February 23, 2017

Jillian and Amber excel in Italy

For the third time this season, Jillian was named the Italian Serie A1 League Player of the Week:
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds for Lucca in her team's victory, helping them to crush La Spezia (#12, 2-16) with a 19-point margin 71-52. It allowed Lucca to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A1. Lucca has a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Harmon had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Lucca and it's hard to imagine this team without her.

Jillian is the fourth-best scorer in the league with an average of 17.6 ppg. Her 2.6 steals per game is eighth-best in the league.

Amber's performance for Vigarano — 18 points, four rebounds and four assists — was judged the fifth-best of the week.

Amber ranks ninth in the Italian league in scoring (15.1 ppg), fourth in assists (3.1 apg) and fourth in steals (3.4 spg).

February 21, 2017

The dark side of Candice's WNBA career

Candice Wiggins: She was bullied in WNBA because she’s straight,
by Tod Leonard (San Francisco Chronicle)

Imani Boyette, University of Texas 2016, who currently plays for the Chicago Sky, responded with an open letter to Candice.

Mechelle Voepel (espnW) reports: WNBA has no comment, but many players dispute Candice Wiggins' allegations of bullying culture

As president of the WNBA Player Association, Nneka responded:

Our union is only as strong as our loyalty to and support for one another. What is key to that loyalty and support is our commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a union, we should and we will continue to celebrate the diversity that makes us special and lead by example. We must respect the rights of those we don’t agree with when they speak their mind. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the comments made recently by a former player or whether one has seen or experienced anything like what she has described, anything that impacts an inclusive culture should be taken seriously.