Kayla will have the honor of throwing out the night's ceremonial first pitch!
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Kayla will have the honor of throwing out the night's ceremonial first pitch!
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Stanford Video has been awarded a bronze 2010 TELLY Award, which honors the best in television commercials and programs, video and film production, and online film and video for Leadership, a commercial featuring Cardinal Women’s Basketball guard ROSALYN GOLD-ONWUDE ...
Next season's schedules haven't been finalized, but it looks as if Connecticut's two-time defending champion women's basketball team may be trying to make history when it visits Stanford in December. Read more...
She missed playing in just one game in her career — On Feb 27, 2010 at Arizona while recovering from the concussion she suffered in the prior game against Arizona State. Although she didn't play, she was at the game, on the bench, enthusiastically supporting her teammates.
Congratulations on a remarkable career, Ros!
What did you think about this team?
I think it’ll be really interesting when you do add people who are missing into the mix, when everyone is in one place at the same time. It was definitely an advantage for me to be here, watch Geno coach and see the system he’s trying to put in for everyone.
Are you hoping to be healthy next time around?
Yes. This is it. It’s three times I’ve had to pass up on USA Basketball, bad things come in threes and I’m done with it. This isn’t going to happen a fourth time.
You've played for USA Basketball before, how was this week different?
I think it was a foreshadowing, learning experience. It was very enlightening because all of these kids are older and they've been in the game so much longer. Even the ones that are graduating and are about to go into the WNBA, they have more experience than I do. So, I just learned a lot from them, especially off the court.
What specifically did you learn?
On the court, it's more than just making the pass or making the cut, it's what it takes for you to do it well and what it takes for you to be aggressive. I learned a lot about intensity and what people bring to the court aside from skill. Off the court, I learned about being a good leader and incorporating everyone in the team and keep that team congruency intact.
On the scrimmage:
It was awesome. Just to be on the floor with girls that you play against every year and people that you watch play in the WNBA and college was great. The fans were great. The UConn cult, as people call it, was very supportive. We had a lot of people rooting for even the Select Team, so it was a lot of fun.
What did you learn this week?
I learned a lot. These girls are the best you can get, and just to play with them on the same floor or against them, you just learn from their experience. They go hard every single possession, and that is one thing I can take back with me into the college game.
What about your game specifically did you learn?
I know I can get my threes off, so that is reassuring, but just getting to the basket. I think I have to work on my ball-handling and my midrange game.
The report from USA Basketball includes quotes from all the participants, several videos and a photo gallery.
Geno thought, "It went kind of predictable. The national team players, with their experience, their savvy, being there before, were able to take advantage of the younger guys to a certain extent. [The younger players] are still a little bit antsy, but they’re going to be okay. I was impressed by how hard they work."
This is what Kayla had to say:
On scrimmaging against USA Women’s National Team players:
I thought it was a lot of fun. It was great to get on the floor with those people that I have watched not my entire life, but throughout college, and run up and down a little bit and get some shots up; it was a lot of fun.
How do you feel you played?
Not too well. I would have liked to have done a little more. I’m just bummed that I missed that game-winning shot I had at the end of the scrimmage.
Was scrimmaging against national team players what you expected?
Yeah, I mean they are all incredible talented players, and you have to play all of them. You have to guard all of them at this level. I don’t think it was too much for us rookies to handle, so I’m really looking forward to playing against them again tomorrow.
By John Torenli , Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Mel's hometown newspaper)
All the hard work it took to return to the court after undergoing major knee surgery two years ago appeared to be paying off for Brooklyn native and Midwood High School graduate Melanie Murphy during the early stages of Tuesday night’s women’s national championship game in San Antonio.
He continues with more about Mel, her injuries and her hopes for next season.Artie LaGreca, her high school coach said, "It’s hard to say what [the injuries] have really done to her game, but what you can’t measure is the size of her heart. It outweighs everything.”
Mel says, “I think I’ll be back playing next year. People will be talking about the potential I have. I want to live up to that potential one of these years.” Read more....
He puts Stanford at #3 with this evaluation, "Jayne Appel has been the centerpiece of the program since Candice Wiggins departed, and now Appel is gone, too. But as the Final Four showcased, Nneka Ogwumike is ready to assume the mantle as Stanford's next big thing -- and she'll have help from little sister Chiney Ogwumike."
He thinks UCLA appears to be on the rise and should have an even greater impact next March. He also includes USC and Cal in the top 64. Read more...
