Tricia Liston has signed with South Korean WKBL club Hana Bank. Tricia most recently played for Euroleague Spanish Club CB Avenida. In seven Spanish league games she recorded 9.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, and in 6 Euroleague games she averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Hana Bank is currently ranked 2nd overall in WKBL, with a record of 12-10.
Chelsea Gray has signed with Euroleague Turkish club Agü Spor. Chelsea most recently played for Euroleague Spanish Club Uni Girona. In nine Spanish league games played she led the team with 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 4.0 steals per game, shooting 47.7% from the floor, 40% from three, and 88.9% from the free throw line. Chelsea was also averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 assists per game in Euroleague with Uni Girona. Agü Spor is consistently at the top of the Turkish league and stands in the top four of Euroleague Women Group B.
Chiney Ogwumike is looking to be the Rookie of the Year off the court in broadcasting, joining ESPN and Pac-12 Networks as an analyst for women’s college basketball coverage. Chiney will appear as an analyst on ESPN2 and ESPNU for a number of games as well as in studio. Chiney joins Pac-12 Networks as an analyst and will co-host the networks’ studio show “Sports Report”. Chiney had her first on-air experience this past summer, co-hosting ESPN’s marquee sports talk shows His & Hers and First Take. In September, Chiney worked with NBATV in studio for WNBA playoffs coverage.
Farhiya Abdi has signed with Turkish club Basketbolu Geliştirenler S.K. (BGD). Farhiya, a Swedish 6’2” guard, most recently played for Polish Euroleague club Wisla Krakow. In 12 games of Euroleague, she averaged 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Prior to Wisla, Farhiya played for Good Angels, for whom she competed in the Slovakian league, Euroleague, and the Middle European League. Farhiya played for BK Zabiny Brno in the 2012-13 season, where she averaged 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Farhiya has played for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks for the past three seasons, and has also been a member of the Swedish international program for some years, having regularly played for the Swedish senior national team since 2011. BGD is entering its first season in the Turkish top league, after finishing atop the Turkish Women’s Second Basketball League (TKB2L). BGD achieved an impressive 15-1 record, and finished both as Group A Regular Season Champion and TKB2L Champion.
Sabrina Cinili has signed with Spanish club CD Zamarat for the upcoming season. Sabrina most recently played for Italian league finalists Passalacqua Ragusa, where she averaged 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game in 34 games. Prior to Ragusa, Sabrina played for Abdullah Gul University in the Turkish league, where she also played in Euroleague. Voted Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Defensive Team in 2012, Sabrina played for the Italian Senior National Team from 2010 and 2013 and previously for the U20 National Team from 2008 and 2009.
Disrupt The Game is beyond thrilled to announce our newest clients, sisters Shoni and Jude Schimmel. The Schimmel sisters, who belong to the confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in eastern Oregon, starred together on the University of Louisville basketball team. Shoni graduated Louisville in 2014 and went on to be selected 8th overall in the 2014 WNBA Draft to the Atlanta Dream, becoming the first-ever Native American to be selected in the first round. The two-time WNBA All-Star and 2014 All-Star MVP, Shoni is a point guard/shooting guard with incredible skills and an entertaining, flashy game. Jude, a 5’6” point guard, finished her college career with an impressive 711 career points, 221 steals, and a team-leading 392 assists during that span. Beyond her accolades on the court, Jude has recently released her autobiography “Dreamcatcher”, which tells the story of her upbringing on a reservation, successes, and development on and off the court.
Former Brown women’s basketball standout Sophie Bikofsky has signed her first professional contract overseas, with Maccabi Ramat Hen of the Israeli Female Basketball Premier League. Ramat Hen finished 3rd overall in the 2014-2015 season, with a record of 16-7. Earning her second straight Ivy League Honorable Mention selection, the Newton, Massachusetts native boasted a remarkable final campaign on College Hill in 2014-15. The senior set the all-time program record with 222 career three-point field goals and also claims the team's best performances at the free throw line for a season (.921) and a career (.862). The 92.1-percent success rate from the charity stripe ranked third nationally. She also became the school's 18th player to hit the 1,000-point milestone, finishing 17th on the all-time scoring list with 1,018 points.
Chelsea Gray has signed with defending Spanish champions Spar Citylift Girona, who will make their Euroleague debut this season. This past season, Girona won a historic Spanish league title in their first-ever Spanish league final appearance. Chelsea made her professional debut overseas in January for Hapoel Rishon Lezion, averaging 20.6 points (#1 in the league), 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 rebounds per game in 14 games in the Israeli league. For Rishon, Chelsea shot an incredible 50% FG% (86-172) and 81.2% from the free throw line. The 11th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Chelsea is averaging 7.7 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game for the Connecticut Sun. Chelsea had a career-high of 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 3P) on June 16th in a win over Seattle.
