Badgers remain undefeated

first_imgFor the second time in as many years, the UW women’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Central Connecticut State University 75-45 Friday night.The Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) saw five of their players score in double figures, as well as two others scoring 9 points.”We had almost seven players in double figures,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “That would be pretty nice if we had that every game. I’m pleased with the fact that we shared the ball and found good shots.”Wisconsin, which never trailed in the game, took the lead just five seconds into the game and never looked back. Off the opening tip, point guard Rae Lin D’Alie found a wide-open Danielle Ward under the basket for an easy layup.”I think the biggest thing we talk about is we have to have a strong start,” guard Janese Banks said. “At halftime, we went in saying we need to keep this up. We don’t want to have any letdowns. I think that’s been one of our strong points, is how we start the game.”Leading the way for the Badgers was sophomore Caitlin Gibson with 12 points. Junior guard Jolene Anderson kept her double-digit scoring streak alive at 32 consecutive games by adding 11 points. Anderson and Mariah Dunham each had eight rebounds.Coach Stone also saw strong contributions from her new players. Freshmen Teah Gant and Dunham both notched career-high point totals, scoring 10 apiece. Ivana Mijalcevic added 9 points, including her first three-pointer as a Badger.Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field while holding Central Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NEC) to just 35 percent.”We did not execute our offense, and that hurt us,” CCSU head coach Yvette Harris said. “We did not get the leadership at the point guard that I was looking for, and consequently, we did not run our plays.”Gabriella Guegbelet, CCSU’s team captain, was held in check by the stifling Badger defense. Guegbelet made just three of 11 shots on the game for 6 points.”I think that Gabby was rushing her shot,” Harris said. “She just felt a lot of pressure. She was in a hurry to try and make something happen. That hurt us because we look for her to lead us in our scoring, settle us down, and that didn’t happen for her tonight.”Leading the scoring for CCSU was senior guard Brittney Dixon. Dixon scored 12 points, including two three-pointers, and was the only Blue Devil to score in double figures.Coach Stone liked the hustle she saw out of her team Friday night, especially the play of Banks. Early in the first half, the junior went flying into the press row after diving for a loose ball.”Janese took out the monitor, the popcorn and the Coke all at once,” Stone said. “Our players are now appreciating the fact that they have an opportunity to play a game and be on the Kohl Center floor and compete, regardless of what the score is or who the opponent is. That is a tremendous sign, particularly with a young team.”Wisconsin was much improved Friday night at the free-throw line, something the team has been struggling with so far this season.Other than an early miss by Banks, the Badgers made the rest of their free throws to finish 15-16 from the line.”Janese apologized for starting off on the wrong foot because she missed the first one,” Stone joked. “This team is impressionable in what we ask them to do. We tell them to focus on certain things. They study the game plan.”UW was also successful at working the ball down low, with 44 of the team’s points coming in the paint.”We definitely emphasized that we had the height advantage,” Gibson said. “We wanted to take it to the hole. We are pretty accurate when we get it inside.”Early in the game, freshman forward Brittany Heins suffered a left ankle injury. She is listed as day-to-day; in addition, guard Annie Crangle will be out several weeks with a lower-leg injury.”It’s an overuse injury,” Stone said. “She’ll be out for a little bit. We hope to get her back as soon as we can.”Wisconsin will look to continue their home winning streak as in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (1-3, 0-0 Horizon) comes to the Kohl Center tonight.last_img read more