You are back playing for USA Basketball after earning gold medals with the 2008 USA U18 National Team and the 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team, what's it like to be back in a USA jersey?
It feels great. I don't think I've ever played on a USA team with anyone here, but I've been to trials with a few. I'm on the younger side in this group. It's fun to be around a lot of girls that have been sucessful throughout their season, and we are having a lot of fun and working hard.
What was your first experience playing for Geno Auriemma like?
I thought it was great. I like him a lot. Anyone who gets to practice under him is lucky. He's very charismatic and he's entertaining as well, but he also knows how to talk to people and get the job done. So, he just ties all of those personalities into practice, and I think it's really great.
The purpose of this select team is partly to develop future Women's National Team players. Does that make you nervous or put pressure on you?
Just a little bit, but at the same time, they invited everyone here for a reason. You just have to take advantage of the opportunity and just seize the moment. I think it's a really great introduction into what the National Team level is like. I'm really excited that I get to do it with this group of people, and I'm really honored that they invited me.
How do you think you did adjusting to a new coach and a new system today?
I felt like I played alright. Everyone is willing to learn and willing to work hard, and I think the congruency is kind of immersing itself because he is really teaching us lot of new offenses and things that they plan to run. It's also kind of similar to how we run it at Stanford, so it's not like it's something completely new to me. It's kind of a refresher course, but also at the same time learning new material, so I'm really excited as well.
He explains why in this article.
JJ said, "We are hoping to come back next year and hoping to be able to play. If not, we gave it a good run.”
Michelle Smith gives more information in this post to her blog, LeftCoastHoops.
Mark it down: Dec. 30 in Palo Alto, a game that could, as it is tentatively scheduled, be the game in which the Huskies tie the NCAA record for consecutive victories (88) with John Wooden and UCLA.
In another article, Michelle consults her crystal [basket]ball and predicts next season's top ten teams and top ten players.
4/10/10: added Pac-10 records broken by team.
4/11/10: added Nneka's record number of points in semifinal game.
4/23/10: added Ros' record-breaking career games
Five players made it into the Stanford Women's Basketball record book this season. 15 records were broken or tied — three by Jayne, one by Ros, two by Kayla, one by Jeanette, four by Nneka and four by the team.
In addition, five Pac-10 records were broken — one by Jayne, one by Nneka and three by the team.
She blocked 273 shots in her career, which breaks the record of 215 that she set in the first three seasons of her career.
She played 147 games in her career, which breaks the record of 137 set by Candice Wiggins (2004-07) and places her at #2 behind Ros.
She had 2125 points in her career, which places her at #3 behind Candice Wiggins and Kate Starbird. She joins Val Whiting and Nicole Powell as the only Stanford women to score at least 2000 points and make at least 1000 rebounds. Jayne had 2125 points and 1263 rebounds; Nicole had 2062/1143; Val had 2077/1134.
She also holds these records at the end of her Stanford career:
She played 1274 minutes this season, which breaks the record of 1237, set by Candice in 2007-08.
She has 1501 points in her career so far, which places her at #13 in the 1000-point club.
She had 23 rebounds vs Oregon on Jan 23, 2010, which breaks the record of 21 set by Nicole Powell in 2002 (also vs Oregon)
She attempted 226 free throws this season, which breaks the record of 224 set by Candice in 2007-08.
She made 172 of her free throw attempts, which places her second behind Candice's record of 184.
She has made 60.9% of her field goal attempts in her career so far, which breaks the record of 58.6 set by Jeanne Ruark Hoff (1978-82)
She scored the most points ever in an NCAA Tournament semifinal game – 38 on April 4, 2010 vs Oklahoma.
She has 1106 points in her career so far, which places her at #28 in the 1000-point club.
It allowed its opponents a record low of 53.9 points per game, which breaks the Stanford record of 55.8 set in 2008-09 and the Pac-10 record of 54.3 set by California in 2007-08.
It allowed its opponents a record low field-goal percentage of .339, which breaks the Stanford and Pac-10 record of .346 set in 2001-02 and tied in 2006-07.
It had 1719 rebounds, which breaks the Stanford and Pac-10 record of 1663 set in 2008-09.
The purpose of the Select Team is to continue preparing USA Basketball's historically strong pipeline of athletes for future USA National Team events. The team comprises future USA National Team hopefuls. They will participate in a training camp April 15-18, during which they will scrimmage against the USA National Team.There is the more information about the Select Team in the USA Basketball announcement and about Nneka's being named to the team in the Stanford Athletic announcement.