Tricia Liston has signed with Spanish powerhouse CB Avenida, a Euroleague final eight team this past season. CB Avenida is based in Salamanca, Spain, and has been at the top of the Liga Femenina for several years. CB Avenida won the Copa de la Reina this past season, and finished as runners-up in the championship, concluding the season with an impressive 24-2 overall record. The leading scorer of the Italian League last season (20.8 points per game), Tricia led Cagliari to the playoffs with an eighth place finish. Tricia shot an incredible 53.1% from the floor and 44.9% from three (88-196), as well as 87.0% from the free throw line. Tricia also led her team with 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists per game. Tricia is in her second season with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, and recently posted a career-high of 15 points (4-7 from three) in a win over Seattle.
Reshanda Gray has signed with Italian League club Battipaglia for the upcoming season. Battipaglia concluded the 2014-2015 season 9th overall with a 9-15 record. The 16th overall pick in the 2015 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx, Reshanda is a 6’3” post player who can both dominate in the block and step out and hit the perimeter 15-footer. A great defender with incredible tenacity and drive, Reshanda scored more than 1,000 points during her career at Cal. Reshanda received numerous All-America honors and helped lead Cal to its first Final Four appearance in 2013. Reshanda finished her career at Cal as the team’s all-time field goal percentage leader at 55.7 percent and the team’s 2014-15 season leader in scoring and blocks. Her 37 points scored against Sacramento State on December 3, 2014 are the most by a post player in the Pac-12 this season. Reshanda is a 2015 AP All-American (3rd Team), WBCA All-Region, and All-Pac-12 First Team (Coaches and Media) selection, as well as a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist. Reshanda won a gold medal for the United States at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Christina Marinacci has signed with Luxembourg League champions Amicale Steinsel for the upcoming season. Amicale finished 16-8 last season, third overall in the Luxembourg League, advancing to the semifinals where they defeated Musel Pikes 2-0. In the finals, Amicale swept once again, beating AB Contern in two straight games to win the Luxembourg League Championship. Christina has played for the last two seasons at T71 Dudelange, where in 24 games she averaged an impressive 18.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game, leading T71 to the Luxembourg Cup Semifinals. Christina was selected to the Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Imports Team. In 2013-2014, Christina led T71 to win the Luxembourg Cup.
Over the course of the last month, reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike co-hosted two ESPN shows, His and Hers and First Take. On May 26th and 28th, Chiney co-hosted His and Hers, a sports discussion show televised by ESPN2 as part of its weekday lineup of studio programs. His and Hers features opinions on the most relevant sports storylines of the day. The 60-minute studio show airs on weekdays at 12 p.m. ET, live from Bristol, Connecticut. On June 25th, Chiney co-hosted First Take, a weekday morning sports talk show that includes daily sports news and spirited debates. The 120-minute studio show airs on weekdays at 10 a.m. ET, live from Bristol Connecticut. WATCH CLIP
Elizabeth Williams has signed with EuroCup and Turkish League club Istanbul Universitesi for the upcoming season. Istanbul Universitesi concluded a great season in the top four teams of the Turkish League, finishing 17-9 overall and 7-5 in EuroCup competition. The 4th overall pick in the 2015 Draft to the Connecticut Sun, Elizabeth is an athletic and versatile 6’3” post player that runs the floor extremely well, has excellent hands around the basket, and can step out and hit the midrange and the three-pointer. The WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in her final season at Duke as she led her team to the NCAA Sweet 16. Elizabeth concluded her college career with an impressive 1,955 points, 1,078 rebounds and 426 blocks.
Devereaux Peters has signed with Euroleague club and Polish League Champions for the upcoming season. Wisla finished an impressive 22-0 in Polish League, concluding the season by winning the championship over Artego Bydgoszcz three games to one. In Euroleague, Wisla maintained a 5-7 overall record. The 3rd overall WNBA Draft Pick in 2012, Devereaux is a 6’2” forward and key contributor in the post for the Minnesota Lynx. Devereaux has the ability to change games both on offense, with her quickness and versatility, ability to beat opponents off the dribble or face up and hit the mid-range jumper; and defense with her impressive 77-inch (6-foot-5) wingspan, agility, and tenacity. Devereaux most recently played overseas for Campus Promete in the Spanish league. Prior to that, she played for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk, where she averaged 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.4 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game in Russian League, leading her to receive Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL Honorable Mention, and 14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks in EuroCcup competition.
Lisa Leslie has partnered with Boston Market to celebrate the first National Rotisserie Chicken Day, to be held today, June 2, 2015. Boston Market petitioned the National Day Calendar to declare a day in honor of the healthful cooking method, and out of thousands of entries, the National Day Calendar selected National Rotisserie Chicken Day as one of only 10 new calendar days created in 2015. To celebrate the first National Rotisserie Chicken Day with Boston Market, Lisa will be in New York to announce the new day and ask every American to "take a side against fried." In addition, on June 2 only, Boston Market will offer customers a free regular third side with the purchase of a Rotisserie Chicken Individual Meal*. There also will be surprise and delights for consumers who show their love on social media using the hashtag #RotisserieChickenDay. "Rotisserie chicken – and especially the chicken at Boston Market – deserves its own hall of fame because it's a more healthful cooking method, you can enjoy it so many different ways, and it's simply delicious," said the Olympic gold medalist and mother of two who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September. "That's why I'm joining with Boston Market to promote healthy meal options for busy families."
