August 13, 2015

The 2015-16 non-conference schedule

The 2015-16 non-conference schedule has been announced. It features Thanksgiving in Florida, at least five games against NCAA Tournament opponents from last season and a visit from the Lady Vols in December.

This is the announcement from Stanford Athletics. Tip times and broadcast information along with Stanford’s Pac-12 schedule will be announced in September once television arrangements have been finalized. In this year’s rotation, UCLA and USC do not visit Maples Pavilion while Stanford misses its regular-season trip to Washington and Washington State.

This is the schedule from the FBC. Game information includes links to each opponent's women's basketball website and maps of the venues.

Pac-12 games, 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.

August 05, 2015

Thanksgiving in Florida update


As I reported about three months ago, the Cardinal will spend the weekend after Thanksgiving in Southwest Florida as part of the third annual Gulf Coast Showcase. More information is available now.

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 eight.

Stanford will begin the tournament with a game against Missouri State at 11:30 am Pacific Time. Click here for the bracket, which shows first round pairings and all game times.

You can now buy tickets or buy a travel package. The travel package provides these options: three or four nights at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa (the official host resort for each of the participating teams), game tickets, transfers between the hotel and games, a Thanksgiving buffet dinner that includes a Q&A with the head coaches of the tournament.

How do you get there? Estero is a suburb of Fort Myers, about 10 miles south of the nearest major airport – Southwest Florida International Airport. Here is a map that shows the airport, the arena, and the team hotel.

If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, here is a map that shows the hotels near Germain Arena.

August 02, 2015

Pro-Am season ends on a losing note for Cardinal players

The San Francisco Pro-Am ended in disappointment for two Stanford women’s basketball players and an alum as their team, Bay City, lost 79-66 to Mission Recreation Center on Aug. 1 at Kezar Pavilion.

Bay City, which includes freshman forward Shannon Coffee, freshman guard Marta Sniezek and guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, never led but did stay within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 5 points early in the third quarter.

Even though Bay City had 10 players and Mission Rec had eight, Mission Rec won the game by capitalizing on Bay City turnovers, outrebounding the opponent and pouring in 3-pointers.

The winning team also outmuscled Bay City in the paint. Thus the previously high-scoring Shannon was held to 5 points, five rebounds and a block. Because she was guarded so closely and so physically, her teammates had a hard time getting the ball to her.

In addition, Shannon’s time was limited after she picked up her third foul in the second quarter and went to the bench. She was in and out during the second half but had only one more foul.

Marta had 2 points, three rebounds, three steals and an assist. Markisha added 1 point, two rebounds and one steal. Like Shannon, both were in and out of the game.

Coming into the game, Bay City had a 4-1 record. Its only loss was at the hands of Mission Rec in the first game, which Shannon and Marta missed because they were just getting settled on campus.

Mission Rec was undefeated. After the game, when trophies were presented to the coaches of both teams, it was announced that this was Mission Rec’s sixth championship in seven years.

About a dozen Stanford fans were among the estimated 125 people at the game.

As they have done in previous games, Shannon and Marta crossed the court after the game to thank their fans for coming.

They said they were glad to have spent some time with junior forward Erica “Bird” McCall. Bird was on campus for a few days to help with a hoops camp after earning a gold medal with the undefeated USA team in the World University Games in South Korea.

The freshmen said they have two more weeks of school before heading home for a month. They’ll return to campus Sept. 15. Classes start Sept. 21.

July 28, 2015

Lauren Greif says, " Goodbye"

Dear Stanford Women’s Basketball Fans,

Hello from Lauren Greif. Many of you know me as the transfer from Cal who Tara describes as doing “all things video”. It is with excitement and some sadness that I write this “Goodbye” letter today. I have accepted a position at FastModel Sports and will be moving to Chicago! My new title is Senior Product Support, Training, & Development.

It has been an incredible experience to be part of Stanford’s program for the past 5 seasons and I would like to sincerely thank you for your kindness and continued support. The number of fans who have approached me over the years with nice words about my playing days or to thank me for my work here on the Farm has been tremendous. It has meant a lot to be welcomed with open arms, and I would like to say -THANK YOU.

So, while I won’t be filming games from the top of Maples, I will remain a fan of Stanford…. And Cal too Also, I don’t know much about Chicago so if you know somewhere I should eat or watch a show, or a great neighborhood to live in, drop me a line. My email is laurentgreif@gmail.com.

