WBB : Orange offense to rely on veteran frontcourt

first_img Comments Erica Morrow has been playing basketball with Iasia Hemingway since she was about 11 years old.Hemingway, a senior forward, sat out Syracuse’s 2009-10 campaign after transferring from Georgia Tech. But last season, Morrow, now an SU graduate assistant, got the chance to play alongside one of the players she grew up with.She noticed several areas that Hemingway had improved upon, but more importantly, she noticed the opportunity for something great between the frontcourt partnership of Hemingway and starting center Kayla Alexander. ‘She’s always been tough to guard,’ Morrow said of Hemingway during Syracuse’s annual media day on Oct. 14. ‘Now she’s developing her jump shot and she’s developing that great midrange game, and it’s making it a lot tougher on teams, and it’s also making it easier on Kayla.‘Kayla is unstoppable down low, she’s definitely a force. The two of them together poses a lot of mismatches on other teams.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after the loss of its two starting guards in Tasha Harris and Morrow, Hemingway and Alexander will be asked to shoulder the brunt of the scoring load while the new roles on the court are figured out. The frontcourt duo has already proven capable in its first full season together in the starting lineup.Alexander, a Preseason All-Big East selection this season, was the team’s leading scorer a year ago, averaging 14.8 points per game. Hemingway was the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing 7.4 per game last year, while setting the tone as the team’s second-best scoring option.Although there is added pressure with the loss of two veteran players, Hemingway is confident in the players who will receive increased playing time. Although it may seem that she and Alexander are the team’s top threats following last season’s performance, nothing is concrete until the first game is played.‘I think when the season starts, it’s going to wear down on us,’ Hemingway said on media day, ‘and they’re going to be so worried about our shooting guards, they’re going to be like, ‘Oh, forget about Iasia and Kayla,’ because I feel like our outside shooting guards are really strong. We’re going to do what we have to do.’The pair’s two seasons working together in practice and one year together in games has instilled a level of confidence at the forward and center positions. They each have been able to take note of the other’s tendencies, such as where to locate a pass in Syracuse’s high-low offense.Hemingway provides SU with a scoring threat that often times leaves opposing defenses weary of double-teaming Alexander.‘Iasia is a godsend because if you have her on the court, you can always get her the ball,’ Alexander said on media day. ‘If she has the ball in her hands she’s going to score, or she’s going to be shooting free throws,’ Alexander said. ‘Having Iasia on the court makes life so much easier.’The importance of SU’s dynamic frontcourt presence showed itself during the team’s run in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament last season. Hemingway averaged a double-double in the three games before the Orange’s quarterfinal overtime loss to Toledo. In those games, Hemingway scored 19.3 points and pulled down 11.7 rebounds. Alexander scored 18 points per game while grabbing just under six rebounds per contest.But in the team’s elimination game, Morrow took over the scoring responsibilities. Hemingway was 0-of-6 shooting, adding only five points on free throws. Her frontcourt teammate, Alexander, scored 17 and added eight boards, but the Orange still fell by three points to the Rockets.One incomplete game in the frontcourt was all it took for Syracuse to be bounced.‘We’ve built a nice bond,’ Hemingway said during media day. ‘And hopefully we continue what we did at the end of the year, we continue it next year, and hopefully we do it a lot better. Honestly, I think we will do it a lot better.’adtredin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Senior Knight leads final charge into postseason

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldWinning back-to-back championships is an incredibly tough feat in any sport. It takes players with extraordinary skill and leadership to accomplish such a achievement.The Wisconsin women’s hockey team eagerly awaits that very challenge this postseason. The team will play just two more regular season series before seeking its second straight National Championship, which would mark an unprecedented five championships in seven seasons for the Badgers.If the Badgers hope to have success this postseason the team will look to lean on the leadership and play of senior forward Hilary Knight, who boasts incredible amounts of extremely valuable hockey experience at the collegiate and international level. Knight has been through it all during her career at Wisconsin, especially her freshman year when she was second on the team with 20 goals but endured the devastation of losing the NCAA championship game to Minnesota-Duluth.“I had that [loss] as a motivation coming in my sophomore year, knowing I need to work harder and bring more to the table than my freshman year,” Knight said. “I think looking back on my freshman year, it was a good learning experience, but I kind of feel like I let myself down.”Knight recalled the season as “exciting” but a “heartbreaker” at the same time. Nevertheless, she played a vital role in UW’s championship season the following year, leading the nation with 45 goals.