December 28, 2017

Becky Bonner training to become a general manager?

Howard Beck's article in Bleacher Report begins:

Over the past few years, women have slowly moved into positions of power within NBA front offices. There's still a ways to go, but for the female decision-makers already in place, the possibility that they could run a franchise themselves isn't just a theory anymore.

Becky Bonner (Stanford '00-'01) is the Director of Player Development and Quality Control at the Orlando Magic. Many NBA team and league officials who have worked with her say that she is the one best positioned to smash the front office glass ceiling.

Read more: You Can Be a Pioneer

December 17, 2017

Second consecutive POW for Mikaela named Mikaela the Player of the Week of French LF2 League for the second week in a row.

She had a double-double of 28 points and 18 rebounds. She had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempfs.

Mikaela is the league's best scorer averaging so far 19.5 ppg. She is the league's second-best rebounder with 11.7 rpg and averages an impressive 50.8% FGP and 44.4% from behind the 3-point line.

December 14, 2017

Nneka & Chiney named to USA Basketball National Team pool

Today 29 athletes were named to the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected. >/p>

Nneka and Chiney are two of the 29!

Read more from:

Stanford Athletics: USA National Team Pool
USA Basketball: 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Pool Unveiled

December 12, 2017

Ruefie is Player of the Week in France announces:

Ruef's double-double lands her LF2 Player of the Week award

27-year old forward Mikaela Ruef (190-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Toulouse and receives a LF2 Player of the Week award for round 10.

She had a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed Angers (#3, 7-3) with 17-point margin 70-53. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Toulouse to take over top position in the French league. Toulouse have a solid 8-2 record.

In the team's last game Ruef had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Toulouse's top player in her first season with the team.

Stanford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ruef is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.1rpg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

December 4, 2017

Another gig for Chiney

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November 21, 2017

Jillian is Player of the Week in Italy announces:

30-year old power forward Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Napoli and receives a Player of the Week award for round 7.

She had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed Broni (#8, 2-5) with 31-point margin 77-46.

In the team's last game Harmon had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. She turned to be Napoli's top player in her first season with the team.

Stanford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harmon is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.4rpg) and assists (7th best: 3.4apg).

The other Cardinal alum in Italy is doing very well too. Karlie is in the league's top in points (4th best: 17.3ppg) and steals (7th best: 1.6spg).

November 16, 2017

Catching up with Ros

About a month ago Chuck Barney (Mercury News) wrote about the beginning of Ros' preparation for her new gig with TNT: 400 texts, apartment hunting and that next big step

Tonight Ros will be working the sideline for Turner Sports when the Warriors take on the Boston Celtics on TNT, and Logan Murdock wraps up the story: Her first TNT Warriors broadcast will be a biggie

November 14, 2017

Amy [Wustefeld] Brooks moves to upper ranks of NBA marketing

The NBA has named Amy [Wustefeld] Brooks ('96)the league’s first chief innovation officer. She has also been promoted to president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations division: Brooks first chief innovation officer at NBA.

November 9, 2017

Nicole Powell era starts at GCU

Grand Canyon University in Phoenix announces its first women's bssketball season as an NCAA Division I program with a shout-out to its new head coach: Nicole Powell era starts

If you're traveling to Arizona in January with the Cardinal, you can see Nicole and her Antelopes play Seattle University on Saturday, January 6 (details here).

October 25, 2017

Alumnae abroad 2017-18

Eleven Stanford alumnae hoopsters are playing professional basketball in Europe and Australia for the 2017-18 winter season, which started about a month ago. Four of them are playing in FIBA international competitions, as well as in their national league.

FIBA EuroLeague Women is the highest professional basketball league in Europe for women's clubs. Two groups of eight teams compete round-robin at home and away during the group phase. The four best-placed teams in each group advance to the playoffs, which begin in mid-March.

FIBA EuroCup Women is the second-tier women's club competition in Europe. Ten groups of four teams, divided into two conferences, compete round-robin at home and away during the group phase. The two best-placed teams in each group plus the two best third-placed teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. Those twenty-four teams will be ranked 1st to 24th. The top 12 automatically advance to the Round of 16; the lower 12 will compete home and away to qualify for the remaining four places in the Round of 16.

