June 16, 2017

Chiney and her new job — a perfect match

Chiney has joined ESPN as the co-host of SportsCenter across sub-Saharan Africa.

She will co-host the African edition of SportsCenter with Phil Murphy on SportsCenter in Africa, which brings sports fans across 19 sub-Saharan nations a nightly look at the latest in International and American sports news, highlights and updates in the program’s signature fast-paced format.

Here is the WNBA announcement: Chiney Ogwumike To Host Africa's SportsCenter

Here is a behind-the-scenes video from her first day on the job:

June 15, 2017

Mikaela returns to Tasmania for the summer season

Mikaela Ruef ('15) has played basketball with the Launceston Tornadoes for the past two summer seasons.

She left the Tornadoes this summer to try out for the WNBA. When she was waived by the LA Sparks, the Tornadoes had already replaced her and had no room to re-sign her.

But the Hobart Chargers did have room and have signed Mikaela for the remainder of the season (a bit less than half).

The signing is quite a coup for the Chargers, who have struggled with the lack of a strong inside presence. A report in the Tasmanian Mercury began, "The Hobart women Chargers have secured the one missing ingredient which has instantly rocketed them into a SEABL title contender."

The Tornadoes and the Chargers are both located in Tasmania (see map) and are members of the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL), which is one of seven Australian state leagues.

June 13, 2017

Jillian and the Tall Ferns

Here's a nice story from the New Zealand Herald about Jillian and the Tall Ferns: Jillian Harmon hungry for World Cup opportunity

And another that explains why the Tall Ferns have a good chance of getting to participate in the FiBA 2018 Women's World Cup: Asian tournament offers Tall Ferns easier route to World Cup

June 12, 2017

Kayla returns to the Sun

Kayla Pedersen ('11) has signed a contract with the Connecticut Sun.

She had been waived for the season because she broke her thumb in the Italian League championship game. But that was almost five weeks ago, and she's apparently ready to play again.

Kayla replaces Jordan Hooper on the Sun roster. The Sun traded Hooper to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft.

Kayla previously signed a contract with the Dandenong Rangers (Australia) for the 2017-18 season, but there probably won't be any overlap in the two commitments. Dandenong is scheduled to begin its season early in October, and the WNBA regular season ends on September 3. The Chiney-less Sun isn't expected to progress far in the playoffs.

June 11, 2017

Ros' Journey

Ros shares her journey from Queens to Stanford and on to the Golden State Warriors' sidelines in this video from The Relish: Why Ros Gold-Onwude Is the Warriors Real MVP

June 7, 2017

Karlie and Bri will play on in Europe

Karlie and Bri have signed contracts for the 2017-18 season in Europe.

Karlie will be playing in Vigarano, Italy [map], for the team on which Amber has played for the past two seasons.

Vigarano Basketball is pleased to announce, "... a new entry in the roster 2017/2018, the first foreigner, coming knit Mechanics Novan Karlie Samuelson , shooting specialist, but also complete player who will complement the external quintet available to coach Andreoli."

Bri will be playing in Pécs, Hungary [map].

Head coach Gabriel Carrasco says, "Briana is a very intelligent player, both offensively and defensively will be very great help in the second and each post."

May 31, 2017

Q&A with Ros

Chuck Barney (Bay Area News Group) chats with Ros about the NBA Finals, her love for hoops and being beautiful and powerful’: Q&A with Warriors reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

May 26, 2017

Jillian is helping the Tall Ferns go for the gold

The Tall Ferns (the New Zealand Women's Basketball National Team) have named Jillian to the 12-member squad that will compete in the FIBA Women's Basketball Asia Cup in July, aiming to qualify for the FIBA 2018 Women's Basketball World Cup.

The Tall Ferns have a much better chance than ever to advance to the World Cup, because FIBA has re-organized the continental competitions this year.

In the past, Australia and New Zealand (and many other small Pacific national teams) competed in the Oceania Championship, which was virtually a "gimme" for powerhouse Australia, which has won 15 of the 16 Oceania Championships since 1974.

This year New Zealand and Australia will compete alongside six Asian teams. The top four at the tournament will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

New Zealand and Australia will not meet until the semi-final (or final) round of Asia Cup, because they are assigned to different groups.

New Zealand, which is ranked #38 in the world, is grouped with China (#10), Chinese Taipei, (#34) and North Korea (#64).