National : Shorthanded Siena adjusts game plan to overcome injuries

first_imgDavonte Beard’s abrupt transfer from Siena shocked the already thin Saints basketball team.Averaging 22.7 minutes and 5.2 points per game through the team’s first 10 contests, the freshman was one of just eight healthy, scholarship players on roster.But when Beard transferred, the thin Siena roster got even more depleted.‘Even in this world, where you get guys transferring a lot, it’s something that you never can expect, and you never can prepare for,’ assistant coach Craig Carter said. ‘… But at the same time no one wants to hear you make excuses. You’ve just got to put your nose to the grind and move on.’The Saints (8-9, 3-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) did just that, bouncing back from a 1-7 stretch leading up to Beard’s departure with five wins in their next seven games. And they did it almost exclusively with an absurd six-man rotation. Led by senior guard Kyle Downey and the nation’s leading rebounder, junior forward OD Anosike, the shorthanded Saints have turned what was shaping up to be a bleak, drawn-out season into an inspirational campaign.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEvan Hymes, Owen Wignot and Brandon Walters fill out head coach Mitch Buonaguro’s starting lineup, with freshman guard Rob Poole coming off the bench. The six have played a whopping 1,375 of Siena’s last 1,400 minutes.Though the Saints have three other active players, none have impressed Buonaguro enough in practice to earn anything but garbage time.‘I think guys know that with a short bench, they can play,’ Anosike said. ‘They’re not worried about looking over their shoulder or coming out. They’re just playing with extreme confidence no matter if they make a mistake or not.’Even before Beard left, it was clear before the season the starters would be playing extensive minutes. Freshmen Lionel Gomis of Senegal and Nigeria native Imoh Silas are sitting out the year per an NCAA ruling, and sophomore Rakeem Brookins and junior Davis Martens were shelved before the season with injuries.Now, with sophomore forward Trenity Burdine’s return from a foot injury delayed indefinitely, Siena’s six are forced to play the minutes most teams disperse among 10-12 players.But Carter said players are cherishing the opportunity to play close to an entire game, if not the whole 40 minutes.‘I think guys just realize that you’ve got to do a little bit more, and plus none of these guys ever like coming out of the game,’ Carter said. ‘They all like to play as much as they can, and they understand that there’s no excuses to be made.’Though no excuses are being made during the team’s 75-minute practices at the Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville, N.Y., just outside of Albany, both the players and coaches have had to make adjustments.With only nine healthy bodies, the 42-year-old has been forced to trade his coaching gear for sneakers and shorts. Two decades removed from running the point for Rutgers, Carter is clashing with players half his age every practice.‘We’ve already asked these guys to do a little bit more and that extends to coaches, so everybody has to do a little bit more,’ Carter said. ‘If that means that I have to get on the court and practice so Rob (Poole) can get some reps with the starting team, and so Kyle Downey can take a break here or there, then that’s what we need to do.’The Saints have also needed to change their defensive strategy.Since Beard’s transfer, the Saints have run a 2-3 zone. This allows the players to save energy, puts them in position to start the fast break and helps prevent them from picking up fouls, which they’ve succeeded in all season, Downey said.Siena averages the second-lowest fouls per game in the nation. And it has had to.With only four substitutes, Downey said the players are cognizant to not pick up fouls on the court.‘We’ve been taught so well by our coaches to keep our hands up and make people make tough shots over us instead of bailing them out and putting them on the free-throw line,’ Downey said.But against Rider on Jan. 12, Downey fouled out with 5:09 left in regulation with the Saints leading 74-59. Battered and already exhausted, the remaining five attempted to withstand a frenetic, late-game run by the Broncos.With 1:56 left, the lead was down to four.While Downey watched anxiously from the bench, his replacement Poole knocked down 6-of-8 crucial free throws in the final 1:35 to stave off Rider.‘It was frustrating just because our team as a whole wasn’t playing very well,’ Downey said. ‘We were kind of letting them back in the game, but I was very confident in Rob Poole coming off the bench and playing solid.’With 11 conference games left on its schedule, starting with a trip to Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, Siena has a chance to continue its climb from the cellar of the MAAC standings. At 3-4, the Saints are currently in a four-way tie for fifth.The return of Burdine, who was originally slated to debut Dec. 28 at Florida Atlantic, would help alleviate the heavy workload the Saints’ legs are bearing.For the time being, the six players will continue to do their best to fill the void expanded by Beard’s transfer.‘I think we just have to continue doing what we’ve been doing,’ Anosike said. ‘We’ve just got to keep playing the zone well, rebounding under the zone, running, executing and just trying to stay fresh late in games.’Game of the weekNo. 3 Baylor (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) vs. No. 5 Missouri (17-1, 4-1 Big 12), Saturday, 2 p.m., ESPNThe Bears won their first 17 games of the season, but they were thoroughly outplayed by Kansas and star forward Thomas Robinson on Monday, suffering their first defeat. The freshman torched Baylor with 27 points and 14 rebounds to propel KU to victory.Luckily for BU forward Perry Jones III and company, the Tigers most prominent threat around the basket is senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe, who averages 13.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. An adequate challenge, but his 6-foot-8, 240-pound frame pales in comparison to Robinson’s. Missouri’s starting backcourt of Marcus Denmon and Kim English are first and second on the team in scoring with 17.8 and 14.6 points per game, respectively.Saturday’s winner will improve to 5-1 in the Big 12 and seize sole possession of second place in the conference standings, behind only 5-0 Kansas. Published on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