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

Karlie Samuelson ('17) is playing her rookie professional season in Italy [map] with Meccanica Nova Vigarano

This is Vigarano's fourth season in the Italian SerieA1 league. They look to continue their climb out of the bottom third of league. They placed 10th in 2015-16 and improved to a three-way tie for 8th last season. (Amber Orrange played for Vigarano in those two seasons). They currently stand in a four-way tie for fourth in the league with a 2-2 win-loss record.

Karlie is Vigarano's starting shooting forward, described by the coach as "a shooting specialist, but also a complete player". She has been called on to replace Amber's offense and responsibilities, and is meeting those expectations.

Karlie leads the league in scoring with 18.5 ppg. She is 12-26 on three-point shots, 14-22 on two-pointers, and 10-12 at the free throw line. She is Vigarano's second-best rebounder with 5.8 rpg and also dishes 2.3 assists per game.

Erica McCall ('17) is playing her first season abroad in Hungary [map] with Atomeromu KSC Szekszard

Atomeromu means nuclear power plant. Hungary's only one is located in Pacs, 20 miles north of Szekszard.

Atomeromu, the team, finished in 1st place last year with a 17-3 record in the Hungarian A Division league and is ranked #17 in the top 100 European teams.

In addition to playing in the Hungarian league, Atomeromu is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women They're in a different group than PEAC (Bri's team) and Keltern (Amber's team). This is the first time that Atomeromu has participated in an international competition.

Atomeromu ranks third in the Hungarian A league with a 3-0 win-loss record and is 2-1 in the EuroCup group phase.

Erica is Atomeromu's starting shooting forward. She averages 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in Hungarian league play and 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.0 blocks per game in EuroCup.

Briana Roberson ('17) is playing her rookie professional season in Hungary [map] with PEAC Pรฉcs ,

PEAC Pรฉcs finished in 4th place last season with a 14-6 record in the Hungarian A Division league.

In addition to playing in the Hungarian league, PEAC is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women. They're in the same group as Keltern (Amber's team). This is PEAC's fifth consecutive appearance in EuroCup Women. They placed second or third in each of their previous appearances.

PEAC ranks eighth in the Hungarian A league with a 1-3 win-loss record and is 0-3 in the EuroCup group phase.

Bri is PEAC's starting point guard. She averages 12.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game in Hungarian league play and 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in EuroCup.

Amber Orrange ('15), after playing in Italy for two seasons, is playing in Germany [map] with Gruner Stern Keltern (aka Rutronik Stars Keltern).

Keltern joined Germany's premier league (DBBL) in 2015-16 after eight years in the secondary league (2.Bundseliga). They placed fourth in their inaugural season and second last season.

In addition to playing in the German league, Keltern is one of 40 club teams playing in FIBA EuroCup Women. They're in the same group as PEAC (Bri's team). This is Keltern's second appearance in EuroCup Women. They finished in second place last season.

Keltern ranks third in the German DBBL league with a 5-1 win-loss record and is 1-2 in the EuroCup group phase.

Amber is Keltern's starting point guard. She averages 13.0 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game in German league play and 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup.

Mikaela Ruef ('13), after three years in Australia, is in southern France [map] playing with Toulouse Metropole.

Toulouse is a member of France's secondary women's basketball league (LF2). They are in a six-way tie for third place with a 3-2 win-loss record.

Mikaela is Toulouse's starting center. She's leading her team in points (15.2), rebounds(10.8) and steals (2.6). She received the LF2 Player of the Week award last week for her 23-point, 15-rebound game.

Sarah Boothe ('12), after a great summer in Australia, has returned to Europe for the winter season. She's playing in Bulgaria [map] with Montana 2003.

Montana 2003 is a member of the Bulgarian NBL league, which consists of two groups — East and West. They rank first in NBL West with a 2-0 win-loss record.

Sarah is Montana's reserve center. She averages 12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

Nneka Ogwumike ('12) is in Russia [map] for her fourth season with Dynamo Kursk.

Dynamo Kursk is in the top tier of the Russian PBL league. They were the regular season co-champion (with UMMC) last season.

In addition to playing in the Russian league, Dynamo Kursk is one of 16 club teams playing in FIBA EuroLeague Women for the fourth consective season. They won the championship last season.

Kursk is on its way to another championship season with a 3-0 record in the Russian league and a 3-0 record in EuroLeague Women.

