Syracuse splits doubleheader, losing to Samford before holding off Central Michigan

first_imgFor the second straight day, Syracuse (2-2) split a doubleheader at the Total Sports Control Invitational in Rosemont, Illinois, falling to Samford (4-0) 6-5 before defeating Central Michigan (0-2) 3-2.Junior Jocelyn Cater struck out 15 in 11 innings on the day, getting the decision in both games.Sophomore Sydney O’Hara started the opener against Samford, giving up five runs, four earned, in three innings.Up 1-0, Samford brought across four runs in the third. Heading into the bottom of the fourth, Samford pitcher Mollie Hanson hadn’t given up a hit.After SU shortstop Sammy Fernandez walked to lead off the inning, first baseman Danielle Chitkowski drove her in with two outs. In its next trip to the plate, SU scored four runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCenter fielder Mary Dombrowski singled to lead off the inning and two batters later, right fielder Maddi Doane doubled her home. After a Fernandez single, third baseman Corinne Ozanne knocked Doane in. After a groundout, O’Hara doubled, sending Fernandez and Ozanne across the plate, tying the score at five.Cater, who entered the game in the fourth, didn’t give up a hit until the seventh inning, when she gave up three consecutive singles to load the bases. Samford designated hitter Caroline Wilder walked, sending home the go-ahead run. SU couldn’t answer in the bottom of the inning.After facing 16 batters in the first game, Cater started the second against Central Michigan, giving up two runs in a complete game.Doane walked to lead off the third before Fernandez reached on a fielder’s choice. Next, Ozanne homered to left center, making it 2-0 Syracuse. Ozanne had three RBIs on the day.Cater didn’t allow a hit until the third and didn’t allow a run until the sixth. After a single, CMU third baseman Trista Cox homered to center, tying the game at two.Doane led off the top of the seventh by getting hit by a pitch. Again, Fernandez reached on a fielder’s choice before advancing to second on a wild pitch. After a walk, catcher Julie Wambold reached on an error by right fielder Kristen Kuhlman, allowing Fernandez to score the game-winning run.Cater struck out two of three in the bottom of the inning to close it out for Syracuse.Compiled by Jack Rose, staff writer, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2015 at 9:32 pmlast_img read more

Through 3 games, Syracuse uses balanced offense to replicate last season’s production

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kiara Lewis snatched the ball from Digna Strautmane and jab stepped toward the Albany defense. Six handoffs in Syracuse’s two-guard sequence had weaved the ball from wing to wing, reaching four players as the shot clock ticked down to 15. Lewis took two steps forward after receiving hers and pulled up from the foul line.It was the 8:14 mark of the third quarter last Saturday, and Syracuse was struggling to pull away from a nonconference opponent for the third-straight game. But as Lewis’ jump shot sunk through the net over Albany’s Khepera Stokes, the Orange’s lead extended to 15 and continued to increase as SU won by 22 points.Through the first three games of its season, Syracuse’s 77.2 points per game has turned into 68.7 through three games this year. But as opposed to relying on one or two scorers to accumulate the majority of points, the Orange have relied on variety and distribution. Against the Great Danes, 10 out of the 11 players who played for Syracuse scored a point.“Balance is balance and it’s hard to scout balance because you can’t leave players when you have threats on the floor,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.As Syracuse enters its most challenging game of the season against No. 1 Oregon, spreading the ball around in sets will once again be a focal point. Hillsman has always subbed at a high rate — 123 times through three games, to be exact — but now more of his role players are starting to score. After only having two players average more than 10 points per game last season, Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, the No. 20 Orange (3-0) have four through three games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think that losing Tiana kinda made us understand this pressure, that losing her meant we sucked,” sophomore Emily Engstler said. “So, we took our offense and started to divide it a little more evenly.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorWith a roster that features three graduate transfers and three freshmen, nearly half of the Orange are new. Some returning players hinted that Hillsman introduced plays slower than in years past, but the 13-year head coach denied the claim.Engstler said she integrated her guard qualities again. Brooke Alexander needed to make the shots off the bench she’s subbed in to make. Amaya Finklea-Guity scans for open slivers in the paint to drop step in for a layup. As opposed to limiting themselves to one defined role on offense, they’ve begun to expand into more.“I think we have six or seven new players that we’re asserting throughout our team,” Hillsman said on Oct. 11. “It’s just one of those things. Get things in place, install your system, and play.”Through three games, Engstler has snagged rebounds and led Syracuse’s transition offense. Sometimes, that’s meant driving into the lane and finishing a layup. Other times, that’s meant pulling the ball back and scanning the court for Lewis.But in the Orange’s second game against Maryland Eastern Shore, when Lewis had seven assists and took on a role as more of a facilitator, Engstler and Strautmane emerged. With the clock winding down in the first quarter, Lewis pulled the ball out and waited for a final shot. Strautmane curled around a Finklea-Guity screen and sunk a 3-pointer before the buzzer. In the second half, she made four more.“If we can have four players getting 12, 13 points a game, get some 7, 5 points here, we’re going to be a good team,” Hillsman said on Nov. 7. “We’ll be up in the high-70s, 80s like we want to score.”With the Orange in their final possession against the Great Danes and a win already secured, Alexander drove right and rose through contact from Albany’s Helene Haegerstrand. Alexander turned her back and flung a shot over her shoulder, falling onto the court as it banked off the backboard and in.From the Syracuse bench, Alisha Lewis was the first one to jump into the air, grinning as Alexander was helped up. Three seats down, Lewis did the same, throwing a towel into the air.Heading into the season, Lewis was primed to inherit Mangakahia’s role as the dominant scorer. At times, she has. But it’s been the other dozen Syracuse players, complementing her drive-and-kicks by converting open 3-pointers from the wing.“It’s never like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re going to score and you’re not going to score,’” Strautmane said. “It’s always going to be like someone’s got to step up and somebody’s gonna pass more and somebody’s gonna drive more, somebody’s gonna shoot more.”Asst. sports editor Danny Emerman and staff writer David Schneidman contributed reporting to this story.  Comments Published on November 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

