October 22, 2014

Stanford picked to lead the Pac

Tara and Amber represented Stanford at Pac-12 Media Day this morning.

Unfortunately, there is no video of the telecast, but here are reports from various sources that cover much of what was said:

October 15, 2014

It's time to meet the newbies

The Cardinal has just three freshmen this season, but you may find it harder than usual to learn to recognize them.

Kaylee Johnson is a 6'3" forward with long dark hair. So is sophomore Kailee Johnson. If you didn't learn how to spell and pronounce Kailee's name last season, you're really going to be confused.

Kailee is spelled with an 'I' and pronounced with a long 'I', rhymes with 'Riley'. Kaylee is spelled with a 'Y' instead and pronounced with a long 'A', rhymes with 'daily'.

Their uniforms will both say 'K Johnson'. Kaylee is #5, Kailee is #32. Kaylee's nickname is Kayl, Kailee's is K.J.

Kaylee was a three-time Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year. Her high school coach says, “Kaylee is a very selfless teammate. She is also very coachable and an extremely competitive kid. She just keeps developing her game, as she demonstrated this year by leading the state [Wyoming] in assists.”

Tara says, “Kaylee is a shot blocker and a very energetic post player. She has proven that she can score and rebound, but we are very excited about her defensive skill and how that will boost us on that end of the floor.”

Taylor Rooks is a brunette 6'0" guard from New Jersey. There's no confusion in appearance with 6'3" senior forward Taylor Greenfield, just in their names. Ms Rooks' nickname is Rex.

Taylor was a two-time Gatorade New Jersey Girls Basketball Player of the Year. There have been only four others — Kelley Suminski ('05) was one of them.

New Jersey high school coach Mary Coyles describes Taylor as, “... a very athletic scorer who can shoot the 3-pointer or slash to the basket. She's extremely quick and she does whatever it takes to win.”

Tara says, “Taylor is a versatile, strong body that can play the two or the three positions. She can rebound and score at a fast pace, and she also brings a solid defensive game into our fold.”

Brittany McPhee is a blond 6'0" guard from Washington. Although they look alike, you're not likely to confuse her and the Cardinal's other blond Brittany — sports performance coach Brittany Keil.

Brittany is a three-time Washington Gatorade Player of the Year. Washington high school coach Keith Wasburg says, “She improved at every aspect of the game (as a senior) even though she was already the best player in the state. Her intelligence impresses me the most. It's beyond a basketball IQ. My defensive strategy was to trap her and leave perimeter players open, every time."

Tara says, “Brittany is a scoring machine, and we look forward to having her here at Stanford. She’s hard-nosed, runs the floor well and we’re really excited about the way she plays.”

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You can see more photos of the newbies in this Stanford Photo Gallery and action from newbies and oldies in this video. Better yet — come to open practice at Maples at 5:00 on Friday and see them all in person.

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There are three newbies on the staff too:

Evan Unrau, who was video co-ordinator for the Cardinal in 2007-08, has returned to the staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

Hana Potter, who graduated from WSU last season, has joined the staff as an intern.

John Cantalupi has joined the Stanford Athletics Media Relations staff, with responsibility for women's basketball. He replaces Aaron Juarez, who has moved to Idaho where he is an Assistant Sports Information Director at Boise State University.

October 10, 2014

Ros previews the 2014-15 season

Ros chatted with Pac-12 Networks' JB Long and Ashley Adamson about the emerging players and teams poised to break out during the 2014-15 Pac-12 women's basketball season. There will be many serious challenges to Stanford's long-standing dominance of the league.

October 07, 2014

First day of practice

Stanford officially opened its 2014-15 season yesterday afternoon with its first practice in Maples Pavilion. To watch interviews with senior Bonnie Samuelson and sophomore Lili Thompson and highlights from the workout, click the play button below:

October 02, 2014

The ZU needs You

What do you do when you can’t attend a game and ...
  • It’s not televised?
  • Or your provider doesn’t provide it?
  • Or the online-video is worse than nothing?
  • Or you can’t stand listening to commentary about everything except the ongoing game for another minute?
You turn to KZSU, of course.

KZSU is almost always there, ready to help you join the fun. It covered every single Stanford women’s basketball game last season — the exhibition games, the home games, the away games, the post-season games. It even went to Puerto Vallarta, although technical difficulties prevented it from broadcasting.

KZSU is only there when it can afford to be. KZSU is a non-commercial station that relies on listener contributions and business underwriting to support its broadcast operations.

Ashley Westhem, who has been the broadcaster for the team for the past two years, is looking forward to providing as much coverage this season as fiscally possible.

KZSU co-sports director Vihan Lakshman says, “Currently, we are planning on covering the two exhibition games in November as well as most (hopefully all) of the Pac-12 away games. We likely won't be able to travel to all of the early season non-conference games. KZSU Sports has had its travel budget reduced significantly, but we are working on fundraising to cover a full season of Stanford women's basketball.“

Can you help KZSU and Ashley continue to be the voice of Stanford Women’s Basketball?

Click here to donate online, or send your check to:

KZSU Radio (attn. Sports)
P.O. Box 20190
Stanford, CA 94309

You can specify on the check or online that your donation is to go towards women’s basketball.

September 29, 2014

Open Practice

There'll be an open practice again this season, followed by a Behind the Bench to meet the team and staff, on Friday October 17 from 5:00-7:00pm.

See the schedule page for pre- and post-game events as well as the full game schedule.