Nneka's return to Kursk was delayed as she finished up the WNBA season and she's played in just one PBL game and one EuroLeague game.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), after playing in Italy for three seasons, has returned to Australia [map] for her second season with the Dandenong Rangers .

The Rangers are among the strongest teams in the Australian WNBL league. They have never won the league championship, but were the runner-up in 2013-14 when Kayla last played with them. They currently stand fourth in the league with a 2-2 win-loss record.

Kayla is the Rangers' starting power forward. She is the second-best rebounder in the league (11.3 rpg) and the second-best scorer on her team (14.5 ppg). She also averages 2.5 assists per game.

Kayla is "real keen" to be back with the Rangers

Jillian Harmon ('09) is in southern Italy [map] for her ninth season of professional basketball, playing with Dike Napoli.

This is Napoli's fourth season in the Italian Serie A1 league. They are currently tied for eighth place in the league with a 1-3 win-loss record.

Jillian starts as Napoli's shooting forward and is still an excellent all-around player. She is Napoli's best rebounder with 9.3 rpg (ranks fifth in the league), second-best ball distributor with 4.5 apg (ranks fourth in the league), and third best scorer with 13.3 ppg.

Incidentally, one of Jillian's teammates is Jacki Gemelos (USC '10), still playing (as Napoli's starting point guard) after five torn ACLs.

Alissa (Cissy) Pierce ('08) is in Germany [map] , playing with the Goettingen Veilchen Ladies.

This is Cissy's eighth season of playing professional basketball in Germany, her second with Goettingen. Goettingen had been a member of the secondary German Women's Basketball League (Germany-2.Bundesliga) for several seasons and won the league championship last season. They joined Germany's premier league (DBBL) this season. They are currently in a four-way tie for last place in the league with a 1-5 win-loss record.

Cissy is Goettingen's starting shooting guard. She averages 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Kristen Newlin/Nevlin ('07) is in southeastern Turkey [map], playing with Bottasspor Adana where she began her professional basketball career ten years ago.

Adana is a member of the Turkish KBSL league. They are currently in a three-way tie for seventh place (of 14) in the league.

New is Botas' starting center. She averages 6.3 points, 8. 3 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game.

Not Playing

These four Stanford alumnae have played abroad recently, but aren't playing this season:

Alex Green ('15) had a fabulous summer season in Australia, but has not signed with a team for 2017-18. I don't know whether or not Alex plans to continue playing professional basketball.

Chiney Ogwumike ('14) is pursuing her career in sports broadcasting this season.

Joslyn Tinkle ('13) has apparently finished with basketball as a career. She has been working as an account specialist with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits in the Portland area for more than a year.

Jeanette Pohlen Mavunga ('11) is watching pro ball again this season instead of playing. She's in Japan with her husband, Julian, who is playing with the Kyoto Hannaryz.

October 1, 2017

Championship in sight

Nneka helped bring the Los Angeles Sparks to one game away from their second national championship with her 16-point, 10-rebound, 2-steal perforance against the Minnesota Lynx in the third game of the series.

September 22, 2017

Kate Starbird pursues her battle against fake news

Jonathan Rabinovitz (Stanford Magazine reports on Kate Starbird ('97) and her research on social media in the wake of disasters that uncovers a web of disinformation: Where Does Fake News Come From?

Starbird's work has been featured this year by several major media providers.

From the Seattle Times: UW professor: The information war is real, and we're losing it

From the Washington Post: The web of conspiracy theorists that was ready for Donald Trump

From BBC News: How a University of Washington researcher discovered an "information war"

An interview on NPR:

September 4, 2017

Sarah and Alex vie for Australian championships

When they walked down the red carpet at the Final Four in Denver in 2012, Alex Green (’17)was rehabbing from the torn Achille’s tendon that had restricted her to just two games in her freshman season, and Sarah Boothe (’12) was wearing a boot as she often did to relieve the foot problems that plagued her for four years at Stanford.

I'll bet they never expected that they would each be vying for a league championship five years later in Australia.

Sarah took a year off from basketball after graduating from Stanford, during which she worked with a trainer to overcome her foot problems. She achieved her hope to play professional basketball and has played in Poland and then in Russia for the past four seasons.

Sarah moved way south this summer to play with the Bulleen Boomers in the BigV (Victoria) League, which is one of seven Australian State Basketball regional leagues.

