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


first_imgCurrent and former members of Donegal County Enterprise Board pictured on Friday at the launch of the print and digital book to mark the board’s 20 years of supporting local enterprise.The huge role Donegal County Enterprise Board has played in the economic development of the county was highlighted at the weekend at celebrations to mark twenty years of promoting entrepreneurship.As part of the celebrations, businesses from all over Donegal were invited to promote their enterprise at a special showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday, while the special milestone was also marked by the launch of a commemorative book celebrating microenterprise in Donegal over the last 20 years.Chairman of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Mr. Seamus Neely, said Donegal County Enterprise Board (DCEB) had always been noted for an innovative approach and high achievement in support of the micro enterprise sector. He said the book served to highlight some of the innovative initiatives the board has taken over the years.The Chairman of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Seamus Neely and the CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney the launch of the print and digital book to mark the board’s 20 years of supporting local enterprise.“Over the years the Board has been fortunate to have accessed a range of additional funds and resources into the county to assist our small business community. We are extremely grateful to all those organisations and individuals who have supported the Board and its projects and programmes over the past 20 years.”He added that over that period DCEB has approved over €11.5 million to over 340 businesses and has had over 11,500 participants on workshops, training programmes and management development programmes.Michael Tunney, CEO of DCEB said that over the years the Board has continually sought to develop its services adding that the experience, skills and expertise of the staff within the Board had been critical to the Board’s service development and delivery over the years. “Through the Board’s active participation on the County Development Board and its forerunner, the County Strategy Group, Donegal County Enterprise Board has been the acknowledged first point of contact for enterprise development in the county in the last fifteen years.”Ursula Donnelly, Assistant CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, John Henry McLaughlin, Councillor John Ryan, Danny McMenamin, Ciaran McMenamin of 3Dom Filaments Ltd and CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney, pictured at the Donegal County Enterprise Board Business Networking Showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday last.He added: “Through this engagement on the County Development Board, the Enterprise Board has always sought to highlight the role and importance of local business to the county’s economy.”And the success of the local business supported by DCEB was evident in the figures in the commemorative booklet highlighting not only the fact that 2,014 jobs had been assisted but also that over 90% of grant-aided businesses were still trading.Friday’s celebrations offered a free opportunity to local businesses to showcase their enterprise and to network with other businesses in the county and a large number – from all parts of the county – grasped the chance to take part to highlight their venture.The commemorative booklet also featured some of the businesses supported by DCEB over the past twenty years, in a wide range of disciplines from tourism and engineering to food, manufacturing and services. The booklet – available in digital format from installs.3dissue.com and from the DCEB website donegalenterprise.ie – also highlighted details of the services and operations of DCEB, including Management Development and Training, Female Entrepreneurship, Food, Education, Cross Border Programmes and Enterprising Donegal Week.The DCEB Chairman Mr. Seamus Neely meanwhile explained that in the near future the Boards will be re-structured into the local authorities as Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) and will operate under a Service Level Agreement between the Local Authority and Enterprise Ireland.“This re-structuring will see LEO carry out extended services to the small business community in the county, as well as greater integration with the services of the Local Authority and the other enterprise agencies, both within the county and nationally,” he said.Meanwhile CEO of DCEB, Michael Tunney said it is essential going forward that the agency for the promotion of entrepreneurship and for supporting local businesses retains an ability to respond with flexibility to both the needs of local businesses and the needs of local economic development. “Donegal County Enterprise Board has always sought to respond with genuine interest, concern and commitment to the needs of the county and its business community. The Donegal Local Enterprise Office will continue to respond with similar creativity, innovativeness and engagement,” he concluded.The next big event on the local enterprise calendar will be Enterprising Donegal Business week from March 03rd to 8th keep up to date by logging onto www.donegalenterprise.iePictured at the Donegal County Enterprise Board Business Networking Showcase in the Clanree Hotel on Friday last were from left Pauric Hilferty of Greenlight Media, Councillor Ciaran Brogan, Emer Johnston of Imagine if Only, Denis Finnegan of Finn Media, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, Michael Tunney and Joseph Doohan of Finn Media.DONEGAL COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD STILL DOING THE BUSINESS AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:20 yearsCelebrationsDonegal County Enterprise Boardlast_img read more

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first_imgChapel communities and parishes would be better off if every fiesta became an occasion to attend to the forgotten ones in society – beggars, street children, disaster survivors, prisoners, wayward youths and the poor.What if Saint Francis of Assisi’s feast were devoted to planting mangroves and trees and Saint Thomas More’s feast were spent by lawyers giving free legal assistance?What if the run-up to Saint Luke’s day became a privileged season for doctors to conduct medical missions and Saint Sebastian’s day were a time to run sports clinics?Last Sunday’s procession-cum-relief drive was thankfully different.If we have more of these meangingful twists added to tradition, they could spell a great transformation in the faith of people as lived in this part of Asia.Read Next The foot procession, which marked the feast of Christ the King, was also a countdown to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu in 2016.MORE STORIESnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USMORE STORIESnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USThe prayer walk down Osmeña Boulevard to the Magellan’s Cross may very well herald a profound turn in the festive culture of Filipino Catholics, especially in the Visayas.We refer to the thousands, especially young people, who equate fiesta with fun and self-indulgent revelry, rather than an occasion to reach out to the less fortunate.We mean those people who have come to associate fiesta with heavy traffic, late night noise, money-making and getting wasted.In many places, fiesta novenas have deteriorated into front acts for nine nights of drag shows or stage plays that entertain but are woefully out of step with the virtues of the saint being honored.ADVERTISEMENT At first blush, the Cebu archdiocese’s collection of canned goods and water bottles for survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda gathered from participants of last Sunday’s religious procession capping the Year of Faith looked novel.The relief drive, on hindsight, hewed closely to the Gospel’s basic call for the faithful to provide for the poor.ADVERTISEMENT PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR SMC bags Bulacan airport project MOST READ LATEST STORIES Indeed, calamities like the superstorm and the Oct. 15 earthquake are turning out to be signs prompting churches to get more involved in social concerns.There has been no dearth of priests who are active in nation building, from activist Redemptorist Fr. Rudy Romano in the martial law era to Augustinian Fr. Tito Soquiño, who advocates ecological stewardship in this age of climate change.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeSunday’s procession, where people were asked to bring “one can more, one bottle more” for calamity victims, was refreshing. It involved clergy and lay persons who form the bulk of the Church.The organic relationship between ritual and social action should spur more people to be good Samaritans. PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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