Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes combine for 53 points in Syracuse women’s basketball’s 81-48 upset over No. 14 Miami

first_img Published on January 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Miami’s Laura Cornelius thought she had an easy transition layup after an Alexis Peterson turnover. But she couldn’t see Brittney Sykes running down right behind her.As Cornelius went up for a layup, Sykes leapt and swatted the ball down toward her before it trickled out of bounds. She turned and stared at Cornelius.“I kinda give a little look, but I don’t want to get a (technical foul), so I just walk back and set up for our 2-3 out of bounds,” a laughing Sykes said after Syracuse’s 81-48 upset over No. 14 Miami on Sunday afternoon. “The little look,” Sykes added, “is almost like I have to double check, like, did you really try that … it’s like a quick glance and like, alright, you buggin.”Later in the first quarter, Peterson got called for a foul she and her coach Quentin Hillsman didn’t agree with. Hillsman turned around in frustration as Peterson looked unsatisfied by the explanation the referee was giving her.On the next possession, Peterson lined up for a 3-pointer, missed, but got the ball from Briana Day after an offensive rebound. Peterson pulled up and drained the next one. She jumped up and yelled, looking in the same direction of where the referee who had just called the foul on her was standing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) was frustrated after back-to-back road losses to Georgia Tech and No. 7 Florida State. Its senior backcourt of Sykes and Peterson — dubbed by Hillsman as the best backcourt in the country and branded as such by the team’s social media accounts — channeled that frustration into a masterful performance.SU’s two best players combined to score 53 — five more than Miami did as a team — ensuring its two-game slide would end. It also marks 16 straight home wins, extending back to last season. The third regular-season victory over a ranked opponent ties a program-best mark in the dominating 81-48 win over No. 14 Miami (14-5, 3-4) on Sunday afternoon.Sykes scored in a multitude of ways for the Orange. Her first basket was a layup following an offense rebound by Day. On the next possession she drilled a transition 3-pointer. Her first bucket of the second half was a turnaround jumper from the free-throw line. She also had three and-1s in the game. At times, she was the primary ball-handler.“She’s just special. She’s really, really special,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said. “We let her play to her scout in the first half. In the second half, she went against our scout and torched us, too.”Meier said she didn’t want to give up her full scouting report on Sykes, but she thought Sykes would get hesitant if she was forced to certain areas on the court. That never happened.On defense, Sykes wreaked havoc. On one possession, Sykes started off playing up top with Peterson and Cooper, pressuring the ball on a possession that started at midcourt. Miami broke the pressure and passed a ball deep into the corner, but Sykes had already recovered and managed to deflect the ball away. She finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.When the Hurricanes scored, they threw full-court pressure at Peterson as she brought the ball up court. First it was one defender, but Peterson normally broke that easily. Then it was two Miami players trying to trap her, but she split them, too.Jeff Anderson | Staff PhotographerMiami was often left to foul. On one play, Peterson split two defenders in the backcourt and got fouled by a third near midcourt. Hillsman yelled “all day” at Peterson. The next possession, the press was called off. In the second quarter alone, the Orange shot 11-of-14 from the free-throw line.“They did everything they could but Lex is just, she’s a good ball handler,” Hillsman said. “If you give her space, she’s going to make you pay.”In the second half, SU was even more dominant. Miami couldn’t shake any of the momentum that SU had. After back-to-back baskets for the Hurricanes —something that rarely happened in the second half — Sykes converted an and-1.On the next possession, Peterson spun out of pressuring defense, dribbled toward the free-throw line and passed a ball toward an open spot the baseline. Sykes swooped in on a backdoor cut and went up for the layup.Peterson, who finished the game with 24 points and seven assists, turned around and celebrated before Sykes even finished the play.The two got subbed out at separate points late in the fourth quarter. Each one of them got a standing ovation from the crowd. Together, they led SU to its best win of the season.“This was a must win and we said it was that,” Hillsman said. “We didn’t shy away from saying that this win could possible define our season. And hopefully it has defined it in a positive way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lionel Messi ready to leave Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his deal expires in 2021, according to reports from Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Messi is said to be angry with Barcelona’s front office about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun discussing renewing Messi’s last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but they no longer wish to advance the negotiation, according to the Cadena Ser report.The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the past year.In January, he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, whom Messi said had implied players had a hand in Valverde being sacked.In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Messi declared the team wasn’t good enough to win this season’s Champions League.Then in April Messi criticised Barca’s board of directors for implying players were not willing to accept a pay cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: ESPNlast_img read more

All tickets for the match BiH- Latvia sold out

first_imgOn 7 June, BiH will play a match against Latvia, which will be played in Riga, reports Dnevni Avaz.The interest for the match is very great and all tickets have been already sold out.Tourist agency has prepared two arrangements for fans, three day trip, with aeroplane, and six-day trip with a bus, and the tickets are included in the price.Aeroplane ticket costs 1295 BAM, while the bus ticket costs 375 BAM, with two over-night stays in Warsaw and Riga.The interest for the match started as soon as the tickets were released.BiH is the first ranked team in the group with Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Lichtenstein and Slovakialast_img

1285 new COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa over weekend, no new cases in our listening area

first_imgCerro Gordo266 Worth 31 1 Butler342 11 12 21321 14121 Wright21 Franklin11132 Hancock 321 DES MOINES — 1285 more cases of COVID-19 and 14 more deaths were reported in the state of Iowa over the weekend.The Iowa Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 757 new cases and five more deaths, while on Sunday the department reported 528 more cases and nine new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Iowa to 9169 with 184 deaths. 3325 cases have been confirmed as recovered.No new cases were reported in our immediate listening area, where there’s been a total of 41 cases in Cerro Gordo and the eight surrounding counties plus Kossuth County. The number of area cases fully recovered increased by two over the weekend and now stands at 25. Four patients in the area remain listed as hospitalized.center_img 1 21 1 Area Total01018112410254 Confirmed CasesChildAdult (18-40)Middle (40-60)Older (60-80)Elderly (81+)TotalDeathsRecoveredHospitalized 22 1 Kossuth11 Mitchell Floyd Winnebago11 92last_img read more