Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Marissa Coleman speaks

Nice video of the Mystic’s rookie forward:


Southern California basketball mom needs help in time of tragedy

A well-known SoCal basketball mother has experienced the worst kind of tragedy in losing a child. Another daughter and a granddaughter are in critical condition after the car crash.

Scott Roczey of Girls Can Hoop sent the following letter out to members of the LA high school basketball community, so I thought I’d publish it here as well. Questions can be referred to Roczey at: girlscanhoop@aol.com.

Dear Coaches, Referees and Friends,

Our dear friend Cheryl Pope, who has been an active parent, daily operator of hundreds of basketball leagues and we all might know as Ms. Pope or Momma Pope, has tragically lost her oldest daughter of four, Jovonne Pope (29) in a fatal four-car crash. Her granddaughter and her third oldest daughter, Kiara Crockett-Pope (9) and Cacie Pope (23), are currently in Intensive Care fighting for their lives. Cheryl has been blessed with a giving heart and has gone over and beyond a duty as a mother to her children and in many cases children of the local neighborhoods. It is now our turn to pay it forward to Ms. Pope in her most vulnerable time of need.

Kiara, the granddaughter of Ms. Pope, is currently unaware of the passing of her mother due to her heavy sedation for the next seven days to allow her body to heal from her fractured face, dismantled jaw, which doctors had to reconstruct with numerous amounts of pins, a ghastly head injury, bruised lungs, torn liver, loss of many teeth, shattered bones that were reconstructed in her arm, and an emergency blood transfusion. When a family encounters a death, specifically a child who loses their mother, the emotional trauma the child is left with can be overwhelming and often debilitating. As parents, we try our best to protect our children from having to experience or feel any pain, grief, or anguish that can be brought forth throughout life. In this case, the protection that her mother shielded her with was taken out of her hands suddenly, and is now forever taken. We as family of the Pope’s, write this letter to you and your family asking for any monetary help that you are able to give Kiara so she will be able to have a proper burial for her mother, future emotional and psychological help she might need, future surgeries to reconstruct her beautiful face and teeth, and many other issues Kiara will be faced with as her journey through life continues.

Being a child within today’s society is not an easy task, and being a child whose mother has been tragically taken away from them is even harder. Your family’s monetary donation is very essential and imperative for Kiara and Cacie’s mental and physical rehabilitation, but also for the Pope family overall. Let’s give Cheryl a great monetary heart-warmed gift to embark on re-building the abundant Pope family.

Make donations to ANY Wells Fargo Bank. (SAVINGS) Account Number: 6605745667


Family of the Pope’s

Caldwell says responsibility is what it’s all about

Nikki Caldwell goes back to her roots:


First casualty of WNBA training camp is…….

The Sparks’ third-round pick, Britney Jordan.

That leaves 13 on the roster:

Shannon Bobbitt G
Marie Ferdinand-Harris G
Marta Fernandez G
Vanessa Hayden C
Betty Lennox G
Lisa Leslie C
DeLisha Milton-Jones F
Jessica Moore F-C
Ashley Paris F
Candace Parker F
Noelle Quinn G
Tina Thompson F
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton F

Only two must be cut to make the WNBA’s new mandatory 11, and they have until June 5 (the day before the season opener) to do it.

I think Jessica Moore will be one of the cuts.

Wondering who fans of other W teams think will be the next go to on their rosters after this second day of camp.

C. Vivian Stringer hires new assistant coach

Ronald Hughey comes aboard:


Stanford writer ponders Paul Westhead

Jake Curtis wonders if Paul Westhead’s up-tempo style is going to mean competition for Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer:


It’s nice of Curtis to feel threatened, but he’s jumping the gun. Westhead has a lot of work to do before he’s at the top of the Pac-10.

USA Basketball teams named

California representation on the U19 team in San Bernadino’s Layshia Clarendon. USA is loaded, with the team also featuring Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford and Indiana’s own Skylar Diggins:


The University team is also stacked, with Jayne Appel and Maya Moore on board, just to name two:


It’ll be a fun summer.

The night before training camp starts……….

This weekend last year, Candace Parker made her WNBA debut in her team’s first game with 35 points. Tomorrow training camp starts, and who knows if Parker and Leila Nicole will even be on the sidelines. In the meantime, Coach Michael Cooper and Center Lisa Leslie are ready for their last season together:


This is my favorite part, about last year’s semi-final loss to San Antonio:

“We made it so much harder than it had to be,” said Leslie, who will retire at the end of the season as the league’s all-time leading scorer. “We have no one to blame but ourselves.”

You won’t hear me arguing about that.

Minnesota is excited, because they’re deeper than a swimming pool this year:


The Mystics figure they’ll have a tough training camp this year:


And the WNBA previews training camp, with four specific looks at the bottom of the page:


Let the fighting for spots on teams begin.

Oregon loses two

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon sophomore forward Ellie Manou and freshman guard Darriel Gaynor have decided to leave the team.

Manou is returning to her native Australia. She averaged 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 57 games, including 34 starts.

Gaynor averaged 1.3 points and one rebound in 26 games last season as a true freshman.

Oregon coach Bev Smith was let go after the Ducks went 9-21 last season. She was replaced by veteran Paul Westhead.

Link: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/news/story?id=4170000

Yolanda Griffith to retire after this season

Though she just signed with the Indiana Fever earlier this spring, it will be Yolanda Griffith’s last team. The legendary forward announced today she’ll retire after this WNBA season – her 13th as a pro. Griffith is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a seven-time WNBA all-star, a member of the WNBA’s all-decade team, and will have played pro ball for 13 years when she steps down.

“My career in the WNBA has given me a lot of great memories and friendships,” said Griffith. “At this time, I, with my family, have made the decision to make this season my last. I look back on all the great basketball memories, my accomplishments and my life as a WNBA player, with a smile. But I look forward to my future goals with enthusiasm.”

Link: http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/Yolanda_Griffith_final_season_090515.html

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