August 23, 2007

Tara announces the 2007-08 schedule


The defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford women's basketball team can look forward to logging plenty of miles this November before settling in at home for the upcoming season, as head coach Tara VanDerveer announced the team's 2007-08 schedule today. (More ...)

Note: There are several changes from the preliminary schedule posted to the FBC website in July, most notably the addition of an exhibition game against Chico State.

August 15, 2007

Candice is USOC Athlete of the Month

Senior guard Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif.) has been named the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month for July, the USOC announced today. Wiggins was honored alongside distance runner Alan Webb and the U.S. softball team.

Wiggins was honored following a busy month of July which saw her lead a pair of U.S. teams to gold medals at the Under-21 World Championship and the 2007 Pan-American Games. At the Under-21 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, she averaged 13.1 points a game, including a 30-point effort in the U.S.' opening contest that fueled a come-from-behind 90-88 victory. Wiggins paced the U.S. in the medal round as well, scoring 27 points in a semifinal win over host Russia, then adding 14 points in the gold-medal clinching 96-73 win over the Australians.

Immediately following the triumph, Wiggins joined the Pan-American Games team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She scored 10 points in the United States' tournament-opening 95-41 win over Colombia, and turned in a strong performance in the tournament as the U.S. went a perfect 5-0 and struck gold with a 79-66 victory over Brazil in the gold-medal game.(More ...)

Candice & Jayne on Wade Trophy watch list

The 2007-08 preseason "Wade Watch" list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year was announced Tuesday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Candice and Jayne are two of the twenty-five women on the list. This is Candice's third consecutive selection. (More ...)

August 07, 2007

Wiggins' World Tour

By: Michelle Smith, Chronicle Staff Writer

If Candice Wiggins was compelled to write a "What I did on my summer vacation" essay, she'd have a couple of ways to go.

She could detail her extensive travels, new experiences and friendships, and frequent-flier miles.

Or she could keep it short and simple: two teams, two gold medals. (More ...)

U19s win the gold

The USA U19 Women tallied a perfect 9-0 record on their way to gold, finishing with a 99 - 57 win over Sweden. Here is the story and the box score of the gold medal game.

This is Kayla's second gold medal. She was on the USA U18 team that won the gold last summer. She had this to say of the experience:
On winning gold: Representing your country was a great experience. After all the tough times we've been through this past month, to have the gold hanging around your neck feels amazing.

On her game: I think I was exposed to a lot of things I'm going to see in college, like the physical play. And I learned to understand what my role is and how to take a backseat sometimes. I think mentally I got a lot stronger.

August 04, 2007

U19s advance to gold medal game

The USA U19 team defeated Spain in the semifinal round of the World Championship 69 - 46. Here's the story and the box score.

The USA plays Sweden tomorrow for the gold medal.

August 03, 2007

U19s advance to semifinal

The USA U19 team defeated the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round of the World Championship 85 - 66. Here's the story and the box score.

They play Spain in the semifinal tomorrow. This will be the third game between those two teams. The USA defeated Spain in an exhibition game 79 - 71 and in the second round 74 - 66.

August 02, 2007

U19s advance to quarterfinal with perfect record

While I was away in the Canadian Rockies, far from a wifi connection, the USA U19 team won two more games and advance to the quarterfinal with a perfect record and a #1 seed in their group (the #1 seed, also with a perfect record, in the other group is Serbia). The USA's average margin of victory in the six games is a rather awesome 37.8 points. The quarterfinal game is Friday Aug 3rd, against the Czech Republic.

They won a fairly close game against Spain, 74 - 66. Here's the story and the box score. Then they defeated Slovakia, 84 - 60. Here's the story and the box score.

The U.S. ambassador to Slovakia honored the team with a dinner at his home. Here is a picture of Amy Jaeschke, Melissa Lechlitner and Kayla at the dinner. You can find more pictures here.