USG partners with organizations to discuss civil rights

first_imgThe Know Your Rights event, sponsored by the #USChangeMovement, Alpha Phi Alpha and the Political Student Assembly in partnership with the Black Student Assembly and Undergraduate Student Government, was organized to teach students and community members how to respond to interactions with police, as well as create more transparency in law enforcement.“Students should have the knowledge and responsibility to know the law, and bridge the gap between the public and law enforcement,” said Tandia Elijo, assistant director of the #USChangeMovement and outreach director of PSA.Issues of racial profiling and excessive police force have been a common topic of discussion at USC in light of last year’s Halloween shooting and the May 4 incident. Speakers at the Know Your Rights event included LA CAN members, lawyers and a Los Angeles Police Department officer who gave students tips on how to respond to officers and ensure their rights are not violated.“It’s important to know what your rights are and assert them in a nonthreatening way,” attorney John Raphling said.Despite the focus on racial profiling, Katie Gavin, a junior majoring in music and a #USChangeMovement board member, stressed the importance of the topic for students of all backgrounds.“White students may think this issue is not important to them but if you are a member of the community and sharing this space, it’s your responsibly to not be a passive part of the system,” she said.Many students in attendance reported having negative experiences with law enforcement officials, and were interested in learning what they could do to prevent similar situations in the future.“I was at the infamous party on May 4 last year and saw the whole thing happen, so I think this workshop is a good idea if a situation like that were to happen again, but it can be avoided if we educate ourselves,” said Tomi Akingbola, a sophomore majoring in human biology and biological sciences.In order to contend with instances of abusive police force, LA CAN civil rights organizer and community watchman General Dogan spoke about the power of documentation. He said that documentation is one of the key factors when trying to prove a case of police brutality or racial profiling.“Students have to document what is going on. They have  together and say this isn’t what we came to school for,” Dogan said. “You need to be armed with the right equipment: a video camera and clipboard.”Jeremy Gross, a senior majoring in political science and business administration, said he felt he had been a victim of abusive power in a recent altercation with a DPS officer, and felt that it was important to learn how to prevent his rights from being violated.“Since it’s almost inevitable that you will end up in a situation with the police at some point in your life, knowing your rights makes it more likely that the situation will work out in your favor,” Gross said.LAPD Officer Anthony Pack spoke to students about his own experiences being profiled by officers and tried to send the message that he and other officers are working to change the situation.“Where I grew up, I never trusted police either,” Pack said. “But I wanted to be the person to change that as an African-American officer.”Throughout the conversation, Pack and Dogan both stressed that knowing one’s legal rights is crucial in order to stand up to law enforcement as well as to adequately report police misconduct.“We want to bring awareness to police brutality and racial profiling,” Dogan said. “It a bigger issue than one school, one incident and it needs to be stopped.” Students were encouraged to stand up for their legal rights at a workshop led by the Los Angeles Community Action Network at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wednesday night.Change · Naomi McPherson, an executive board member for the USC Change Movement, speaks about students’ testy relationship with law enforcement on Wednesday night. – Jessica Zhou | Daily Trojan Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more