June 20, 2018

Lili "drafted" by Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters has announced its 2018 player draft. Lili Thompson ('17) is one of five players — and the only female — drafted by the group known for its entertainment and circus-like traveling show.

June 7, 2018

Catching up with Chiney

Catching up with Chiney is not an easy thing to do, but blogger Lindsey Gibbs does a good job of reporting how the 2018 season is shaping up for Chiney in:

Three questions with Chiney Ogwumike: Multitasking with the Connecticut Sun, ESPN and the Marvel Universe

June 5, 2018

Kayla returns to Dandenong

Although Kayla Pedersen ('11) has retired from the WNBA, she's continuing to play professional basketball overseas and has signed with Dandenong for the 2018-19 season.

This will be Kayla's second consecutive season with Dandenong (her third in all) and they're very pleased to have her back: Kayla Pederson back with Dandenong

June 4, 2018

Jillian signs with fifth Italian team

Jillian Harmon ('09) has signed a contract with Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa for the 2018-19 season.

Ragusa is located in Sicily (see map).

This will be Jill's tenth season as a professional basketball player, her ninth in Italy (Comense, Parma, Lucca and Naples). She's also played in Australia and New Zealand

Jillian has been a winner wherever she played. Among other honors she's been named to the Eurobasket.com All-Italian 2nd team in 2013 and '14, the Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand 1st team in 2015, and the Eurobasket.com All-Italian 1st team in 2016, '17, and '18. She was named the New Zealand Female Player of the Year in 2017 and '18.

Ragusa sports director Giovanni Criscione comments , "We are thrilled to have added to our group of confirmed athletes Jillian Harmon, player of undoubted quality and experience, but above all an extremely competitive and ambitious professional.

May 30, 2018

Karlie released by Sparks

The LA Sparks were very short-handed a couple of weeks ago. Two players had not returned from overseas play and Candace Parker was out with a day-to-day injury. Under a special WNBA hardship ruling, the Sparks were allowed to extend their roster and signed Karlie.

Now the three veteran players are back and Karlie's contract has been waived.

Karlie made a fine showing in her short stint in the WNBA. She played in four games for about ten minutes per game. She tallied 14 points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks. She made 45.5% of her field goal attempts and 40% of her three-pointers.

This isn't the end of basketball for Karlie. She's signed a contract to play in Belgium in the 2018-19 season.

May 24, 2018

Alumnae Abroad: 2017-18 Season-end report

Four of the ten Stanford alumnae who played abroad in the 2017-18 season took home a medal (or two).

Amber, with Keltern, won the German DBBL regular season and the league championship:

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Bird, with Atomeromu was the Hungarian A Division regular-season co-champion, took the gold in the Hungarian Cup (an interleague competition), and won the silver in the league championship:

Sarah, with Montana 2003, won the bronze medal in the Women's Adriatic Basketball Association (WABA) championship.

Nneka, with Dynamo Kursk, won the bronze medal in FIBA Euroleague Women, was the Russian PBL League regular-season co-champion, and won the silver in the league championship.

Erica McCall ('17), Atomeromu KSC Szekszard (Hungary)

Atomeromu had an excellent season.

The team went 4-2 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and advanced to the Round of Eight — not bad for its first-ever international competition!

Bird averaged 10.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.4 assists in the EuroCup games.

Atomeromu won the Hungarian Cup, which is kind of a preview of the league playoffs. It's a competition among the top 8 teams in the Hungarian A Division played before the last regular season game.

Atomeromu was the Hungarian A Division regular season co-champion with Sopron; each had a 14-2 record and one of its losses was to the other.

Atomeromu fell to Sopron again in the league playoff finals, where it was swept 3-0 in the best-of-five series and earned the silver medal.

Bird led her team in scoring (13.6 ppg, sixth-best in the league), rebounding (7.0 rpg, tied for eighth-place in the league) and blocked shots (0.5 bpg) in the Hungarian league games.

Bird was named to the All-Hungarian 2nd Team and All Imports Team by EuroBasket.com.

Briana Roberson ('17), PEAC Pécs (Hungary)

PEAC went 2-4 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and did not advance to the playoffs.