Amanda Zahui B. has signed with Turkish League Semifinalists Adana ASKI for the upcoming season. Adana ASKI recently concluded an impressive season at the top of the Turkish League, one that qualifies the team to compete in EuroCup this next season. Adana ASKI finished with a 16-10 record overall in the 2014-2015 season. In an effort to bolster their frontcourt, Adana ASKI’s signing of Amanda will greatly help the team both in Turkish League competition and EuroCup competition. Amanda, a 6’5” center born and raised in Sweden, was recently drafted 2nd overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Tulsa Shock. Coming off an incredible college season that culminated in a multitude of All-American honors, the Big Ten Player of the Year is a rare combination of talent, size, and toughness, coupled with incredible passion. Amanda averaged 18.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game in the 2014-2015 college season.
Jacki Gemelos is just getting started in her professional career. In just her third season upcoming in 2015-2016, Jacki has signed with Spanish powerhouse CB Avenida, a Euroleague final eight team this past season. CB Avenida is based in Salamanca, Spain, and has been at the top of the Liga Femenina for several years. CB Avenida won the Copa de la Reina this season, and finished as runners-up in the championship, concluding the season with an impressive 24-2 overall record. Jacki, who has Greek citizenship, enjoyed an impressive season playing for Acqua & Sapone Umbertide in Italy, leading her team with 14.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists (3rd overall in Italy) and 2.5 steals in 34.5 minutes per game. Jacki shot 45.4% field goal percentage and 83.7% from the free throw line, while helping Umbertide finish in 5th place in the LegA Basket Femminile. Jacki began her professional career overseas playing for Panathinaikos in Greece in the 2013-2014 season, averaging 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
Disrupt The Game is extremely excited to announce our newest client, Duke University star Elizabeth Williams. The 4th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Connecticut Sun, Elizabeth is an athletic and versatile 6’3” post player that runs the floor extremely well, has excellent hands around the basket, and can step out and hit the midrange and the three-pointer. Elizabeth, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was named the WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year this season along with her fourth straight ACC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Elizabeth is the first player in ACC history to be named to the AP All-America team all four years. The 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team selection averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game this season as she led her team to the NCAA Sweet 16. For her career, Elizabeth finished with an impressive 1,955 points, 1,078 rebounds and 426 blocks. Elizabeth helped the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team win a gold medal in Puerto, Chile, the 2010 USA Basketball U17 World Championship Team win a gold medal in Toulouse France, and guided the 2009 USA Basketball U16 National Team to a gold medal in Mexico City.
Disrupt The Game is ecstatic to announce our newest client, Cal standout Reshanda Gray. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year and 16th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Minnesota Lynx, the Los Angeles, California native is one of the nation’s premier post players. The 6’3” forward can both dominate in the block and step out and hit the perimeter 15-footer, she is a great defender and has incredible tenacity and drive. During her career at Cal, Reshanda scored more than 1,000 points, received numerous All-America honors and helped lead Cal to its first Final Four appearance in 2013. Reshanda finished her career at Cal as the team’s all-time field goal percentage leader at 55.7 percent and the team’s 2014-15 season leader in scoring and blocks. Her 37 points scored against Sacramento State on December 3, 2014 are the most by a post player in the Pac-12 this season. Reshanda is a 2015 AP All-American (3rd Team), WBCA All-Region, and All-Pac-12 First Team (Coaches and Media) selection, as well as a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist. Reshanda won a gold medal for the United States at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Disrupt The Game is beyond thrilled to announce our newest client, University of Minnesota star Amanda Zahui B. The 2nd overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Tulsa Shock, the Stockholm, Sweden native paved a new path for international players by coming to the United States to attend college and play collegiate basketball. Amanda, a 6’5” center, is an extremely skilled and passionate player, a unique combination of talent, size, and toughness. The Associated Press All-America First Team, WBCA All-American, USBWA All-American, espnW All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and bowtie enthusiast is the University of Minnesota’s all-time blocks leader (240) and set the Big Ten and school single-season rebounding records with 426 in 2014-2015. Amanda had the top single-game statistics in the NCAA this season with 29 rebounds, 12 blocks, and a 1.000 (11-for-11). Amanda averaged 18.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game in the 2014-2015 season.
