Syracuse blows out Towson, 98-55, behind 2nd-chance domination

first_imgTiana Mangakahia put on a grim face and took a breath before she was inbounded the ball following a Towson 3-point make. It wasn’t out of defeat. After all, Syracuse led by three points with just under halfway to go in the first quarter. But it appeared something struck her, as if SU wasn’t supposed to be there, that close.“We didn’t schedule any morale-boosting games,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought it would be a little more of a dogfight.”No. 12 Syracuse (7-2) dominated Towson (3-4), 98-55, in a battle between two teams on the opposite ends of the country’s powers. In a game filled with offensive rebounds and second-chances, Syracuse dominated both categories and cruised to its first performance in a year that five players contributed double-digit scoring numbers.Prior to the season, Hillsman said that his team can go 29-0. No, he corrected, 35-0. Can’t forget the tournament. There would be challenges along the way: First, the Orange got a then-No. 3 ranked Oregon following a cross-country road trip just a few days after the season opener. Then, a three-game stint in the Cancun Challenge capped by a meeting with then-No. 16 DePaul. They’d sandwich that between two matchups with top-25 teams. And for the most part, Syracuse was up for whatever came its way: a two-point loss to the Ducks was followed by a five-game win streak before a loss to then-No. 20 Minnesota.But this wasn’t one of them. Towson ranks 253rd in Rating Percentage Index. Syracuse ranks 8th. SU forward Miranda Drummond said the Tigers were predictable, too. In the game before against the Golden Gophers, Syracuse was crushed inside. Many times, lost rebounds led to easy fouls and trips to the line, Hillsman said. But Drummond said that Towson played a similar way, and the Orange weren’t looking for a repeat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that the previous game we didn’t show the best effort,” Syracuse forward Digna Strautmane said. “It was a tough loss. We were not mentally ready.”Following the early-game back-and-forth, Syracuse gained full control. Though at times it seemed as if their shots wouldn’t fall, the opportunities were seemingly endless. On one possession late in the first quarter, SU racked up four offensive rebounds. Later in the game, Syracuse got a bucket following three-straight. When the rebounds fell the way of the Tigers — by the end of the game Syracuse led the rebounding battle by just one — turnovers provided SU added opportunities. The Orange forced 30, the most it has against any team this season.Much of the game was just going through the motions for the Orange. At the end of the first and third quarters, Syracuse found Gabrielle Cooper on the elbow for a 3-pointer. Both times, she drained it and walked forward as the seconds ticked off the clock, slapping the hand of her nearest teammate and slowly entering the SU huddle. At the end of the first half, Drummond was fouled on a 3-point attempt and was awarded three shots at the line. Dealing with lower back pain from earlier in the season, Drummond hasn’t participated in one-on-one drills in practice lately. “That was painful,” she laughed of the Towson defender landing on top of her. It hurts most when she lands on her stomach, she said, and that’s what she did. But when she stepped to the line, she drained all three.Roaring plays in the first half like a Cooper 3-pointer, plus the foul sent the SU bench into a frenzy as Cooper slapped three fingers to the back of her head. But the game settled down and the Orange offered a level of nonchalance. Strautmane smiled as a ball slipped from her hands on the Towson baseline. Even as Towson’s Janeen Camp tried to take advantage of the energy, screaming “and-1” after a foul under the hoop. She clanked the shot. Her ensuing free throw hardly grazed the side-rim.Towson had overthrows, mishandles and deflections. Many left players with discouraged looks. This time, defeat loomed, and the misfires put the game further out of reach. When Syracuse made a mistake, seemingly nothing changed.“We kind of settled down a little bit,” Hillsman said. As Syracuse continued its dominance, Mangakahia dropped a Towson defender with a behind-the-back move and fired a no-look pass underneath to Kiara Lewis who finished easily. The possession prior she drained a 3-pointer that rolled around every part of the rim before it fell, and she backpedaled casually into her defensive position.Hillsman bent low to the floor as Towson called a timeout. He clapped slow yet powerfully as he waddled into a scrum of SU players and offered low-fives. His team doesn’t have a shot at an undefeated record. They can’t go the season without their fair share of mistakes. But Sunday, the “balance” he’d preached all season was there, and the doubt wasn’t.“Getting offensive rebounds, quick rebounds and outlets help us push the ball and get quick open threes,” Mangakahia said. “It showed in the game how aggressive we were on the boards and how much we practiced that in the two days that we had.” Published on December 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Golf star Tiger Woods announces plans for a new memoir ‘Back’

first_imgLast Updated: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST Golf Star Tiger Woods Announces Plans For A New Memoir ‘Back’ Tiger Woods announces a new memoir named ‘Back’ in association with publishers Harper Collins. It will account his troubled past to his carrier achievements. 11 months ago Kapil Dev comes out as a golf champion in the AVT Champions Tour FOLLOW US First Published: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST LIVE TV 10 months ago Koepka leads big guns rolling in for PGA Tour’s Asian riches WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Comeback KingWoods won his last Major, the US Open, all the way back in 2008 when he beat Rocco Mediate for the title. Since then, he has been reportedly battling injuries. And just like that, the 11-time PGA player of the year fell from grace. In April 2019, he announced his comeback with a win in the 2019 Masters tournament, which was his fifth Masters win. It leaves him one shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record six Masters win, and three short of his record eighteen Major wins. His performance materialised when it mattered most and almost feels like a throwback to the 2000s. He now has three top-10s in his past four Majors. WE RECOMMENDcenter_img 10 months ago Donald Trump’s Ireland golf course expansion plan gets approval Written By Sujay Chakraborty Also read | (Not) Tokyo Olympics 2020? Venue-spreading In Store To Counter HeatIn the wake of this comeback, he has decided to work with publishers Harper Collins for the aforementioned memoir. The book will start with Woods’ childhood as a prodigy, encompassing his 81 PGA tour wins – the second-highest total in history and his 15 Masters victories. No confirmed release date has been announced as of now. The book is also supposed to visit his devastating injuries and personal troubles with infidelity and subsequent sex addiction in detail. This memoir is going to be the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full cooperation of his friends and family.Also read | Koepka Leads Big Guns Rolling In For PGA Tour’s Asian RichesWoods is returning to competitive golf on October 21 to be part of a skins game with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in Chiba, Japan. He’s also planning to play in the PGA Tour’s new event, the Zozo Championship, that starts October 24. Both of those events are at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. It will be Woods’ first time in Japan in 13 years.Also read | Eliud Kipchoge Nominated For IAAF Male Athlete Of The Year Award 11 months ago Golf: Anika Varma earns 5th spot in Hero Women’s India Open SUBSCRIBE TO US Tiger Woods has made an implausible comeback this year when he won his first Major in over a decade, back in April. Now, the 43-year-old golfer has announced he intends to tell his definitive story through a memoir titled ‘Back’.Also read | After Record World Medal Haul, Simone Biles A Face Of 2020 Olympics 10 months ago Deepika Padukone: All about her family and plans to start a new onelast_img read more