It placed seventh in the Hungarian A Division with an 8-12 record and ended its season in seventh place in the league playoffs.

Bri was PEAC's starting point guard. She averaged 12.5 points, 1.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game in EuroCup; 10.4 points, 2.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in the Hungarian League.

Amber Orrange ('15), Gruner Stern Keltern (Germany)

Amber and Keltern had a splendid season!

The team went 1-5 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and did not advance to the playoffs. But at home, it won the German DBBL regular season with an 18-4 record and took home the gold medal at the league playoffs with a 3-0 sweep of 4-year reigning champion Wasserburg in the best-of-five final round.

As Keltern's starting point guard, Amber was a strong member of the team. She averaged 23 points and four steals per game in the final round and was named the Finals MVP.

For the season, she led the team in scoring (15.4 ppg, tenth-best in the league) and steals (2.3 spg, third-best in the league). She added 3.2 assists (eighth-best in the league) and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Amber was named to the All-German DBBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team and was named the DBBL Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, and Import Player of the Year by EuroBasket.com.

Mikaela Ruef ('14), Toulouse Metropole (France)

Toulouse placed third in the French LF2 Division with a 15-7 record and ended its season with a loss in the playoff quarterfinals.

Mikaela was Toulouse's starting center and a huge asset for the team. She was the second best scorer (17.5 ppg) and rebounder (12.0 rpg) in the LF2 league. She was also Toulouse's leading shot-blocker (0.6 bpg) and thief (1.7 spg). She tallied 14 double-doubles and was named Eurobasket LF2 Player of the Week six times.

Regrettably, Mikaela's season ended in Toulouse's second game of the playoff quarterfinal round with a suspected ACL injury. She is expected to be sidelined for a year.

Mikaela was named to the All-French LF2 1st team and was named the French LF2 Forward of the Year and Import Player of the year by EuroBasket.com.

Sarah Boothe ('12), Montana 2003 (Bulgaria)

Montana played in the Bulgarian NBL league and in the Women's Adriatic Basketball Association (WABA). About 1/3 of the Montana players participated in both sets of games; the remainder played only in one set or the other. Sarah played only in the WABA games.

Montana placed first in the Bulgarian NBL league with an 11-1 record and won the gold medal in the playoffs.

Montana placed third in the WABA competition with a 9-5 record and won the bronze medal in the playoffs.

Sarah helped win the WABA bronze medal with a double-double, scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. She averaged 14.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 assists in the WABA games

Sarah was named All-WABA Player of the Year and Center of the Year and named to the All-WABA First Team by Eurobasket.com.

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

Reigning FIBA EuroLeague Women champion Dynamo Kursk advanced to the playoffs as the only unbeaten team in the competition, but dropped the semifinal game to its Russian rival UMMC 77-84. It defeated Turkish team Yakin Dogu in the consolation final and ended with the bronze medal.

Nneka averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the EuroLeague games.

Dynamo Kursk tied for first place with UMMC in the Russian PBL league with a 19-1 record. Their only loss was to each other. They met again in the league playoff final — UMMC swept Dynamo Kursk in the best-of-five series, so Dynamo Kursk went home with the silver. (In the deciding game of the series, Brittney Griner scored 35 points and Maya Moore scored 26, including 10 of 10 free throws for UMMC.)

Nneka led her team in scoring in the Russian PBL games with 12.7 ppg, which ranked ninth-best in the league. She also tallied 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game (tied for sixth place in the league).

Nneka was named to the All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and Imports Team by EuroBasket.com.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), Dandenong Rangers (Australia)

Dandenong, which has been among the top three teams in the Australian WNBL league for the prior six seasons, was hit hard by injuries this season. They lost ten of their last 13 regular season games after their star player, Sara Blicavs, suffered a devastating knee injury. and finished the season in seventh place with a 7-14 record.

Kayla held down the front court all season as Dandenong's starting shooting forward. She was their leading rebounder with 8.2 rpg, which ranked sixth-best in the league. She added 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game and tallied six double-doubles.

