May 29, 2010

Jayne's WNBA debut

In Jayne's first WNBA game, the Silver Stars lost 77-71 to the New York Liberty at home.

Jayne played the last 2:36 minutes of the third quarter. She scored an assist to Helen Darling, whose 3-point shot tied the game at 53-53 for a moment.

Nicole Powell was key to the Liberty's success. They were ahead by just three points with 24 seconds left to play when she pretty much sealed the victory with a 3-pointer. She finished with 15 points, including three of eight 3-pointers. She is off to a great start in her seventh season with the WNBA. She has scored in double digits in all four games of this young season, and her 3-point percentage is 0.579.

May 28, 2010

Jayne is cleared to go

Terrence Thomas (San Antonio Express-News) reports:

Appel was cleared Friday by the team's medical staff to play, and she could make her debut as early as tonight when the Silver Stars (2-1) play New York (1-2) at the AT&T Center. Read more...

The last part of this post to Swish Appeal analyzes what Jayne's presence will add to the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Jayne spoke with the media regarding tonight's game in this WNBA video.

May 25, 2010

Nicole Powell Settling Into New Home

By Michelle Smith, LeftCoastHoops:

New York is new to Nicole Powell. And she's not the only one. The Liberty are in the middle of a remodeling project. Cappie Pondexter came from Phoenix, Powell from Sacramento, Taj McWilliams-Franklin from Detroit. Read more...

May 24, 2010

Outtakes with Candice

Kenny Mayne interviewed Candice for ESPN The Magazine. He asked about her health, whether she thought a WNBA team could beat a men's team, why Minnesota's mascot is a lynx, and more here ...

May 22, 2010

Nicole pumped and proud to be in New York

by Mike Slane,

Shocked and surprised may be the two words best used to describe Nicole Powell’s reaction to everything that has happened to her basketball career over the past six months. Read more...

May 21, 2010

10 (OK, 9) Questions with Candice

By Michelle Smith (LeftCoastHoops):

Didn’t quite get to 10 questions with Candice Wiggins on Wednesday while she was on the bus between shoot-around and the hotel with the Minnesota Lynx. The former Stanford star is getting a late start on her third WNBA season after having knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear on April 27. Read more...

May 20, 2010

Catching up with Jayne

Jayne blogs:

Wow! What a whirlwind of events have taken place in my life throughout these past couple of weeks. The amount of time I had to make the mental transition between being a Stanford University student athlete to becoming a professional athlete and playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars was very minimal. I decided to make this blog about how crazy that time period is for every rookie coming out of college and making that change. Read more...

May 17, 2010

Catching up with Bethany Donaphin

The New York Liberty recently posted this story about former Lib Bethany Donaphin, in which she discusses her favorite WNBA memories, her experiences playing basketball in Italy, and her current job in the NBA/WNBA office.

In an email to the FBC, Bethany added that she will start business school at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) this coming August.

May 13, 2010

Fenerbahce is Turkish League champion

Fenerbahce topped a perfect season (29-0) with their fifth consecutive Turkish TBBL League championship.

Kristen Newlin hasn't played since mid-March when she tore a tendon in her foot. In the photo, she's the one in the back row wearing the yellow jersey. She twittered, "SAMPIYON (champion) FENER! Undefeated regular season....undefeated in playoffs. Championships never get old. Now I gotta go wash this champagne off me."

Nicole Powell played in the first two rounds of the playoff finals, but not in the third one – I don't know why.

Fenerbahce may win their sixth championship next season. They've signed Diana Taurasi for 2010-11.

May 11, 2010

May 9, 2010

A Chat with Candice

Candice chats about her offseason in Greece, her new teammate Lindsay Whalen, what she likes to do offcourt, and the Lynx's expectations for the season in this WNBA video.

May 5, 2010

Katy Steding is assistant coach at USF

Former Olympic Gold Medalist Katy Steding and Blair Hardiek are the newest members of the women's basketball coaching staff at the University of San Francisco as announced today by head coach Jennifer Azzi. The pair brings an exceptional mix of elite playing and outstanding coaching experience from the collegiate and professional ranks to the Hilltop. Read more...

May 2, 2010

Two videos of Jillian & Brooke in Italy

European professional women's basketball teams do not get much attention from the media. So it was a pleasant surprise to find two videos of Jillian and Brooke playing for Pool Comense in Italy.

This video features Jillian in one of the Italian A1 League playoff games. You can catch occasional glimpses of Brooke (#14) and learn that air ball in Italian is air ball.

This video is of the closing moments of a mid-season game in which Pool Comense, wearing its home pink, defeated Umana Reyer Venezia 67-66. Brooke was the star of this game — she scored 25 points. At 1:06 into the video, Brooke makes the go-ahead shot. On the next play, Jillian blocks Laura Harper's attempted winning shot, then Brooke blocks her second attempt, then "Arriba!" Comense celebrates its victory.