In Australian slang, boomer means something successful or something large, and Sarah proved to be a huge inside force for the Boomers.

Sarah led the BigV league in rebounds with 14.4 per game and shooting percentage (51.8). She led her team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and in blocked shots with 1.5 per game.

The Boomers made it to the Grand Final best-of-three series against the Sunbury Jets. The Boomers lost the first game by a narrow margin last weekend. In the second game yesterday, Sarah sank a jumper that tied the score at 54-54 with just over a minute left to play. In the final minute, the Boomers missed two shots while the Jets missed one, but made a free throw that gave them the championship ...

... and the Boomers had to settle for the silver.

Alex spent much of her collegiate basketball career on the bench recovering from injuries — the torn Achille’s tendon and a subsequent torn ACL. In her five seasons at Stanford, Alex was able to play in only 77 games for an average of 4.6 minutes per game.

But that wasn’t the end of basketball for Alex. She spent last summer, a year after graduating from Stanford, playing in a professional development league for women basketball players. And this summer she began her professional basketball career with the Southern Tigers in the Premier League, which is another of the Australian State Basketball regional leagues.

Alex was the Tigers’ starting point guard — their leader in position and in performance.

She played the most on her team (30.1 mpg), led the team in assists (4.3 (second-best in the league)) and steals (2.5) and was their second-best scorer (14.2 ppg).

The Tigers won their league preliminary final by two points in double overtime. Alex had a remarkable game: 46 minutes, 34 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

The grand final last Saturday night was a close game throughout. The Tigers were up by just one, 62-61, with 10 seconds left to play. Alex was fouled, made the first free throw, missed the second one, but grabbed the rebound, was fouled again, and made both free throws. So the Tigers won 65-61 to complete a remarkable return from the depths of South Australian basketball as they ended a 21-year championship drought.

Here's a recap of the grand final that speaks highly of Alex's contribution: Tigers claim historic championship as North lose again

September 2, 2017

Ros is headed for the big time

After spending three seasons as the Warriors sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area and excelling at the job, Ros has accepted a position with Turner Sports, where she will cover the NBA full time.

The Mercury News reports: Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude moving to Turner Sports

August 30, 2017

Houston disaster hits close to home for Ogwumikes

Chiney shares how her family in Houston, Texas is coping with the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

Chiney challenges all WNBA and NBA teams to donate to the relief effort.

Chiney and Nneka respond to the challenge

Here's one way to donate to the relief effort.

August 24, 2017

August 16, 2017

Nneka pursues global brand for WNBA

From the Los Angeles Times:

In just six seasons, Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike already has amassed a career’s worth of WNBA accomplishments. In the last year alone, she won a most valuable player award and drained a championship-clinching shot in the league Finals.

This season she is tops in scoring (18.7 points), shooting percentage (55.8) and free-throw percentage (88.3) for the playoff-bound Sparks, who improved to 20-8 with Wednesday’s 95-62 win at Washington.

But what lies ahead, beyond the playoffs, is her biggest challenge yet: elevating the WNBA in prominence.

Read more: Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike wants to make the WNBA a global brand. But how?

August 11, 2017

Ros and Chiney covered the NBA Africa Games

Ros and Chiney have been in South Africa covering the third-annual NBA Africa Games in very fine fashion.

Tamryn Spruill (Golden State of Mind) reports Ros' varied activities in: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude takes Africa by storm, celebrates #WorldLionDay in dynamic fashion

Check out Chiney's tweets for her activities. Among them, her interview of the MVP (Team World scored a 108-97 victory over Team Africa).

August 10, 2017

Joslyn, one of Montana's best

MTN Sports has been recognizing some of the best girls basketball players in Montana history with #MTTop25, which is counting down the 25 best female athletes who played their high school basketball in Montana.

They awarded the #3 spot to Joslyn Tinkle this week, although Lady Griz coach Shannon Schweyen thinks she was the best ever.

August 7, 2017

Ezi is a mom

From Ezi Okafor '06 and her husband Obi Obunadike:

Introducing our bundle of joy, our little prince, Kobichukwumdi (Kobi) Tobenna Obiefuna Obunadike! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Couldn't have gotten through the whole ๐Ÿ’ฏnatural labor process without my hubby and especially my mother!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜#HardestThingToDateButWorthIt #BirthAnd48HrsPics #July292017 #BlessedBeyondMeasure #ObinigweNoNaOcheEzeYa

Kobichukwumdi: The way my God's heart is. How pure my God's heart is.
Tobenna: Praise God.
Obiefuna: My lineage will be preserved.

