September or in early October.

Castors Braine is an excellent team. It had a perfect 2017-18 season (22-0) and won the Belgian Top Division championship for the fifth consecutive season.

May 3, 2018

Britt's dream comes true

“It’s a dream come true,” said Britt on how she felt after inking a training camp deal with her hometown team."

Read more: McPhee Continues Family Tradition of Basketball in the State of Washington

May 1, 2018

Chiney's careers are flourishing

In a couple of weeks, Chiney will finally return to her primary career as power forward for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

But also, as reported by Ben Carfardo (ESPN): Chiney Ogwumike Becomes Full-Time Multi-Platform ESPN Commentator

April 23, 2018

Kayla has retired from the WNBA

Kayla Pedersen ('11) has retired from playing professional basketball in the WNBA. She plans to continue playing abroad and pursuing off-court ministry opportunities.

Read more from the Connecticut Sun: Pedersen Treasures Sun Experience In Final WNBA Season

April 17, 2018

Britt signs training camp contract with Seattle Storm

Britt didn't make the cut at the WNBA draft last week, but she has signed a training camp contract with the Seattle Storm.

Read more in this story from the Seattle Times: Stanford star Brittany McPhee begins WNBA career with Seattle Storm

April 16, 2018

Mikaela sidelined by injury

Mikaela Ruef ('15) has spent most of her professional basketball career in Australia — winter and summer — except for playing in France this season with Toulouse Metropole.

She planned to join the Launceston Tornadoes for her fourth consecutive summer season in Tasmania after completing her European contract.

However, during Toulouse's semifinal round last week, Mikaela suffered a suspected ACL injury and will now be sidelined for 12 months.

April 14, 2018

Jillian leads Napoli into Italian semifinals

Jillian Harmon ('09) scored 18 points and 16 rebounds as Napoli defeated Lucca 55-51 in their third game of the Italian Series A1 quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals.

Here is the EuroBasket game report.