Harberts leads USC’s Pac-12 honorees

first_imgSenior forward Cassie Harberts was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, leading four other Women of Troy to receive All-Conference honors ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.Best of the best · Senior forward Cassie Harberts was named to the All-Pac-12 team yesterday for the second straight season. Harberts averaged 16.2 points per game this season after posting an 18.0 average in 2012-2013. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanJunior guard Ariya Crook earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama and sophomore guard Brianna Barrett made the conference’s All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and guard Courtney Jaco landed All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.In head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s first season at the helm, Harberts was the standout star for the Women of Troy en route to their 18-12 (11-7) record and fifth-place finish in the Pac-12. The four-year starter led the team in points per game (16.2), rebounds per game (7.5), minutes per game (32.9) and blocks (25). She asserted herself as the fulcrum of USC’s offense down low in the post, constantly drawing double-teams and fouls, as she led the team in free throw attempts (214) while converting 57 percent of her tries from the line. Harberts was one of 15 players and seven returnees to be named to the squad.Harberts tied three others for USC’s program-record 128 appearances in the Women of Troy’s final regular season game, and is poised to claim the record for herself in the team’s Pac-12 Tournament opener against Arizona on Thursday.If Harberts was the steady star for USC that teams knew they had to stop, Crook was the breakout performer who frequently showed offensive explosiveness to catch opposing defenses off-guard. The Torrance, Calif. native averaged 15.8 points and 2.3 assists per game, often utilizing her quickness to drive to the basket for easy lay-ups. In USC’s biggest win of the season, a 77-70 road upset over then-No. 19 Cal, Crook poured in 34 points, the most scored by a Woman of Troy since 2002.Both Vaioletama, the only USC player to start all 30 games besides Harberts, and Barrett molded reputations as defensive stoppers this season. Vaioletama led the team in steals (1.9) and defensive rebounds (4.8) per game, while also doubling her offensive output from last season in becoming USC’s third-leading scorer (8.5 ppg).Barrett, who received All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention for the second straight year, led the team in assists per game (2.8), was second in steals per game (1.4) and fourth in points (6.8 per game).Jaco established herself as a solid contributer off the bench, averaging 3.8 points per game and nailing 36.1 percent of her three-point attempts while averaging 14.1 minutes.The selections were culled from a vote of the league’s 12 women’s basketball head coaches.Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike won her second straight Pac-12 Player of the Year award, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer was honored with her fourth straight Coach of the Year award and Washington guard Kelsey Plum was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.last_img read more

The next step in Syracuse freshman center Taurean Thompson’s development: Avoid foul trouble

first_img Published on February 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Taurean Thompson turned toward the Syracuse sideline to listen to Jim Boeheim. The Orange’s 41-year head coach didn’t have anything profound to say. Instead, Boeheim delivered a simple message that still rings true over a month later.“Don’t foul,” Boeheim told Thompson.Thompson had just put his hands on Miami’s Dewan Huell, who dunked just two and a half minutes into the Jan. 4 contest. It was Thompson’s first foul of the game before being pulled when he committed his second two minutes later.Thompson has proven his offensive ability 24 games into the season. He’s provided a pleasant surprise for a Syracuse (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) team that’s desperately needed one at times. And as his freshman season progresses, so does his game. The next step to take is staying out of foul trouble.Among those who have played a minimum of 40 percent of minutes in conference play, Thompson ranks forth in the ACC in fouls committed per 40 minutes (5.63), according to Kenpom.com. The Orange is 3-5 when Thompson commits four or more fouls. All three of those wins have come in the past two weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Every single day, that’s my main focus right now,” Thompson said of practicing to avoid fouling.Colin Davy | Asst. Photo EditorAt the start of the season, even a 12-point burst from Thompson in just 13 minutes against Monmouth on Nov. 18 didn’t impress Boeheim. He worried more about Thompson’s defensive miscues. The forward-turned-center has spent the year working on adjusting to the 2-3 zone, a scheme that he never played in high school.Thompson has flashed moments where he looks comfortable as the zone’s anchor. He blocked two shots against both North Carolina State and Wake Forest and three against Virginia Tech. While his defensive recoveries have improved, he’ll need more minutes to continue making a difference. And that’s impossible if he gets into foul trouble.“A lot of his fouls come from him trying to make up for someone else’s mistake, which is big,” forward Tyler Lydon said. “It just comes down to being active, staying aggressive and staying focused.”The plays typically come down to positioning and discipline. If Thompson can get to the right spots and trust himself to defend effectively, he’s not forced to foul.After Syracuse beat Florida State on Jan. 28, Boeheim said Thompson picked up two fouls in the first four minutes because he let the ball get inside. Thompson wouldn’t have been in a precarious foul situation if he was better at preventing the ball from getting down low. That’s an area Boeheim said Thompson needs to improve.“Everybody knows I can shoot, I can score,” Thompson said, “but establishing myself defensively, that’s something I feel I’m not doing a good job.”Tuesday night’s game against Clemson mimicked Thompson’s season. He appeared virtually out of nowhere and scored 12 of the Orange’s first 15 points after halftime. But foul trouble also limited him. Boeheim yanked him in the first half, waving his arm at Thompson to come off the court after a referee whistled him less than three minutes into the game. The freshman finished the game with four fouls in just 17 minutes.Thompson’s contributions for the Orange have been important this season. He’s by far SU’s best inside scoring threat but struggles to stay on the court long enough to showcase that.“He can score against anybody,” Boeheim said. “Big weapon on offense. Hurts us on defense, but that’s the way it is sometimes. Some guys help you get here and hurt you there.” Commentslast_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Virginia Tech

