July 28, 2015

Lauren Greif says, " Goodbye"

Dear Stanford Women’s Basketball Fans,

Hello from Lauren Greif. Many of you know me as the transfer from Cal who Tara describes as doing “all things video”. It is with excitement and some sadness that I write this “Goodbye” letter today. I have accepted a position at FastModel Sports and will be moving to Chicago! My new title is Senior Product Support, Training, & Development.

It has been an incredible experience to be part of Stanford’s program for the past 5 seasons and I would like to sincerely thank you for your kindness and continued support. The number of fans who have approached me over the years with nice words about my playing days or to thank me for my work here on the Farm has been tremendous. It has meant a lot to be welcomed with open arms, and I would like to say -THANK YOU.

So, while I won’t be filming games from the top of Maples, I will remain a fan of Stanford…. And Cal too Also, I don’t know much about Chicago so if you know somewhere I should eat or watch a show, or a great neighborhood to live in, drop me a line. My email is laurentgreif@gmail.com.

All the best, Lauren

July 27, 2015

Stanford threesome advances to championship game

By Judy Richter

Thanks to a resounding victory on July 25, two Stanford freshmen — guard Marta Sniezek and forward Shannon Coffee — and an alum, guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, will play in the San Francisco Pro-Am championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Kezar Pavilion.

Markisha #7, Shannon #9 (back row), Marta #11

Their team, Bay City, thumped San Francisco 130-79 in the afternoon’s second game. Bay City will face Mission Recreation Center, which defeated Palo Alto TnT 81-61 in the earlier game.

Mission Rec has a 5-0 record, while Bay City’s record is 4-1. Its only defeat came at the hands of Mission Rec, 88-76, on June 20. No Stanford women played in that game because they were just getting settled on campus.

Tess, Alexa play for San Francisco team

July 25’s Bay City-San Francisco game involved two other Stanford women, senior forward/center Tess Picknell and freshman guard Alexa Romano, playing for San Francisco.

Tess #53, Alexa #4 (at Tess' left)

Shannon scored 17 points and had eight rebounds and one assist for Bay City, according to my unofficial tally. Marta pitched in with 7 points and three each for rebounds, steals and assists. Both were starters. Coming off the bench, Markisha had four assists and a steal. (My assist totals may not be accurate.)

On the San Francisco side, starter Tess had 6 points, nine rebounds and one assist, while bench player Alexa had 2 points, two rebounds and one steal.

Eleven players showed up for San Francisco. Bay City had 10. The Bay City coach substituted frequently, often sending in a fresh platoon of five each time, a la Charli Turner Thorne of Arizona State.

The Cardinal fan contingent was under 20 people. Among the fans for the second game were junior guards Briana Roberson and Lili Thompson with some of Lili’s relatives.

Bri, Lili play almost 37 minutes for Palo Alto TnT

Alternating at the point, Bri and Lili had played in the first game, both as starters. Bri scored her team’s first 5 points and Lili pitched in the next 3, but Mission Rec outscored Palo Alto TnT in all four quarters. Each team had only seven players, so Lili and Bri played virtually the entire game, going to the bench with only 3:13 left and their team behind 77-50.

Lili finished with 21 points, two rebounds and two steals. Her four 3-pointers helped her point total, but she missed many apparently easy shots while driving to the basket.

Bri had 14 points, including one trey. She also contributed two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

After their game, they went to the Bay City bench to greet Shannon, Marta and Markisha. They then crossed the court to join Lili’s relatives and talk with a young girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old, who obviously was thrilled to meet them. They stayed through the first quarter before leaving with Lili’s relatives.

As they have done at previous games, Shannon and Marta talked with fans after the game and thanked them for coming.

Kezar Pavilion is on the east side of Golden Gate Park at 755 Stanyan St. between Waller and Frederick streets. Admission is free. A pay-by-the-hour parking lot is next door.

Shannon and Tess tip off
Shannon launches a shot over Tess
Tess clears a lane for Alexa

July 26, 2015

Alanna's strong finish leads Australia to the bronze

The Aussies put yesterday's defeat behind them and won the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship bronze medal with a strong game against Spain.

It looked like an easy win for the Aussies as they took an 18 point lead in the first quarter, but Spain crept back and cut the lead to three early in the third quarter – 45-42.

The scoring margin wavered between three and nine for the next 15 minutes. Both teams looked very tired and had trouble finding the basket.

With two minutes left to play and the score at 62-58, Alanna scored on a layup. At the one-minute mark, Spain and then Australia scored again. Then Spain turned the ball over with a foul, and that was effectively the end.

The final score was 69-62, and Australia had its second consecutive FIBA U19 bronze medal.

Alanna played her best game of the tournament — 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. She made 50% of her 16 shots from the field and all of her four free throws.

