February 4, 2016

Nneka is EuroLeague Women Player of the Week

In the penultimate round of Regular Season EuroLeague Women action, Dynamo Kursk shot the lights out and racked up the highest score by any team during the current EuroLeague Women season as they left Uniqa Sopron trailing in their wake with a one-sided 102-68 success in Group B.

The FIBA game report lauds Nneka as the Game Hero: Nnemkadi Ogwumike could barely miss inside the paint and her lethal 9-of-10 shooting effort helped to harvest 22 points, which went nicely with eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Eurobasket News acknowledged her extraordinary performance:

Nigerian-American Power forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dynamo K., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.

The 25-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass UNIQA Eurol. (#8, 1-12) with 34-point margin 102-68. Dynamo K. maintains the 3rd position in Euroleague .

They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamo K. will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record.

In the team's last game Ogwumike had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. She turned to be Dynamo K.'s top player in her first season with the team. Former Stanford University star has very solid stats this year. Ogwumike is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 61.8% FGP.

Here is the Game card

February 1, 2016

Bobbie's Rant

The Wisconsin Badgers are 6-14 for the season and have lost their last seven games. Following a loss to Nebraska last week during which Husker guard Natalie Romeo tied a school record for the second time in two weeks with eight three-pointers, Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey (Stanford '96) went on a rant.

Specifically, she expressed her frustration how women's college basketball players need to focus more on shooting and less on their phones. Her advice to aspiring female athletes, repeated several times during the press conference is: "Get your butt in the gym!"

The video has drawn a lot of attention from women’s basketball fans, coaches and analysts. Carly Grenfell (Swish Appeal) comments on Kelsey's advice in:
Bobbie Kelsey's emphatic rant is 100% right

January 28, 2016

Alumnae Abroad: 2015-16 mid-season report

Our eight Stanford alums are doing very well in their 2015-16 season abroad. Each is in her team's starting lineup and all but one leads her team in at least one statistical category.

Italy

The Italian Serie A1 league is in round 16 of 26. The regular season ends the second week of April.

Jillian HarmonLucca

Lucca is having a great season. They finished seventh in the league last season, but are currently tied with Ragusa for first place with a 15-1 win-loss record. Lucca's single loss was at home to Ragusa. The two teams are scheduled to meet again at Ragusa in round 24.

Jillian, Lucca's starting power forward, is a key factor in their success. She leads her team in scoring (19.6 ppg, 5th in the league). She averages 3.8 steals per game – second-best in the team and the league. She grabs 5.9 rebounds per game.

Kayla PedersenLucca

Kayla starts at the center for Lucca and is also having a very good season. She leads her team in blocks with 0.3 per game and is the second-best scorer (11.8 ppg) and rebounder (7.1 rpg). She's had three double-doubles.

Amber OrrangeVigarano

Vigarano is not doing so well. They stand 12th in the 14-team league with a 4-12 win-loss record.

Amber is having a good rookie season. She starts as Vigarano's shooting guard. She's scored in double digits in half the games, makes 46% of her shots, and averages 9.3 ppg. She also tallies 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.1 assists per game.

Russia

The Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL) is in Round 15 of 22. The regular season ends the last week of March.

FIBA EuroLeague Women, in which Nneka's team is playing, has just three more weeks of group play. Playoffs begin on March 8.

Nneka OgwumikeDynamo Kursk

Dynamo Kursk is standing third in the PBL with an 11-3 win-loss record. In EuroLeague women, they're in a two-way tie for second place in their group with an 8-4 win-loss record behind reigning champion Fenerbahce. They've clinched a spot in the quarter-finals.

Nneka has been outstanding in both competitions. She leads all EuroLeague players in field goals made and field goal percentage (56.9), is second in points per game (18.0) and fifth in total rebounds per game (9.0). She's scored in double-digits in all but one game and has tallied five double-doubles.

Nneka makes 66.7% of her shots in the PBL games. She leads her team and the league in scoring (20.4 ppg). She also leads her team in rebounding (7.4 rpg, #8 in the league).

Sarah BootheKazanochka Kazan

Kazanochka stands at eighth in the 14-team PBL with a 4-11 win-loss record.

Sarah starts for Kazanochka as the power forward and plays about 30 minutes per game. She's having a fine season. She leads her team in scoring (11.9 ppg), rebounding (9.1 rpg, #4 in the league) and blocks (0.9 bpg, #10 in the league).

Turkey

The Turkish Women Basketball Super League (KBSL) is in round 16 of 26. The regular season ends the first week of April.

Kristen NevlinGelistirenler

Gelistirenler stands at ninth in the 14-team league with a 7-9 win-loss record.

Kristen starts for Gelistirenler as the power forward and plays about 30 minutes per game. She leads her team in rebounding with 8.3 per game and is their fourth-best scorer with 11.9 points per game.

Australia

The Australian Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) is in round 18 of 22. The regular season ends the last week of February.

Mikaela RuefAdelaide Lightning

Adelaide is struggling this season. They stand eighth in the nine-team league with a 6-12 win-loss record.

Mikaela is Adelaide's starting center and plays more than 30 minutes per game. She leads her team in rebounds (9.9, second in the league), is second in assists (2.3 apg) and third in scoring (13.5 ppg). She's scored in double-digits in 12 games and tallied five double-doubles.

Joslyn TinkleSydney Uni Flames

Sydney is in a three-way tie for third place with a 12-7 win-loss record.

Jos is Sydney's starting power forward. She leads her team in blocks (1.2 bpg, #6 in the league), is second in rebounds (5.5 rpg). and fourth in scoring (11. ppg). She's scored in double-digits in 14 games.

January 7, 2016

Nneka's phenomenal performance

With six rounds of group play left to go, Nneka produced one of the standout displays of the EuroLeague Women season so far — 30 points on 81% shooting and 11 rebounds. Read more in the game recap: Outstanding Ogwumike Torches Galatasaray

December 22, 2015

Chiney is color analyst for ESPN




Chiney is working as a color analyst for ESPN. She called her first game (Arizona State vs Florida State) last night with Pam Ward on the play-by-play.

Click here for their postgame analysis.

December 5, 2015

Kayla sends greetings from Lucca



Kayla is spending the WNBA off-season playing in Lucca, Italy. Here is the first installment in a series of blogs about her experience:

Greetings from Lucca

December 3, 2015

Catching up with Jos

The Australian Women's Basketball League caught up with Jos for a one on one Q&A last week: One on One with Joslyn Tinkle

Jos and her fellow U.S. import Carolyn Swords prepared a Thanksgiving feast for their teammates: Flames bring Thanksgiving Down Under!

December 1, 2015

Kayla's extraordinary performance

From Eurobasket News:
26-year old forward Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Lucca and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.

She had a double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds, while her team crushed Torino (#10, 3-5) with 21-point margin 60-39. Lucca maintains the 2nd position in Italian Serie A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Lucca keeps perfect 8-0 record. Pedersen turned to be Lucca's top player in her first season with the team. Kayla Pedersen averages this season 15.0ppg and 7.9rpg.