Syracuse prepares to face No. 13 Duke almost a year after falling to Blue Devils by 33

first_img Published on January 8, 2015 at 1:41 am Contact Josh: [email protected] Almost a year ago to the day, Syracuse fell to Duke by 33 points inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange shot 27.9 percent from the field that day, and scored just 19 second-half points.“We’ve got to find a way when we play great teams to come out hard, to be competitive, and to win,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the Jan. 9, 2014 game. “ … You won’t see a product like this on the floor again from a Syracuse women’s basketball team, ever.”Having proved in the past year it can compete with top-tier opponents, the No. 21 Orange (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) now gets a chance for revenge when it battles the No. 13 Blue Devils (10-4, 1-0) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.When reached by phone after the team’s practice in Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday, Hillsman pointed to two second-half runs in the game against Duke last year that the Orange couldn’t answer. SU junior Brianna Butler pointed to the Blue Devils’ athleticism in the paint, where the Orange was outscored 56-20.But against Duke last year, Alexis Peterson, now SU’s starting point guard and leading scorer, played just five minutes. Do-it-all guard Cornelia Fondren played nine. Diamond Henderson, Syracuse’s third-leading scorer, was on the roster of Tennessee Tech.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve come a very long way since that game,” Fondren said.Just 21 days after the abysmal loss, the Orange upset then-No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 on the road — what Hillsman called the biggest victory in program history — and eventually reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.Earlier this season, the Orange held a 10-point lead against No. 1 South Carolina with 6:43 to go in regulation, but eventually lost by four to the Gamecocks. At the Florida Sunshine Classic in Winter Park, Florida on Dec. 19, the Orange fell to then-No. 9 Baylor by two points.On Sunday, SU held a first-half lead but fell by 11 points to No. 4 Notre Dame, a team it lost to by 37 last year.“It’s bittersweet,” Henderson said on Dec. 21 after SU fell, 89-76, to then-No. 18 Michigan State in its second game of the Florida Sunshine Classic.But Hillsman and the team recognize their continuing ascent into national contention.“It’s about our athleticism,” Hillsman said on Sunday. “We’re a little bigger. We’re more athletic at some spots … We’re a little quicker.“I thought our kids competed at a high level. So you do take that as a positive. But obviously the biggest positive (would be) winning these basketball games.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Inside the Dodgers: How and why they made today’s trade

first_imgEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More on the DodgersDownhill from here – The Dodgers play a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. Hello, 105 wins?The winner of the Montgomery Burns sack race is – Until yesterday, Clayton Kershaw hadn’t won his own charity Ping Pong tournament.Older and wiser – Corey Seager has been working “a lot smarter” in 2019, even if his post-surgery results aren’t up to his lofty standard. A marathon, not a sprint – Gavin Lux’s transformation into an elite hitting prospect took root two years ago.Gettin’ jiggy with it – Will Smith tweaked his swing to unlock his full potential as a hitter. There were two healthy catchers on the Oklahoma City roster last week: Austin Barnes and Keibert Ruiz. Since Saturday, when Ruiz’s pinky was struck by a pitch and fractured, Barnes has been the everyday backstop. Ruiz is likely out for the remainder of this season. The 21-year-old is a consensus top-50 prospect who had an outside shot at joining the major league team in September, when rosters expand to 40. Losing Ruiz is more of a blow to the positional depth at Triple-A than the majors. But if you were looking forward to getting a glimpse of him in Los Angeles next month, his injury qualifies as a bummer.Since Ruiz got hurt, Barnes’ backup has been Ben Moore, a bullpen catcher who’s spent most of the season on the phantom injured list. Moore has played 10 games and hit … better than you or I could. If this were July, the Dodgers would have had veteran minor leaguers Rocky Gale and Josh Thole around for a call-up. Gale has since been traded to the Rays, Thole to the Angels. There is no other Gale or Thole in the system, only a group of not-quite-ready-for-Triple-A prospects (Connor Wong, Tre Todd, Hunter Fedducia, etc.). If the Dodgers wanted a catcher with Triple-A experience to back up Barnes – not a bad idea with knuckleballer J.D. Martin on staff – their only option was Moore. So they traded for Lobaton.These are the kinds of trades I think we can expect to see in August. They’re more likely to occur in response to an injury than in response to the performance of a 40-man roster player. At the time of the Tyler White and Kristopher Negron deals, I suggested that they were induced by the limits of a unified July 31 trade deadline. White and Negron are the type of players who historically get traded in August – out of minor league options, occupying the fringes of a 40-man roster – and so is Lobaton, if he were on a major league contract.Since Lobaton wasn’t on a major league contract, he was traded today. Expect to see him in a major league uniform only if Will Smith, Russell Martin, and/or Barnes gets hurt.-J.P. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Aug. 9 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Quick one today. The Dodgers made a trade, acquiring veteran catcher Jose Lobaton from the Mariners for cash. Several folks reached out on Twitter to ask how this was possible. After all, didn’t Major League Baseball eliminate the August waiver trade period this year?The answer is yes, but it came with an asterisk. Players can still be traded so long as they’re not on a 40-man roster. Lobaton signed a minor-league deal with Seattle in January and never spent a day in the majors. He didn’t have to clear waivers before the trade. There are no “August trade waivers” anymore, only the waivers that release a player from his major league contract.Lobaton had a .236/.305/.434 slash line with Triple-A Tacoma. The Dodgers assigned him to Oklahoma City. In parts of nine seasons with the Mets, Nationals, Rays and Padres, Lobaton slashed .215/.293/.319. The Dodgers’ desire for a backup catcher at Triple-A was driven by a couple factors.last_img read more

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