High morale in Stars camp for South African game

first_imgA management member of the local Black Stars, George Afriyie, says the team is highly motivated to win its opening Africa Nations Championship Group B match against South Africa on Saturday.The 23-man squad led by Herbert Addo, held its first training session Wednesday in Sudan after arriving from Kenya where they camped for close to two weeks preparing for the CHAN tournament which begins on Friday.Ghana, silver medalists at the maiden edition, have targeted the ultimate trophy this year.George Afriyie believes the team will live up to expectation and said winning bonuses have been announced to the players and he is confident that will motivate them to give of their best.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

NBA: Clippers’ Lou Williams must quarantine 10 days after outside the bubble excursion

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers also are waiting for Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet to clear quarantine and join them for the first time in the bubble, Rivers said Saturday.After the team’s reserves rallied from a 12-point deficit Saturday in Orlando, Rivers said having so many players out as the team tries to prepare for the restart after so many months away has been tough, in some part because he was looking forward to having a fully healthy team in Orlando after having had to deal with so many injuries all season. Before the season was suspended March 11, the second-place Clippers were 44-20 and despite having used 29 starting lineups through 64 games – tied for the most in the NBA.“It’s a challenge,” said Rivers, whose team got Sunday off from practice. “Because we only have 10 guys. That makes it really challenging.There’s no breaks in practice, so you tend to not go as long. You feel like you don’t get half the stuff in that you want to get in. So no, it’s been a challenge. I’d love to say it hasn’t been, but it’s been a definite challenging.Related Articles Neither the NBA nor the Clippers approved of Williams’ decision to visit the venue while away from the NBA’s closed campus, where strict protocols are in place to protect those in attendance from contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Before Saturday’s scrimmage — a 105-100 Clippers’ win over the Wizards — Clippers Coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that the team was aware of Williams’ whereabouts and the social media buzz surrounding it while he was away.“Obviously those got out and that’s something that we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like,” Rivers said.The 33-year-old Williams, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year awardee, is averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game this season, his 15th in the league.The Clippers begin their eight-game seeding schedule on July 30, with a game against the Lakers. According to ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks, missing two seeding games will cost Williams $150,000 in salary. A four-day quarantine, meanwhile, would have had him back on the court by the seeding opener.The team currently is also without Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley, who also departed on excused absences, and who will likely have to quarantine for at least four days whenever they return to the bubble before they can rejoin their team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img The NBA confirmed Sunday morning that Clippers guard Lou Williams will miss the first two seeding games of the restart because he’ll have to quarantine for 10 days at the Walt Disney World Resort campus after visiting the Magic City strip club in Atlanta while on an excused absence from the bubble.The quarantine began Saturday when he returned to Orlando.Williams was the third Clippers player to leave the bubble when he was excused to attend to personal matters. The star reserve posted a tribute on Instagram on Friday morning to Paul G. Williams, who died July 16. “Glad I had an opportunity to say goodbye OG,” Williams saidBefore that, on Thursday night, rapper Jack Harlow posted and removed a photo of he and Lou Williams in masks “with the caption “A location U would never guess.” It turned out, according to ESPN, that Williams told the NBA that he’d been at the gentlemen’s club to pick up food. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “It’s a little frustrating,” he continued. “It’s a little frustrating because you came into camp thinking the exact opposite. Like a week before this all started, we had everybody accounted for, and you know, stuff happens. So you can’t worry about it.”Williams is the third NBA player following Sacramento’s Richaun Holmes and Houston’s Bruno Caboclo to receive a 10-day quarantine for violating the NBA’s established health and safety protocols. In a statement, Holmes wrote: “After the initial quarantine period, I briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line to pick up a food delivery,” and Caboclo reportedly inadvertently left his hotel room during the initial quarantine. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more