Kayla was named the AustraliaBasket.com Defensive Player of the Year and the WNBL Robyn Maher defensive player of the year (See video).

Jillian Harmon ('09), Dike Napoli (Italy)

Napoli placed fourth in the Italian Serie A1 league with a 12-10 record and ended its season with a loss in the semifinals of the league playoffs.

Jillian had an outstanding season. She led her team in scoring with 18.3 ppg (best in the league) and in rebounding with 9.4 rpg (fourth-best in the league). She also dished 3.2 assists per game (No. 8 in the league). She played an average of 38 minutes per game and tallied a double-double in twelve of them.

Jillian was named the All-Italian A1 Forward of the year and to the 1st team and All-Imports team by Eurobasket.com.

Jillian was named Female Player of the Year for the second year running by Basketball New Zealand.

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

Goettingen had a tough go in its first season in the DBBL, the premier German league. It finished 10th in the league with a 6-16 record and did not advance to the playoffs.

Alissa started as shooting forward for the Violet Ladies. She averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Kristen Newlin ('07), Bottasspor Adana (Turkey)

Botas placed fourth in the Turkish KBSL League with a 15-9 record and ended its season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the league playoffs.

New had a very good season as Botas' starting center. She averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while playing 28 minutes per game.

May 23, 2018

Sarah is playing in Australia again this summer

Sarah Boothe ('12) is playing basketball with the Bulleen Bombers again this summer.

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.

She played as the Bombers' starting center last summer and, as their leading scorer and rebounder helped them win the silver medal in the State Championship

Sarah is the Bombers' starting shooting forward this summer and, after playing for Hungary in the winter season, joined the team for its last five games.

Sarah is one of the most experienced players at Bulleen, has averaged 12 points and 17 rebounds per game, and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

May 20, 2018

Karlie signs with Sparks at the last minute

On Thursday, Karlie's name appeared in the large last group of women whose WNBA training camp contract was waived.

The cut came as a surprise because Karlie had put together a stellar preseason in which she averaged 9.7 points on 68.8 percent shooting (11-of-16) and a 62.5 percent clip from behind the arc (5-of-8).

This morning, the Los Angeles Sparks tweeted:

*** You can watch Karlie play this afternoon at 2:00pm PT on ESPN2.

May 18, 2018

Who's playing ball this summer?

Just a very few Stanford hoopsters.

Neither Karlie Samuelson ('17) nor Brittany McPhee ('18) made it through training camp. They were both waived just before the regular season started.

Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga ('11), who had played for the Indiana Fever for six seasons was also waived at the end of training camp.

Kayla Pedersen ('11), has retired from the WNBA to pursue ministry opportunities.

The leaves just:

  • Erica (still "Bird") McCall ('17) back for her second year with the Indiana Fever after a very successful 2017-18 winter season in Hungary.

  • Chiney Ogwumike ('14) for her third season with the Connecticut Sun.

  • Veteran Nneka Ogwumike ('12) for her seventh season with the LA Sparks.

May 9, 2018

One-on-one with Chiney

David Barron (Houston Chronicle) chats with Chiney: One-on-one with Chiney Ogwumike, basketball star, announcer

And here's a video of Chiney from WTNH (a Connecticut TV station) after the Sun's first game of the 2018 season: Ogwumike looking good after being lost for the last two season-- due to some major injuries.

Bethany Donaphin Named Head of WNBA League Operations

The WNBA announced today that Bethany Donaphin (Stanford '02) has been promoted to Head of WNBA League Operations. Bethany has been serving as Associate Vice President, NBA Basketball Operations for almost two years.

As head of operations, Bethany will oversee all on-court basketball operations, including playing rules, scouting, scheduling and venue compliance. She also will oversee the management of referee operations and the administration of player-related policies and programs.

Read more in the WNBA announcement.

May 7, 2018

Karlie's plans for next season

Karlie Samuelson ('17) is currently at WNBA training camp, competing for a spot on the LA Sparks roster. She won't know whether she makes the cut for a couple of weeks, but a reliable source reports that she would have made it last summer, had she not re-injured the ankle that she had sprained in the Final Four a couple of months earlier.