This is Jillian's fourth summer of international competition with the Tall Ferns. She first joined them in the 2008 Olympics, between her junior and senior years at Stanford. She re-joined the team in 2012 and again in 2016 for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Read more: Experienced Tall Ferns to lead the way in Asia

May 25, 2017

Chiney is pursuing second career while sidelined

Basketball is still Chiney's first love, but she's grateful that the injury that sidelined her this season gives her the opportunity to pursue her second love — broadcast media.

In the past couple of years, Chiney has made several brief television appearances with ESPN and PAC-12 Networks. Now she will soon have a diverse on-air role with ESPN.

John Altaville (Hartford Courant} tells her story: Sun's Chiney Ogwumike Has No Problem Taking One For The Team

May 21, 2017

Alex is playing for the Southern Tigers

Alex Green (2015) has, for the time being, set aside her plan to pursue a career in athletic administration. She's playing basketball instead.

Last summer she played for the Dallas Lady Diesel, a non-profit sports club that is a member of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, a professional development league for women basketball players.

This summer Alex has gone pro and is playing basketball in Australia with the Southern Tigers, which is located a few kilometers south of Adelaide (map).

The Southern Tigers are a member of the Premier League, which is one of seven Australian State Basketball regional leagues. They play from April to the end of July.

The Tigers are 5-1 for the season. Alex has played in all six games and has averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Matt Turner (Southern Times) interviewed Alex soon after she arrived in Australia and wrote this story:

Green now in yellow chasing the silverware

Alex Green has put injuries behind her and is determined to make the most of her debut overseas basketball stint by helping Southern Tigers win a Premier League title.

The Dallas-raised point guard joined the Tigers as an import last month after graduating from an injury-riddled five years at Stanford University.

Green tore her left achilles tendon in her first season at the Californian college, side-lining her for 15 months, and then missed nine months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament during her final campaign last year. She tore her other ACL during her last year of high school.

With the injuries and frustration now over, Green is intent on leading Southern, a preliminary finalist last season, to its first women's championship in 21 years.

"It was definitely challenging but everything I've gone through has made me a stronger person," Green says.

"The knee's going great, I haven't had any issues and I feel stronger than I was before my injuries.

"Speed, quickness and running into position are strengths. I just want to be a great teammate, just do whatever the team needs me to do ... and win games. We want to win it all and get better each game."

Green started playing club basketball in primary school, combining it with soccer until she was 11.

"Soccer was my main sport growing up but I reached a certain age where I had to choose ... and I ended up choosing basketball. I thought it was more fun."

Green knew nothing about the Premier League and had never heard of Adelaide before joining the Tigers.

"It was an opportunity to play basketball at the next level and to travel and meet new people."

"It's been awesome. Everyone's been so welcoming and nice."

May 18, 2017

Sarah is playing for the Bulleen Boomers

Sarah Boothe ('12)has made a huge cultural and geographic leap — from Kazan, Russia to Bulleen, Australia (map)

She's playing basketball this summer with the Bulleen Bombers, who are located just a few kilometers northeast of Melbourne.

The Bulleen Bombers are a member of the BigV (Victoria) League, which is one of seven Australian State Basketball regional leagues. They play from mid-March to the end of July.

Sarah is their starting center. She's played in the Bombers' last two games and has averaged 12 points and 17 rebounds per game.

May 17, 2017

Kayla signs with Rangers

Kayla broke her thumb in the Italian playoffs and was waived by the Connecticut Sun.

She has since signed with the Dandenong Rangers in Australia for the 2017-18 season.

Kayla played for the Rangers in 2013-14 and was named their Defensive Player of the Year. They're thrilled by her return, as reported here: Kayla Pedersen returns to Dandenong for 2017/18 season.

May 14, 2017

Azzi and Lacob reminisce on San Jose Lasers' 20th anniversary

Two decades ago, Joe Lacob owned his first pro basketball team — the San Jose Lasers.

Today he owns a more successful team — the Golden State Warriors.

Mark Purdy (San Francisco Chronicle) brought Jennifer Azzi and Lacob together to reminisce: Joe Lacob lost $10 million on the first basketball team he owned — with no regrets

The story is accompanied by 43 historic photos — from the first point scored by the Lasers to the day the league folded.