Devereaux Peters has signed with Spanish club Campus Promete Club Deportivo, located in Logroño, Spain, for the rest of the 2014-2015 season. Campus Promete is currently ranked 14th overall in the 14-team Spanish League (Liga Femenina de Baloncesto), and looks to Devereaux to help them climb the rankings over the course of their final nine games of the season. Devereaux will play this upcoming Saturday as Campus Promete takes on Gran Canaria. The 3rd overall WNBA Draft Pick in 2012, Devereaux is a 6’2” forward and key contributor in the post for the Minnesota Lynx. Devereaux has the ability to change games both on offense, with her quickness and versatility, ability to beat opponents off the dribble or face up and hit the mid-range jumper; and defense with her impressive 77-inch (6-foot-5) wingspan, agility, and tenacity. In her WNBA career to date, Devereaux maintains averages of 4.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 16.9 minutes per game. Devereaux spent the 2013-2014 overseas season in Russia for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk, finishing the season top 10 in the Russian League in points, rebounds and blocks.
Chelsea Gray has signed in Israel with Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Hapoel Rishon currently ranks 5th overall in the 10-team Israeli Female Basketball Premier League (Ligat Ha’Al). The 11th overall draft pick by the Connecticut Sun in this year’s 2014 WNBA Draft, Chelsea is a 5'11" point guard with a great shooting touch and incredible passing skills. In her first two games with Hapoel Rishon, Chelsea is averaging 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 35 minutes of play per game. Known to be a floor general, Chelsea is showing her abilities as a spectacular playmaker and skilled point guard with a knack for visualizing the floor. At Duke University, Chelsea was a two-time All-ACC First Team pick and All-ACC Defensive team member. Affectionately dubbed "The Closer", Chelsea is a coach on the floor who leads her team on offense and defense. Chelsea is an athletic guard who can shoot the 3 and the midrange, drive to the basket, effectively set her teammates up, and pull down rebounds.
Mom extraordinaire and avid cook Lisa Leslie has partnered with Boston Market to develop holiday tips and recipes incorporating sides from Boston Market. Lisa and Boston Market have provided several solutions for guests who like to supplement their own cooking with a few prepared sides or for those who would rather avoid the kitchen entirely, including recipes for creamed spinach pie, garlic mashed potatoes, apple cobbler, and green bean casserole. According to Lisa, cooking is one of her favorite pastimes, but planning for the big meal takes time away from family and friends and adds stress to the season. A few of her tips for removing stress from the holidays and adding more time to focus on family include: making cooking a family affair, starting prep early, using prepared sides to help save time and frustration, letting the kids help, not allowing yourself to fret, making the kitchen a welcoming place, waiting to do the dishes, and thinking about leftovers in advance. The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for Boston Market, which served more than 1 million customers at its 460 locations last Thanksgiving Day alone. Boston Market has long-established holiday chops – last year, the company served more than 41,000 whole turkeys, nearly 3 million pounds of mashed potatoes and more than 13 million pieces of cornbread in November and December.
Nneka Ogwumike and USA Basketball capped a perfect run in the 2014 FIBA World Championship with a 77-64 win over Spain on Sunday night to claim the gold medal. The championship earned the USA its place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. A newcomer to the 12-member women’s senior national team, Nneka averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest throughout the tournament. She had her best performance at the event in a preliminary-round meeting with Angola, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds as the United States won by a record 75 points. After clinching gold, Nneka told USA Basketball, “This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m really thankful and blessed to be a part of it.” “I learned so much on this trip and am excited we were able to get the job done.” “I learned a lot about being selfless,” she added of her experience. “The people that are here are here because of that reason. Everyone knows what they’re capable of, but we assumed whatever role we needed to get a great team win.”
Lisa Leslie has joined CBS Sports for WE NEED TO TALK, the first-ever all-female national weekly sports show, airing in primetime beginning Tuesday, September 30th from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network. WE NEED TO TALK brings together as panelists Lisa, along with several other prominent women from the sports world, including former and current athletes, television and radio personalities, league and team executives, and top news and sports journalists from around the country. Each week, the WE NEED TO TALK panel will feature a rotating group of female panelists discussing all the hot topics and the latest news from across the sports landscape including the NFL, MLB, college football and basketball, NBA, NHL, golf, tennis, auto racing and much more. Lisa explained, “I am honored to join the CBS Sports family to inspire, entertain and deliver insight on a platform with amazing women doing what we do best – talk sports. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of such a ground-breaking show. Yet we cannot do it alone. We hope to have the support of men and women because it's time, and ‘We Need To Talk!’” WATCH CLIP
Nneka Ogwumike has been named to the 2014 All-WNBA Second Team. Nneka finished top ten in the WNBA in points per game (15.8), steals per game (1.76), efficiency (26.62), and free-throw percentage (87.3%). Nneka tallied 11 games scoring 20+ points or more and finished the season averaging a Los Angeles Sparks team high of 7.1 rebounds per game. Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted by a panel of 38 national and local sportswriters and broadcasters at the conclusion of the regular season. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team designation.
