May 28, 2008

Anita Kaplan Update

The Albany (NY) Times Union recently ran a profile of Cardinal great Anita Kaplan that's fun to read. The article recaps Anita's college and pro basketball careers and updates her activities since she retired. Anita now lives in Palo Alto with her husband and three sons. Samuel, the eldest, is pictured here, keeping his mom company at mid-court during last season's Alumni Recognition celebration. On March 12th, he was joined by twin baby brothers, Leo and Jack. Without a doubt, all three will attend Cardinal games in years to come.

May 17, 2008

WNBA - Who's in and who's not

Here's a report of the four Cardinal alumnae who are playing in the twelfth season of the WNBA and two who aren't.

In a preseason interview, Candice said, "I learned at an early age that the way you feel changes how you play the game. I feel great about our team and am so excited for this season." She was at first a bit wary of going from being the "mother hen" at Stanford to just "a chick" as a rookie, but couldn't be more complimentary of her new teammates. Sounds good so far.

Teammate Charde Houston said, "Expect everything from Candice. Energy. Intensity. Desire. You have no choice but to feed off her energy ... She's amazing!" 

Brooke was signed to a training camp contract by the Phoenix Mercury early in the preseason and earned her place on their 2008 season roster. Here is the start of Brooke's WNBA career.

Nicole is back from her winter season in Russia, eager to start her fourth season with the Sacramento Monarchs.  Here is a brief interview with Nicole and some of her teammates, and her WNBA career statistics. Last season, she was the Monarch's leading scorer and their #2 rebounder.

This is Jamie's third season with the Connecticut Sun. She still has her sweet touch from beyond the arc -- her percentage last season was .451, the best in the WNBA, and almost as good as her freshman year at Stanford (.455).

She's known as a tough-minded player -- described as a "hardnosed point guard who plays aggressive defense" in her WNBA profile.

New played for the Phoenix Mercury and then the Indiana Fever in the preseason, but was waived.

Olympia had been in the WNBA since graduating from Stanford. She played for eight seasons, missing only 2003 because of a knee injury. This year, she signed with the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent, but was waived in the preseason.

Here is a summary of Olympia's basketball career and some personal information.

May 16, 2008

Candice always a competitor

An article  from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune begins, "Those who have seen Candice's determination on and off the court have no doubt that she will shine in her next challenge with the Minnesota Lynx," and goes on to tell Candice's story from age 3 to a week ago.

And another one tells lots more about Candice: four short tales; eleven quotes about Candice from her coaches, teammates and family members; and five quotes from Candice.

May 4, 2008

Candice Scores 18 in First Lynx Game

The Minnesota Lynx played their first exhibition game this past week, posting a 68-57 victory over the Connecticut Sun. Candice contributed 18 points - a promising kickoff to her WNBA career. Lynx coach Don Zierden is trying out the team's new players while waiting on the arrival of several returning players who played overseas this winter. Check out the game summary and comments by both coaches and several players at the Lynx website.