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November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM
History won’t be televised, again. Mass exposure is probably the last nugget to change in Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s storied career. She’ll aim for her 899th and 900th career wins in Mexico as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope this week.
When VanDerveer reaches the milestone, she’ll join an elite circle of five coaches to reach 900 or more career wins in former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098), North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (908), Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (905) and former Texas coach Jody Conradt (900).
VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to 26 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and six consecutive 30-win seasons. The Card is the 13-time Pac-12 champion, winning the regular-season and conference tournament titles seven years in a row. Last season Stanford was a regular-season co-champion with Cal.
“She’s a legacy, she has an amazing legacy,” Washington State coach June Daugherty told the Associated Press. “She has mentored so many of us. I don’t think she gets enough of her due for what she’s done for Stanford basketball — Pac-8, Pac-10, Pac-12. She’s been innovative about her game. She is a first-class act.”
In speaking about the women’s basketball game for a feature on Pac-12 Networks, VanDerveer said the growth is beyond what she imagined. She also teased that her dad said she could never make a career out of basketball. Glad she was a rebel from the start.
November 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM
The Associated Press poll was released Friday and Gonzaga is ranked 25th. The Zags return 12 players, including four starters, from its squad that finished 27-6 overall, 15-1 in the West Coast Conference last season. It won its ninth-straight WCC title and made its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags are predicted to win the WCC, again, this season.
I had the Zags ranked 25th, too, but will admit I don’t even give much weight to the rankings. There are already some key injuries and untested returns that could make a huge difference in how the season begins for some of the ranked teams. But below is the way I’m starting my season outlook and you can keep track of all 40 media members’ votes throughout the season.
In our state, preseason predictions are promising. The NCAA tournament sites were announced earlier and Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena was selected as one of the 16 cities for open-round play. And it looks like one of the state’s five Division I programs will be seeded at UW’s host site. Along with Gonzaga’s conference prediction, Eastern Washington is predicted to win the Big Sky and Seattle U is projected to repeat its regular-season title in the Western Athletic Conference. Washington was pegged fourth in the Pac-12 while Washington State is motivated by being snubbed, again, and picked to finish ninth in the conference.
August 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM
My first Seafair weekend will be remembered as sparkles and flowers. Everything I witnessed, whether it was the crowning of Miss Seafair 2013 or the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania, the young women we doted with exquisite jewels, flowers, and medals. Well, the winners were.
In-coming Washington freshman Kelsey Plum was one. She was a deep reserve for the USA Basketball u19 World Championship team, but she did score a bucket in the gold-medal game against France. The Americans (9-0) defeated the French (7-2) on Sunday, 61-28. As the tournament grew, Plum could be seen getting more confident but definitely needs work on consistently hitting her shot.
Plum, a 5 foot 9 PG, averaged 5.2 points in an averaged 14.6 minutes. But Plum shot 27.3 percent from three-point range.
Under former coach Kevin McGuff, UW used the outside shot to counter its lack of size inside. First-year coach Mike Neighbors said the overall coaching philosophy will mirror McGuff, but the team obviously won’t have to rely on the outside shot with C Katie Collier able to play.
Still, everyone needs to be an offensive threat for the Huskies to be the successful team it envisions. Plum is already in the gym working on improving her game, hopefully that work and experienced gained overseas translates to her first year at Washington.
Here’s a clip of Plum in action against Japan. You’re supposed to be able to hear her talk about the gold-medal game but none of my electronic devises are allowing me to access the clip. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Thank goodness for my iPad. It’s going to be a busy weekend trying to fit in my first live Renton River Days and Seafair weekend (can’t wait to see the Miss Seafair coronation at the Torchlight Parade) while also keeping up with the FIBA U19 World Championship and 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, the league’s 11th annual.
The WNBA is up first online at ESPN3.com. The league will air the Western and Eastern Conference practices from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday at noon PT. Storm All-Star Tina Thompson will rep Seattle. Follow her Instagram account (@iamtinathompson) for cool pics from the weekend and even the kickoff with former teammates and family after Seattle defeated her native Los Angeles on Thursday at Staples Center.
Next up is the USA U19 squad. The winner of the Americans game against Japan on Friday will face Australia in the U19 World Championship semifinal in Lithuania on Saturday. In-coming Washington freshman PG Kelsey Plum is on the team, although UConn stars Breanna Stewart (18.2 points), Morgan Tuck (15.3 points) and Duke standout Alexis Jones (4.5 assists) are the headliners.
The first semifinal matchup airs on ESPN3 at 8am PT between Spain (7-0) and France (6-1). The Aussies (6-1) are expected to play the Americans at 10:15am on ESPN3.com on Saturday.