We didn't know that on March 21, after the first round of the tournament, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right foot.
Jake Curtis reports, "On Wednesday, Stanford revealed that Appel also had a stress fracture of the distal cuboid, a bone on the outside of her right foot, the same foot that was sprained." Read more...
Michelle Smith writes, "What’s happened in the four weeks since Appel turned her ankle in a lay-up drill at practice doesn’t define an extraordinary career, one in which she set the Pac-10 rebounding record, broke Stanford school records for rebounds and blocked shots and established a new standard for toughness." Read more...
Our whole team really wants to thank you for the tremendous support. We felt it. We worked very hard. We're very disappointed, but I'm really proud of our whole team, and I especially want to thank our seniors — Ros, Michelle, Jayne and JJ and Mel, depending on whether they're seniors or not — we don't know.Here are the game reports and other commentary:
This was a really tough game, but I thought our team really battled and it was there for the taking so we've gotta get greedy. Again, I'm really proud of our team. We have great assistant coaches, staff, everyone worked as hard as they could and we really thank you for all coming out here and supporting our team.
Come back next year.
Slideshow from the San Antonio Express-Times
Photos from the Associated Press
Photos from US Presswire
Our team is not defined by the label
"Did not defeat the Team That Shall Not Be Named"
Our team ...
She began yesterday's press conference, "We'll be ready. Our team is confident. Get ready for a great game tomorrow night."
A few more articles this morning:
Nneka would be the first to tell you that she couldn't have done it without her teammates. For this demanding game, the five starters were assisted only by JJ and Joslyn. The contributions of all seven players are fully covered in these game reports:
A photo gallery by Brendan Maloney, US Presswire
A photo gallery by Eric Gay , Sue Ogrocki, Jeff Gross, Pat Sullivan, and Ronald Martinez, Associated Press
There are way too many photos in the above galleries to include in the blog. So here are just the ones of the Cardinal celebrating the victory:
Congratulations Jayne and Nneka!
Here is the full announcement from the WBCA and State Farm.
Here is an article from Palo Alto Online that reports all their accomplishments that earned them the honor.
"I'm just always ready whenever they need me," said Cimino, a junior. "In a game or practice. Getting the team ready on the scout team. I'm not the focal point like in high school and I've had a few years to kind of adjust to that.
"The NCAA tournament is just such a completely different experience. It's really fun."
The San Antonio Express-News has this slide show of the Final Four arrival.
Journalists are keeping busy before the games begin writing stories about some of our favorite people.
Mechelle Voepel (ESPN) writes about Nneka's growth this season in Ogwumike learns to count on instincts.
Michelle Smith (Left Coast Hoops) writes about Ros' progress since the Cardinal last played Oklahoma five years ago ... and a bit about Jayne's fingernails in Gold-Onwude, Jayne’s nails…notebook clean-out.
Mark Whicker (Orange County Register) gives a historical perspective on Jeanette's 4.4 second dash in Pohlen blasted to past in 4.4 seconds.
For their Final Four experience, I'd rather see the No. 2-ranked Cardinal snarling, spitting blood, cursing at nothing in particular and tripping old ladies as they try to cross the streets of San Antonio. (Article is no longer available.)
In Jeanette's ideal world, the Cardinal would give the Huskies a run for their money in Tuesday's final, and the Pohlens could celebrate a big upset just as Rocky comes out of hibernation. Read more...
Stanford hopes to make some noise in Final Four by Rick Eymer, Palo Alto Online by Tom Taylor, The Stanford Daily
Cardinal is two wins away from a national title by Tom Taylor, The Stanford Daily
And a thoughtful essay about UConn's dominance:
The Final Four head coaches were on the annual pre-Final Four coaches' teleconference for a half-hour each today before heading for San Antonio.
Mechelle Voepel gives us a sampling of what they had to say. Read lots more...
In another ESPN article, Mechelle, Charlie Creme and Graham Hayes all pick Stanford and UConn as the semifinal winners. Here's why ...
It features photos, team videos and news releases.
The app was developed by David Gonzales, the former Director of Photography for Stanford athletics, who is now a digital media/freelance photographer for appmakr.com. He worked closely with Stanford assistant coach Kate Paye.
You can find it by searching for Stanford women’s basketball.
FBC member Dana Stewart reports:
I just downloaded the App. It is FREE! It is very good! Lots of content, pix, video etc. Even pix from the Rally today.Check it out!