May 17, 2015

Erica named to World University Games team

Congratulations to Erica!

Erica is one of five USA Basketball gold medalists named to the 2015 USA Basketball World University Games team. The team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp on June 18-July 2, before departing for the event, which will be held July 4-13 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Erica previously won gold with USA Basketball at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.

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Neither Kaylee nor Lili made the cut for the World University Games team or the Pan American Games team. Kaylee had this to say of the experience:
When they say it is a great opportunity, it really is, being out here with the best. It is fun meeting all the girls that you are battling against all season. If they have a tip or advice, it is really helpful. It gives you more insight. It makes me excited to go back to work on what I have to work on.

May 15, 2015

News from Montana

I'll bet there are at least three things you didn't know in this story by Vince Devlin (the Missoulian): Montana didn't hire her, but Tara VanDerveer keeps coming back to Big Sky Country

(It's not too late to help support the clinic.)

May 06, 2015

Erica, Lili and Kaylee invited to USA BB Trials

Erica, Lili and Kaylee have been invited to attend the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Pan American Games and World University Games Team Trials, which will take place May 14-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The 12 finalists for each team will be announced the morning of May 17.

The Pan American Games are a multi-sport event featuring teams from North, South and Central American and the Caribbean that are played every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. The competition this year will take place July 16-20 in Toronto, Canada.

The World University Games are also a multi-sport competition, held every other year, and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The competition this year will take place July 4-13 in Gwangju, South Korea.

The trials will be the first USA Basketball event for Lili and Kaylee. Erica, while in high school, played on three gold medalUSA Basketball teams — the 2011 U16 FIBA Americas Championship, the2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship For Women.

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April 29, 2015

Looking back one last time

A story of 2014-15 Stanford Women's Basketball with pictures from Stanford Athletics. Click here.

April 21, 2015

Thanksgiving in Florida

The Cardinal will spend the weekend after Thanksgiving in Southwest Florida as part of the third-annual Gulf Coast Showcase (there's also a mens' tournament on the three days before Thanksgiving).

The women's tournament will be held from Nov. 27-29 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. The Cardinal will be joined at the event by:

The tournament format is an eight-team playoff, with winners playing winners and losers playing losers in the second and third rounds, to determine places one through seven.

Game times and the first-round pairings have not been announced yet.

Click here for the Gulf Coast Showcase announcement of the tournament fields.

For complete information, go to the Gulf Coast Showcase website. There you can find information about buying tickets (which go on sale on May 15) and travel packages (which will be announced on May 1).

If you want to consider making your own travel arrangements:

    Map of Germain Arena in Estero, from which you can search for nearby hotels. If you zoom way out, you'll find that Estero is a suburb of Fort Myers and about 10 miles south of the nearest major airport – Southwest Florida International Airport.

    TripAdvisor review of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, the official host resort for each of the participating teams.

April 13, 2015

Way-too-early Top 25 for 2015-16

Charlie Creme (espnW) is already eagerly looking ahead to next season. He puts the Cardinal at #20 with this evaluation:
Amber Orrange and Bonnie Samuelson depart, but look for Lili Thompson to be an even bigger scorer and for Erica McCall and Kaylee Johnson to blossom as sophomores. The Pac-12 run of dominance is over, but the Cardinal will still be one of the league's top-three teams.
Click here to read about Creme's other 24.

April 08, 2015

The website lives on

The season is over. Why is the FBC website still here?

After it was announced a month ago that I was planning to retire the website after the end of the season, many of you told me how much you would miss it. As the season wound down, I realized how much I was going to miss it too – both working on it and having it as a resource.

So, I've changed my mind, and the website will continue much as before.
Check the website during the summer for:
  • News of Amber, Chiney, Nneka, Kayla, Jeannette, Jayne, Candice and maybe Jos  in the WNBA
  • News  of 2015 USA Basketball competitions – PanAm Games, FISU World University Games,  FIBA U19 Women's World Championship. Hopefully, some Cardinal players will be selected for one or more of these events.
  • Game reports  from Kezar summer basketball if any Cardinal players participate.
  • Judy Richter's report of the Awards Banquet.
  • Judy Richter's report of what the Cardinal players are doing this summer.
  • Bob Kinder's Pac-12 team previews.
  • The 2015-16 schedule, which is usually published late in July or early in August.
And come back in November for another season of exciting Cardinal basketball.

April 06, 2015

The diminishing returns of UConn’s dominance

Alexa Philippou (Stanford Daily): I will never forget the day that Stanford women’s basketball beat UConn. Going into the game, no one -- and I mean no one -- expected the Cardinal to come out with a win. Read More »

April 05, 2015

More accolades for the Cardinal

The Cardinal received accolades last week for their athletic and academic achievements.

Taylor Greenfield, Erica McCall, Amber Orrange, Briana Roberson, Bonnie Samuelson, Karlie Samuelson and Lili Thompson each earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention squad. Read more...

    Amber was named a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American. Read more...

      Amber Orrange earned 2015 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association Division I All-America honorable mention accolades. Read more...

        April 03, 2015

        Season retrospectives

        John Reid (Palo Alto Daily News) concludes that the Cardinal's 2014-15 season wasn't too shabby, all things considered: Stanford women's hoop did all it could

        FBC reporter Judy Richter is writing her annual in-depth review of the season and has published the first part, the non-conference season: A look back: Part 1 of 3

        Keep an eye on her FBC Event Reports blog for parts 2 and 3 in the next week or so.