May 13, 2017

Who's playing ball this summer

And who's not

  • Mikaela Ruef '13 was waived by the Los Angeles Sparks at the end of training camp.

  • Karlie Samuelson '17 was waived by the Los Angeles Sparks at the end of training camp, during which she injured her ankle.

  • Chiney Ogwumike '14 is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. She has signed a multi-year contract with the Connecticut Sun, but has been suspended for the season to free up a roster spot (story)

  • Kayla Pedersen '11, who was slated to return to the Connecticut Sun, has been waived for the season because she broke her thumb in the Italian League championship game. (story).

WNBA Games on Twitter

The WNBA has added Twitter to its viewing options this season. They will live stream 20 regular-season games at wnba.twitter.com. Click here for the story and schedule.

As in past seasons, some games will be shown on national TV (ESPN and NBATV). Click here for the National TV schedule.

Other games will be shown on various local TV stations and on League Pass (WNBA's live game streaming service, which costs $16.99 for a season subscription).

The WNBA Full Schedule shows the various viewing options for each game. Click 'Game Info' for links to Twitter and League Pass.

May 12, 2017

Alumnae Abroad, 2016-17 Season-End Report

The 2016-17 season ended with gold medals for four of the eight Stanford alumnae who played abroad.

Lucca had an excellent season. They were the regular season co-champion with Familia Schio of the Italian Serie A1 league for the second consecutive season. The two teams met again in the league playoff championship. Familia Schio, the three-year reigning league champion, had swept Lucca in the championship series last season. But Lucca triumphed 3-1 over Schio this season, and won their first Serie A1 gold medal.

Campion d'Italia¹

Jillian Harmon ('09), Lucca (Italy)

Jillian, Lucca's starting power forward, was a major factor in Lucca's success. She led her team in scoring with 17.2 ppg (third-best in the league) and scored in double digits in all but one game. She was Lucca's second-best rebounder (6.7 rpg) and also tallied 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

She scored an average of 17 points in the league championship series and was named the tournament MVP.

Jillian was named All-Italian A1 Player of the Year and Forward of the Year and was named to the All-Italian A1 1st Team and the All-Imports Team by Euroleague.com.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), Lucca (Italy)

Kayla had a fine season as a center for Lucca. She came off the bench, but played an average of about 30 minutes per game. She was Lucca's best rebounder (7.7 rpg) and shot-blocker (0.4 bpg) and their second-best scorer (11.0 ppg). She also tallied 2.2 steals per game.

Kayla's performance in the championship series was notable. She averaged a double-double (11.5 points and 10 rebounds).

Kayla received Honorable Mention in the Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 awards.

Amber Orrange ('15), Vigarano (Italy)

This was Vigarano's third season in the Italian Serie A1 league. They finished in a three-way tie for eighth with a 6-16 record and ended their season with a loss to the league leader in the playoff quarter-finals — a nice step up from #11 last season.

This was Amber's second season with Vigarano. She started as their point guard this season. She played the most minutes of anyone on the team (36.2 per game) and was among the top-10 performers in the league — first in assists (3.7 per game with just 3.3 turnovers), third in steals (3.3 per game) and ninth in scoring (14.8 ppg).

Amber had a great performance in the victory that took Vigarano to the quarter-finals. She led the effort with a double-double (21 points and 11 rebounds), eight assists and four steals.

Amber was named to the All-Italian A1 2nd Team by Eurobasket.com

Серебро с золотым отливом²

Nneka Ogwumike ('12), Dynamo Kursk (Russia)

Dynamo Kursk was almost perfect this season, losing just one game in the regular season. They won a gold medal and a silver medal and were the regular season co-champion.

Dynamo Kursk made FIBA history in EuroLeague Women as they wrapped up a perfect 18-0 season with a victory in the championship game. See Nneka's team wins FIBA EuroLeague Women championship for more about the title game.

Dynamo Kursk went 19-1 in the Russian PBL league and were co-champion with UMMC Ekaterinburg (whose roster includes Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner). Each team's single regular season loss was to the other.

In the league playoffs, the battle between Dynamo Kursk and UMMC came down to the last minute of the fifth game of the championship series. The score was tied at 80-80 with 1:06 left to play. Then Diana Taurasi sank a 3-pointer to put UMMC ahead 80-83. At the 0:09 mark, UMMC committed an intentional foul; Anna Cruz made both free throws and Kursk was within one point of victory, but they weren't able to score in the final seconds. So UMMC won the gold, and Dynamo Kursk won the silver. Nneka was named to the All-Tournament team as best small forward.