For the seven games of the tournament, Alanna led her team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and blocks (2.4 bpg). She tied with Alexandra Sharp for the most rebounds (7.0 rpg) and with Tahlia Tupaea for the most steals (1.6 spg).

Of the 180 participating players, Alanna ranked #18 in scoring, #4 in blocks, #17 in rebounds and #25 in steals.

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The final game of the tournament was a fierce battle between two outstanding teams. The outcome was in doubt up until the last four minutes of the game, with the USA leading Russia by just three points, 68-65. Then the USA pulled ahead to a 78-70 victory and its sixth consecutive FIBA U19 gold medal. Story: USA spoil home party to land sixth straight U19 Women's Worlds title.

Alanna was named to the tournament All-Star-5, along with A'Ja Wilson (USA), Napheesa Collier (USA), Maria Vadeeva (Russia) and Daria Kolosovskaia (Russia). Wilson was named the Most Valuable Player.

July 25, 2015

Aussies lose to Russia, will go for the bronze

Neither Russia nor Australia had encountered any serious competion in the tournament until today. Russia still hasn't. They overwhelmed Australia 76-57.

The Aussies battled all the way but couldn't slow down Maria Vadeeva, who tallied 27 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

Russia's strong defense held the Aussies to 27.5% shooting. Both Alanna and Alicia Froling (Australia's third-best scorer) were held scoreless except for one free throw apiece.

Australia out-rebounded Russia by a bit (51-47), but they turned the ball over 20 times.

Alanna picked up two fouls in the first quarter and fouled out midway through the fourth. She had three rebounds and two blocks, but missed all of her six shots from the field and three of four from the line.

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On the other side of the bracket, Spain kept the game fairly close, but the USA pulled ahead at the end to an 80-65 victory.

So Australia and Spain will compete for the bronze medal tomorrow (Sunday,July 26) at 8:00 am Pacific Time. USA and Russia will go for the gold at 10:15 am.

Sunday's medal games will be streamed live on LiveBasketball.TV. The games are free, but you need to register here to view them.

July 24, 2015

Aussies advance to Final Four with 83-46 victory over China

Australia defeated China 83-46 in the quarter-final round of the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.

Australia's tight defense stifled China's inside game. The Chinese sank seven three-pointers, but made only nine two-pointers at a rate of 25%. The Aussies countered with six three-pointers and twenty-five two-pointers at an overall rate of 37%.

The Aussies dominated on defense too, out-rebounding China 59-34.

Alanna was top scorer with 14 points, but not as efficient as usual. She made all six of her free throws, but only four of 16 field goals. She also had six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. She committed only two of the Aussies' ten fouls and one of their five turnovers.

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So Australia advances to the semifinals, where they'll play Russia, who defeated France 68-48.

Russia is a powerful team led by twin towers 6'4" center Maria Vadeeva and 6'4" power forward Raisa Musina. Vadeeva outranks the Aussies in scoring (16.0 ppg v Alanna's 13.4), rebounding (11.4 rpg v Alicia Froling's 7.4) and blocks (3.2 bpg v Alanna's 2.4). Musina is Russia's second-best scorer (12.6 ppg) and rebounder (9.8 rpg). In their quarter-final game today, Musina scored 19 points on a perfect seven of seven from the floor and four of four from the line.

The Aussies will also have to contend with a large group of enthusiastic Russian supporters. Attendance at the games has been sparse, but the Russians show up for their home team.

Here is a statistical preview of the game. It's tomorrow (Sat, July 25) at 8:00 am Pacific Time.

On the other side of the bracket, the USA (who defeated Canada 93-45) and Spain (who defeated Belgium 70-66) will meet in the second semi-final at 10:15 am Pacitic Time.

The Final Four and Sunday's medal games will be streamed live on LiveBasketball.TV. The games are free, but you need to register here to view them.

July 23, 2015

Watch Alanna in the FIBA U19 Quarter-Finals

The Australia Gems will kick off the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship tomorrow, Friday July 24.

Here are a couple of stories from FIBA about the upcoming games:

All of the quarter-final games will be live-streamed on YouTube. Here is viewing information for the match-ups:

July 22, 2015

Aussies crush Mali in Round of 16

Mali had no answer for Australia's dominating defense or offense. The Aussies sank ten 3-pointers, out-shot Mali 48.4% - 15.8%, and out-rebounded them 55-31. The Aussies won the Round of 16 match 91-23.

Alanna had a strong game with 16 points (on five of six field goals and three of seven free throws), two assists, nine rebounds, four blocks and one steal. She stayed out of foul trouble today – committed just two in 21 minutes of play.

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After a day of rest, the final phase of the competition continues with quarterfinals on Friday. Here is the bracket.

Australia will play China at 3:30 am Pacific Time. China defeated Egypt, lost to the USA, and upset Spain 66-63 in group play. Here is a statistical preview of the upcoming quarterinal game. You can watch the game on YouTube.

