July 17, 2008

Where are they this summer?

By Judy Richter

This summer finds the 15 members of the 2008-09 Stanford women’s basketball team literally scattered around the nation and around the world.

Here’s a rundown of what everyone’s doing, according to Amy Tucker, associate head coach:

Incoming freshman forwards Sarah Boothe and Nneka Ogwumike are playing together on the U.S. Under-18 National Team that will compete in FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Women in Buenos Aires July 23-27 after training in Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C. You can follow their adventures in Stories of the Season.

The other world traveler is senior forward Jillian Harmon, who, along with Clare Bodensteiner, ’06, is proving to be a stalwart for New Zealand’s women’s Olympics basketball team. Their feats are chronicled in Cardinal in the Olympics.

Incoming freshman guards Lindy LaRocque and Grace Mashore are playing for the Bay Pride women’s team in the San Francisco Pro-Am League at Kezar Pavilion. They’re also attending summer school at Stanford.

The four sophomores – forwards Kayla Peterson and Ashley Cimino and guards Jeanette Pohlen and Hannah Donaghe – have all been at their respective homes and working out. Kayla, Jeanette and Hannah will return to campus next week to help with the elite sessions of Tara Hoops Summer Camp.

Among the juniors, forward Michelle Harrison and guard Melanie Murphy are attending summer school while continuing to rehab from last season’s knee injuries. Center Jayne Appel is at home and rehabbing from post-season shoulder surgery. Guard JJ Hones is working out at home.

Senior forward Morgan Clyburn is another summer school scholar. She’s rehabbing from post-season foot surgery. Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude has a sports marketing internship at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The four coaches – Tara VanDerveer, Bobbi Kelsey, Kate Paye and Amy Tucker – have been amassing the miles while recruiting for much of the summer. They’ll be coaching at hoops camp and then get some much-needed rest to recharge their batteries in August before returning to campus in September. Their first official activities with the team start in mid-September.

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