August 5, 2017

Exciting news from Jayne

July 29, 2017

Tall Ferns finish sixth in Asia Cup

The Tall Ferns were defeated by Chinese Taipei 45-65 and finished in sixth place in the 2017 FIBA Women's Asia Cup.


The Tall Ferns' quest for a ticket to the 2018 FIBA Women's World Cup failed, but Jillian's contribution was truly outstanding:

She played an average of 31.9 minutes per game, the third-most in the tournament.

She was the fourth-best scorer in the tournament with 14.0 points per game.

She was the second-best rebounder in the tournament with 9.3 rebounds per game.

She averaged 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game

She had the fifth-best efficiency ranking in the tournament (efficiency is a composite statistic that is derived from basic individual statistics: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers and shot attempts)

July 28, 2017

Tall Ferns win Classification (5-8) game in Asia Cup

The Tall Ferns defeated DPR Korea 82-61 in a classification game for places 5-8

Jillian was again the top scorer for her team with 15 points. She also had nine rebounds and three assists.


The Tall Ferns will face Chinese Taipei in the 5th/6th play-off game early Saturday morning at 12:45am Pacific Time.

July 27, 2017

Tall Ferns' World Cup hopes dashed

The Tall Ferns' fervently-anticipated trip to the 2018 FIBA World Cup came to a crashing halt tonight as they lost 64-49 to Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals.

The game started well for New Zealand. They began with confidence instead of their habitual slow start and Korea was shooting very badly. Three minutes into the second quarter, the Kiwis were ahead 20-11.

Then it all turned around. Korea got hot and New Zealand went dead cold. Korea went on a 23-0 run. and the half ended with New Zealand down 20-34.

The Tall Ferns played catch-up all through the second half, but didn't quite make it. They got within four points once in the third quarter and within two once in the fourth quarter. Then Korea scored a 9-0 run that effectively ended the game with three minutes left on the clock.

Jillian again played almost the entire game (39 minutes) and led her team with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

At the end of the Group Phase, European sports journalist Jeff Taylor picked Jillian as one of the top five players so far with this accolade:

The consistent Harmon does it all for the Tall Ferns
There are leaders, and there are "put the team on your back" leaders. The 30-year-old Harmon has been the latter for the Tall Ferns. One of the three players on the Kiwis' roster that played for the country at the 2008 Olympics, Harmon averaged 37mpg in wins over the D.P.R. of Korea and Chinese Taipei, victories that have given the New Zealanders a chance to reach the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. Averaging 19ppg and 14rpg in those two victories, Harmon also led the team with a gritty defensive effort.


The Tall Ferns will now play for places 5-8 at the Asia Cup beginning with a match against the DPR of Korea on Thursday evening at 10:30pm Pacific Time.

July 25, 2017

Tall Ferns edge past Taipei to second place in group phase

The Tall Ferns got off to a very, very slow start and had a miserable first quarter. They turned the ball over eight times and made just three of 15 field goal attempts (Jillian missed four of five shots). Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei made eight of 13 attempts, including four 3-pointers and led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter

The Tall Ferns got things going a bit in the second quarter, but they were still down 35-24 at the end of the half.

The Tall Ferns stepped up their defense after the break and held Taipei scoreless until the last minute of the third quarter, which ended 38-34.

The Tall Ferns finally tied the score at 38-38 three minutes into the fourth quarter, then took the lead on a layup by Jillian. The lead switched back and forth for several minutes. Then the Tall Ferns edged ahead and won 59-53.

Jillian played for all but a minute and a half and looked exhausted (as did many of the other players). In spite of her miserable first quarter she ended as the Tall Fern's leading rebounder (15) and second-best scorer (15). She also had three assists, a steal and a block.


The victory placed the Tall Ferns second in Group A. They will face Korea (#3 in Group B) in the quarter-finals late Wednesday evening at10:30pm Pacific Time

Korea is ranked #15 worldwide by FIBA and New Zealand is #38. In the group phase, Korea lost to Australia 78-54, lost to Japan 70-56, and defeated the Phillipines 91-63.

