Women’s basketball splits homestand

first_imgIn their first and only homestand this month, women’s basketball produced two close contests, defeating Washington State 80-64 before losing to No. 9 Washington in a game that was tighter than the final score indicated. “I feel like we had a little rough start,” freshman guard Minyon Moore said. “But the fact that we’ve bounced back shows a lot about our team and about our heart. If we take it one game at a time and go out and have the same mentality we’ve had the last couple of games, then we can finish the season on a strong note.” When USC played Washington State in Pullman, Wash. back in January, the team had yet to figure out its shooting struggles. The team finished 36.2 percent from the field and went 3-of-13 from three in a 74-57 loss. But on Friday, the Trojans flipped the script thanks to the play of Moore and a barrage of 3-pointers. Moore finished with a career-high 32 points and the team shot 50 percent from long range. “I think 3-pointers were the difference in the game,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “I just thought we attacked more on offense, which then created the space and time for us to make the extra pass and come away with wide open 3-point shots.” USC carried its 3-point momentum into an intense Senior Day shootout with 24-4 Washington on Sunday. The Trojans looked undaunted having defeated a top 10 giant in Oregon State just last week. At one point they drained four shots in a row from deep, in a first quarter that resembled a Western movie shootout. Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck and senior guard Courtney Jaco combined for 14 points in the explosive first frame. Down 26-22, Washington guard Kelsey Plum decided it was time to showcase why she is one of the best players in women’s college basketball history. In the second quarter, she alone outscored the Trojans 20-9 making buckets from outside, inside and everywhere in between. Before the Song Girls could perform at halftime, she already had 27 points, a 9-point lead for her team, and the second-most points in NCAA history, passing Britney Griner. “I thought we made it tough for Kelsey all game long,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We doubled her when we could, and when it made sense, and we had a player constantly shadowing her. We had a couple of defensive letdowns and of course Kelsey being Kelsey, she took full advantage of them. She’s just a fantastic player.” Having somewhat weathered the Plum storm, USC went back to work in the second half, relying on Moore just as they had on Friday. In the third quarter, she recorded 14 points with deep shooting, aggressiveand-ones and plenty of free throws. Moore capped it all off with a buzzer-beating three that cut Washington’s lead to seven points. Suddenly, the Trojans were right back in the game. Unfortunately for USC, the team was unable to produce enough stops in the fourth quarter. The Trojans fought back to within 10 points on several occasions but big shots by Plum and center Chantel Osahor helped the Huskies keep their opposition at arm’s length. In the end, valiant performances by junior forward Kristen Simon (17 points and 13 rebounds), Moore (20 points) and Mazyck (15 points despite being on minutes restriction), were not enough to slay the giant. Washington won87-74 in an intense game, made even more emotional by it being the seniors’ last contest in the Galen Center. “I try not to think about it too much,” said Jaco, who has the second most 3-pointers in USC history. “It is a little bittersweet, it being my last time in the locker room getting ready for a game, putting on my jersey and seeing my family and friends out there supporting me. I thought I gave it all I had today, and I thought my team did as well. I think that was the most important part, that we grew today.” In honor of redshirt senior guard Jordan Adams, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in November, Simon wore the jersey No. 1 instead of her usual 35. “It was a late decision,” Simon said. “I was just thinking about it, just being able to give something to Jordan. She’s a great person, she’s a great player, and I love her to death. I was just trying to give her something to smile about, just to see her number out there on the court and being able to play in her jersey made me feel good, made me feel like a leader, made me feel like Jordan.” The Trojans now stand at 14-13. They have two games remaining against Arizona and Arizona State before the Pac-12 Tournament begins.last_img read more