September 24, 2014

Complete 2014-15 schedule announced

Stanford Women's Basketball announced the complete 2014-15 schedule yesterday.

The Cardinal is scheduled for 30 regular-season games. 22 of them will be televised — 17 on the Pac-12 Networks, two on ESPN2, one on ESPNU and one on the SEC Network.

You'll have to check your calendar even more carefully this season. Game days and times are less consistent than ever.

In conference play, Stanford plays Utah and Colorado only at home and Oregon and Oregon State only away. It plays the other seven Pac-12 teams both at home and away. As was the case last season, Stanford and Cal play both of their games in the same week, but late in the season this time.

This is the schedule from the FBC. Game information includes links to each opponent's women's basketball website and maps of the venues. Links to other media coverage (live streams, radio, live stats) and FBC pre-game and post-game events will be added as soon as the information is available.

This is the announcement and the schedule from Stanford Athletics.

August 03, 2014

South Bay loses a close one at Kezar

Bird, Bri, Kish and their South Bay teammates took on reigning champion Mission Rec Center in the San Francisco Pro-Am semifinal game at Kezar on Saturday in front of an audience of about 100 fans that included Kailee, Lili, and six members of Lili's family.

The game started almost on time this week. South Bay fielded six players (Bird and five guards); Mission Rec had the advantage of nine players and more height.

Summer basketball is not good basketball, but it's very competitive and sometimes unexpectedly exciting.

Mission Rec took the opening tip and control of the game for quite a while. They played better as a team than is usual for the pick-up action at Kezar, and all their players were capable scorers. But South Bay didn't let the game get away; they stayed within 10 -15 points of Mission Rec. The score was 35-25 at the end of the first half.

Bri had played all 20 minutes of the first half; Bird and Kish and the other three South Bay players (player names were not announced) each got a few minutes of rest on the bench.

South Bay came back strong after the break with manic defense that forced a lot of Mission Rec turnovers. South Bay slowly cut into Mission Rec's lead and were behind by just five points (55-50) when Bri fouled out with about eight minutes left to play. A minute later, the Mission Rec coach protested a call with excessive enthusiasm and was called for a Technical. South Bay took its first lead (56-55) on the ensuing free throws.

The score was tied 66-66 with a minute left to play and 68-68 at 19.1 seconds. Mission Rec scored on its next possession. South Bay had the ball with 3.2 seconds left to play, but missed a last desperate shot, so lost 68-70.

I kept score only for the Stanford players ‐ Bird scored 26 points, Bri had eight and Kish had five.

Bird stops and pops
Bri drives to the basket
Kish puts it up
Bri lays it up and in
Bird Power

August 01, 2014

The 2014-15 Schedule

The complete 2014-15 schedule has been announced. It features a home game against defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Thanksgiving in Hawaii, a December trip to Tennessee and 10 NCAA Tournament opponents from last season.

This is the announcement from Stanford Athletics. To be announced in September are games times, specific conference game dates and TV coverage.

This is the schedule from the FBC. Game information includes links to each opponent's women's basketball website and maps of the venues. Links to media coverage (TV, live streams, radio, live stats) and FBC pre-game and post-game events will be added as soon as the information is available.

July 27, 2014

Bird soars as Pro-Am team wins

By Judy Richter

Playing the full 40 minutes, sophomore forward Erica “Bird” McCall led her South Bay team to an 82-72 victory over Golden State in a playoff game in the SF Bay Area Pro-Am women’s tournament at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco on July 26.

Bird scored a team-high 33 points, according to my unofficial tally. Her Stanford teammate, guard Briana Roberson, contributed an unofficial 20 points. My tally doesn’t agree with the official scorekeeper’s, who was going by the players’ uniform numbers in the program, but those numbers bore little resemblance to reality.

South Bay led 40-33 at the half and stayed ahead most of the second half until Golden State pulled even at 65-65 with 5:08 to go. South Bay held a narrow edge until Briana iced the victory by hitting nine consecutive free throws, most after being intentionally fouled. She missed a 10th FT, but by then she had put the game in the bag.

The game was to have started at 1:30 p.m., but with six minutes to go, only two South Bay players had arrived. Golden State had six.

Traffic delays arrivals

So just before 1:30, the countdown clock was reset and stopped at 20 minutes. At 1:52 p.m., Bird and Briana arrived with another South Bay woman, so the clock started. About two minutes before the new tipoff, guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, and another SB player arrived. All had been delayed by heavy traffic.

Bird and Briana, who was at the point, started the game. Briana played most of the game, and Markisha saw lots of action, often at the point. She finished with an unofficial 2 points.

The game was hardly high caliber with lots of turnovers and missed chances on both sides, but some nifty plays by the two Stanford players might have been previews of coming attractions. Many of them involved quick assists by Briana to Bird as she soared toward the basket.

Fewer than a dozen Stanford fans were on hand to cheer the Cardinal women. Sophomore guard Lili Thompson, her parents, a brother and two nieces, ages 2 and 4, bolstered that cheering section.

Lili optimistic after surgery

Lili, who had surgery in the offseason, said her recuperation is going well. She hopes to be cleared to play by the time the new season starts.

South Bay will play Mission Rec at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2. The winner of that game will play for the championship against Bay City at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

Kezar Pavilion is at 755 Stanyan at Waller on the far east end of Golden Gate Park. Paid parking is available next door. Allow ample time for traffic.