October 12, 2018

October 11, 2018

Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day

The major news each Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day is the Coaches' Poll, although it's seldom a surprise. This year, Oregon was picked to finish first and Stanford second:

Here are more stories about Media Day:

And a video featuring Tara, Kiana and Dijonai.

October 10, 2018

High expectations of Jenna

Stanford’s coaches and players can’t help but smile when asked about Jenna Brown, this season's dynamic freshman guard.

Kiana Williams,last season's dynamic freshman guard, said, "Oh man, Jenna is going to be a fantastic player. I'm excited for her first year. She is so smart. She has a really high basketball IQ. She’s a hard worker and loves the game. I'm really excited she came here. It’s going to be a fun three years with her, for sure."

Read more by Jacob Rayburn (Cardinal Sports Report): Jenna Brown will be tough to stop during her freshman season

October 05, 2018

Complete 2018-19 schedule announced

Stanford Women's Basketball announced its complete 2018-19 schedule yesterday.

The Cardinal is scheduled for 30 regular-season games. 19 of them will be televised — 17 on the Pac-12 Networks and two on the ESPN family of networks.

In conference play, Stanford plays Oregon and Oregon State only at home and Colorado and Utah only away. It plays the other seven Pac-12 teams both at home and away. As has been the case since the Pac-10 became the Pac-12, traditional rivals meet twice in a single week. Stanford and Cal play each other midway through the conference season.

The conference schedule is quite user-friendly. All the conference games are scheduled for Friday/Sunday, except for the Cal games which are Thursday/Saturday. However, the time varies from week to week.

This is the schedule from the FBC. Game information includes links to each opponent's women's basketball website, maps of the venues and media coverage.Links to FBC post-game events will be added as soon as the information is available. Event information includes pre-game chalk talks and post-game behind-the-bench sessions.

This is the announcement and the schedule from Stanford Athletics.

October 04, 2018

'Rebounding' is the word

It's a quick one-word answer when you ask Stanford's coaches what the focus is in practices as the Cardinal get ready for the season: Rebounding.

Head coach Tara VanDerveer said that generally she wants the team to be more physical than the version that was pushed around at times last season, so rebounding is an obvious tell of whether that's improving.

Tara and Kate offer their takes on the development of a number of players in Jacob Rayburn's (Cardinal Sports Report): Stanford has exciting potential; focused rebounding, toughness

September 30, 2018

Team USA wins the gold

The USA took down Australia 73-56 and took home their third-straight FIBA Women's World Cup gold medal today.

The USA began play with a 10-0 run and kept the lead all the way.

Australian defense held the USA to only 33% field goal shooting, but also committed 24 fouls, which gave the USA 17 points in free throws.

But USA defense (primarily Brittney Griner) held Liz Cambage (the tournament's leading scorer with 23.8 points per game) to just seven points on 20% shooting and three free throws.

With Cambage stifled, Australia called on its bench.

Alanna came in for 18 minutes and responded with the team-high 10 points, two blocks, an assist and a steal.

Nneka was not a major factor in the USA's victories, but, as one of the game commentators said today, "She played her role as center off the bench to perfection." For the tournament she averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 15 minutes per game.

Breanna Stewart officially is MVP of Everything after winning the Tissot MVP of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 trophy, and she was joined in the All-Star Five by Diana Taurasi, Astou Ndour (Spain), Emma Meesseman (Belgium), and Liz Cambage. Honorable mention, Brittney Griner, was TCL Player of the Game in the Final.

USA crowned world champions for third time in a row, secure Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ticket, FIBA game report.

U.S. women beat Australia to win third straight World Cup title, Associated Pres game report.

USA Downs Australia to Claim Third-Straight FIBA World Cup Gold, USA Basketball game report.

Silver medal caps incredible FIBA World Cup campaign for ... Opals, Basketball Australia game report.

September 29, 2018

World Cup semifinals

USA 93, Belgium 77

Belgium, in its first-ever FIBA Women's World Cup gave the USA almost more than it could handle for 25 minutes. The score was tied nine times — the last time midway through the third quarter at 51-51.

Then the USA's superior depth became a major factor and the Belgian women couldn't match the pace for the remaining 15 minutes.

Taurasi shines as holders USA slip past Belgium to make 11th Final, FIBA game report

USA Advances to FIBA World Cup Gold Medal Game With 93-77 Win Over Belgium, USA Basketball game report

Australia 72, Spain 66

Spain started out cold and gave up a 16-point lead to Australia in the first three minutes of the game. But they pulled themselves together and led by one at the end of the half,

All of Spain's defensive efforts couldn't slow down Liz Cambage, who got 33 points and 15 rebounds.

Cambage and Opals break Spanish hearts to set up Final against USA, FIBA game report

FIBA World Cup gold medal beckoning Australia after semifinal comeback vs Spain, Basketball Australia game report

Gold Medal Game

The gold medal game is at noon PT on Sunday. It will be televised by ESPN.

Can Team USA topple Liz Cambage, Australia in gold-medal game?, by Mechelle Voepel (espnW)

Will the Opals beat USA to the Women's World Cup title? 5 reasons why they can

September 28, 2018

World Cup quarterfinals

USA 71, Nigeria 40

Nigeria, the first African nation to reach a quarterfinal in World Cup history, came out blazing and led by eight points at the end of the first quarter. But they couldn't sustain the pressure and the USA gained control and went on to a sizeable victory.

U.S. tops Nigeria in Women's Basketball World Cup quarterfinals , theAssociated Press game report.

Defense Propels USA Past Nigeria, 71-40, and Into Semifinals, the USA Basketball game report.

The USA will play Belgium in the semifinals at 9:30am PT on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNEWS.

Australia 83, China 42

Australia led all the way in their quarterfinal game. Alanna contributed seven points, five rebounds. two assists and a block to the victory.

... Opals stay hot with QF win over China at FIBA World Cup, the Basketball Australia game report.

Australia will play Spain (which upset Canada in the quarterfinals) in the semifinals at noon PT on Saturday. The game will be streamed to ESPN+.

September 27, 2018

World Cup quarterfinals preview

Mechelle Voepel (espnW) previews all four quarterfinals in: Nneka Ogwumike leads U.S. women into FIBA World Cup quarterfinals

USA/Nigeria leads off the quarterfinals very early on Friday morning at 3:00am PT. The game will be streamed to ESPN3, and televised later at 11:00am PT on ESPNU.

Preview from USA Basketball: USA vs. Nigeria.

The Australia/China game follows at 6:00am PT. It will be streamed to ESPN+.

Preview from Basketball Australia": Australia vs China

You can watch any of the games later. They're all archived on YouTube. You can find the links here.