WBB : Orange fends off Xavier comeback attempts to win in Las Vegas

first_img Comments With three seconds remaining in the second half and Syracuse clinging to a three-point lead, Carmen Tyson-Thomas made another crucial play to preserve a victory.As Xavier looked to inbound the ball and get it up the court for one final desperation attempt, the SU guard deflected the inbounds pass right back to Musketeers’ guard Lynette Holmes. She was standing out of bounds, causing a turnover and sealing the win for SU.‘It’s a quality win,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘That’s what you need to do, you need to get quality wins and then move forward. For us, that was everything to come out of here and to play quality opponents and get quality wins and we got one down and hopefully we can get two more.’In a tight contest, Syracuse (8-3) bent but never broke, hanging on to defeat Xavier (3-6) 70-67 in the first of three games for SU at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas on Sunday. SU led by a slim margin for the entire second half, but Xavier made one final push late in the half to try and steal a win. That’s when Tyson-Thomas turned the Musketeers away.The Orange thwarted countless Xavier comeback attempts late in the game. In the final 10 minutes, Xavier cut SU’s lead to three points or fewer on five separate occasions. Each time the Orange responded with points of its own on the opposite end of the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd despite yet another poor shooting performance hitting on just 21-of-67 attempts (31.3 percent) from the field, the Orange was able to sustain its lead by limiting its mistakes.‘We took care of the ball,’ Hillsman said. ‘We had 13 turnovers and a couple of them were just offensive foul turnovers, so overall I think it was just about taking care of the ball.’Down the stretch the Orange scored eight of its final 10 points at the free-throw line to overcome its own shooting deficiencies. Even though Xavier shot 38.5 percent from the field, Syracuse scored 14 more points than the Musketeers did from the stripe.Hillsman said the number of attempts from the free-throw line could be attributed to the team’s efforts to get the ball inside. SU’s top three scorers got to the free-throw line six or more times.Center Kayla Alexander had 15 points, with seven of those coming from the free-throw line. Tyson-Thomas had a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, picking up her second double-double of the season, and forward Iasia Hemingway added 17 points and shot 7-of-10 from the line.‘We knew if we got the ball inside they would be out in the high post, they would double-team from the weak side,’ Hillsman said, ‘so our game plan was to go on the court and just to get the ball inside and be physical and aggressive at the rim.’[email protected]  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

There is room for improvement – Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah

first_imgIn the wake of Ghana’s victory of Guinea Bissau, Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah thought his team had done well to secure the win but certain elements of their performance did not please him. Ghana had drawn their first two games at this edition’s AFCON and their lack of a win had had the general public agitated and pessimistic about the team’s chances. Though a draw would have been enough to qualify a win would have been preferable.The Black Stars managed to get a win after a shaky first half where Guinea Bissau hit the crossbar and had a strong penalty appeal waved away. Kwesi Appiah expressed his disappointment with how the team started as he told the media and indirectly Ghanaians that “the first half I was not happy the same way you felt.” Appiah explained that he felt his instructions had not been followed as closely as they could have been as he added: “there was some sort of tactical indiscipline among the players.”The former Black Stars captain, however, was pleased by the turnaround after the break when Jordan Ayew opened the scoring after about 30 seconds of play as he revealed what he had said at the break.“I told them to wake up because normally we don’t play like that. I think that in the second half they showed a lot of urgency.”The Black Stars topped group F and have been drawn against Tunisia in the next round. The game will be played on July 8th at 7pm GMT.  Source: Susu Graham | citisportsonline.com | Ghanalast_img read more