Women’s basketball sweeps road trip

first_imgAfter a month of home games, the USC women’s basketball team traveled to Colorado and Utah to gain two more Pac-12 wins. The teams’ record improved to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference.The Women of Troy did not lose the lead in either game. Their opponents, however, found ways to close the point deficits forcing the team to address and correct their game plan.“Road wins are always big,” said coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “Going to someone’s home court in a difficult game, when you’re not at your best [and] you still come out with a win, it makes it a bigger victory.”On Friday night, USC stormed through Colorado with an 81-61 victory. Freshman guard McKenzie Calvert and senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama shot the lights out of Coors Events Center by scoring 20 points each. Sophomore guard Brianna Barrett also contributed a generous 17 points and went on to be the only Trojan to score double digits at both games.USC wrangled in the Buffaloes during the first half. Though USC was shooting at 43 percent and Colorado at 42 percent, turnovers and a pair of three-point shots were the catalysts to success for the Trojans.Defensive stops and reliable offense gave the team the early lead within the first five minutes of the game. They then held the Buffs to over two scoreless minutes, giving the Trojans an opportunity to extend their lead.Freshman guard Courtney Jaco was the first to shoot from behind the arc. Less than four minutes later, sophomore guard Brianna Barrett dropped another three-pointer and the Women of Troy soared beyond the Buffs with a 40-27 lead by the end of the half.“We had intensity and the energy coming out of the game,” Vaioletama said. “There was a couple of times where we were on the run and got to the free-throw line.”In the second half, the Buffs returned with an offensive stampede and scored 20 points within the first eight minutes, while the Women of Troy added just 16 points.“We had to pick up our defense,” Barrett said. “We had a mini slow start but we picked up again with our energy.”USC frequented the free-throw line as the second half continued. Barrett made 10 out of 13 free throws, leading the Women of Troy to a crushing win over Colorado.Continuing the road trip, USC won a 46-43 game against Utah this past Sunday. The Women of Troy were unable to land a single three-point shot. However, free throws saved the team in the end as they scored 12 out of 16 points at the key. Barrett had the highest score for USC in the game with 13 points. Utah forward Taryn Wicijowski and guard Paige Crozon scored 14 points each.Both teams scored at a sluggish pace with USC shooting at 36.7 percent and Utah trailing in field goals at 31.8 percent. Halfway through the first quarter, the game was tied at 11 points. After a three-point play by junior forward Kaneisha Horn and a score from Barrett, the Trojans had a five-point lead. Sophomore guard Jordan Adams seized a bucket and sparked an argument from the Utah sideline that resulted in a technical foul for the Utes and with that, USC was up 26-17 at halftime.The Trojan experienced a rough second half when after scoring early, the team went scoreless for six minutes. Freshman forward Kristen Simon ended the drought with 9:30 left in regulation, but the Utes kept the game close.Cooper-Dyke said the Utes were very physical, making the game tough for the Trojans.“Utah did a very good job with getting us out of our game plan,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We had to call a lot of different offensive sets and a lot of different plays to stimulate some offense.”After securing a five-point lead, the Women of Troy then suffered another offensive drought and the Utes took advantage of the opportunity. With only 14.5 seconds left, Utah was down by 1. After Simon sealed the game with two free throws, Utah was not able to fill the gap and fell to the Trojans 46-43.As the result of a successful road trip, Calvert was named  Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Jan. 5.“It all came from my team and feeding off of them,” she said. “It was a blessing.”Looking forward, USC welcomes freshman transfer Sadie Edwards from UConn. Edwards played six games with the Huskies averaging 4.8 minutes per game. In high school, she was named Newark Star Ledger Prep Player of the Year.“She was a big part of two high school state championships,” Cooper-Dyke said. “She’ll be practicing and training with us immediately, and we can’t wait to have her.”last_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse basketball’s blowout win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (11-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) upended Boston College, 62-40, in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. The Eagles (7-9, 0-3) provided little resistance as the Orange coasted to its first conference win and avoided the first five-game losing streak in Jim Boeheim’s 40-year career.Here’s what we learned from the game.1. Syracuse is still committing too many turnoversWith just over eight minutes left in the first half, Tyler Lydon flashed to the left block and there wasn’t a Boston College defender anywhere near him. Malachi Richardson jumped up to throw a pass into Lydon, but it went away over the forward’s head and into the second row of seats behind the baseline.SU head coach Jim Boeheim jumped in the air and put his head in his hands. It was one of Richardson’s five turnovers in the game, which tied a season-high that he set in the Orange’s opener against Lehigh and matched against Connecticut on Nov. 26. It was also one of Syracuse’s 14 total turnovers, which was the second-most since the start of ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We can get out-rebounded and still win, but we have to shoot better and we can’t turn it over,” Boeheim said. “Not like we did tonight, unforced errors. We made two or three of those (turnovers) against North Carolina that were crucial. We don’t have enough margin to do that.”Turnovers were a big problem for the Orange early in the season, but that had subsided in the last month or so. But it’s now committed 27 in its last two games, even if BC scored just eight points off turnovers and didn’t do much to capitalize on SU’s mistakes.MORE COVERAGESyracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul trouble Published on January 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm 2. Tyler Lydon belongs on the wingWith Dajuan Coleman playing 26 minutes against Boston College — one less than the season-high 27 that he played last game against UNC — Lydon is able to play on the wing.That’s been a more natural spot for the lanky freshman this season, even if he’s had to fill in at center for long stretches as Coleman continues to knock off the rust of a 22-month absence. Lydon followed up a season-worst performance against the Tar Heels with seven points, five rebounds and a block on Wednesday.He was also better off the ball on defense, which was likely a product of him getting more reps on the wing of the zone. BC wasn’t able to work the same high-low game the Tar Heels used to slice up the Orange in the second half on Saturday, and the result was just 14 points in the paint for the Eagles.“It’s good because that’s his chance to get on the wing instead of playing the center spot,” Coleman said. “He gets his reps on the wing and gets used to that. We’re actually getting used to each other too. That’s good for both of us to be playing at the same time.” 3. Syracuse will get at least two conference wins this year, but there’s no guarantee after thatTwo things were very clear on Wednesday night: There is a 99-percent chance Syracuse beats Boston College when it visits Chestnut Hill on Feb. 14, and it looks bleak that the Eagles will win another game this season.The Orange out-rebounded BC 35-27, the visitors shot 6-of-26 from 3 and scored just eight points in the paint despite having 7-foot center Dennis Clifford. And Boston College’s deficiencies seemed to be the biggest factor in the SU win.Syracuse’s four 3s was the lowest total of the season and its 14 turnovers, as mentioned above, was the second-most its committed since the start of conference play. The Orange’s next three games are road tests at Wake Forest, No. 9 Duke (bound to move down in the rankings after a loss to Clemson on Wednesday) and No. 13 Virginia (bound to move up in the rankings after a win over Miami on Tuesday).The imperfect performance was more than enough to beat the Eagles, but Boeheim recognized that his team is far from where it needs to be moving forward.“Every game you play in this league is tough,” Boeheim said. “We’re not playing well enough right now to get accomplished what we want to get accomplished. Hopefully we can do that and get better, right now we’re not.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul troubleGallery: Syracuse smokes Boston College in 22-point winSyracuse community reacts to win over Boston College James McCann | Contributing Photographerlast_img read more