Barrett was warned about life in the NBA and Knicks deliver

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 10th December, 2019 15:43 IST Barrett Was Warned About Life In The NBA And Knicks Deliver RJ Barrett was asked to explain something that would have been unusual to a 10-year veteran, let alone someone who had played 21 NBA games. FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News RJ Barrett was asked to explain something that would have been unusual to a 10-year veteran, let alone someone who had played 21 NBA games. Was it strange to have a coach run practice, only to fire him after it ended? “I mean, I have no idea. I just got here,” Barrett said. “I don’t know how these things work.”Welcome to life with the New York Knicks, rookie.It’s nothing new when they change coaches, but the firing of David Fizdale was a head-scratcher even for the Knicks. When they finally got around to announcing his dismissal last Friday, hours after the practice he led, the Knicks did it with a two-sentence statement void of any quotes or any other explanation. They played at home the next night and then departed the following day for a road trip, all without president Steve Mills or general manager Scott Perry commenting on Fizdale’s removal. That left it up to the players to do all the talking.The front office did speak earlier in the season, a strange press conference immediately after a Nov. 10 home loss to Cleveland in which they expressed their disappointment with the team’s start. That put even more pressure on Fizdale beyond what he already faced trying to improve the NBA’s worst team in its most unforgiving media market.The front office had given Fizdale a new roster and not much time to mould it, which numerous coaches around the league thought was unfair.“As coaches, sometimes you get caught in a storm,” Indiana’s Nate McMillan said.The skies are always stormy over the Knicks, which can be a difficult adjustment for anyone once they arrive and see it up close. Barrett just spent one season around the picture of college basketball stability at Duke, where Mike Krzyzewski has led one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for 40 seasons.But the No. 3 pick in the draft knew to expect turbulence in the pros — even if it arrived earlier than maybe he could have anticipated.“I don’t want to say surprised, just because I had a lot of good people in my ear telling me about different things in the league,” Barrett said. “So not a surprise, but more so just try to be prepared for whatever comes my way.”With the Knicks, it will keep on coming.The 1,500 CLUBVince Carter is set to reach another milestone by playing in his 1,500th game.The 42-year-old swingman will become the fifth player to reach the mark, with his next game scheduled for Tuesday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Miami.Robert Parish is the career leader with 1,611 games played, followed by fellow centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 1,560. Dirk Nowitzki retired this year after playing in 1,522 games and Carter will soon pass John Stockton, who finished at 1,504.Carter is coming off his highest-scoring game of the season, finishing with 17 points off the bench Sunday against Charlotte. He is averaging 5.6 points for the season.He is the first player in NBA history to play 22 seasons and in January — a few weeks before he turns 43 — Carter will become the first player to play in four decades.ROLLING ON THE ROADThe Los Angeles Lakers are about to put the NBA’s best road record to the test.They begin a five-game trip Wednesday in Orlando and two days later visit the Miami Heat, where LeBron James’ old team is 10-0 at home.Games in Atlanta and Indiana follow before it wraps up Dec. 19 with the highlight of the trip — and likely of the NBA season to this point. The Lakers visit Milwaukee for a nationally televised matchup between teams who share the league’s best record at 21-3.The Lakers have won 11 in a row on the road, their longest streak since the 1972-73 season. They haven’t lost outside their own arena, with their opening defeat at Staples Center being designated a home game for the Clippers.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEKDenver at Philadelphia, Tuesday: The 76ers put their 12-0 record at home up against one of the best from the West.New York at Golden State, Wednesday: The two teams at the bottom of the NBA standings. It only seems strange seeing one of them there.Utah at Minnesota, Wednesday. The teams split a home-and-home series last month, with each winning on the road.Portland at Denver, Thursday. Trail Blazers won a Game 7 on Denver’s home floor in last season’s Western Conference semifinals.Dallas vs. Detroit, Thursday. First of two games in Mexico City on the week. Phoenix plays San Antonio on Saturday.HAPPY HOMECOMING?Pelicans fans let Anthony Davis have it in New Orleans. Kristaps Porzingis was treated as a traitor in New York.Celtics fans jeered Kyrie Irving — and he didn’t even play.Home crowds love to boo players who they loved but then left, and it’s happened in a few comeback games already this season. But things figure to sound different north of the border on Wednesday.That’s when Kawhi Leonard makes his lone trip to Toronto this season. He stuck around only one season after being acquired by the Raptors, but it was the most memorable one in franchise history. Leonard led the Raptors to their first NBA title, winning NBA Finals MVP honours, but the California native wanted to return home and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.Teammate Paul George wanted to get back to his home area, too, and Indiana Pacers fans still haven’t forgiven him. George was booed throughout the Clippers’ 110-99 victory in Indianapolis on Monday.So how does George think things will sound Wednesday in Toronto?“The exact opposite of what it was like tonight,” he said. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 10th December, 2019 15:43 IST 8 months ago Japanese regulators recommend $22 million fine on Nissanlast_img read more

Excess Capacity Little Changed since Last BRAC DOD Installations Official Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Excess capacity throughout DOD likely stands at about 20 percent, Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday.That figure could change slightly, however, as a “DOD-wide parametric analysis” is still underway, according to the written testimony Potochney submitted to the panel.Two of the services recently conducted their own assessments, with the Army determining that 21 percent of its capacity is excess to its needs and the Air Force pegging its ratio at 30 percent.A new BRAC round will save about $2 billion annually, with savings paying for the estimated $7 billion in implementation costs by the end of the six-year phase-in period. A new round — which the Pentagon wants to conduct in 2019 — would be “efficiency-focused,” unlike the 2005 round of base closures.“We are in a tough budget situation,” Potochney told lawmakers, reported Air Force Times. “We need to make tough choices. And we need a BRAC.”Installation officials are finding ways to close some facilities to save on maintenance costs, he said, but a base closure round will be needed to secure significant savings.In his written testimony, Potochney urged lawmakers to preserve the basic principles of the BRAC process — “treating all bases equally, all or none review by both the president and Congress, an independent commission, the priority of military value, and a clear legal obligation to implement all of the recommendations in a time certain together with all the authorities needed to accomplish implementation (specifically MILCON).”Still, the department would be open to including changes in legislation authorizing a new base closure round to ensure it “remains focused on recommendations that save money quickly and limit pursuit of costly recommendations,” he stated.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.last_img read more