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

MSOC : Cribley’s speed aids Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Ted Cribley’s run at the start of overtime against American on Sunday perfectly describes his style of play: fast.After Syracuse forward Dan Summers dribbled the ball to the halfway line, Cribley, a junior midfielder for SU, came racing downfield.He took a pass from Summers and saw a gap — a chance to give SU the win. He sprinted past the AU players into the open field, but his shot went into the hands of Eagles’ goalkeeper Matt Makowski.Cribley didn’t score the goal, but that display and movement on the play has become typical of what the Orange has seen from him in his first season with SU.‘His best thing that he does is how he gets in behind defenders,’ fellow midfielder Mark Brode said. ‘You could play it over the top, and if he gets in a foot race with the defender, he’s going to get it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCribley’s speed and dribbling are crucial elements in SU’s (2-2, 0-0 Big East) offensive attack this season. A junior college transfer from nearby Herkimer County Community College, Cribley joins the Orange as a junior. He brings quickness and an ability to see the open field that lead to more goal-scoring opportunities for SU.Originally from England, Cribley came stateside and spent two years at Herkimer. It was there that the midfielder stood out as arguably one of the team’s best players. SU head coach Ian McIntyre took notice, and now Cribley has started every game for the Orange so far in 2011.He’s tied for fourth in the Big East in assists with two, which accounts for nearly half of SU’s five goals scored. But he’s quick to credit his teammates for being in the right place at the right time.‘We’ve all sort of settled in,’ Cribley said. ‘We know what Mac wants us to play.’As Cribley continues to adjust to Syracuse, he and the team expect shot attempts like his chance in overtime against American to end in goals. The Orange offense has struggled to convert its scoring opportunities. Three of SU’s four wins under McIntyre have come on free kicks in overtime.The team wants that to change.Thus, expectations are high for Cribley following two standout seasons at Herkimer. To McIntyre, Cribley has one of the bigger roles on the team. That’s to be expected, especially after McIntyre called getting a player of Cribley’s caliber a ‘coup.’Cribley’s ability to both distribute the ball and run and dribble with it downfield have paid dividends not seen in the box score. He’s given McIntyre a reason to be pleased with his decision to invest in an experienced newcomer to the team.‘We feel like we have some attacking threats, and he’s one of them,’ McIntyre said. ‘And when he’s running a play, he’s a real handful.’The Orange has already matched its win total from last season with two victories just four games into the year. It’s also managed five goals in the process, which is a modest but noticeable improvement from 2010.It’s a change that can be attributed to many of the newcomers, Cribley included.And his downfield action against American last weekend proved that his play will keep the opposing defenses on their toes and the SU offense in games. In addition to his two assists, he’s also tallied six shots.Despite a save by Makowski on Sunday, Cribley knows that everything leading up to the final shot was right. It just didn’t go in.Another time, he said, it could be different.‘In those situations, you try to just get it on target at least and hope the keeper isn’t set properly,’ Cribley said. ‘Most times it will go. That time it didn’t.’But Cribley’s speed should keep providing him with opportunities to score. He constantly whizzes past his opponents and leaves them gasping for air.Brode only had to think briefly before deciding who would win a foot race between the team’s two fastest players, Cribley and freshman defender Skylar Thomas.His conclusion: Cribley would win.‘He’s a really dangerous player,’ Brode said. ‘He’s probably the fastest kid on our team. He brings a lot of speed on the outside, and he’s good with the ball. Ted’s been real important.’rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Mortagbe facing police arrest over Ghana FA election forgery

first_imgThe disqualified Ghana FA presidential aspirant Neil Armstrong Mortagbe is facing police arrest for allegedly forging the signatures of five of his nominees.The Nima police has written to the GFA seeking to examine the nomination papers of Mortagbe over signature forgery claims.Ten clubs must endorse the candidature of an aspirant before the elections committee of the GFA can clear someone to stand the federation’s presidential elections.The Fifa marketing consultant was disqualified from the race on Thursday for failing to meet the requirements to stand this month’s election.The police in Nima is seeking information after a report was made to them that Mortagbe forged the signatures of five club officials on his nomination papers.Mortagbe only provided the initials of club officials of Medeama SC, Wassaman United, Deportivo, Bofoakwa and Great Olympics as part of his ten nominees. The five clubs denied approving his candidature for the coveted position when contacted by the election committee which prompted his disqualification.One of the club officials whose initials were used for Mortagbe’s nomination papers filed the police report claiming his signature was forged.This prompted the police to force the GFA to provide Mortagbe’s nomination papers.The Fifa marketing consultant is expected to issue a statement on the allegation Friday.Mortagbe along with Vincent ‘Obama’ Odotei were in the race to unseat Kwesi Nyantakyi, who will now stand unopposed after the two candidates were disqualified. Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more