August 19, 2016

Another report from India

“We only know too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Alexa and fellow volunteer Megan Lew write of their moving experience in India:
A Drop in the Ocean

August 11, 2016

Alexa reports from India

"Processing all the information and flinging myself into situations where I have no clue how to respond has left me utterly exhausted, but has also brought me to many new insights and discoveries about myself and about life beyond anything I’ve ever known."

Surmounting my Expectations

August 07, 2016

Palo Alto TnT Wins SF ProAm Tournament

Palo Alto TnT went into the San Francisco ProAm playoffs as the distinct underdog this weekend with a 1-5 win-loss record.

But they defeated reigning champion Mission Rec Center (6-0) 95-89 yesterday in the semi-finals and, as Otis Watson reports:

Erica "Bird" McCall (19 points) and Nadia Fingall (8 points) helped Team Palo Alto TnT defeat Team San Francisco, 90-75, in the San Francisco Women's Summer Pro Am Tournament at San Francisco's Kezar Pavilion today.

August 05, 2016

Alexa's journey to India

Alexa is in New Delhi as part of The Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program.

August 04, 2016

Report from Kezar

One of the few people in attendance at Kezar last Saturday was a writer from the Mercury News. Vytas Mazeika reports: Past, present, future battle it out at Kezar Pavilion every summer

August 01, 2016

Bird-less Pro-Am team loses in San Francisco

By Judy Richter,
Photo by Dave Cortesi

With senior forward Erica “Bird” McCall absent, SWBB freshman forward Nadia Fingall found herself on the losing side of an unusual San Francisco Pro-Am game on July 30.

Their Palo Alto TnT team lost 86-79 to undefeated Mission Recreation Center.

The Palo Alto team started at a disadvantage with only five players to Mission Rec’s seven. Nevertheless, Palo Alto led 22-18 after the first quarter, and the two teams tied 39-39 and 59-59 after the half and third quarter, respectively.

With slightly more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, however, a Palo Alto player fouled out, leaving her team even more shorthanded. That’s when fatigue apparently took its toll, giving Mission Rec a chance to go ahead.

Game ends early

Besides the unusual aspect of four against five in the final minutes, the outcome was so readily apparent that the referees allowed the game to end with 12.8 seconds left and Mission Rec in possession.

My unofficial tally shows Nadia with 9 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. It wasn’t clear how many fouls she had because there was no announcer to pass along that information.

The previous game saw Bay City defeating San Francisco 80-69. Stanford graduate Markisha Coleman, ’07, plays guard for San Francisco.

Although dozens of high school, college and other players sign up for Pro-Am teams every year, the actual turnout for each game is far lower.

Some Stanford women missing

For example, sophomore guard Marta Sniezek and sophomore forward Shannon Coffee are both on the Bay City roster, but neither played at all. Bird and Nadia have played only two games together.

Another no-show, this one on the Palo Alto team, is Stanford forward Taylor Greenfield, ’15. Palo Alto coach John Paye (assistant coach Kate Paye’s brother), said the Iowa native is back in the Bay Area looking for a job but hasn’t been able to make it to the games.

With its record of 1-4, the Palo Alto team will again face 5-0 Mission Rec in the playoffs starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. That game will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by San Francisco vs. Bay City, both with 3-2 records.

The winners of those games will face each other for the championship at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

All games are at Kezar Pavilion at the east end of Golden Gate Park, 755 Stanyan St., San Francisco. Admission is free. There’s paid parking next door.

P.S. Jeanette Pohlen, ’11, was married to Julian Mavunga on July 30 in Southern California. See a photo of their Stanford guests under Alumnae News on this website. More photos from the wedding can be seen on various tweets.

July 25, 2016

Stanford women help with win at Kezar

By Judy Richter
Photos by Tom O'Connor

Two Stanford bigs started the game and helped their SF Bay Area Pro-Am team to its first victory July 24 at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.

Both senior forward Erica “Bird” McCall at center and freshman forward Nadia Fingall had double-doubles as their Palo Alto TnT team defeated Bay City 85-78 before a sparse crowd that included fewer than a half-dozen Stanford fans.

My unofficial tally shows both with 13 rebounds. In addition, Bird had 25 points and eight blocks, while Nadia had 13 points and two blocks.

Bird’s total included a couple of 3-pointers (I didn’t keep track), and Nadia took some shots from beyond the arc. Bird had one foul while Nadia had three.

Bird played all but the final 1:16 minutes of the game, when both she and Nadia returned to the bench with their team safely ahead. Nadia played most of the game but needed a two-minute breather as the second quarter neared its end.

In a brief conversation before the game, she said she loves being at Stanford but the conditioning is tough.

Because I didn’t keep stats for the other players, I don’t know if Bird had the most points on her team. It seemed that several quick guards did their fair share in the points department.

Bay City led 23-18 after the first quarter, but Palo Alto led 40-31 at the half and 62-59 after the third quarter.

Both Cardinal women were active on defense and set screens for their teammates.

My overall impression is that Bird is picking up right where she left off as Stanford’s leading scorer last season. Nadia shows lots of promise and is likely to make her mark as her Stanford career progresses.

The Palo Alto team was coached by Stanford alum John Paye, brother of assistant coach Kate Paye.

Guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, was there for the second game between her San Francisco team and Mission Recreation Center, but I left before it started. Mission Rec went on to win 101-68.

With a record of 1-4, Palo Alto TnT’s next game is at 3:30 p.m. July 30 against undefeated Mission Rec.

Kezar Pavilion is at the east end of Golden Gate Park, 705 Stanyan St., San Francisco. Admission is free. There’s a paid parking next door.

July 21, 2016

Stanford loses Lili

Elliott Almond (Mercury News) answers the question many fans have been asking since the Spring banquet:

Stanford loses star guard Lili Thompson; won't return as senior

In a series of tweets, Lili says:

Hi everyone!
I took a nice, long break from tweeting recently, but now that I'm back I want to let you all know that I have decided not to return to the women's basketball team. While I know this decision may come as a surprise, let's all remain grateful for our health and education, and focus on the many issues affecting our world that are #BiggerThanBasketball. I look forward to my senior year at Stanford and enjoying whatever wonders the next stage of my life will bring. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last three years and, as always, Go Stanford!

July 17, 2016

Gold for Team USA, silver for Team Canada

Canada and the USA traded baskets for the first quarter of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship game. Then the USA surged ahead with ever-increasing momentum to an easy 109-62 victory.

Mikaela led her team in scoring with 16 points, including two three-pointers. For the tournament, she averaged 11.8 points per game on 49% field goal percentage and 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.


Team Canada advances to championship game

Team Canada pulled ahead of Brazil in the fourth quarter of the semi-final round of the FIBA Americas U18 Tournament and beat them 68-62.

They'll play Team USA for the gold on Sunday at 5:15 pm PT. You can watch the game live on YouTube here.