Regardless of the WNBA outcome, Karlie will play professional basketball in Belgium (the first Cardinal alumnae to play in that country) in the 2018-19 season. She has signed a contract with Mithras Royal Castors Braine , which is located in Braine l'Alleud, Belgium (see map), and is expected to arrive there at the end of September or in early October.

Castors Braine is an excellent team. It had a perfect 2017-18 season (22-0) and won the Belgian Top Division championship for the fifth consecutive season.

May 3, 2018

Britt's dream comes true

“It’s a dream come true,” said Britt on how she felt after inking a training camp deal with her hometown team."

Read more: McPhee Continues Family Tradition of Basketball in the State of Washington

May 1, 2018

Chiney's careers are flourishing

In a couple of weeks, Chiney will finally return to her primary career as power forward for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

But also, as reported by Ben Carfardo (ESPN): Chiney Ogwumike Becomes Full-Time Multi-Platform ESPN Commentator

April 23, 2018

Kayla has retired from the WNBA

Kayla Pedersen ('11) has retired from playing professional basketball in the WNBA. She plans to continue playing abroad and pursuing off-court ministry opportunities.

Read more from the Connecticut Sun: Pedersen Treasures Sun Experience In Final WNBA Season

April 17, 2018

Britt signs training camp contract with Seattle Storm

Britt didn't make the cut at the WNBA draft last week, but she has signed a training camp contract with the Seattle Storm.

Read more in this story from the Seattle Times: Stanford star Brittany McPhee begins WNBA career with Seattle Storm

April 16, 2018

Mikaela sidelined by injury

Mikaela Ruef ('15) has spent most of her professional basketball career in Australia — winter and summer — except for playing in France this season with Toulouse Metropole.

She planned to join the Launceston Tornadoes for her fourth consecutive summer season in Tasmania after completing her European contract.

However, during Toulouse's semifinal round last week, Mikaela suffered a suspected ACL injury and will now be sidelined for 12 months.

April 14, 2018

Jillian leads Napoli into Italian semifinals

Jillian Harmon ('09) scored 18 points and 16 rebounds as Napoli defeated Lucca 55-51 in their third game of the Italian Series A1 quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals.

Here is the EuroBasket game report.

April 4, 2018

Bird is learning more about life overseas

Bird writes, "In my first year of playing overseas basketball, there have been have been many ups and downs, and definitely a lot of learning ..."

Click here for more.

March 12, 2018

A day with Chiney

In the offseason, Chiney gets an off-court workout in, then works on her broadcasting skills with the Boston Celtics.

Click here for the video.

March 6, 2018

Third Player of the Week for Mikaela

Eurobasket.com named Mikaela the Player of the Week of French LF2 League for the third time this season.

She had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while her team (Toulouse) held on to third place in the league with three rounds left to go in the season.

Mikaela is the league's second-best scorer, averaging 17.7 ppg. She averages 12.3 rebounds per game and an impressive 48.9% field goal percentage.

February 23, 2018

Sarah is Player of the Week in Adriatic League

Eurobasket.com has announced:
American Power forward Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Montana, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).

The 27-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, four rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush Crvena Zvezda (#4, 6-5) with 25-point margin 81-56.

The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Montana maintains the 2nd position in WABA . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Montana will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record.

Boothe turned to be Montana's top player in her first season with the team. Former Stanford University star has very solid stats this year. Boothe is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 60.2% FGP.

February 9, 2018

It's a girl!

February 7, 2018

Jillian is Italian Player of the Week again

Eurobasket News announces:
New Zealand Power forward Jillian Harmon (185-PF-87, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Napoli, receiving a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 17.

The 30-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed Vigarano (#9, 5-12) with 17-point margin 78-61.

Napoli maintains the 4th position in Italian Serie A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Napoli will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record.

In the team's last game Harmon had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Napoli's top player in her first season with the team. Former Stanford University star has very solid stats this year.

Harmon is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.6ppg. Harmon is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and assists (6th best: 3.5apg).

This is Jillian's third Player of the Week award this season.

February 2, 2018

Karlie's new career on hold?

