C and R’s favorite ex-Stanford player, Jayne Appel made her WNBA debut this weekend, playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars. Well, it was really Friday, May 28th. She played 2 and a half minutes and had one assist to help tie the game. We think assists will be a big part of her WNBA game in the future. Unfortunately, San Antonio would go on to lose to ex-Stanford Nicole Powell’s new team, the New York Liberty.
In Jayne’s second game with the Silver Stars, played on Sunday, she scored 2 points in 13 plus minutes. Let’s hope she sees more minutes and sinks more shots.
We know, we know, not great numbers, but she is coming off a debilitating injury and at least she is in the WNBA. All the Cal players got cut, (Alexis Gray Lawson, Devanei Hampton, Ashley Walker) as well as Ashley and Courtney Paris. Courtney Paris, a perennial all-American, holds the 2009 single season rebounding record, single season and career double doubles, and consecutive games with a double double, among other records. She only lasted a year in the WNBA. So hats off to Jayne.
She also wrote a great article about what it was like in the whirl-wind days following the loss to UConn in the title game and becoming a pro basketball player. And did you know Jayne is now wearing number 32 instead of her Stanford 2?