Chiney Ogwumike has been named the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Chiney received an overwhelming 61% of the votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted for the award. Chiney and her sister Nneka made history again, becoming the first pair of sisters to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors, following a historic season becoming the second set of siblings ever selected as the top overall pick in American professional sports draft, and becoming the first sisters ever selected for the same WNBA All-Star Game. A two-time WNBA Rookie of the Month recipient, Chiney led all rookies in rebounding (8.5 RPG) and double-doubles (13.0), ranked second in scoring (15.5 PPG), and third in steals (1.2 SPG). Overall, Chiney finished 2nd in the WNBA in offensive rebounds (123.0), second in double-doubles, seventh in rebounding, and 11th in scoring. Chiney scored in double digits in 28 of her 31 games, while posting 10 or more rebounds in 13 games.
On Tuesday, August 19th, Lisa Leslie joined Nestle Crunch and Girl Scouts of the USA at Camp Mariposa to help send girls to summer camp with the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars Let’s Get Her To Camp Campaign. Lisa, along with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, spent the day at Mariposa Day Camp in Los Angeles sharing the benefits of camp and letting people know that they have a little over a week left to go online to NestleCrunch.com/LetsGetHerToCamp to help send even more girls to camp. As part of the campaign, Nestle Crunch will be donating $200,000 to send hundreds of girls to camp next summer.
WNBA All-Stars and sisters Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks were named recipients of the July WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for their generosity and charitable efforts across the globe. Nneka and Chiney partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to launch a fundraising competition to raise funds for education and empowerment for young women in Nigeria. The goal of the competition is to engage middle school, high school and AAU basketball teams across the country. Competition participants can enter as a team or individually by logging on to Chiney and Nneka’s fundraising page: www.crowdrise.com/nnekaandchiney. Winners of the competition will receive a private basketball clinic with the Ogwumike sisters. They also recently hosted a basketball clinic with UNICEF for local athletes at St. Bernard’s High School in Uncasville, Conn., and educated the group about the Girls’ Education Project, which aims to give one million girls in Nigeria access to quality learning, provide scholarships for female teachers and establish safe spaces for girls. The clinic included basketball drills and friendly competition, with the sisters serving as team captains. "We've always wanted to make a difference, and our Nigerian culture is a huge part of who we are," said Chiney Ogwumike. “Basketball has empowered us to educate people about this cause – that’s a lot bigger than what we do on the court.” “These girls have a right to an education and to live without fear,” said Nneka Ogwumike. "We hope that by making others aware of the situation in Nigeria that it will help make a difference in these girls’ lives.”
The Korean WKBL league foreigner draft took place on Tuesday morning in Korea. Devereaux Peters was selected by Guri KDB Life Winnus with the 8th overall pick in the draft. Before the draft began, the draft order was drawn with last season’s last placed KEB Hanabank winning the first selection, followed by KB Stars, Samsung Life Bichumi, Woori Bank Hansae, Guri KDB Life Winnus, and Shinhan Bank S-Birds. Overall 103 players applied for the draft (including 39 current WNBA players) and by two days prior to the draft 12 players had withdrawn. Each of the six WKBL teams drafted two foreigners. Twenty games into her third season with the Minnesota Lynx, Devereaux ranks 6th in the WNBA in blocks per game (1.3), 8th in total blocks (26), and 2nd in blocks per 40 minutes (2.8). Devereaux is a proven key player for Minnesota, averaging 4.8 points, 1.3 blocks, 1.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. Devereaux had a great last season overseas in Russia playing for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk, finishing top ten in the Russian League in points per game (7th with 13.7), rebounds per game (7th with 8.0), and blocks per game (2nd with 1.3).
Jacki Gemelos has signed with Italian club Acqua & Sapone Umbertide for the upcoming season in Europe. Umbertide signed Jacki, who has Greek citizenship, in an effort to strengthen the team for the 2014-2015 season after reaching the Italian league semifinals and finishing 3rd last season. In her first season overseas this past year, Jacki, averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.9 steals in 34.1 minutes per game for the Greek club Panathinaikos. In leading Panathinaikos to a 3rd place finish in Greece, Jacki finished top 10 in the league in points, steals, and blocks (0.7 per game).
4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA legend Lisa Leslie will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. The six-member class, the Hall of Fame's 17th group of inductees, was announced during Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. The group includes three players and three coaches. It will be inducted in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 13, 2015. Joining Lisa are former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, former University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and University of Texas coach Gail Goestenkors, and former Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith. Lisa won four Olympic gold medals for USA Basketball (1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008) and two WNBA championships with the Los Angeles Sparks before retiring in 2009.