July 21, 2015

Aussies complete perfect group round

Australia wrapped up group play today with an easy 87-38 victory over Korea. The Aussies scored on the first possession and never relinquished the lead.

Alanna had a quiet game: seven points, five rebounds and a steal.

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This completes group play. Australia placed first in its group with a perfect 3-0 record. Here are the cumulative team statistics . Australia ranked second to the USA in scoring (84.7 ppg) and in rebounds (57.0 rpg).

Here are Australia's group round statistics. Alanna led her team in scoring (12.3 ppg on 15 of 31 field goals and 6 of 10 free throws), steals (2.7 spg), blocks (2.3 bpg) and efficiency (15.0).

The final phase of the competition begins with the Round of 16 on Wednesday. Australia will play Mali (#4 in Group C) at 5:15 am Pacific Time. Here is a statistical preview of the game. You can watch it on YouTube.

The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday against the winner of the China v Chainese Taipei game. Here is the bracket for the final phase of the competition. Australia and the USA are in different halves of the bracket, so they won't meet (if they do, at all) until the Gold Medal game.

July 20, 2015

Shannon, Marta, Markisha help lead team to victory

By Judy Richter with photos by Dave Cortesi

The 20 or so Stanford women’s basketball fans at Kezar Pavilion on July 18 may have been disappointed that six Cardinal players on teams playing that day weren’t there, but they were treated to one terrific game by the two players and one alum who were there.

Playing for the Bay City team, freshmen center Shannon Coffee, freshman guard Marta Sniezek and guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, all made significant contributions to their team’s 92-84 overtime victory over the San Francisco team.

Pouring in an official 26 points (my unofficial tally shows 27), Shannon led all scoring for the afternoon. She also had 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:35 to go in the fourth quarter and Bay City ahead 79-74.

Shannon makes 87.5 percent of her free throws

She hadn’t picked up her first foul until 2:47 to go in the third quarter. In the meantime, she made several trips to the charity stripe, where she sank seven of her eight free throws, 87.5 percent.

She and Marta connected well, with Marta dishing assists to her under the basket. In one especially exciting fast break after a San Francisco turnover, Marta snared the ball and passed it to Shannon, who made a nifty hook shot.

Marta scored 6 points, all of them from 3-pointers. Like Shannon, she was active under the basket, securing 10 rebounds. She also had four steals and many assists, though I didn’t keep track of them.

A real floor general, she showed confident, vocal leadership on both offense and defense, directing her teammates to where they should be. She fouled out with 2:32 to go in overtime and Bay City ahead 82-81.

Markisha made her presence felt with 7 points, 6 of them from 3’s, and one rebound. Her experience showed when she played the point and, often through crafty moves, got the ball to the right spot.

The game was hard-fought throughout. Bay City lagged 16-12 after the first quarter and 33-31 after the second. It forged ahead 63-55 in the third quarter, but San Francisco edged the score up to a 79-79 tie when the fourth quarter ended.

Stanford women thank fans

After the game, the three Stanford women talked with their fans, thanking them for coming and for being such a vocal cheering section. Shannon said her mother in Ohio wanted her to thank Fast Break Club writers for keeping her informed about the team’s activities and accomplishments.

Freshman Alexa Romano and senior center/forward Tess Picknell are on the San Francisco roster, but neither was there. One might assume that Tess was more focused on her duties with the running crew for Stanford Repertory Theater’s production of Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever,” which had a performance that night. (I saw the opening night July 16 and enjoyed it. It was fun to see Tess helping to reset the stage during the half-light pause between the second and third acts.)

Sophomore forward Kaylee Johnson and sophomore guard Brittany McPhee are on the roster for Mission Recreation Center, which won the afternoon’s second game against Palo Alto TnT 98-55. The Palo Alto TnT roster lists junior guards Lili Thompson and Briana Roberson. None of the four were there.

Mission Rec and Palo Alto TnT will meet again as the Pro-Am semi-finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The second game at 3:30 p.m. will again pit Bay City against San Francisco. The championship game between the winners of those games is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

Kezar Pavilion is on the east side of Golden Gate Park at 755 Stanyan St., between Waller and Frederick streets. Admission is free. A pay-by-the-hour parking lot is next door.

July 19, 2015

Aussies win tough battle against Brazil

Australia and Brazil played a strongly defensive competitive game. The score was close, with several lead changes, in the first quarter. Brazil held a lead of up to seven points throughout the second quarter and was ahead by five at halftime. Australia crept back after the break. Midway through the third quarter, Alanna tied the scored with a field goal and then sank another one. The Aussies held on to that lead until the final 62-48 vicTory.

Alanna scored the game-high 12 points, as did her teammate Lauren Scherf, and added six rebounds, four steals and three blocks. She played for almost 23 minutes before fouling out with three minutes left in the game.

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After a day of rest, the Gems complete group play with a game against South Korea on Tuesday at 5:45 am Pacific Time. Watch it on YOuTube.