Women’s hoops notches W over Long Beach State

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first_imgJunior guard Minyon Moore (center) dribbles through opposing defenders at Galen Center. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)Behind 40 combined points from senior shooting guard Aliyah Mazyck and junior guard Minyon Moore Sunday at Walter Pyramid, the women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 after defeating Long Beach State 86-50.Mazyck scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond-the-arc. Mazyck finished the game with 26 minutes, 19 points and four rebounds. Moore was 4-of-4 from the field for 10 points in the first half, including 2 points from the free throw line. The junior guard finished with 21 points in 32 minutes, leading all scorers. She also added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals to her total. “[Minyon] has an elite skill, and that skill is playing hard,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “She gets after it, she rebounds defends, scores at a high rate … She’s an overall great player.”The Trojans had some solid performances off the bench. Redshirt sophomore forward Asiah Jones  did not wait long to get her college career started. Coming off her first career college game where she scored 4 points with five rebounds, Jones showed improvement by leading all non-starters in minutes, points and rebounds with 18, 9 and six, respectively. In addition, senior Cheyanne Wallace went 5-of-8 at the free throw line. Wallace finished with 5 points in 16 minutes.The Trojans began the game fast, scoring 8 straight points before giving up a 3-pointer to sophomore Naomi Hunt three minutes into the game. The Trojans finished the first quarter with a 23-8 run that extended to a 31-9 run four minutes into the second quarter. USC finished a dominant half shooting 60 percent from the field, taking a commanding 51-22 lead at halftime.“In the first half we focused … we’re executing our offense, we really focused on our defense. So the first half gets an A-plus,” Trakh said. “But we lost our focus, we lost our discipline in the third quarter. We started making mistakes on defense, and made some mistakes on offense … We need to be focused for 40 minutes not 20.”After a trip to the charity stripe by Wallace in the third quarter, the Women of Troy extended their lead to 37, the greatest margin of the night. USC dominated the post with 38 total points in the paint while out-rebounding the 49ers 50-24. Minyon and senior guard Mariya Moore combined for 16 boards on the night. The Trojans also scored 33 points off Long Beach State’s 24 turnovers, another testament to Trakh’s philosophy of taking advantage of turnovers.“[My philosophy first comes from] our defense, we do a good job of forcing turnovers,” Trakh said. “I expect that to continue, we have some kids who can defend and I expect that to continue.”With only two games under their belt, the Trojans have shown what they are capable of, having outscored opponents 159-105 so far.Freshman guard Justina King led Long Beach State with 12 points and five assists in 39 minutes of play. Junior guard Sydney Bordonaro led all bench players for the 49ers, scoring 12 points on two 3-pointers and four free throws in 15 minutes.The Trojans look to extend their undefeated record when they return to Galen Center for two home games. They will face UC Santa Barbara Thursday at 7 p.m., and Santa Clara University Sunday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

2 Syracuse players ejected in 5-1 loss to Colgate

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first_imgMadison Beishuizen chased the puck at center ice, but a Colgate player got to it first and skated toward the boards. Beishuizen charged at the Colgate skater and hit her from behind. The rink quietened as as the referees went to video review before ejecting the Syracuse forward from the game.On the ensuing penalty kill, Colgate kept play in SU’s defensive zone, and as Lauren Bellefontaine fought for a puck, she too launched a Colgate player into the boards. Bellefontaine was assessed a penalty for cross checking and sent to the box as the referees checked for a possible game misconduct. They confirmed a five-minute major and kicked Bellefontaine out of the game as well.Syracuse (0-7) was outclassed by Colgate (4-2-1) on Saturday, 5-1, at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The loss marked the worst start to a season in Syracuse program history, keeping it winless through seven games. The Orange had six total penalties as SU played down a player for long stretches of the game. It was a resounding win for Colgate that was overshadowed by two major penalties. In a span of 33 seconds, Syracuse was down two key forwards. Penalties have plagued SU all season, but it has never had two ejections in the same game this season.Defender Lindsay Eastwood was forced to log long shifts on the penalty kill on Saturday night. Eastwood was on the bench during the review of Beishuizen’s penalty and was soon sent on the ice with the penalty kill unit.“I mean obviously we’re hoping for the best and that they’re not getting the boot,” said Eastwood. “I think if that’s what they deserve, that’s what they deserve and we gotta be smarter than that.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe back-to-back major penalties highlighted Syracuse’s overall frustrations. Both plays endangered the opponents as they were sent headfirst into the board on blindside hits. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan agreed with the referees on both calls. “It’s a dirty play,” said Flanagan. “Every kid knows it, in the hockey world you learn that when you’re five or six, the boards don’t give.”Flanagan said he was left frustrated by his team’s lack of discipline. With four minor penalties and two major penalties, Syracuse had no chance of clawing their way back into the game. Colgate initially took the lead on the power play in the first period and then added another on the power play in the third. Flanagan admitted discipline has been a problem “for about a decade now.”“I mean we’re going to have to start benching players and having players sit in the stands,” Flanagan said. “We gotta hit them where it hurts. There’s nothing worse than having to sit in the stands. It’s the surest way to get that done.”Discipline is something the team has been working on ever since the program began playing 12 years ago. Too many penalties have left SU defending its goal down a player. Countless players have cycled through the program over the years, but one common denominator remains: Flanagan.“It circles back to discipline,” said Flanagan. “That’s why I say it starts with me.” Comments Published on October 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USO captures City League crown in first season

