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Stanford Hall of Fame

On Friday, October 4, 2013, I was bestowed the humbling honor of being inducted along with 7 others (Lauren Fleshman, Jeffrey Hammonds, Keith Jones, Glyn Milburn, Anthony Mosse, Logan Tom and Brenda Villa), into the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was such an amazing affair, in an amazing venue, on an amazing campus with all of the inductees’ closest relatives, coaches, teammates, colleagues and friends. I hadn’t been back on campus since I graduated, so the nostalgia was overwhelming. Just exiting Embarcadero Road from the South 101 freeway brought back memories of my many exploits in the bay area.

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Olympia ReboundCourage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” ~ Bethany Hamilton
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Laboratory For all of my loyal blog readers, I know there’s been a long delay since my last blog post, trust me, however, I haven’t been loafing around. Actually, I’ve been quite busy. It’s what I like to call being ‘in the lab’. I’m concocting a special formula. More than one formula, really. Firstly, as team captain, I’m working to further develop our team chemistry, so that my team, Mersin Buyuksehir Bld. can win this Turkish Championship (last year we came close by finishing in 2nd place). Secondly, I’m developing my own game, or maybe I should say transforming it. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been coached, played and developed as a center. I could step out and take bigger posts to the basket as a smaller, quicker 5, but I was known for my inside game. Now, the players are even bigger, the game is changing, and in order for me to maintain my place in the sport I love, I need to transform into a more perimeter playing post. And finally, I’m organizing my plan of attack with my other entrepreneurial endeavors.

I’m also on borrowed time as my fiancé is leaving to play arena football in a few weeks, so I’m trying to savor every moment we have left with him. Once he’s gone, it’s just me and Bre against the world, and I’ll really have my hands full. I tend to be more creative when Rock is gone though, because I think being productive helps the time apart pass more quickly.

Now that BreAzia, my daughter has started hooping, my schedule is really full, so all of you Olympia TV viewers, please bear with me as I figure out a new time to broadcast. The time change also contributes to the dilemma, but I’m sure I’ll figure out something soon.

I’ll get into more details with what I’m doing on and off the court in a future post. For now, I just wanted all of you to know, that I haven’t forgotten about you, I’ve just been ‘in the lab’. Until next time…

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WNBA_NBA Over the weekend I read an article titled: "Five Reasons to Believe Women Will Play in the NBA". While the WNBA has struggled to receive national notoriety, respect and fan support, I will admit it is somewhat encouraging to hear NBA commissioner David Stern give women's basketball players respect saying, "sure, I think that's well within the range of probability," regarding women playing in the NBA. Even Dirk Nowitski weighed-in on the subject stating, "Skills-wise, yeah, but physical-wise, it's tough…" At the same token, however, it baffles me that women's basketball players must constantly be compared to men, the WNBA compared to the NBA. It's almost as if we must be able to compete with the men in order to be validated as professional athletes.

Serena_federerI suppose I take issue with this because in no other sport are women constantly compared to their male counterparts. Allison Felix isn't invalidated because she isn't as fast as Usain Bolt. Serena Williams isn't constantly being compared to Roger Federer. Beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor isn't encouraged to go against Phil Dalhausser in order to see if she's really got the goods. Only in basketball are we constantly compared to men. My question is why? Why can't we just be who we are, the best women's basketball players in the world? 

Our history of playing basketball is as old as the history of basketball itself, and yet, we've had a rocky road claiming our place in the sports landscape. Here's a truncated version of our journey.

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And the celebration continues. The President’s Cup was indeed a great accomplishment, and since we won in Ankara, Turkey and not in Mersin, we had a pre-game trophy presentation for the fans and city of Mersin to enjoy. We turned down the lights, dropped confetti and ran in as we were individually announced and given flowers. The fans were amazing and we shared the trophy with them by parading it around the arena for them to touch.

After all of the hoopla, it was time for us to play our first regular season game. We won 78-58 vs. Kocaeli, an Istanbul team that just moved into the 1st Division this season. For game stats click  here.

 

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macit_Pres_cup I am so very proud to announce that last night, 10/21/09, my basketball team, Mersin Buyuksehir Bld. won the President’s Cup for the first time in history beating Fenerbahce 86-74! The President’s Cup is a huge game to start the Turkish Basketball season between the previous season’s 1st and 2nd place teams. Since we made history last year by taking Mersin to the finals for the 1st time, this was also a historic 1st appearance in the President’s Cup.

Upon arrival in Mersin this year, each player was aware of the magnitude of this game. We were swept in the finals last year, and felt as if we had something to prove. Also, Fenerbahce is the proverbial giant in Turkey because of their huge budget, tendency to keep the same core group of players each season and their dominance in the Turkish league year in and year out. We also really wanted to win because we understood that our coach and organization hand picked each of us, including the returning players, as the personnel that would be able to accomplish the huge task of taking down this giant.

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I’m excited to be back in Mersin, Turkey playing for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye Sport Club for another season. Last year, although we fell short of our ultimate dream of winning the Turkish Championship, the organization, city, fans, and the team were overjoyed that we came so close by taking 2nd place. Yes we were pleased with making history for the team, but we definitely weren’t satisfied. At least I wasn’t satisfied. That’s a big reason I’m back. To finish what was started last year, a journey to win it all!

BotasCupChamps09 So far, I’ve been here 2 weeks, enough time to get settled-in and to play 4 preseason games. Our team won the Botas Cup in Adana, Turkey, even though we clearly looked like a new team. The Americans on our team are: Barbara Turner, Erlana Larkins, Ivory Latta, Cori Enghusen and myself. Barbara, Cori and I were able to practice together for a week before the Botas tourney, while Erlana only had 1 practice, Ivory, 0. Needless to say, the chemistry wasn’t quite there yet, but the potential has me bubbling over. I know our coach and organization created this team with one thing in mind, winning the Turkish Championship, and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Personally, I played OK. I was glad that each game was a progression from the last. The first game I had 6 points and 9 rebounds. The 4th and final game I had 19 points and 14 rebounds. The good thing about our team, similar to last year, is that each game, there will be different people leading the charge. This will make us a tough match for many teams.

We’ll host a Mersin tournament on Oct. 12th-16th. Another opportunity to flex our skills against different opponents. I’m looking forward to it, just like I look forward to practice everyday (except the 12 minute warm-up run LOL), because it’s another opportunity for us to grow into the team we are here to become.

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