Day grabs 18 rebounds, scores 15 points in Orange home win

first_imgBriana Day didn’t have to score to make a difference. She didn’t even have to touch the ball. All she had to do was rotate on defense, lift her hands upward and restrict the shooting angle for Pittsburgh’s forwards.But Day did more than just stifle the Panthers on the defensive end. She was Syracuse’s most efficient player and helped pull the Orange to victory with 15 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks and three steals.“If you put that stat line out there and she had zero points, you’d be happy with that three (steals) and five (blocks),” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She did a tremendous job, you have to give her a lot of credit.”In No. 25 Syracuse’s (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast) 68-54 win over the Panthers (18-9, 8-6)  on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Day did a bit of everything. The win put Syracuse at 20 wins overall and 10 in the ACC, two marks that Hillsman highlighted as necessary to feel comfortable about postseason hopes.With two minutes left in the first half, SU assistant coach Sasha Palmer waved Day over to her while guard Alexis Peterson shot free throws. Palmer lifted her right arm out to her side and up in the air demonstrating how to defend Pitt’s forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe players Day was defending were bigger than her and she said she struggles defensively when bigger players back her down in the post. Day said Palmer told her to get in front of Pittsburgh’s players to minimize their advantage.“I’m just as big as they are in my heart,” Day said. “You have to think like that, honestly. It’s a mental thing, like if you say ‘Oh, I know they’re bigger than me,’ you’re going to play like you’re smaller.”Day’s defensive contributions were only part of her dominance. In the second half, she was contributing all over the court.When Isabella Slim airballed a 3-pointer with 16 minutes left, the ball bounced on the court and flew out of bounds. But it was Day who sprinted to the corner, jumped in the air and saved it by passing to Peterson. By the time her momentum stopped, she was well past Syracuse’s bench and farther away from the court than some fans.She then perfectly executed a pick-and-roll with Peterson to give SU a 54-50 lead. Two possessions later, she stole the ball from Aysia Bugg. Ten seconds after that, Day snagged an offensive rebound.“She keeps the ball alive, gives them second chances with rebounding,” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “She changes players’ shots defensively with her length. “They don’t really come with a double team when she’s on the floor. She’s a difference-maker for them at both ends.”Day played nearly the entire game for SU because she committed only three fouls — tied for a conference-play low. And as a result, Day used her athleticism and time on the court to produce.McConnell-Serio said Day has come a long way since last year and is continuing to piece together a stellar season. But Day has stayed humble throughout the entire season and just like her play, it continued after another big game on Sunday.“I don’t think I’m playing my best, but I think I’m playing pretty well,” Day said. “Just playing hard and doing what I can to help my team.” Comments Published on February 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Williams ‘excited’ after making return

first_imgSerena Williams was “excited to be back” after completing her first match since giving birth fourth months ago.The exhibition match in Abu Dhabi against Jelena Ostapenko was the American’s first match for 11 months.Williams struggled with her movement at first but played some fine shots in a 6-2 3-6 (10-5) defeat.Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is “very likely” to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on 15 January.Ranked 22nd in the world, Williams would not need a wildcard to play in the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season.”I’m excited. It’s good to be back on court, this is such a good time for me,” Williams, 36, told Eurosport. “Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little worried out there – I looked at my camp and asked, ‘Is Olympia OK?”Williams, who gave birth to her daughter in September, had not played since winning her 23rd major singles title at last year’s Australian Open.She initially struggled to get enough power behind her serve and missed several straightforward shots as French Open champion Ostapenko claimed the first set.The Latvian pushed her opponent wide, with Williams’ movement looking sluggish at first.However, she found more timing as the match progressed, increasing the speed on her serve and moving well inside the court. A fine lob over Ostapenko was the highlight of the second set but the Latvian, who stunned Simona Halep at Roland Garros in April, overpowered her in the tie-break.last_img read more

