Wisconsin takes care of business

first_imgPATRICK STATZ-BOYER/Herald photoAnother game, another win for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, as the Badgers defeated the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames 75-53 Thursday night.The win puts the Badgers at 9-1 (0-0 Big Ten) on the season, and they remain undefeated at the Kohl Center, winning their first six games. In what seems to be characteristic of this year’s team, Wisconsin got off to a fast start, leading 7-0 right away. UIC (3-5, 0-0 Horizon League) would rally with a run of its own to bring the game within one point, but the Badgers would eventually pull away. “It’s tough to compete in a game when you give easy opportunities away,” UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. “That’s really been the strength of this [Wisconsin] team.”UW junior guard Janese Banks helped propel the Badgers to a big halftime lead, with eight first-half points. Banks finished with 12 on the night.Badger forward Danielle Ward led the team in scoring with a 13-point effort. Ward was also one rebound shy of a double-double.Freshman Mariah Dunham and junior Jolene Anderson, who was battling the flu, also scored in double figures for UW. Anderson, despite a slow start in the first half and a cold shooting night, ended up with 10 points on just 4-of-13 shooting. She also finished with five assists. Dunham added 12 on a solid shooting night, which included two three-pointers.”[Jolene] was sick all day yesterday,” Stone said. “It was questionable if she was going to play the game, and I thought she played courageously.”With Anderson having an off night, Stone was able to go to her bench and utilize the team’s depth at guard. Freshmen guards Sarah Ingison and Teah Gant each saw an increase in playing time.”The fact that they have that many weapons, certainly we’re outmanned in terms of our size … we’re not going to really see that again this year,” Ryckbosch said. “That makes it that much tougher to stop any one individual if you have that many people that can go score for you.””It’s very pleasing to know that we have some depth,” Stone said. “If someone is down, someone else will pick it up.”Leading the way for the Flames was senior guard LaShonda Grant, who put on a shooting clinic on her way to a game-high 20 points. The only other player for UIC to reach double-digit scoring was senior guard Krystal Hugelier. Hugelier made 3-of-5 shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 11 points. Jacquay Holmes, UIC’s leading scorer this season, was shut out by the stingy Badger defense, missing all five of her shots.”Our post players worked very hard on defending her drive,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Eventually, they had to go big to match with us.”Wisconsin dominated the battle on the glass, outrebounding UIC 41-23. The Badgers took advantage of their size, as only one of the Flame’s starters was over 5-foot-8 tall. UW was able to work the ball down low and create second-chance scoring opportunities off offensive rebounds.However, the Badgers played somewhat sloppily on the offensive end of the court. The team committed 19 turnovers in the game, including many ill-advised passes.”I give UIC a lot of credit,” Stone said. “They came and really drove hard at us, pressured us a little bit, and we threw the ball away. It just wasn’t the balanced attack we were looking for.”Despite failing to run on all cylinders offensively and looking rather lethargic at times, Wisconsin was able to do enough with the ball to control the ball game.”I personally thought we lacked a bit of energy,” Stone said. “I give our team a lot of credit. The bottom line is, I reminded our players, we’re off to a nice start and this is a great opportunity to learn from this game and get better and hopefully tune that defense back up for Sunday.”All around, we were just kind of dead out there,” Banks said. “We know this crowd will get behind us when we play great defense, but I don’t think we gave them much to cheer about tonight.”While the victory may not have been picture-perfect, the team is happy with where it is at this season and will look to continue the strong play Sunday when Albany (2-6, 0-0 America East) comes to the Kohl Center.”We know that when we’re at our best, we play even better,” Banks said. “It’s just going to fuel our fire to practice harder and then come in and get ready for Albany. That’s our next opponent. We can’t look to anybody else.”last_img read more