Karlie Samuelson may have to postpone her career as a basketball coach for a while.

She has signed a training camp contract with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks for the 2018 season.

She did the same last season, but was waived after she re-injured the ankle that she had sprained in the Final Four a couple of months earlier.

Reliable sources say that she would have been signed for the season if not for the injury.

January 30, 2018

Amber is Player of the Week in Germany

Eurobasket News announces:

Orrange's 26 points give her Player of the Week award

24-year old guard Amber Orrange (170-G-93, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Keltern and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 16. She had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Keltern in her team's victory, helping them to beat Wasserburg (#2, 13-3) 73-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Keltern to take over top position in the German DBBL. Keltern have a solid 14-2 record. In the team's last game Orrange had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. She turned to be Keltern's top player in her first season with the team. Amber Orrange averages this season 15.3ppg.

January 26, 2018

Vanessa Nygaard’s pro pedigree elevating Windward basketball

Vanessa Nygaard ('98) has been coaching girls' basketball at Windward High School in Los Angeles since 2009 and has guided the program into a new era that includes not just team wins, but a winning culture.

In Vanessa's tenure as head coach since 2012, the Windward Wildcats have won two California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championships, one division championship and one state title.

Sue Favor (Women's Hoops World) tells Vanessa's story:
Vanessa Nygaard’s pro pedigree elevating Windward basketball

January 25, 2018

Nneka on the business of being a professional athlete

WNBA Champion, MVP, 4x All-Star and trailblazer in business. Nneka Ogwumike truly does it all on and off the court with hoops and business.

Nneka sits down with host Maverick Carter to discuss the business of being a professional athlete on Kneading Dough:

January 23, 2018

Karlie begins new career

On Senior night last February, Tara said of Karlie, “I told her she has to be a coach. I love her competitiveness.”

Karlie has taken her first step on that career path.

Vanguard University announced yesterday that Karlie has joined its staff as an assistant coach: Lions add Samuelson to coaching staff.

January 18, 2018

Alumnae Abroad: 2017-18 midseason report

This is how our ten Cardinal alumnae who are playing professional basketball abroad are doing about midway through the season.

Italy

The Italian Serie A1 league has completed round 14 of 18. The regular season ends in mid-February.

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Jillian HarmonDike Napoli

Napoli stands sixth in the Italian Serie A1 league with a 7-7 record.

Jillian is having an outstanding season as Napoli's starting power forward. She leads the league in scoring with 18.8 ppg, is the fourth-best rebounder with 9.0 rpg, and ranks fifth in assists with 3.6 apg. She has scored in double-digits in all but two games (she fell short by just one point) and has tallied five double-doubles.

Hungary

The Hungarian A Division league has completed round 13 of 22. The regular season ends the last week of March.

FIBA EuroCup Women, in which Bird, Bri and Amber's teams competed, has completed group play and the first two playoff rounds. The quarter-finals (a two-game series) will be played the first week of March.

Erica McCallAtomeromu KSC Szekszard

Atomeromu went 4-2 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and have advanced to the quarter-finals.

They stand at the top of the Hungarian A Division with a perfect 12-0 record.

Bird is having an excellent rookie season as Atomeromu's starting power forward.

In EuroCup games, she averages 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

In Hungarian league games, she makes 53.3 % of her shots and leads her team in scoring with 13.8 ppg, which ranks ninth in the league. She adds 5.7 rebounds per game.

Briana RobersonPEAC Pécs

PEAC went 2-4 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and did not advance to the playoffs.

They stand eighth in the Hungarian A Division with a 6-6 record.

Bri is PEAC's starting point guard and is averaging 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in the Hungarian league games.

She averaged 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the EuroCup games.

Germany

The German DBBL league has completed round 13 of 22. The regular season ends in mid- March.

Amber OrrangeGruner Stern Keltern

Keltern went 1-5 in FIBA EuroCup group play, and did not advance to the playoffs.

They are tied for first place in the DBBL with a 12-2 record.

As Keltern's starting point guard, Amber is an excellent ball handler and her team's leading scorer.