July 24, 2017

Jillian leads Tall Ferns to victory in second Asia Cup game

The Tall Ferns bounced back from yesterday's loss to China and defeated DPR Korea 71-50.

The victory was largely due to Jillian, who had a monster game: 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.


The Tall Ferns face Chinese Taipei in their third and final group phase game on Monday night, 10:30 pm, Pacific Time.

July 23, 2017

Tall Ferns lose opening Asia Cup game

The New Zealand Tall Ferns were completely dominated by China in their opening Asia Cup game, which they lost 77-48.

Jillian led the Tall Ferns in scoring with 14 points, and added three rebounds, an assist, and two steals, but it wasn't enough to carry the team.


The Tall Ferns will play DPR Korea in their second group round game early Monday morning(12:45 am PT). Korea also lost its first game (to Taipei, 77-76), so this will be a must-win game for both teams.

July 12, 2017

Tall Ferns' preparations for Asia Cup going well

The Tall Ferns (the New Zealand National Women's Team) began serious preparations for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup by playing in the William Jones Cup, a friendly competition, in Taipei.

The Tall Ferns placed in a three-way tie for first place with four wins (vs India, South Korea, Republic of China White and Japan) and one loss (to Republic of China Blue). Jillian averaged 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the five games.

Note that China, Japan and Korea will be playing in Asia Cup, but with different athletes than those that played in the William Jones Cup.

The Tall Ferns are continuing their build-up to Asia Cup with a three-game series against the Shanghai national team. The Tall Ferns won the first game of that series today, 80-55. Jillian was their top scorer with 18 points.

After two more games against Shanghai, the Tall Ferns will depart to Bangalore, India next Monday.

Read more from Basketball New Zealand: Tall Ferns continue Asia Cup build up with win in Singapore

July 10, 2017

What's up with hoopster alums

45 of the 190 women who have played varsity basketball at Stanford have experienced major life events in the past couple of years — graduation, career change, marriage, birth.

For information about all the Stanford hoopster alumnae, see "Where are they now?", alphabetical or chronological. If you have corrections or more information about hoopster alumnae, please post it as a comment to this blog or send it to me.

Kami Anderson, 1989

After working as an anesthesiologist in North Dakota for eight years, Kami moved west and is now a clinical instructor of anesthesiology at Stanford School of Medicine.

Jayne Appel, 2010

Jayne married Chris Marinelli last spring (photo). She retired from playing basketball soon after and is now the Associate Director of Player Relations for the Women's National Basketball Player Association (WNBPA).

Jennifer Azzi, '90

Jennifer is a Global Director at the NBA and Director of Special Initiatives at USF. She and her spouse, Blair Hardiek, have a son, Macklin Robert, born in February 2017.

Aly Beebe, 2016

Aly graduated with a degree in Human Biology and has moved to New York City.

Chandra Benton, 1999

Chandra married Kirk Strait early this year.

Becky Bonner, 2005

After six years with the NBA Basketball International Operations Group, Becky is now the Director of Player Development and Quality Control at Orlando Magic NBA Team.

Jasmine Camp, 2015

Jasmine graduated with a degree in Psychology and has been working at the Community School, a school in Georgia for adolescents and young adults who are on the autism spectrum.

Jamie Carey, 2001

Jamie returned home last season as an assistant coach at the University of Texas.

Ashley Cimino, 2011

Ashley has moved to Boston (from NYC) where she is a marketing manager for TechTarget.

Morgan Clyburn, 2009

Morgan has completed her study for a master's degree at Northwestern and resumed her work in the medical technology field as a Senior Corporate Development Associate at Medtronic.

Katie Denny, 2004

Katie is working as an assistant professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at UC Davis Medical Center. She married Michael Macellari in June (photo).

Bethany Donaphin, 2002

Bethany, after several years with Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, is in New York City working for the NBA as an Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Denia Ebersole, 2016

Denia graduated with a degree in Management Science and Engineering and is working in San Francisco.

Jessica Elway Delgadillo, 2008

Jessica married Jimmy Delgadillo in 2015 (photo) and is in New York, working for an organization that aids low-income communities.

Molly Goodenbour, 1993

After three years as head coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Molly is now the head coach at the University of San Francisco.

