April 29, 2009

Candice nears league championship in Spain

Candice joined Ros Casares-Valencia of the Liga Feminina (Spanish women's basketball league) in January after recovering from knee surgery. She has averaged 19 minutes and 8.6 points per game as Ros Casares led the league with a 25-1 record. Now Ros Carares is within one victory of its third straight league championship. In best-of-three series, they won the semifinals in two games and today defeated Perfumeria Avenida 96-56 in the first game of the finals. Candice averaged 11.7 points in those three playoff games. The second game is on Friday in Salamanca and the third game, if required, on Sunday in Valencia. Candice is scheduled to rejoin the Minnesota Lynx after her season in Spain is complete. The Lynx's first (and only) exhibition game is May 23.

April 27, 2009

Cissy celebrates league championship

Cissy and her  teammates  celebrate the victory that earned them the Southern Germany League championship. Rhein-Main Baskets won the best-of-three league championship series against KuSG Leimen, who had led the league all season. 
That's Cissy (#15) on the left. Google translates the headline to "Radiant Joy Winners".
Cissy has played a leading role in the team's success.  She had 20 points (including two 3-pointers), eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in the final game. She scored her fifth consecutive double-double in the first game of the series.

April 13, 2009

Krista Rappahahn honored for high school accomplishments

Cardinal fans have known Krista Rappahahn as an outstanding student athlete during her four years at Stanford and in the three years since then. It's no surprise to discover that she was also an outstanding student athlete before that at the Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut, where she:
  • Averaged 23.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists as a senior and finished as NFA's leading scorer (male or female) with 2,048 points.
  • Led the team to a 106-2 record,  three state championships and four Eastern  Connecticut Conference titles.
  • Was second in her class, took all advanced placement courses and earned a 4.317 grade point average
In 2002 the Hartford Courant selected her as the "Best of the Best" in girls basketball and reported some of the accomplishments that made the label a perfect fit. Read more... It was announced recently that "Krista Rappahahn - High School Player" is to be inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions to the enhancement of women's basketball in Connecticut. Read more...

Jamie Carey retires

Jamie Carey, one of the all-time "if only ..." players in the heart of Cardinal fans, has retired from professional basketball. Read more...

April 9, 2009

WNBA 2009

Jillian was not selected in the WNBA 2009 draft. 
There were five other prospects from the Pac-10:
  • Briann January (Arizona State) was selected in the first round by the Indiana Fever.
  • Ashley Walker (California) was selected in the first round by the Seattle Storm.
  • Camille LeNoir (USC) was selected in the second round by the Washington Mystics.
  • Sybil Dosty (Arizona State) and Devanei Hampton (California)  were not selected.
The current status of other Cardinal alumnae in the WNBA:
  • Candice Wiggins returns to the Minnesota Lynx for her second season.
  • Brooke Smith has a training-camp contract with the Phoenix Mercury, where she played last season.
  • Nicole Powell returns to the Sacramento Monarchs for her sixth season in the WNBA, her fifth with the Monarchs.