All the best, Lauren

July 27, 2015

Stanford threesome advances to championship game

By Judy Richter

Thanks to a resounding victory on July 25, two Stanford freshmen — guard Marta Sniezek and forward Shannon Coffee — and an alum, guard Markisha Coleman, ’07, will play in the San Francisco Pro-Am championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Kezar Pavilion.

Markisha #7, Shannon #9 (back row), Marta #11

Their team, Bay City, thumped San Francisco 130-79 in the afternoon’s second game. Bay City will face Mission Recreation Center, which defeated Palo Alto TnT 81-61 in the earlier game.

Mission Rec has a 5-0 record, while Bay City’s record is 4-1. Its only defeat came at the hands of Mission Rec, 88-76, on June 20. No Stanford women played in that game because they were just getting settled on campus.

Tess, Alexa play for San Francisco team

July 25’s Bay City-San Francisco game involved two other Stanford women, senior forward/center Tess Picknell and freshman guard Alexa Romano, playing for San Francisco.

Tess #53, Alexa #4 (at Tess' left)

Shannon scored 17 points and had eight rebounds and one assist for Bay City, according to my unofficial tally. Marta pitched in with 7 points and three each for rebounds, steals and assists. Both were starters. Coming off the bench, Markisha had four assists and a steal. (My assist totals may not be accurate.)

On the San Francisco side, starter Tess had 6 points, nine rebounds and one assist, while bench player Alexa had 2 points, two rebounds and one steal.

Eleven players showed up for San Francisco. Bay City had 10. The Bay City coach substituted frequently, often sending in a fresh platoon of five each time, a la Charli Turner Thorne of Arizona State.

The Cardinal fan contingent was under 20 people. Among the fans for the second game were junior guards Briana Roberson and Lili Thompson with some of Lili’s relatives.

Bri, Lili play almost 37 minutes for Palo Alto TnT

Alternating at the point, Bri and Lili had played in the first game, both as starters. Bri scored her team’s first 5 points and Lili pitched in the next 3, but Mission Rec outscored Palo Alto TnT in all four quarters. Each team had only seven players, so Lili and Bri played virtually the entire game, going to the bench with only 3:13 left and their team behind 77-50.

Lili finished with 21 points, two rebounds and two steals. Her four 3-pointers helped her point total, but she missed many apparently easy shots while driving to the basket.

Bri had 14 points, including one trey. She also contributed two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

After their game, they went to the Bay City bench to greet Shannon, Marta and Markisha. They then crossed the court to join Lili’s relatives and talk with a young girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old, who obviously was thrilled to meet them. They stayed through the first quarter before leaving with Lili’s relatives.

As they have done at previous games, Shannon and Marta talked with fans after the game and thanked them for coming.

Kezar Pavilion is on the east side of Golden Gate Park at 755 Stanyan St. between Waller and Frederick streets. Admission is free. A pay-by-the-hour parking lot is next door.

Shannon and Tess tip off
Shannon launches a shot over Tess
Tess clears a lane for Alexa

July 26, 2015

Alanna's strong finish leads Australia to the bronze

The Aussies put yesterday's defeat behind them and won the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship bronze medal with a strong game against Spain.

It looked like an easy win for the Aussies as they took an 18 point lead in the first quarter, but Spain crept back and cut the lead to three early in the third quarter – 45-42.

The scoring margin wavered between three and nine for the next 15 minutes. Both teams looked very tired and had trouble finding the basket.

With two minutes left to play and the score at 62-58, Alanna scored on a layup. At the one-minute mark, Spain and then Australia scored again. Then Spain turned the ball over with a foul, and that was effectively the end.

The final score was 69-62, and Australia had its second consecutive FIBA U19 bronze medal.

Alanna played her best game of the tournament — 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. She made 50% of her 16 shots from the field and all of her four free throws.

For the seven games of the tournament, Alanna led her team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and blocks (2.4 bpg). She tied with Alexandra Sharp for the most rebounds (7.0 rpg) and with Tahlia Tupaea for the most steals (1.6 spg).

Of the 180 participating players, Alanna ranked #18 in scoring, #4 in blocks, #17 in rebounds and #25 in steals.

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The final game of the tournament was a fierce battle between two outstanding teams. The outcome was in doubt up until the last four minutes of the game, with the USA leading Russia by just three points, 68-65. Then the USA pulled ahead to a 78-70 victory and its sixth consecutive FIBA U19 gold medal. Story: USA spoil home party to land sixth straight U19 Women's Worlds title.