Alex Green, 2015

Alex graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and has been honing her basketball skills. She's playing her first season of pro ball this summer in Australia with the Southern Tigers.

Taylor Greenfield, 2015

Taylor graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and has been working at various jobs (currently a data analyst and a resume writer).

Mitch Harrison, 2010

Mitch and his wife, Krista, have moved to Alaska. They were married in April.

Sara James, 2014

Sara got her nursing degree a couple of years ago and is now working at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Kailee Johnson,2017

Kailee graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and is working at Nike.

Bobbie Kelsey Grayson, 1996

After a five-year stint as head coach at the University of Wisconsin, Bobbie is now an assistant coach with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks.

Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 2005

Seb alternated between professional basketball and the study and practice of law for 12 years. She is now working as an attorney in the Los Angeles area and has probably hung up her sneakers for good.

Kiran Lakhian, 2016

Kiran, who graduated with a degree in Human Biology, is pursuing her graduate degree at SMU in Dallas and playing basketball with the SMU Mustangs.

Lindy La Rocque, 2012

After two seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont in Nashville, Lindy has returned to Stanford as an assistant coach.

Erica McCall, 2017

Bird graduated with a degree in Psychology and is playing professional basketball in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever.

Chiney Ogwumike, 2014

Chiney is working for ESPN as the co-host of Sports Center in Africa. She has a multi-year contract with the Connecticut Sun, but has been suspended for the season while she recovers from Achilles tendon surgery.

Eziamaka Okafor Obunadike, 2006

Ezi is in the last year of her medical training as a resident physician at Harvard's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She married Obinna Obunadike last year and is expecting their first child soon (photo).

Amber Orrange, 2015

Amber graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and has been playing professional basket in Italy.

Erica Payne, 2015

Erica graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and is working as a business analyst in San Francisco.

Azella Perryman, 2005

After working in Zimbabwe and South Africa for two and a half years, Azella is back in the Bay Area working as Chief of Staff to the president of StubHub.

Tess Picknell 2016

Tess graduated with a degree in Film and Media Studies and has been working as a tutor and as a set technician at Stanford Theater.

Jeanette Pohlen Mavunga, 2011

Jeanette married Julian Mavunga last summer (photo). They spent the 2016-17 season in Japan, where Julian was playing professional basketball. Jeanette is now back in Indiana for her sixth season with the Fever.

Nicole Powell, 2004

After three years as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon, Nicole moved up to her first head-coaching position at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Krista Rappahahn Birnie, 2006

Krista completed her medical studies and practiced pediatric neonatology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for two years. She and her husband, David Birnie had their second child, a son, Micah, this spring (photo). The family has recently moved to Massachusetts.

Amanda Renteria, 1996

Amanda was national political director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and is now the Chief of Operations in the California Justice Department (story).

Martha Richards, 1992

Martha retired from coaching golf in 2014 after 14 years as head coach at Vanderbilt and the University of Texas. She's now the athletic director at Aspen High School in Colorado.

Briana Roberson, 2016

Bri graduated with a degree in Political Science and has signed to play professional basketball with PEAC Pรฉcs in Hungary in 2017-18.

Bonnie Samuelson, 2015

Bonnie graduated with a degree in Human Biology and is studying to be an optometrist.

Karlie Samuelson, 2017

Karlie graduated with a degree in Human Biology and has signed to play professional basketball with Pallacanestro Vigarano in Italy in 2017-18.

Brooke Smith Easter, 2007

Brooke completed her Physician's Assistant training last year and is now a member of the bone marrow transplant team at Stanford Medical Center (story). She married Shane Easter last week (photo).

Kelley Suminski, 2005

Kelley got her nursing degree a couple of years ago and is now working at Scripps Memorial Hospital in LaJolla, CA.

Lili Thompson, 2017

Lili graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society and is pursuing her graduate degree at Notre Dame. She will be playing basketball with the Fighting Irish (story).

Christy Titchenal Thwaites,

Christy married Fred Thwaites in 2015 (photo) and is working in the Bay Area as a speech-language pathologist.

Chelsea Trotter Mayer, 2004,

Chelsea married John Mayer in 2015 and is still practicing law in southern California.

Lindsey Yamasaki Garrett, 2002

Lindsey and her husband, Gray Garrett, had a daughter, Aiko, born in November last year.