Once again, incoming Stanford freshmen Joslyn Tinkle and Mikaela Ruef led their San Francisco Pro-Am team to victory on July 19, defeating the Lady Warriors 87-80. Joslyn recorded a team-high 22 points along with six rebounds. Mikaela chipped in 19 points and pulled down a team-high 17 rebounds. She also made three of her four 3-point shots. USF’s Nicole Simmons was second in scoring with 21.
The victory left Bay Pride with a 4-1 record, best of the seven women’s teams. Its only loss came in its first game, before the Stanford players’ arrival on campus.
Giving Joslyn and Mikaela a preview of the kind of play they can expect to see in at least two games in the coming collegiate season, Cal’s Alexis Gray-Lawson led all scorers with 29 points.
She also displayed some savvy moves, the kind of veteran play that helped her gain a berth on the USA team that won gold in the recent World University Games in Serbia. That team also got big boosts from Stanford guard Jeanette Pohlen and forward Kayla Pedersen. Center Jayne Appel had to drop out of tryouts for the team because of minor knee surgery.
The Pro-Am game was moved from its usual venue, Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park, to the Potrero Recreation Center because of a broken basket at Kezar. I found out about the switch when I arrived at Kezar at about 15 minutes before game time and saw the sign on the door. After negotiating my way across town in stop-and-go traffic and finding a parking place on Potrero Hill, I missed the first 10 minutes of the game. I’m wondering if others just gave up and went home after seeing the sign, for there were fewer Stanford fans than at previous games.
One new fan who found her way there was Mikaela’s mother, who chauffeured Mikaela and Joslyn. Mikaela has an aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother in San Francisco and the Peninsula, according to associate head coach Amy Tucker.