Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Basketball Mar 25, 2019

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Asami Yoshida, one of the greatest players in Japanese women's basketball history, announced her retirement on Monday, saying that she can no longer motivate herself even with the Tokyo Olympics drawing near. The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, Yoshida’s home throughout her Women’s Japan Basketball League career, had ...

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

Basketball Mar 13, 2017

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Jx-Eneos Sunflowers are perhaps the most dominant sports team in Japan today. They tamed the Toyota Antelopes 75-51 in Game 3 of the Women's Japan Basketball League Finals at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. They completed the ...

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

Basketball Mar 15, 2016

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

by Kaz Nagatsuka

For another year, the JX-Eneos Sunflowers finished the season on top. The Sunflowers wrapped up the best-of-five WJBL Finals with a 75-66 win in Game 4 at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 and captured the league title for the eighth consecutive year. The "eight-peat" is ...

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Basketball Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki's return to the team shows that she's an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding franchise. ...

WNBA honors Tokashiki

Basketball Sep 26, 2015

WNBA honors Tokashiki

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie Team for the 2015 season, the league announced on Thursday. The 192-cm Tokashiki, who was the third-best rookie in scoring at 8.2 points per game while starting in 16 of 30 contests, earned six ...