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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.