July 25, 2017

Opals wrap up perfect group phase with win over Japan

Things were close throughout between Australia and Japan in their final match of the group phase, but the Opals proved to be steadier in the end, 83-74. Alanna played for only the last three minutes of the first quarter and put nothing on the score board. She headed for the locker room just before the end of the first quarter, but returned soon with nothing apparently wrong to account for her absence from the rest of the game.

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Australia and China were the only undefeated teams in the group phase. As the winner of Group B, the Opals will face PRK of Korea (#4 in GroupA) in the quarter-finals on Thursday — game times nave not been announced yet.

July 24, 2017

Opals overwhelm Phillipines in second Asia Cup game

The Opals cruised to an easy 107-65 win against the Phillipines last night in what was described as a "Baby David and Goliath" matchup.

Alanna was once again prominent. She added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to back up her brilliant Opals debut effort against Korea. yesterday. She is playing with excellent control, committing just one foul in each of her first two Asia Cup games

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The Opals face the toughest opponent in their group, Japan, in their third and final group phase game early Tuesday morning at 12:45 am Pacific Time. Japan, which is ranked #13 in the world by FIBA (Australia is #4) , has also won its first two group phase games, so this should be a good competitive matchup.

July 23, 2017

Team Canada scores second win in FIBA U19 World Cup

Team Canada put forth another great team effort and defeated France 54-45 in their second game of the FIBA U19 World Cup group phase.

Scoring was less balanced than in the prior game. Just eight of the Canadian players saw action and ony two of them scored in double-digits. Alyssa contributed eight points, seven rebounds and an assist.

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Canada continues group play on Tuesday morning against Latvia at 7:15 am PT. The game will be live streamed here.

Opals win big over Korea in Asia Cup opener

Alanna came off the bench at the beginning of the second quarter when Australia was down 15-12. She soon made her presence felt as the Opals took control of the game with a 17-2 point run, which led to the final 78-54 victory.

Alanna played for 21 minutes during which she scored the Opals' second-most points (13) and grabbed the team-high rebounds (7).

Alanna is the least-experienced member of the team — the only college player. All her teammates play professional basketball in Australia and/or in the WNBA.

The game commentators were lavish in their praise of Alanna's energy and hustle. They were discussing the Opals' being a young team with Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor gone and wondering who would take their place. One of them said, "I like what I see from Smith, that's for sure ... a tremendous addition to this Opals team!"

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The Opals continue group play Sunday night at 10:30 pm PT against the Phillipines, a less challenging team than Korea.

July 22, 2017

Team Canada opens with 91-45 win

Team Canada began group play in the FIBA U19 World Cup this morning with a remarkably balanced effort in a 91-45 victory over Korea. Team Canada's individual top score was 10 points, but six players did that.

Alyssa Jerome started for Team Canada. She was one of the 10-point scorers and also had 10 rebounds.

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Team Canada will continue group play on Sunday morning against France at 6:45 am PT.

July 21, 2017

See Alanna, Alyssa and Jillian in FIBA games

Alyssa is in Italy, ready to play for Team Canada in the FIBA U19 Women's World Cup

Alanna and Jillian are in India, ready to play for the Australian Opals and the New Zealand Tall Ferns respectively in the FIBA Asia Cup.

Their games begin early Saturday morning or late Saturday night, Pacific Time.

This schedule shows all their games, Pacific Time:

  Canada Australia New Zealand
Sat, July 22 5:00 am vs Korea 10:30 pm vs Korea  
Sun, July 23 06:45 am vs France 10:30 pm vs Phillipines 5:15 am vs China
Mon, July 24 no games - - - 12:45 am vs DPR Korea
10:30 pm vs Taipei
Tue, July 25 7:15 am vs Latvia 12:45 am vs Japan - - -
Wed, July 26 Round of 16 no games no games
Thu, July 27 no games Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
Fri, July 28 Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Semi-Finals
Sat, July 29 Semi-Finals Finals Finals
Sun, July 30 Finals    

All the U19 games will be streamed live to YouTube and kept forever, so you can watch Alyssa play at your leisure. The link to each game is posted in the FIBA U19 World Cup schedule.

All the Asia Cup games will be streamed live by livebasketball.tv, but you need to pay a little ($9.99 for a month) to see them. Sign up here and see the game schedule here.

Basketball Australia reports that games will be uploaded to FIBA's YouTube channel for free 24 hours after each game is completed. I don't know yet where to find the links to the replays, but will include them in my game reports.

If you happen to be in Australia, you can watch the Asia Cup group games on Fox Sports TV

July 12, 2017

Alanna rejoins Opals for Asia Cup

Alanna will be playing in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup after all.

Two of the players chosen for the Opals' Asia Cup team have been injured, and Alanna has been chosen as one of the replacements.

The team is scheduled to travel to India next Monday, a week before the Asia Cup games, which will be played July 23 - 29.

The New Zealand Tall Ferns, with Jillian Harmon, will also be playing in the Asia Cup, but will not compete with the Opals in the opening round.

Alanna is still on the Opals team that will play in the World University Games in August, as far as I know.

Read more in the Basketball Australia announcement: Injuries force alterations to Opals team ahead of FIBA Asia Cup.

Brittany invited to USA Basketball training camp

Brittany McPhee is one of 40 athletes invited to the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp.

The training camp will take place July 31-Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A 12-member team that will represent the USA in an inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women this summer in Tokyo, Japan, is expected to be announced on Aug. 4.

Read more in the USA Basketball announcement: 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp To Feature 40 Elite Collegiate Athletes

July 11, 2017

Stanford women athletes win fourth Capital One Cup

Capital One announced last week that Stanford has won the Women's Athletics Program Capital One Cup for 2016-17.

The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the country. This is the fourth time in the seven years of the Capital One Cup program that the Stanford women have won the crown.

The cup will be presented at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards tomorrow night, which will be televised live on ABC at 5 p.m. PT.

Nneka Ogwumike will accept the cup as the representative of all outstanding Stanford women athletes.

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July 07, 2017

Alyssa selected for Canada U19 team

Freshman Alyssa Jerome was named to the final roster for the U19 Women's National Team set to compete at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 in Italy.

Alyssa, who is the second-youngest member of the team, is a rising star in Canada. She led her country in both scoring and rebounding at the FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championship last summer when Canada finished with a silver medal.

The team will travel to France for an exhibition tournament from July 15-17.

Then they will travel to Udine, Italy for the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 from July 22-30.

Read more in the anouncement from Basketball Canada: U19 women's national team announces FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 roster