Once again, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike have made history, this time as the first pair of sisters to participate in a WNBA All-Star game. The Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 took place at US Airways Center in Phoenix this past Saturday, July 19th, and was nationally televised on ESPN. WNBA coaches picked Chiney, in her first All-Star selection, for the East team and Nneka, in her second All-Star selection, for the West. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team and selected reserves by voting for six players within their own conference, including two guards, three frontcourt players, and one player regardless of position.Chiney and Nneka both scored eight points as the East beat the West 125-124. Chiney, shot 4 for 8 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes. Nneka was 4 for 9 from the field with had a team-high 11 rebounds and added six assists in 21 minutes. Chiney and Nneka were selected by ESPN to wear a live microphone in the second half of the game. WATCH VIDEO
Lisa Leslie has joined Nestle USA and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to launch the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars “Let’s Get Her to Camp” campaign, which will help make it possible for hundreds of girls throughout the country to attend camp. Lisa and several other inspirational women who celebrate the mission of the Girl Scouts appear in a video to talk about the campaign and how consumers can help send girls to camp.To kick off the campaign, Nestlé Crunch will donate a minimum of $200,000 to fund GSUSA’s camp scholarships. Consumers can help increase the donation to $250,000 and send even more girls to camp by joining the Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars virtual campfire and completing their own campfire stories online. WATCH VIDEO
The WNBA and Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) have come together to celebrate the impact fathers have in shaping how their daughters view themselves with the WNBA Dads & Daughter Changing the Conversation initiative. As part of the program, the WNBA and My Black is Beautiful created a custom vignette to highlight the relationships between Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike and their father, Peter Ogwumike. The Ogwumike vignette was shot on June 15th at Chiney’s Stanford University graduation, which coincided with Father’s Day. In the vignette, Chiney and Nneka talk about their family bond and how to change the conversation to ensure Black girls and women believe their Black Is Beautiful. Nneka shares their father’s advice, “My dad has always instilled in us that things don’t come easy, you always have to work for what you get. He has helped us understand that in everything that we do.” Chiney adds, “With our dad he has always looked at us and said you are beautiful in what you do off the court, on the court, in the classroom, whatever it is just stay strong, stay confident. The best thing you can wear is your confidence.” WATCH VIDEO
Tricia Liston has signed with Italian club CUS Cagliari for the upcoming season in Europe. Cagliari looks to rebound from a 5-15 2013-2014 season, signing Tricia in an effort to strengthen the team for the 2014-2015 season. Tricia was the Minnesota Lynx’s first round draft pick (12th overall) of the 2014 WNBA Draft. Most recently, on June 17th, Tricia went 3-5 from three to total 9 points and 2 rebounds to help the Lynx defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-77. Tricia had an outstanding career at Duke, earning honors of 2014 Associated Press All-American, Al-ACC First Team, ACC All-Tournament Team, and John R. Wooden Award Finalist. Duke’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (252), Tricia is a 6’1” versatile scorer with tremendous basketball IQ.
Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, first generation Nigerian-Americans, have put their passions for Nigeria, education, and empowerment into action by partnering with the US Fund for UNICEF to launch a fundraising competition open to participation by girls’ middle and high school basketball teams across the country. The competition will raise funds to support UNICEF programs focusing on girls’ education and empowerment such as the Girls’ Education Project, which aims to give one million girls in Nigeria access to quality learning, provide scholarships for female teachers and establish safe spaces for girls. Competition participants can enter as a team or individually and set up their own fundraising page at www.crowdrise.com/nnekaandchiney. The team that signs up the most donors will win a private basketball clinic with the Ogwumike sisters. Additional team and individual prizes include autographed jerseys and pictures by Nneka and Chiney, as well as the opportunity to interact with them via Google Hangouts.According to Nneka, “We want to be able to give back to Nigeria, and UNICEF is a great way. We were blessed with an incredible education that we want to make sure others have an opportunity to have.” Chiney added, “Everyone knows we’re Nigerian and that’s a huge part of us and our culture. To be able to extend our basketball connections to help others is great. The most important thing we can do is help educate people and we understand that’s a lot bigger than what we do on the court.” LEARN MORE
Disrupt The Game is very happy to announce our newest client, Minnesota Lynx Rookie guard Tricia Liston. One of the best shooters in the game and the Minnesota Lynx's 12th overall draft pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Tricia Liston is a 6'1" versatile scorer with tremendous basketball IQ. Tricia, a Duke University graduate, is terrific both off the bounce with the pull-up jumper and in the paint. One of the all-time greatest three-point shooters in Duke history, Tricia is ranked 8th in the NCAA Record Book all-time with a 45.9% career three-point field goal percentage. Tricia led Duke to two ACC Tournament Championships, three ACC regular season titles and three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight, and led USA Basketball University Games Team to a gold medal over the summer of 2013. The WBCA Region II All-American was an All-ACC First Team selection and All-ACC Academic Team selection. Tricia averaged a team-high 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists and became one of only two players in the nation to shoot over 50% from the field, 45% from three and 85% from the free throw line. Ranked 2nd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage with 48.1%, Tricia totaled 16 games with 20 or points. The River Forest, Illinois native graduated Duke with a psychology major and markets and management certificate.