She makes 66% of her shots in DBBL games for an average of 14.1 points per game. She averages the fourth-most steals in the league (2.1 per game) and the fifth-most assists (3.6 per game with just 1.1 turnovers).

She averaged 12.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals in the EuroCup games.

Alissa (Cissy) PierceGoettingen Veilchen Ladies

Goettingen, which was the champion of Germany's secondary league last season, is having a tough go in its first season in the DBBL. It stands at the bottom of the league with a 2-12 record.

Alissa starts as the shooting forward for the Violet Ladies. She averages 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

France

The French LF2 league has completed round 13 of 22. The regular season ends the third week of March.

Mikaela RuefToulouse Metropole.

Toulouse is tied for first place in the LF2 with a 12-2 record.

Mikaela is Toulouse's starting center and leads her team in scoring and rebounding. She makes 47.7% of her shots and 81.5% of her free throws (!) for an average of 20.5 points per game. Along with 11.7 rebounds per game, she's tallied seven double-doubles.

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian NBL league has completed an 11-round regular season and have just begun a scond stage in which the top four teams compete for 12 rounds and teams 5-11 compete for seven rounds. The second stage ends the first week of April.

Sarah's team also competes in the Women's Adriatic Basketball Association (WABA), which is a regional league of twelve teams from countries located east of the Adriatic Sea. WABA has completed its regular season and has played the first round of the next phase (called "superleague"), in which the top eight teams compete. There are seven more superleague rounds to go

Sarah BootheMontana 2003.

Montana went 7-3 in the WABA regular season and advanced to superleague play where they have won their first two games.

Montana placed second in the NBL regular season and have won their first second-stage game.

Sarah participates only in the WABA games as Montana's starting center, where she leads her team in scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking. She makes 61.2% of her shots and 77.8% of her free throws for an average of 13.0 points per game. Along with 8.9 rebounds per game, she's tallied seven double-doubles.

Russia

The Russian PBL league has completed round 11 of 21. The regular season ends the last week of March.

FIBA EuroLeague Women, in which Nneka's team is playing, has completed eleven rounds of group play and has three more to go. Playoffs begin on February 28.

Nneka OgwumikeDynamo Kursk.

Dynamo Kursk is on track for a second consecutive championship season. They are the reigning EuroLeague Women champions and won the PBL silver medal last season. They are undefeated in both competitions so far this season — 12-0 in EuroLeague Women and 11-0 in PBL.

Nneka starts as Kursk's shooting forward. Her statistics are not quite as impressive as last season. She ranks among the top 15 in EuroLeague Women (instead of the top 10) with 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. She averages 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in the PBL games.

Turkey

The Turkish KBSL league has completed round 14 of 26. The regular season ends in mid-April.

Kristen Newlin/NevlinBottasspor Adana

Botas stands in a four-way tie for fourth in the 14-team KBSL league with an 8-6 record.

New is playing well as Botas' starting center. She's averaging 10.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Australia

The Australian WNBL league shortened its regular season to 21 games in three months, which were completed at the end of December. The playoffs are in progress now and will finish next week.

The shortened season will give elite Australian players the opportunity to take up lucrative deals to finish the European season after WNBL.

Kayla PedersenDandenong Rangers.

Dandenong, which has long been one of the most successful teams in the WNBL was hard hit by injuries this season. They lost ten of their last 13 regular season games after their star player, Sara Blicavs, suffered a devastating knee injury. and finished the season 7-14.

Kayla was a strong defensive presence as Dandedong's starting shooting forward. She was their leading rebounder wth 8.2 rpg, which ranked sixth-best in the league. She added 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game and tallied six double-doubles.

Kayla was named the WNBL Robyn Maher defensive player of the year (story)

January 10, 2018

Karlie leaves Vigarano

Karlie Samuelson ('17) returned to Italy a week ago after the holiday break.

Meccanica Nova Vigarano learned with amazement yesterday of Karlie's sudden unilateral decision for "personal reasons not entirely clear" to leave the team and return to the United States.

Starting today, Wednesday, January 10, Karlie is no longer part of the active squad and will return to the United States as soon as possible.

Further developments are expected in the next few days.