Nneka was outstanding in both competitions, although not as dominating as last season.

In EuroLeague Women, she ranked first in double-doubles (8 in 17 games) and second in efficiency (21.4) and rebounds (10.2 rpg). She was the ninth-best scorer (15.1 ppg) and 16th in field goal percentage (.500).

Nneka was named All-EuroLeague Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Import of the Year by Eurobasket.com.

In the PBL games, Nneka made 55% of her shots for an average of 12.8 points per game (which was eighth-best in the league). She was ninth in the league in rebounds (7.1 rpg) and steals (1.9 spg).

Nneka was named All-Russian PBL Forward of the Year and was named to the All-Russian PBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team by Eurobasket.com.

Sarah Boothe ('12), Kazanochka Kasan (Russia)

Kazanochka finished in the next-to-last place in the Russian PBL league with a disappointing 6-14 record.

This was Sarah's second season as Kazanochka's starting power forward. She averaged 8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.

Mikaela Ruef ('13), Canberra Capitals (Australia)

The Caps, with their new coach and 14 new players, did quite well in their re-building season. They finished in a tie for fifth place in the Australian WNBL League, their most successful season in six years.

Only the top four teams advance to the playoffs in Australia, so that was the end of the Caps' season.

Mikaela led the league in rebounding with 11.0 rpg. She was the Caps' third-best scorer with 12.4 ppg. She was one of only two players in the league to average a double-double per game and racked up one in half of their games this season .

Mikaela was named to the All-Australian WNBL second team by Australiabasket.com.

Kristen Nevlin (Newlin) ('07), Mersin (Turkey)

Mersin played in EuroLeague Women for the first time ever and had a tough time. They went 2-12 in group play. Kristen averaged 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.6 blocks per game.

Mersin ranked seventh in the Turkish KBSL league with a 12-14 record and ended its season with a loss to #2 seed Fenerbahce in the quarter-finals of the league playoffs.

Kristen was Mersin's starting center. She averaged 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.6 blocks per game in Turkish league play.

Veilchen Ladies sind erstklassig³

Alissa (Cissy) Pierce ('08), Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (Germany)

The Violet Ladies were double champions this season. They won the regular-season championship of the Northern division of the German 2.Bundesliga league with a 19-3 record and took the gold in the post-season playoff with a 3-0 sweep of the second place team.

Alissa was Goettingen's starting power forward. She was their third-best scorer (13.8 ppg) and second-best rebounder (5.8 rpg).

¹ Champion of Italy
² Silver with a hint of gold
³ Violet Ladies are first class

May 9, 2017

Sun waive Kayla because she broke her thumb

As reported in The Day on May 9:
The Connecticut Sun waived post Kayla Pedersen on Monday as it continued to pare its roster down to the WNBA’s 12-player limit by Friday’s deadline.

Pedersen hadn’t reported to training camp yet due to her commitments with Lucca of Italy’s LegA Basket Femminile. She had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds on Sunday as Lucca beat Familia Schio, 65-50, to win the league title in four games.

Connecticut acquired Pedersen in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick from the Tulsa Shock in 2013. She played in 89 games for the Sun. She was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft and took last season off to work in a youth ministry.

As reported in the Norwich Bulletin on May 11:

Veteran forward Kayla Pedersen was supposed to join the Sun following the Italian League Serie A championship.

But Pedersen broke her thumb in the championship series and the 6-foot-4 forward was not going to be available this season.

The Sun waived Pedersen on Monday.

Here's the whole story: Sun roster in flux as WNBA season approaches

May 3, 2017

Bird's first WNBA minutes

She played 14 minutes in the Fever's preseason game against the Washington Mystics, made two of six field goal attempts, and snared six rebounds.

April 28, 2017

Triple Threat

"Imagine a franchise composed of a three-player core of scoring point guard Damian Lillard, combo guard Jerry West, and dominant power forward Draymond Green. The three seem wildly different in terms of personality and style, yet as it turns out ..."

