Women’s basketball blows out Hawaii in opener

first_imgOn Friday night, the women’s basketball team opened up the 2016-2017 season with an impressive 76-44 win over Hawaii.The Trojans played efficiently in all aspects of the game recording, 12 steals and shooting 50 percent from the field.“I thought it was a good chance for us to get a lot of people playing,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We’ve had a few players out with injury (Sadie Edwards and Valerie Higgins) and we wanted to get them some minutes on the court.”In total, Cooper-Dyke played a whopping 13 players (the bench scored nearly half of the team’s points), including four freshmen in the season debut. The first-year players in particular were given an opportunity to shine and they did not disappoint. Guard Minyon Moore scored 8 points and forward Ja-Tavia Tapley recorded 10 points and five rebounds.“Our freshmen are very talented and it was great to see them gain some confidence,” said Cooper-Dyke. “With every minute that they were on the court they gained a little bit of confidence.”In particular, Cooper-Dyke was complimentary of Tapley’s game.“Ja-Tavia is fantastic because she plays both the 3 and the 4 (positions), and by the time she’s out of here she’ll be playing the 2 and 3 (positions),” Cooper-Dyke said. “That’s just how talented she is.”The Trojans got off to a fast start thanks to Kristen Simon’s pounding play on the inside. She scored eight first quarter points and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. After gaining a commanding 38-18 lead in the second quarter, the Rainbow Wahine went on a mini run clawing to within 13 points of the Trojans.However, Hawaii would never get that close again. Even when USC was struggling on offense, as it sometimes did in the second half, the defense picked up the slack forcing frequent turnovers late in the shot clock.“I was very pleased with our defensive pressure,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We want to continue to build in that area so that we can do the fun things like run in the fast break.”In addition to excellent play from Tapley and Simon, senior guard Jordan Adams played efficiently going 5-of-6 from the field with 11 points. Fellow senior and 3-point specialist Courtney Jaco nailed a 3-pointer from downtown for 9 points while also adding 5 assists, showing that her transition from shooting guard to primary ball handler has been a smooth one. Jaco had the highlight play of the game when she nailed a contested three at the buzzer to end the first quarter.“I think we are striving to be more consistent every day,” Junior Kristen Simon said. “I think this game we came in a little more focused, with a little more drive and a little more intensity. Hawaii was physical — we saw it on film and they were physical tonight. That kind of kept everyone motivated.”Next up, the Women of Troy continue non-conference play against UC Riverside on Wednesday at the Galen Center. After that matchup, the team will have to deal with an intense travel schedule as they head to Las Vegas and then Alaska for a tournament in Anchorage.last_img read more

Bayern Munich NOT chasing Schweinsteiger. ‘He’s not in our plans’ – Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has dismissed claims that he wants to bring Manchester United flop Bastian Schweinsteiger back to Bayern Munich.The German has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and he is on the hunt for a new club.Having previously come through the ranks at Bayern before moving to Manchester United last summer, it was rumoured that the German champions may re-sign Schweinsteiger.These reports gained momentum on Thursday after club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge blasted United over their treatment of the World Cup winner, and admitted, ‘that would never happen at Bayern’.But Ancelotti has now poured cold water on that speculation and rubbished talk of a move for the 32-year-old.“In football there is no if. [Signing] Schweinsteiger is not in our ideas,” said Ancelotti.“He was a fantastic player for Bayern, he was a fantastic player for football, but I think that it is not time for him to come back to Munich.” 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger made just 13 starts for the Red Devils last season last_img read more

‘DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’

first_imgANGRY villagers are pleading with their curate to stay in the parish after he quit on Sunday.Father Bill McGeady, 74, stepped down after a campaign of intimidation by just four people from the parish.He even says he was physically assaulted on one occasion. But the rest of the parish of Glencolmcille – and many from further afield – are hoping he will change his mind.The following is a letter sent to us tonight:Dear Father McGeady,Since your arrival with us in the autumn of 2010, you have brought a breath of fresh air to the parish. We look forward to your Masses on Sunday. Simple and beautiful.It was great to see so many of our younger people attending again and that Father McGeady was down to you.We all know rightly what happened. And we also know why it happened. Some people just cannot let go.You rightly ran things your way and we, the people of Glen, were right behind you.You are a great priest and we have been Blessed to have had you. We want you to know that 99.9% of people support you. There is no question about that. We have all tried to call you at the parochial house today and you were unable to answer.We sincerely hope that you see this because we want you to know the true feelings of the people of this area.We hope you will change your mind, because Glen without you will be a darker place.God Bless You. On Behalf of the People of Glencolmcille ‘DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’ was last modified: February 5th, 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:’DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’last_img read more