On Monday night, Nneka Ogwumike and four other WNBA players made a special appearance on the hit ABC show "The Bachelorette", joining Bachelorette Andi to challenge the contestants to a game of hoops. After destroying the contestants on the court, Nneka got to analyze the guys and gossip with Andi about her options. According to Nneka, "We talked to her about what we saw in the guys both on and off the court." Nneka and the other WNBA players did not know the contestants' names during the taping, so Nneka said they made up nicknames for each of them and by the end definitely had her favorites. The best part, Nneka said, was learning about who the reality show worked, they filmed all day and really had an opportunity to get to know Andi and the contestants and all of their store about how they got to the show. "She was awesome," Nneka said. "She was super sweet and totally bought into girls playing spots and she was very smart, very driven and a lot of fun." WATCH CLIP
Disrupt The Game is very happy to announce our newest client, Duke University star Chelsea Gray. One of the top point guards in the nation and the 11th overall draft pick by the Connecticut Sun in last week's WNBA Draft, the 5'11" floor general has a great shooting touch and incredible passing skills. A spectacular playmaker and skilled point guard with a knack for visualizing the floor, the Manteca, California native is a two-time All-ACC First Team pick and All-ACC Defensive team member. Affectionately dubbed "The Closer", Chelsea is a coach on the floor who leads her team on offense and defense. Chelsea is an athletic guard who can shoot the 3 and the midrange, drive to the basket, effectively set her teammates up, and pull down rebounds. The All American plays with high basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. Chelsea averaged 11.1 points, 5.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game over the course of her college career.
Lisa Leslie has yet again transcended sports boundaries. The four-time Olympic Gold Medalist has joined the Tennis Channel BNP Paribas Open coverage team as a grounds reporter. Lisa will conduct interviews, take part in special reports, and offer her unique analysis and perspective, combining her passion for tennis with her broadcasting and sports knowledge to offer an original take of athlete-to-athlete coverage. The BNP Paribas Open gets underway with 12 straight hours of matches in Indian Wells Thursday, March 6, the second day of the 12-day event. With 9 days of live coverage at the BNP Paribas Open this year, including seven days of 12-hour match blocks, Tennis Channel will offer nearly 100 hours of life play and close to 240 overall. Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. It has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television. LEARN MORE
Lisa Leslie appeared on the Queen Latifah Show to talk Olympics, how she is raising her kids as Olympians, and even showed her snowboarding skills off on a snowboard simulator. On the show, Lisa shared her experience winning four Olympic Gold Medals and explained to Queen Latifah that she is raising her kids, Lauren (6) and MJ (3) to be future Olympians. Lisa imparted her mother’s advice that helped her achieve her Olympic Gold Medals, the 7 P’s: Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Lisa and Queen Latifah spoke about Lisa’s venture into entrepreneurship with the Lisa Leslie Basketball and Leadership Academy, where she works with kids hands-on to teach both lessons of basketball and life. The Queen Latifah Show is a television talk show hosted by Queen Latifah. The Queen Latifah Show features celebrity interviews, human interest stories, and musical performances. The show airs in broadcast syndication on CBS Television stations. WATCH VIDEO
Shaheem Reid, hip hop legend, has teamed up with Duracell for activation of the Duracell Powermat, Duracell's wireless charging device. Shaheem and Duracell created the web series #TakeCharge, in which Shaheem speaks with top hip hop artists about when, how, and why they took charge of their career. The first episode was released today and features star hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Each video is a few minutes long and a new episode will be posted every Tuesday. Other artists to be featured in upcoming weeks include Yo Gotti, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross and Miguel. WATCH VIDEO
Devereaux Peters has made four straight finals appearances, an incredible feat for any athlete. Devereaux took Notre Dame to the finals in her junior and senior years of college, and has helped the Minnesota Lynx to the finals in both her rookie and second year seasons. Devereaux finally took home the championship she deserves as she helped the Minnesota Lynx sweep the Atlanta Dream and win the 2013 WNBA title. Devereaux shot 62.5% and averaged 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes of play per game over the course of the three game WNBA Finals, adding quality minutes off the bench for the Lynx. In her best game of the three-game final series, Devereaux totaled 7 rebounds, 4 points, 4 steals 3 assists and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream in 3 games in the finals and concluded a perfect 7-0 run through the playoffs. In the title-clinching third game last night, the Lynx defeated the Dream 86-77 in Atlanta at the Gwinnett Center. LEARN MORE
Slam Online released a great feature on Devereaux Peters that praises Devereaux as the X-Factor for the first place Minnesota Lynx. Mirin Fader's article focuses on how Devereaux has quickly become a key contributor for the Lynx in just her second season. The third overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, Devereaux has had 7 or more rebounds nine times, including two double-digit rebounding games. She’s also had 2 or more blocks 12 times, notching a career-high 4 blocks against San Antonio (July 19). Her best game of the season came against the second-seeded Sparks (June 28), where she posted 14 points, 9 rebounds (6 of which were offensive) in 25 minutes of play. The Lynx won 88-64. In 18.8 minutes of play a night, Devereaux Peters has blocked 33 total shots, perhaps her biggest contribution to the Lynx. READ THE ARTICLE
Jacki Gemelos has signed with reigning Greek League Champion Panathinaikos for the upcoming season in Europe. A 6’0” guard who can both handle the ball at point guard and knock down three pointers with ease, Jacki is one of the most skilled players in the game of women’s basketball. Her perseverance is incredible, having overcome a number of knee injuries throughout her college career at USC to go on to be drafted in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. The former high school National Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American finished her USC playing career playing 57 career games, averaging 11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game with 66 three-pointers made. Jacki also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 World University Games. In her one full college season in 2010-2011, Jacki received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors and was named a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award.