Alexandre Bucquet (Stanford Daily) tells the stories of the Cardinal's most recent alumnae: Triple Threat

April 25, 2017

April 23, 2017

Good and not-so-good news of Chiney

The good news: Chiney has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Connecticut Sun.

The not-so-good: Chiney has been suspended and will not play this season.

It's all explained in the Mohegan Bulletin: Sun offer Chiney Ogwumike contract extension, suspend her for season

April 19, 2017

Karlie signs contract with LA Sparks

Karlie has signed a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Sparks, as reported by Stanford Athletics: Sparks sign Samuelson

She joins several other Stanford alumnae: Nneka Ogwumike (who is a five-year veteran with the Sparks), Mikaela Ruef (who signed with the Sparks in March), and Bobbie Kelsey (who was hired as assistant coach in April).

Karlie faces some tough competition for her position — the Swish Sisters from Oregon State. The Sparks picked Sydney Wiese in the draft, and Jamie Weisner signed with them in February (she was waived by the Washington Mystics after several games last season).

April 17, 2017

Vanessa named as USA Basketball U16 coach

USA Basketball announced today:

Carla Berube, Steve Gomez And Vanessa Nygaard Named As Coaches For 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team

The announcement includes Vanessa's impressive qualification for the position:

Having recently completed her fifth season at the helm of Windward [High School in Los Angeles], Nygaard owns a 130-25 record (.839 winning percentage) as the program’s head coach. She took the reins in 2012-13, after serving as an associate head coach there for three seasons (2008-09 to 2011-12).

April 16, 2017

Nneka's team wins FIBA EuroLeague Women championship

Dynamo Kursk made FIBA history three seasons ago — in its first-ever appearance in EuroLeague Women, it advanced to the Final Four where it won the bronze medal.

Dynamo Kursk made FIBA history again this season with a truly magnificent run to glory as it capped a perfect 18-0 season with a victory in the championship game today.

Kursk defeated Turkish team Fenerbahce 77-68 to take the gold. There were three familiar game heroes for Kursk:

  • Nneka Ogwumike had the only double-double of the day (19 points and 10 rebounds) plus three assists, two steals and a block. She played the full 40 minutes, the only player on either team to do so.
  • Angel McCoughtry was the top scorer of the day with 20 points and was named MVP.
  • Epiphanny Prince added 18 points, seven assists and four steals.

Here is the game story from FIBA: Dynamo Kursk crowned EuroLeague Women champions for the first time and the complete game report, which includes statistics and a gallery of photos.

You can see the complete live game at livebasketball.tv. (They charge $9.99 for a month subscription. The video quality was good, and the English-speaking commentator was excellent.)

April 14, 2017

Fever are ecstatic to get Bird

So say Indiana Fever head coach Pokey Chapman and president Kelly Krauskopf in:

Fever Secure a Steal in Stanford’s Erica McCall

(Is she still "Bird"? I hope so.)

April 13, 2017

Bird drafted by the Indiana Fever

Congratulations to Bird!

She was selected by the Indiana Fever with the 17th pick of the 2017 WNBA Draft (the fifth pick of the second round). It was the Fever's first pick of the draft.

Bird will find at least two familiar faces in the Fever locker room: Jeanette Pohlen Mavunga (Stanford '11) and Candice Dupree (her sister-in-law, spouse of Bird's sister DeWanna Bonner).

Three other Pac-12 alumnae were drafted: Kelsey Plum, #1 to San Antonio Stars; Sydney Wiese #11 to Los Angeles Sparks; and Chantal Osahor #21 to Chicago Sky.

Here is more about Bird and the draft:

Ridgeview grad McCall taken in WNBA Draft, from Bakersfield.com

Cardinal Fever, from Stanford Athletics

The complete draft board

Bird's dream is about to come true

McCall ready for her big moment at WNBA Draft from Bakersfield.com

Remember to share Bird's big moment: the draft show is on ESPN2 at 4:00 this afternoon.

April 11, 2017

Arizona welcomes Nicole home

After three years as an assistant to Kelly Graves, Nicole Powell ('04) is "beyond excited" to return home to the Arizona West Valley for her first head-coaching job at Grand Canyon University.

Grand Canyon University is a private Christian university in Phoenix. The 'Lopes (Antelopes) compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

Read more about Nicole's appointment in Ex-Mountain Pointe standout Nicole Powell named GCU women's basketball coach from the Arizona Rebublic and in GCU Athletics' Twitter page.

