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).

February 6, 2015

Jeanette is ready to play again

It's been almost four years since Jeanette Pohlen was picked by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the 2011 WNBA draft.

As a rookie, Jeanette led the WNBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.468), and helped Indiana to the WNBA title in 2012 despite succumbing to a torn left ACL in the WNBA Finals vs. Minnesota.

She played briefly in 2013 and was preparing for a healthy 2014 when she tore her left Achillles' tendon prior to training camp.

She is ready to play again and has signed a 2015 training camp contract with the Fever.

January 26, 2015

'A' is for Ogwumike

fibaeurope.com's women's basketball specialist Paul Nilsen sings Nneka's praises:


Yes, the letter ‘O' is not for Ogwumike. The letter ‘A' is.

For when it comes to Euroleague Women, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a straight ‘A' performer after collecting yet another weekly gong for her performance for Dynamo Kursk - albeit in defeat.

Her numbers are eye-bulging this season and when you also look at the year she spent playing in her rookie campaign for CCC Polkowice (before her absence of a year playing in China), you will struggle to find a better career record in the competition. Period.

Sure, it is not even two complete seasons yet, but so far at least, she is my Player of the Year at this stage and not only because of the stats which have seen her return a breathtaking 21.8 points and 12.3 points per game and shot 57.1%.

Already a well-grounded and intelligent player both on and off the court, she seems to have matured even more. She is grabbing two steals per game and her shot selection has been the key. Making over 57% of her plays in and around the basket, but making five triples from 13 attempts outside. And at 38%, that is more than enough for her defenders to have to respect her ability to drift outside.

Her 30 points against Galatasaray was also a career high in the competition.

Although you can measure the red-hot (make that white-hot) form she is in and also her sky-high potential in the fact that even this may not remain the high tide mark!

Ogwumike is on the kind of upward trajectory which at this rate, is in danger of becoming almost beautifully vertical!

However, while her profile, stats and everything else soars, the feet of Ogwumike will remain firmly planted into the ground and that is what makes Dynamo Kursk even more lucky to have her.

January 22, 2015

Chiney's knee injury

Chiney injured her knee in November while playing in Italy for Famila Wuber Schio.

The exact nature of the injury has not been reported, but the WNBA announced today that Chiney has undergone microfracture surgery on her right knee: Chiney Ogwumike out 6-9 months

Microfracture surgery is a procedure used to repair damaged knee cartilage. JJ Hones ('10) and Melanie Murphy ('11) had the procedure just after the end of the 2009-10 season. JJ's dismissal from the team came shortly afterwards. Mel returned and played the second half of the following season.

January 21, 2015

New job for JJ

JJ (Jennifer) Hones ('10) is moving up in the corporate world. She has joined Vicon Industries, a provider of video-based surveillance and security systems, as National Distribution Program Manager. Read more...

    January 16, 2015

    Nneka is EuroLeague Women top performer for 3rd time

    Turning it into something of a habit, Dynamo Kursk's Nnemkadi Ogwumike has taken EuroLeague Women Top Performer honours for the third time this season. Read more...

      Among the almost 200 players in EuroLeague Women, Nneka ranks #1 in scoring (20.6 ppg), rebounding (11.9 rpg) and double-doubles (6).

      She has led her team to second place in its group with a 6-1 record about midway through regular season play.

      December 5, 2014

      Azzi receives NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

      Jennifer Azzi has been announced as one of six former student-athletes selected as 2015 recipients of the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

      The NCAA Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletics careers while taking into account professional achievements.

      Click here for more information about Jennifer and two of the other 2015 recipients — Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir and Stanford baseball pitcher Mike Messina.

      November 28, 2014

      Nneka is top performer in EuroLeague Women

      fibaeurope.com's women's basketball specialist Paul Nilsen takes a look back at the fourth week of action of the new EuroLeague Women season: Ogwumike is Week 4 top performer

      Nneka leads EuroLeague Women in scoring (21.7ppg, shooting percentage (63.6% FGP) and double-doubles (3) and is second in rebounding(12.7rpg).

      November 26, 2014

      Ros, Warriors' sideline reporter

      Maggie Pilloton (Golden State Sports) writes about Ros' transitions

      ... from Queens to Stanford to Oakland,

      ... from the court to the sideline,

      in Rosalyn Gold-Onwude Crosses the Sideline in New Role with the Warriors