July 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM
UPDATE: The USA U19 Team defeated China 103-56 in the second game of the FIBA U19 World Championship on Friday. UW freshman PG Kelsey Plum was scoreless in 12 minutes of play, missing her three three-point attempts. The Americans (2-0) will play Mali (0-2) on Saturday at 10:15 am (PT).
Washington PG Kelsey Plum, an in-coming freshman, will be part of the USA U19 World Championship Team that plays China (1-0) at 10:15 am PT on Friday. FIBA will provide live stats of its U19 World Championship tournament.
The Americans (1-0), who have Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves as an assistant, defeated Lithuania 113-47 in the FIBA U19 World Championship opener on Thursday in Panevezys, Lithuania. Plum played 16 minutes against Lithuania (0-1), finishing with seven points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game. Connecticut star Breanna Stewart led the USA with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes.
Plum is part of UW’s best in-coming class in program history. The group is led by C Katie Collier, who missed the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury. She’s rehabilitated and cleared to play. F Chantel Osahor and G Brianna Ruiz round out the freshmen class. First-year coach Mike Neighbors also signed former Miami C Macy Keen this offseason but she’s ineligible to play until 2014-15 due to NCAA transfer rules.
May 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Storm PG Sue Bird underwent left knee surgery Thursday to remove a cyst. The procedure was a success, according to the team. Bird, 32, stated earlier she’d be on crutches for about six weeks as she begins rehabilitation in Connecticut. When she’s able to travel, she’ll return to Seattle to complete rehab and attend Storm games.
“I feel fine and am at home resting,” Bird said in a released statement. “Looking forward to being in Seattle with my teammates!”
Despite missing the 2013 season due to injury, Bird does count against the Storm’s maximum 11-player roster for the regular season and her guaranteed $107,500 salary counts against the cap. Veterans Tanisha Wright, Camille Little, Tina Thompson and second-year wings Shekinna Stricklen and Alysha Clark are the other players returning from the 2012 squad that finished 16-18, losing in the opening round of the playoffs to Minnesota.
Storm coach and GM Brian Agler signed PG Temeka Johnson to fill Bird’s starting position. Free agents in veteran G Noelle Quinn and post Nakia Sanford were also signed to possibly start. The moves technically leave two roster spots open, one likely to go to No. 6 overall draft pick Tianna Hawkins (Maryland). Agler has seven free agents in camp who he’s also evaluating.
Seattle will open exhibition play Sunday against Los Angeles at Long Beach State’s Pyramid. The season opener is May 26 at the Sparks’ Staples Center. The regular-season roster is due May 23.
February 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Calling Washington signee Kelsey Plum about an honor is kind of boring. All she wants to hear about from the UW coaching staff is what she should be doing in order to be ready for her freshman season in 2013-14.
“I like a player like that,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said.
Whether Plum, a PG from California, wants to talk about it or not, she was named to her second All-American team on Thursday. She’ll represent the West in McDonald’s marquee game April 3 in Chicago. Plum is the second UW recruit to be named a McDonald’s All-American, post Katie Collier being the program’s first last year. Collier is out due to a season-ending knee injury, which could mean the pair play together for four years in Huskies purple.
Plum is one of three Pac-12 players named to the team of 24. Stanford signees Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson, both forwards, will also play for the West.
Plum was named a WBCA All-American earlier this month. She’s expected to play in the high school game at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans on April 6.
February 5, 2013 at 7:44 AM
Be sure to also read our latest journal entry on Washington post Katie Collier, who’s working her way back from a season-ending knee injury.
In other news, UW signee Kelsey Plum, a PG at La Jolla Country Day HS in La Jolla, Calif., was selected to play in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 22nd annual High School All-America Game. The matchup is set for April 6 at 2:30pm (PST) at the New Orleans Arena, site for the 2013 NCAA Final Four. Featuring 20 players split into two teams, the game will be played on the same court.
No. 4 Stanford is the only other Pac-12 team with recruits also named WBCA All-Americans in F Erica McCall of Bakersfield’s Ridgeview HS and F Karlie Samuelson of Fullerton’s Mater Dei HS. McCall is the younger sister of Phoenix Mercury F DeWanna Bonner.
Plum is Washington coach Kevin McGuff’s second All-American recruit, and second overall in program history. Collier was named a McDonald’s All-American last year. Its 2013 announcement will be made Feb. 14 at 5pm (PST) on ESPNU. Plum and fellow UW signee, post Chantel Osahor of St. Mary’s HS in Phoenix, are McDonald’s All-American nominees.
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