July 22, 2017

Team Canada opens with 91-45 win

Team Canada began group play in the FIBA U19 World Cup this morning with a remarkably balanced effort in a 91-45 victory over Korea. Team Canada's individual top score was 10 points, but six players did that.

Alyssa Jerome started for Team Canada. She was one of the 10-point scorers and also had 10 rebounds.

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Team Canada will continue group play on Sunday morning against France at 6:45 am PT.

July 21, 2017

See Alanna, Alyssa and Jillian in FIBA games

Alyssa is in Italy, ready to play for Team Canada in the FIBA U19 Women's World Cup

Alanna and Jillian are in India, ready to play for the Australian Opals and the New Zealand Tall Ferns respectively in the FIBA Asia Cup.

Their games begin early Saturday morning or late Saturday night, Pacific Time.

This schedule shows all their games, Pacific Time:

  Canada Australia New Zealand
Sat, July 22 5:00 am vs Korea 10:30 pm vs Korea  
Sun, July 23 06:45 am vs France 10:30 pm vs Phillipines 5:15 am vs China
Mon, July 24 no games - - - 12:45 am vs DPR Korea
10:30 pm vs Taipei
Tue, July 25 7:15 am vs Latvia 3:00 am vs Japan - - -
Wed, July 26 Round of 16 no games no games
Thu, July 27 no games Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
Fri, July 28 Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Semi-Finals
Sat, July 29 Semi-Finals Finals Finals
Sun, July 30 Finals    

All the U19 games will be streamed live to YouTube and kept forever, so you can watch Alyssa play at your leisure. The link to each game is posted in the FIBA U19 World Cup schedule.

All the Asia Cup games will be streamed live by livebasketball.tv, but you need to pay a little ($9.99 for a month) to see them. Sign up here and see the game schedule here.

Basketball Australia reports that games will be uploaded to FIBA's YouTube channel for free 24 hours after each game is completed. I don't know yet where to find the links to the replays, but will include them in my game reports.

If you happen to be in Australia, you can watch the Asia Cup group games on Fox Sports TV

July 12, 2017

Alanna rejoins Opals for Asia Cup

Alanna will be playing in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup after all.

Two of the players chosen for the Opals' Asia Cup team have been injured, and Alanna has been chosen as one of the replacements.

The team is scheduled to travel to India next Monday, a week before the Asia Cup games, which will be played July 23 - 29.

The New Zealand Tall Ferns, with Jillian Harmon, will also be playing in the Asia Cup, but will not compete with the Opals in the opening round.

Alanna is still on the Opals team that will play in the World University Games in August, as far as I know.

Read more in the Basketball Australia announcement: Injuries force alterations to Opals team ahead of FIBA Asia Cup.

Brittany invited to USA Basketball training camp

Brittany McPhee is one of 40 athletes invited to the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp.

The training camp will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A 12-member team that will represent the USA in an inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women this summer in Tokyo, Japan, is expected to be announced on Aug. 4.

Read more in the USA Basketball announcement: 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp To Feature 40 Elite Collegiate Athletes

July 11, 2017

Stanford women athletes win fourth Capital One Cup

Capital One announced last week that Stanford has won the Women's Athletics Program Capital One Cup for 2016-17.

The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the country. This is the fourth time in the seven years of the Capital One Cup program that the Stanford women have won the crown.

The cup will be presented at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards tomorrow night, which will be televised live on ABC at 5 p.m. PT.

Nneka Ogwumike will accept the cup as the representative of all outstanding Stanford women athletes.

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July 07, 2017

Alyssa selected for Canada U19 team

Freshman Alyssa Jerome was named to the final roster for the U19 Women's National Team set to compete at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 in Italy.

Alyssa, who is the second-youngest member of the team, is a rising star in Canada. She led her country in both scoring and rebounding at the FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championship last summer when Canada finished with a silver medal.

The team will travel to France for an exhibition tournament from July 15-17.

Then they will travel to Udine, Italy for the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 from July 22-30.

Read more in the anouncement from Basketball Canada: U19 women's national team announces FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 roster

Alanna not selected for Opals Asia Cup team

Sophomore forward Alanna Smith's summer won't be quite as busy as was anticipated.

Alanna will be playing with the Opals (the Australian national senior team) in the World University games in China from August 21-28. (See Basketball Australia announcement: 2017 Women’s World University Games team announced)

But she won't be playing in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

The Opals have completed their first camp as they prepare to compete at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and have narrowed the squad of 21 players to a final team of 12. Alanna did not make the final cut.

Read more in the Basketball Australia announcement: Opals team named with additions to coaching staff to contest 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

June 30, 2017

Alyssa trying out for Canadian U19 team

Freshman Alyssa Jerome is one of 24 athletes invited to participate in the Canadian U19 National Team tryouts from July 2-4.

Training camp will follow the tryouts from July 5-11, after which the final team roster will be selected.

The team will travel to Italy to compete at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 from July 22-30.

Read more from Canada Basketball: 24 athletes invited to attend U19 women's national team tryouts

June 28, 2017

First day

First day of being a Cardinal for Estella, Maya and Kiana:

(Alyssa is with the Canadian U19 team preparing for the FIBA U19 World Cup.)

June 24, 2017

Summer basketball at Kezar begins this afternoon

It's time for summer basketball again.

The San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Summer Basketball League begins its 38th season this afternoon (June 24) at 1:30 and 3:30pm. Play continues on the following seven weekends unti the championship game on Sunday, August 13.

Sad to say, none of our current Cardinal have signed up, but alums Briana Roberson and Markisha Coleman will be playing — Bri with either Bay City or San Francisco (she's listed on both rosters), Kish for San Francisco.

Don't know where Kezar Pavilion is? Here's the map. See the SF Pro-Am website for the full schedule and all the rosters.

The website warns strongly that parking is a big problem, but it won't be any worse than in previous seasons. The parking lot next to Kezar, although a bit pricey, always has space unless there's a big event in Kezar Stadium and none is scheduled yet during the ProAm season.