“We were an unstoppable team that year and it was just a lot of fun playing with Angie Keseley (2005-09) and Erika Lawler (2005-09),” Knight said. “Those two really guided me through my collegiate career.”Knight played for the U.S. Senior National Team in high school and the annual Four Nations Cup, but she added to her international experience the following year by representing the U.S. in the Olympics. She took an entire year off from school to train and perform in the Olympics, assuring herself another two years of eligibility at Wisconsin.“It was a huge learning experience; definitely a lot of those girls took me under their wing and the Wisconsin combination [of players] over there definitely helped bring [my play] back to the collegiate level,” Knight said.“The Olympic year where she got to train and practice with the best players certainly elevated her game to a new height,” head coach Mark Johnson said.Johnson has seen vast growth and improvement in Knight’s game through the duration of her career.“She’ll be the first to tell you she’s gotten better,” Johnson said. “You got to give her credit. She’s been very dedicated to conditioning and off-ice training, working hard in practices. The nice thing for her is she’s gotten opportunities to play in the international level whether the Four Nations [Cup], the Olympics, those type of things.”Knight joked that returning to academics at Wisconsin was more difficult than returning to collegiate play from the Olympics. She certainly didn’t show any jetlag from her year away, leading the nation with 47 goals on her way to her second national title just one year ago.“Her preparation has been very, very strong for a long time and when she’s gotten opportunities she’s made the most of them,” Johnson said. “We’ve certainly enjoyed the four years she’s played at Wisconsin.”Knight now closes in on the end of her long career as a Badger, one marked with consistent dominance and development into a team leader. As the team captain, Knight will utilize her experiences to teach her younger teammates how to prepare for the high-pressure situations that come with the playoffs.“When it gets to playoff time, people try doing more than they’ve been doing all year,” Knight said. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can definitely take away from the steady play that we’ve been expecting from each player throughout the year. So [we] just make sure each of our players is calm and ready to go.”Even though Knight is the all-time leading goal scorer at Wisconsin and has national championships to call her own, the senior continues to eye the ultimate prize in college hockey with even more desire then her previous two.“I want to win a national championship, and I don’t think anyone in our room will tell you that they don’t,” Knight said. “As a senior, I think it’s even more memorable because it’s my last run at it and we definitely want to go out with a win in our last game because that’s important to us. Whatever we have to do, we’re going to do it in order to win.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, 2015: Friday, June 19, 2015•1:16 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicide threat of a known subject in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•10:05 a.m. Ramona J. Peak, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.•10:23 a.m. Officers investigated cruelty to animals (two offenses), no rabies shots(x 2), no Wellington dog licenses(x2), and tethering violation.•2:09 p.m. Officers investigated a non-injury accident at 8th and Poplar, involving vehicles operated by Charlene Lauver, 41, Wellington and Douglas E. Thomas, 19, Conway Springs.•2:20 p.m. Charlene Lauver, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with inattentive driving.•4:03 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 500 block of N. Plum.• 6:02 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 200 block of S. F. over a verbal dispute.•6:23 p.m.  Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000 block of E. 16th.•8:25 p.m. Brandon K. Gandy, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged seat belt violation.•10:52 p.m.  Officers investigated criminal trespass of a known suspect in the 600 block of N. C.Saturday, June 20, 2015•11:45 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a gun in the 400 block of E. Third.•1:14 p.m. Officers took report of a found wallet in the 2000 block of E. 16th. It was returned to owner.•4:40 p.m. Brett D. Harsh, 21, Copan, Okla. was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 67 mph in a posted 55 mph speed zone.•4:50 p.m. James M. Simpson, 62, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective brake light.•8:20 p.m. Officers investigated a child in need of care.• 9:31 p.m. Officers investigated a suicide threat.•11:17 p.m.  Officers investigated criminal damage to a ceramic figurine to property in the 600 block of N. Plum.Sunday, June 21, 2015•12:24 a.m. Officers investigated possession of depressant, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with law enforcement officer in the 1400 block of E. 16th.•1:12 a.m. Connor W. Smith, 26, Leawood, was arrested and confined charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement officer.  •2:45 a.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence and racing on highway in the 1300 block of E. 16th.• 3:15 a.m. Tyler P. Moran, 27, Wellington was arrested, confined and charged with driving under the influence and exhibition of speed. He has bonded.•11:35 a.m. Officers made an outside agency assist in the 300 block of E. Lincoln recovered stolen vehicle for the Wichita Police Department.•2:01 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 1100 block. of W. 8th.•5:30 p.m. Officers investigated a criminal threat in the 200 block of N. Plum by known suspect.•6:41 p.m.  Officers investigated a theft of gasoline n the 1400 block of E. 16th.  •7:15 p.m. Officers took report of found social security card in the 800 block of E 16th.last_img read more