Nicole has joined a very enthusiastic basketball community. GCU's student section, the GCU Havocs, prides itself as the rowdiest in the country.

April 7, 2017

Bird is on her way to the WNBA

The WNBA has released a list of 10 prospects that will be on hand for the 2017 Draft next Thursday in New York City. Bird is one of the ten.

Here is the Stanford Athletics announcement: McCall to attend WNBA draft

April 6, 2017

Nneka is player of the month again

Nneka has been named the eurobasket.com MVP of the month for the second time this season:

Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk (Russia) was selected as the MVP of March by eurobasket.com. Ogwumike led her team to perfect 5-0 record that past month (4-0 in Euroleague and 1-0 in Russian PBL). She averaged 15.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg. In her best game she scored 27 points in a win against Bourges.
Dynamo Kursk cruised into the EuroLeague Women Final Four with a perfect record to their name after sweeping Bourges Basket in the Quarter-Finals, thanks mainly to outstanding performances by Angel McCoughtry and Nneka. In addition to her 27 points in that game, Nneka tallied six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Dynamo Kursk will play USK Prague in the Euroleague Women semi-finals on April 14. The championship game is on April 16.

Dynamo Kursk tops the Russian PBL League with an almost perfect record (19-1). Nneka contributed six points, twelve rebounds and three steals to their semi-final victory over Dynamo Moscow in the PBL Playoffs.

Dynamo Kursk will play UMMC (the PBL co-champion, also with a 19-1 record) in the second round of the semi-finals on April 9.

March 25, 2017

Vanessa revels in victory

Vanessa Nygaard ('98) coached her high school team Windward to the Division I state championship, beating Sacramento McClatchy 53-41.

Vanessa isn't shy when she's happy. She ran onto the court during the presentation of the CIF championship plaque and jumped into the arms of Athletic Director Tyrone Powell.

Watch the video

March 9, 2017

Nneka is Europe Player of the Month

Nneka was named the Europe Player of the Month for leading her team to seven victories in February, three in the Russian PBL League and four in EuroLeague Women:
Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) of Dynamo Kursk (Russia) was selected as the MVP of February by eurobasket.com. American center who also holds Nigerian passport, led her team to 7 victories last month while averaging 12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. Her best game was on Feb.26 against the rivals from UMMCA when Ogwumike registered double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Nneka has continued her outstanding performance in March as Dynamo Kursk won its first EuroLeague Women quarterfinal game, thanks in large part to her 22 points and 14 rebounds.

March 8, 2017

Top 25 Oregon girls who came to Stanford

Girls basketball in Oregon has come a long way since it became an OSAA sport in the mid-1970s, producing high school and college all-Americans, Olympians and professional stars.

The Oregonian takes a look at The top 25 players in Oregon girls basketball history

These seven came to Stanford (Click photos to enlarge):

24. Tara Harrington
Mazama 1993
6-0, Forward

The sweet-shooting Harrington was a three-time, first-team all-state selection and the player of the year as a senior, when she averaged 27.3 points and had a 52-point game in which she made 20 of 29 shots. Gatorade named her the Pacific region player of the year in 1993. In four varsity seasons, she averaged 19 points and amassed 982 rebounds, 634 assists and 515 steals as the Vikings went 87-13 and won three consecutive conference titles and their first state trophy, finishing third in 1993. She had 15 steals in one game. She also was a three-time all-state soccer player. A 4.0 student, she played at Stanford and professionally in Europe before coaching in college and becoming a doctor.

22. JJ Hones
Southridge 2006
5-10, Point guard

Southridge’s championship teams of 2005 and 2006 were stocked with Pac-10 caliber talent, but Hones was the engine that made it all go. She was the state player of the year as a senior, averaging 12.6 points and leading the team in assists and steals while shooting 53.2 percent. She could get her points when needed, as evidenced by a 25-point first half in a semifinal win over Ashland in 2006. The Skyhawks went 56-2 in her last two seasons, finishing ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today in 2006, and set the stage for a run of five titles in six years. Hones played in two national championship games for Stanford before being dismissed from the team as a fourth-year junior.