Alanna was named to the tournament All-Star-5, along with A'Ja Wilson (USA), Napheesa Collier (USA), Maria Vadeeva (Russia) and Daria Kolosovskaia (Russia). Wilson was named the Most Valuable Player.

July 25, 2015

Aussies lose to Russia, will go for the bronze

Neither Russia nor Australia had encountered any serious competion in the tournament until today. Russia still hasn't. They overwhelmed Australia 76-57.

The Aussies battled all the way but couldn't slow down Maria Vadeeva, who tallied 27 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

Russia's strong defense held the Aussies to 27.5% shooting. Both Alanna and Alicia Froling (Australia's third-best scorer) were held scoreless except for one free throw apiece.

Australia out-rebounded Russia by a bit (51-47), but they turned the ball over 20 times.

Alanna picked up two fouls in the first quarter and fouled out midway through the fourth. She had three rebounds and two blocks, but missed all of her six shots from the field and three of four from the line.

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On the other side of the bracket, Spain kept the game fairly close, but the USA pulled ahead at the end to an 80-65 victory.

So Australia and Spain will compete for the bronze medal tomorrow (Sunday,July 26) at 8:00 am Pacific Time. USA and Russia will go for the gold at 10:15 am.

Sunday's medal games will be streamed live on LiveBasketball.TV. The games are free, but you need to register here to view them.

July 24, 2015

Aussies advance to Final Four with 83-46 victory over China

Australia defeated China 83-46 in the quarter-final round of the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.

Australia's tight defense stifled China's inside game. The Chinese sank seven three-pointers, but made only nine two-pointers at a rate of 25%. The Aussies countered with six three-pointers and twenty-five two-pointers at an overall rate of 37%.

The Aussies dominated on defense too, out-rebounding China 59-34.

Alanna was top scorer with 14 points, but not as efficient as usual. She made all six of her free throws, but only four of 16 field goals. She also had six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. She committed only two of the Aussies' ten fouls and one of their five turnovers.

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So Australia advances to the semifinals, where they'll play Russia, who defeated France 68-48.

Russia is a powerful team led by twin towers 6'4" center Maria Vadeeva and 6'4" power forward Raisa Musina. Vadeeva outranks the Aussies in scoring (16.0 ppg v Alanna's 13.4), rebounding (11.4 rpg v Alicia Froling's 7.4) and blocks (3.2 bpg v Alanna's 2.4). Musina is Russia's second-best scorer (12.6 ppg) and rebounder (9.8 rpg). In their quarter-final game today, Musina scored 19 points on a perfect seven of seven from the floor and four of four from the line.

The Aussies will also have to contend with a large group of enthusiastic Russian supporters. Attendance at the games has been sparse, but the Russians show up for their home team.

Here is a statistical preview of the game. It's tomorrow (Sat, July 25) at 8:00 am Pacific Time.

On the other side of the bracket, the USA (who defeated Canada 93-45) and Spain (who defeated Belgium 70-66) will meet in the second semi-final at 10:15 am Pacitic Time.

The Final Four and Sunday's medal games will be streamed live on LiveBasketball.TV. The games are free, but you need to register here to view them.

July 23, 2015

Watch Alanna in the FIBA U19 Quarter-Finals

The Australia Gems will kick off the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship tomorrow, Friday July 24.

Here are a couple of stories from FIBA about the upcoming games:

All of the quarter-final games will be live-streamed on YouTube. Here is viewing information for the match-ups:

July 22, 2015

Aussies crush Mali in Round of 16

Mali had no answer for Australia's dominating defense or offense. The Aussies sank ten 3-pointers, out-shot Mali 48.4% - 15.8%, and out-rebounded them 55-31. The Aussies won the Round of 16 match 91-23.

Alanna had a strong game with 16 points (on five of six field goals and three of seven free throws), two assists, nine rebounds, four blocks and one steal. She stayed out of foul trouble today – committed just two in 21 minutes of play.

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After a day of rest, the final phase of the competition continues with quarterfinals on Friday. Here is the bracket.

Australia will play China at 3:30 am Pacific Time. China defeated Egypt, lost to the USA, and upset Spain 66-63 in group play. Here is a statistical preview of the upcoming quarterinal game. You can watch the game on YouTube.