Women of Troy come away from Washington empty-handed

first_imgThe No. 4 Washington Huskies rallied late Saturday for a Pac-10 victory over the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-10), as the Women of Troy suffered their fourth consecutive loss.Bianca Rowland led for the Huskies with 15 kills and no errors for a .625 evening (15-0-24) as the Huskies avoided their first home loss of the season limiting USC to .071 and .077 hitting in the final two sets.“We played a real nice match but just didn’t finish,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “To take Washington to five in their own building is a good thing. We played four of the five games really well.”Rowland broke a 7-7 fifth-set tie with a kill that sparked Washington to three straight points and a victory. Kindra Carlson posted a team-high 18 kills with three aces and 15 digs, while Jill Collymore had 16 kills and 17 digs for Washington (17-1, 7-1). Jenna Hagglund recorded 57 assists and 12 digs while Tamari Miyashiro had 30 digs.USC sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter led all players with 25 kills to go with 13 digs. Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (14 kills, 15 digs) and junior opposite hitter Kimmee Roleder (13 kills, 16 digs) also recorded double-doubles for the Women of Troy (13-6, 2-5), while Kendall Bateman chipped in 53 assists and nine digs. Senior libero Alli Hillgren matched Miyashiro with 29 digs in the match.Although the Women of Troy dropped another road match, Haley was proud of the way his team played.“I’m hoping this is a turn around and a focus forward by this group,” he said. “They seem to have gotten out of their trance and now need to stay focused and stay forward.”Saturday’s defeat followed an upset loss against unranked Washington State Friday night, where the Women of Troy played out of sync the entire match as the Cougars swept the USC (25-17, 28-26, 25-23).“We started off bad in the first set,” Haley said. “We had a couple of good performances by specific players, but we couldn’t get it together until it was too late.”Jupiter continued her strong play with 21 kills and nine digs, and a career-high four serving aces Roleder recorded 15 kills and hit .414 and Bateman had 42 assists and eight digs.Haley admits his team has not played well away from the Galen Center this season, which is why he is looking forward to this weekend’s matches against Oregon and Oregon State at USC.“We have to have those wins if we have to get back into this,” Haley said. “But Oregon beat Stanford this weekend, and we went five with Washington, so it’s up in the air.”USC hosts Oregon State Friday evening and Oregon Saturday afternoon, as the Women of Troy try to get back on track.“I felt like this weekend we played better volleyball and we were more productive,” said Haley of his team’s recent slide. “If the blocking improves now, the defense in the back row will too, and we’ll be better off.”last_img read more

Syracuse defense strong, but imperfect in 1-0 loss to No. 7 Clemson

first_img Published on October 31, 2015 at 5:41 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtney Brosnan made her first save just 1:07 seconds into the match. Clemson attacking midfielder Shannon Horgan received a pass right in the center of the goalie’s box. She shot it toward Brosnan, who quickly deflected it down to the ground while falling on top of the ball.After getting stopped twice within the first 11 minutes, Clemson managed to break through. Midfielder Samantha Staab lofted a long cross from the middle of Clemson’s attacking half. The ball found it’s way to Jenna Watson, who was unmarked. She headed the ball over Brosnan’s outstretched arms.“We were all marked up and on the weak-side there was an extra player,” centerback Jessica Vigna said. “… We were trying to communicate on who’s getting who … and that player that was sitting in between us wound up getting it in.”That one early goal proved to be the deciding goal in Syracuse’s (7-11-1, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) loss to No. 6 Clemson (13-3-1, 7-3) in the final game of the season on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium.In the first half, Syracuse was struggling to prevent the stronger and more physical Clemson players from serving the ball deep into the box. Clemson was doing a good job of switching the field of play from one side to another in the midfield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were switching the fields a lot and as they kept switching their forwards and midfielders were popping off into the midfield or coming onto the backline, interchanging,” Vigna said. “And that’s extremely difficult to defend because … you don’t know if they’re gonna serve, if they’re gonna play it short. It’s extremely difficult.”With the Orange defense struggling to prevent the Tigers from serving balls in, the onus was put on Brosnan to help bail out the defense. She did just that, racking up seven saves in the first half, the most she’s had in any half this season.Along with the acrobatic split she had on the first Tiger shot of the game, she had a few saves where she had to jump as high as she could just to punch out balls that were nearing the top post.Things changed in the second half. The Orange defenders started winning more of the long balls in the air and were preventing the Tigers from making those long runs that were so successful in the first half.Head coach Phil Wheddon said that in the first half, two of Clemson’s midfielders were running down into the attacking box, and SU’s midfielders were running with them to mark them. In the second half, he had his defenders mark those running attackers, and had his midfielders stay in place to challenge the service balls.“The forwards were denying a lot more serves so that obviously helped us out in the back,” Brosnan said. “In the back we were way more organized picking up marks so we were able to win more headers that way.”Brosnan didn’t have to make any saves in the second half.Still, Brosnan finished with 81 on the season. The next highest tally is 69 by Boston College goalkeeper Alexis Bryant.“I trust her with my life,” Vigna said about Brosnan.Although Wheddon admitted that it was tough to not send out the seniors with a win, he still saw a lot of positives in SU’s performance against one of the best teams in the country.“I’m proud of them, I told that that a minute ago, I’m exceptionally proud of them,” Wheddon said about his defense. “They didn’t back down as other teams have done against Clemson. We were in this all the way to the 90th minute.” Commentslast_img read more