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first_imgby Malik VincentPurple, white and black are the colors that are on the home uniforms of USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama). Of course, their helmets are gold, but let’s cancel that for now.The NFL team that most resembles that is the Steelers arch rivals, the Baltimore Ravens—who won a Super Bowl in the year 2000. That team went down in history for having one of the best defenses ever.USO’s senior leader, Jaylen Coleman did the exact shuffle that the Ravens’ leader Ray Lewis does during his introduction to the crowd, just before kickoff.And his 10 tackles, to lead the team, also mimicked the future hall-of-famer in USO’s ninth shutout in 10 games to get past Allderdice, 14-0, en route to claiming a City League football crown in their first year of existence on Nov 19 at Cupples Stadium.“Nobody scores on our defense ever,” senior quarterback and free safety Dontae Forte said.Indeed, they have been the stingiest defense in the city all year as they haven’t given up a single point since Oct 8. Their last points surrendered to a league foe came against Brashear—who also handed them their only loss this campaign in the first game of the season.“We changed our entire offensive philosophy and decided that we were going to be dedicated to tightening things up on defense since that game,” first-year USO head coach Lou Berry said.Coleman came through for his Panthers in more ways than one, as he has all year. His 91 –yard touchdown run in the closing minutes put the game out of reach for the Dragons—who remained in the game until the final stanza.Allderdice (4-3, 5-7) couldn’t get much done on offense as their quarterback, Bishop Gethers, threw two critical fourth quarter interceptions. And their star running back, junior Patrick Ferguson, was held to 18 yards on 15 carries.“No doubt about it, this has been a good tight defensive matchup,” superintendent of schools Linda Lane said. “I really enjoy seeing them go at it. Also, the job that the three schools that have been involved in this USO team have done in unifying these youngsters has been phenomenal. I send my congrats to all of them.”Forte, who played quarterback all year for the Panthers was relieved by Akil Young in the second half under center, and he was moved to the slot. Young threw a 7-yard strike with about six minutes left in the game to sophomore Marcus Johnson. At that point, the scoreless tie was broken.The final Coleman score was set up by an interception inside of the USO 10-yard line by number 21, Shannen Binnion, who wore that number because his coach did in his playing days.“That moment has been a result of being coached by Coach Berry for the past four years,” Binion said. “He has been the reason that we’re here right now.”Despite all the credit received, Berry showed gratitude for his opportunity and referenced the “warm reception” he has received since taking over the program.“All I needed was the opportunity,” Berry said. “Every­one, despite the circumstances, has been extra supportive of me and these young men. I want to also thank these young men and everyone else for all of the great things that they’ve done. I’m so grateful.”USO will compete under the AAAA section of the PIAA State playoffs this year. They will play State College (7-4) at Mansion Stadium in Altoona on Nov 26 at noon. Also, Oliver (3-7) will represent the city in AA against Moniteau (11-0) the day before at Cupples Stadium. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on twitter @malikvincent.) TWO-WAY STAR—Jaylen Coleman of USO hits Gerald Hardrick of Allderdice causing him to fumble in the City League Championship game. Coleman also rushed for 180 yards including a 91 yard touchdown run to lead USO to a 14-0 win over Allderdice in the City League Championship game Nov. 19 at Heinz Field. (Courier Photos/William McBride) last_img read more