first_img Published on January 7, 2020 at 11:40 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) will try to jumpstart its conference campaign with a matchup against Virginia Tech (10-4, 1-2) Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange won their last three games of the decade before losing Saturday to Notre Dame. Here’s the scouting report for the Hokies ahead of Tuesday’s matchup.Gambling Odds: Syracuse is favored by 4.5 points per Oddsshark.com.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 9-4Last time they played: Virginia Tech beat the Orange by more than 20 points, 78-56, on Jan. 26, 2019 in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies limited Tyus Battle to 10 points on 3-10 shooting and got a 35-point performance from eventual NBA Draft pick Justin Robinson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Virginia Tech report: Another 3-point oriented offense for the Orange to figure out. Per KenPom, the Hokies take the 23rd highest percentage of 3-pointers in the country (46.5% of its field goal attempts) and shoot it at a slightly higher clip (37.9%) than SU (36.3%). VT is a good perimeter-shooting team, and they won’t turn the ball over much either. Much of the Virginia Tech offense runs through Landers Nolley II, a redshirt freshman who averages 17.4 points per game.How Syracuse beats the Hokies: The Orange have the No. 1 assist rate in the country at 70% per KenPom. But the Hokies don’t fare much worse at 29th in the country. If SU can take the Hokies out of their offense and force them into more isolation plays, the zone will win out. Georgia Tech tried to beat the zone with one-on-one play and lost by more than 30 points to the Orange. While the Hokies do have some players who pass very well, Syracuse could force them to play out of their element, and it could lead to one of the more secure teams in the country playing a sloppy game.Stat to know: 14.6 — The Hokies turnover percentage, the fourth-lowest total in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 64% chance to win the game, with a final score of 70-66 per KenPom.Player to watch: Wabissa Bede, No. 3, GuardThe Hokies point guard seems to take control of the ball movement the team makes. The highest-rated passer on the team and one of the best assist-men in the ACC averages 6.1 assists per game. When he has the ball in his hands, he has the ability to make plays all over the court. Though his scoring volume is low, his strong rebounding skills for a six-foot guard make him a near triple-double threat as well. Commentslast_img read more

Scores benefit from Better Hope medical outreach

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Better Hope Assembly of God Church, on Saturday hosted its first ever health fair at Better Hope.A pharmacist dispensing medication to patients at the Better Hope medical outreachA pharmacist dispensing medication to patients at the Better Hope medical outreachThe health fair targeted residents of Better Hope and neighbouring communities.While delivering brief remarks, Inter-Ministerial Sector Coordinator within the Public Health Ministry, Seewchan (only name), told the gathering that there is dire need for cooperation among faith bodies and ministries in such activities. A doctor attached to the David Rose Mental Health Unit, Oletia Halls, said hosting health fairs is a way of delivering health services to the outlying areas.“So far there has been a great turnout, (and) we are expecting more by the end of the day; so basically, we have had persons come in to do different tests, including eyes screening and blood pressure testing. We are trying our best to take the health (care initiatives to every) area, whether it is by outreaches or educational programmes. Health is an area we have to pay close attention to,” Dr Halls emphasised.Dr Halls said the fair has seen great response from villagers, and has gone well over the target.“In the blood donors section, out target was to receive 15 units of blood, and so far we already have 20 units of blood; so that tells us that persons are really interested and are getting involved,” she declared.Pastor Dale Persaud of the Better Hope Assembly of God Church noted that, through the initiative, persons will be able to access health care at ease.The fair offered the residents blood pressure testing, random blood sugar testing, HIV and blood grouping screening, blood drive, dental services, eye vision testing, and mental health screening.The fair is expected to be taken to different communities across the country in the coming months.last_img read more


first_imgTHERE is widespread anger in east Donegal today after burglars went on a crime spree.Thieves targeted at least eight homes in the latest series of incidents in the Raphoe and Convoy areas – just days after a burglar punched a 96-year-old woman during a raid in Buncrana.Sgt Paul Wallace, the Co Donegal crime prevention officer, warned that the investigations are at an early stage, adding: “We may well be dealing with more than eight but that is what has been reported so far.” An English-registered Honda or Toyota car was seen in the area where the thefts took place.TVs, laptops and cash were taken in several of the raids.Thieves also posed as Donegal County Council workers in a number of the incidents.“We have a case where a man posing as a council worker spoke to a homeowner whilst another thief entered the property by a back door and stole goods that way. It is a classic case of a diversionary burglary,” said Sgt Wallace. The officer appealed for public help in preventing such crimes.“This took place just a few days after that dreadful crime in Buncrana and I would appeal to the public to be vigilant at all times,” he said.Sgt Wallace said members of the public should report any suspicious activity – especially in rural areas – to their nearest 24-hour Garda station.The thefts come as it was revealed today that Minister Alan Shatter has asked for 1,500 Gardai to be cut. ANGER AS THIEVES GO ON BURGLARY CRIME SPREE IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ANGER AS THIEVES GO ON BURGLARY CRIME SPREE IN DONEGALconvoyRaphoelast_img read more