MAKERS, the first-of-its-kind multiplatform video initiative that aims to become the largest collection of women’s stories ever assembled, has reached a major milestone today with the launch of its 200th MAKER: WNBA star Lisa Leslie. As the 200th MAKER, Lisa Leslie – Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA MVP and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks joins other groundbreakers that have initiated change, been firsts-in-their-fields and paved the way for those who followed. Her story of triumph and success joins those from network news pioneer Katie Couric, Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now on MAKERS.com, Leslie provides her intimate accounts of how she changed the game of women’s professional basketball; her stories are part of the online living library that highlights a new generation of women who are driving social change today. In Leslie’s 16 short-form videos, she discusses her journey from a six-foot seventh grade basketball player to the first woman in the WNBA to dunk a basketball. Leslie also candidly reveals how she overcame the challenges of competing in a male dominated sport and her efforts to change the mindset. WATCH VIDEOS
4-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie has joined Walmart and the First Tee of Northwest Arkansas for their annual golf tournament in Bentonville, Arkansas this weekend. This year's tournament has an Olympic thematic, with Mike Eruzione as the key note speaker and Lisa and 10-15 other Olympic Gold Medalists attending the event dinner on Friday and golfing with a Walmart executive and First Tee member on Saturday. The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the desire to serve the youth of Northwest Arkansas by teaching, through the game of golf, nine leadership core values: confidence, respect, courtesy, responsibility, sportsmanship, judgment, honesty, integrity, and perseverance. The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas opened a golf and life skills facility, The Tyson Foods First Tee Learning Center, in 2012 which includes the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship short game area and the Walmart Clubhouse.
Hip hop icon Shaheem Reid sat down with Oprah on his show The Round Up on Life and Times this past week. A very special interview with one of the most influential women in the world, the two discuss her starring role in the Lee Daniels film The Butler as well as the situation between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte. In The Round Up, hip hop historian and cultural ambassador Shaheem Reid, well known as one of the most authoritative and respected voices in music and pop culture journalism, brings his special brand of interviewing to JAY Z's Life+Times. Reid holds court with industry titans from all areas of hip hop and entertainment and gets to the bottom of how they got to the top. WATCH EPISODE
4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, mom and entrepreneur Lisa Leslie guest starred on Whose Line Is It Anyway? this past Wednesday, August 13th at 8/7c on the CW. Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, Whose Line Is It Anyway? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games, prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha doles out points to our four performers and declares a winner at the end of every episode. WATCH EPISODE
Devereaux Peters has signed with Russian club Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk for the upcoming season in Europe. Dynamo-GUVD competes in one of the toughest leagues, the Russian Premier League (PBL), and will play in Group C of EuroCup Women. Devereaux and her team will play against ACS Sepsi SIC, Tarsus Belediye and Horizont Minsk in EuroCup. The 3rd overall pick in last year's WNBA Draft to the Minnesota Lynx, Devereaux is a standout power forward and key reserve for the Lynx this season. Devereaux is averaging 4.6 points, 1.2 blocks and 4.6 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game while shooting 94.4% from the free throw line. In her best game so far this season, Devereaux totaled 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes of play to lead the Lynx over the Los Angeles Sparks.
4-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time WNBA Champion Lisa Leslie swapped lives and homes for one week with Downtown Julie Brown (former MTV V-Jay) on Celebrity Wife Swap, which aired this past Sunday, July 21st at 8/7c on ABC. Lisa and her husband Michael live in Calabasas, California with her two young children, Lauren (6) and M.J. (3). Julie lives in Marina Del Rey, California with her husband Martin and their 19-year-old daughter, Gianna, who resides with her boyfriend nearby. Celebrity Wife Swap features two mothers with very different types of households who swap lifestyles and children in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the swap, each mom moves into the other's home and adopts their new celebrity's family lifestyle, no matter how different it may be. They agree to follow a manual written by the departing mother that sets out the rules of their new household - how they parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. In the second half of the week, everything changes. The new moms take charge. They introduce their own set of rules and get to run the new household their way. It's a radical shock to both celebrity families. The results are explosive, enlightening, emotional and often very funny. WATCH EPISODE
For the first time in the history of the BET Awards, BET presented "BET Revealed Seminars", celebrity-filled panels featuring real conversations on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at the JW Marriott L.A. Live. 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, entrepreneur and mom Lisa Leslie highlighted the panel "Making Moves Outside the Game" alongside former champion boxer Laila Ali. Longtime sports columnist William C. Rhoden moderated the conversation between Leslie and Ali as the two spoke about being female athletes and transitioning from the world of professional sports to the business and entrepreneurship world. WATCH PANEL