20. Kailee Johnson
Central Catholic 2013
6-3, forward

Long and athletic, Johnson was a force on offense and defense for the Rams, helping lead them to their first state championship in 2013. She was the state player of the year as a senior, averaging 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting 63 percent. In a quarterfinal win over Westview in 2013, she had 17 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks, while cooling off a red-hot Jaime Nared, holding her to 4-for-25 shooting with six turnovers. She also was a standout volleyball player, winning two state titles. She played in the McDonald’s All-American Game before heading off to Stanford, where she started 15 games in three seasons before opting to forgo her senior year.12.

12. Katy Steding
Lake Oswego 1986
6-0, Forward

A three-time, first-team all-state selection, Steding was named the player of the year as a senior, when she averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds. She helped lead the Lakers to the semifinals in 1984, 1985 and 1986, making the all-tournament first team each year. In a playoff win over Crescent Valley as a sophomore, she scored 36 points. She was a three-time all-Pac-10 pick at Stanford, where she was a member of the school’s first NCAA title team in 1990. She won a gold medals with Team USA in the 1991 World University Games, where she averaged 10.3 points, and the 1996 Olympics. She played in the WNBA until 2001 and currently is the coach at Boston University.

11. Trisha Stevens
Philomath 1987
6-2, Center

Stevens dominated in Class AA – the second-highest level – leading Philomath to state titles in 1986 and 1987 and a 61-game winning streak. In the 1987 final against Marist, she made 19 of 22 shots and had 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks. She finished her career as the state’s all-time leading scorer and currently stands third. She still owns the state single-game rebound record with 33. She was a two-time all-Pac-10 selection at Stanford, where she led the 1990 national championship team in scoring (17.6) and field-goal percentage (54.9), and was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. She played in two Final Fours, was named to the NCAA All-Regional team twice and finished her college career second on Stanford’s all-time scoring list (1,649). She also was a member of the USA U-18 National Team in 1989. Stevens was the Boise State coach from 1996 to 2002.

8. Jillian Harmon
Lakeridge 2005
6-1, Forward

Harmon was a three-time state player of the year, the first girl or boy to accomplish the feat. She was an offensive force for the Pacers, scoring inside and outside to amass 2,157 career points, No. 8 on the all-time list. She averaged 21.8 points as a senior, including 28.4 in five postseason games. She had a 43-point, 16-rebound performance in a playoff win over West Salem. She led Lakeridge to a state runner-up finish as a junior. Harmon made an instant impact at Stanford, averaging 8.5 points and making the Pac-10 all-freshman team, and was a member of two Final Four teams, finishing runner-up in 2008.. She played in the 2008 Olympics for New Zealand, scoring 22 points in one game, and won a gold medal at the USA Youth Development Festival. She has had a successful professional career playing in Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

5. Lindsey Yamasaki
Oregon City 1998
6-1, Forward

An outstanding leaper, Yamasaki could dominate with pure athleticism. She won four state championships at Oregon City and is the program’s No. 2 career scorer (1,682) behind Tammy Arnold. Despite sharing the spotlight with other elite players, she averaged 20.5 points as a junior and a school-record 24.6 points as a senior, earning player of the year honors. She was MVP of the WBCA High School All-America Game, scoring 16 points. Yamasaki also was player of the year in volleyball as a senior and headed to Stanford with dreams of becoming a two-sport star. She led the basketball team in scoring (14.0) as a freshman, and after redshirting her first year, returned to volleyball and helped lead Stanford to the NCAA final. She gave up volleyball to focus on basketball and became a Pac-10 first-team selection, finishing as the program’s No. 9 all-time scorer (1,497 points). She was the 29th pick in the 2002 WNBA draft and played in the league for two seasons.

March 7, 2017

Kayla is Italian Player of the Week

Kayla was named the Italian Serie A1 League Player of the Week:
27-year old forward Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Lucca and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. She had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed Battipaglia (#11, 3-16) with 27-point margin 77-50. It allowed Lucca to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A1. Lucca have a solid 17-2 record. It's Pedersen's second year at Lucca and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Kayla Pedersen averages this season 9.4ppg and 6.9rpg.
This is Kayla's top score in her two years with Lucca and her third double-double of the season.

March 2, 2017

Professor Starbird speaks about "fake news"

University of Washington professor and researcher Kate Starbird touches on the many definitions of "fake news," its effects on mainstream media, and how both technology designers and consumers could address these issues.

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