Ansu Dulleh Pulls Out of LFA VPO Election

first_img“Mr. Bility has asked me with respect and dignity to step aside for Mr. Sekou Konneh to go unopposed,” Ansu Dulleh. Barrack Young Controllers president Sekou Konneh will go unopposed for the vacant vice president for operation post during the 22nd extraordinary congress of the Liberia Football Association due to the withdrawal of Director of Competition, Ansu Dulleh.Dulleh yesterday announced his withdrawal with less than three days to the congress scheduled to be held at the PA’s Rib House in Lakpazee this weekend. The constituted LFA Elections Committee recently qualified the two candidates to contest for the vacant post.The vacant post was created due to the resignation of LFA’s former VPO Cassell Anthony Kuoh, who is currently behind bars in the United States.According to Dulleh, his withdrawal was done in the best interest of the development of the game. He said he expressed interest after he was told that no club president was contesting.“I was overwhelmed by the many calls from club presidents who continue to encourage me to contest for the post since no club president was vying for the post at the time,” he said.“I’ve always said that I will give the opportunity to any club president who wants to contest for the position.”Dulleh said he reconsidered his decision after a series of meetings with the LFA president and his supporting club presidents.Following talks with Konneh, Dulleh said he had no option but to withdraw to give him a chance to form part of the administration.“We all agree that Liberian football is facing difficult time and needs new ideas so we as club presidents need to take a decision for the betterment of a league and our teams.”Konneh earlier this week announced his ambition to contest for the vacant post highlighting the introduction of new ideas to contribute to the growth of football in the Liberia after his ambition was endorsed by some club presidents.“I am bringing new creative ideas involving stakeholders to see themselves as the FA by participating or contributing to key decisions that affect them. The clubs are the ones that are affected by good or bad decisions taken by the LFA and we must take the lead to bring about development in Liberian football,” he told a local daily.In another development, the LFA has disclosed that 39 clubs and affiliates have been qualified for the LFA bye-elections this weekend.According to a release, three teams from the ongoing LFA 3rd Division Playoffs will be admitted at the Congress and will be allowed to participate in the voting process.List of clubs and affiliates:Member ClubsMonrovia Club Breweries FCBYC IBYC IINimba United F CFC FassellLISCR FCGardnersville FCKeitrace FCJubilee FCInvincible ElevenMighty BarrolleLPRC Oilers FCELWA UnitedNPA Anchors FCSmall Town FCNimba FCTony FCJai FCNimba Kwado FCBea Mountain FCWatanga FC Professional SistersSenior ProfessionalEarth AngelsBlanco FCDetermine GirlsNaskid FCWorld GirlsIsland QueensAffiliatesLONABAASALVARSITYLIFICOABEACH SOCCERACADEMICALLIFFRAShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Women’s Footballlast_img read more


first_imgAre Leaders born or made?This is just one of the questions to be posed at the event “In Conversation with Sir Gerry Robinson” that is taking place takes place on 18th September in the Radisson Blu Hotel at 7pm.Gerry Robinson is a native of Donegal and lives in Raphoe but he has spent the majority of his career working in the UK, turning round major organisations. While he is well known here for his beautiful gardens at Oakfield Park he has gained public recognition for his TV programmes that saw him working with small businesses, encouraging families to work on their inheritance issues and he even tried to sort out the NHS. It is this wide ranging experience that sets him apart, that gives him the breadth of knowledge across very different sectors.John Watson from Letterkenny Chamber says “I watched a talk he did previously and even in the few minutes I picked up tips that I could apply immediately. He seems to apply just the right amount of common sense at the right time and is an inspirational and motivational leader.“I believe this event will inspire all those who attend whether they are managers, business owners or employees. Gerry seems to use down to earth language and is a great communicator. We have been trying for a while to persuade Gerry to speak for us so we are very much looking forward to this event. ”Gerry will be interviewed by Donegal native Katriona McFadden. Katriona hails from Milford, Since graduating in Journalism she immediately started work as a reporter with the current-affairs show Five Seven Live on RTÉ Radio One and has since worked in a variety of jobs in RTÉ including as a reporter on The Tubridy Show, The Business with John Murray, Drivetime Sport with Des Cahill and Drivetime with Mary Wilson. She has made several RTÉ radio documentaries including The East Link (about EU accession) and Five Days in Tallinn.In 2006 she co-presented an RTE1 television series, Community Challenge and has worked as a contributor for RTE1’s The Afternoon Show.She is currently working as a features reporter on Mooney and Mooney Goes Wild with Derek Mooney on RTÉ Radio One. This year she was lucky enough to get to go to Azerbaijan to cover the Eurovision Song Contest!Katriona will be asking Gerry questions on themes chosen by those attending making it an interactive and engaging event covering everything from his own personal experience to management of large organisations.This is a rare opportunity to hear from Gerry Robinson. The event costs just €20 per person. It is booking up fast so to avoid disappointment get in contact as soon as possible with Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email toni@letterkennychamber.comSIR GERRY GETTING READY FOR A GOOD OLD GRILLING was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Chambersir gerry robinsonlast_img read more