Alexis Peterson adapts to what Syracuse needs in 60-39 win against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Cornelia Fondren threw a pass in transition toward Briana Day and Maggie Morrison, who were both charging toward the basket. But the ball flew in between them and out of bounds.Fondren clapped her hands together, brought them toward her face and grimaced. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman spun around, pointed to starting point guard Alexis Peterson and directed her to take out Fondren four minutes into the third quarter.The Orange had relied on Peterson scoring until that point, but as the game slogged on, she managed SU’s (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) offense and helped it ride out a 60-39 win over Virginia Tech (13-3, 1-2) on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.“She did a very good job running the show,” Hillsman said. “She had her offense when we needed her to have offense. She did a very good job of being solid.”Syracuse had its second-worst shooting performance of the season against the Hokies, but Peterson’s steady play helped the Orange get out to an 11-point halftime lead and maintain a double-digit cushion the rest of the way. She finished with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting, seven assists and two turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia Tech’s Vanessa Panousis carried the ball up the court with a minute left in the first quarter while Peterson stood along the opposite sideline in SU’s press. Panousis attempted a pass toward the middle, but Peterson crept toward it.She lifted her right hand up as both feet left the ground, elevating above the nearest Hokies player and snagging it out of the air. After shifting her body toward the offensive end, she laid in a basket with no one else in front of her.“She’s just a real smart point guard,” Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff said, “so she takes advantage of every situation.”Two and a half minutes into the second quarter, Peterson took a couple quick dribbles into the key and past her defender. As no VT players collapsed on her, Peterson’s high-arcing jumper swished through the basket.Four minutes later, Peterson hit a corner 3 as the Orange broke open the game for good on a 9-0 run and she had 12 of SU’s first 24 points.“She was unstoppable,” Day said.At halftime, no one else on Syracuse had made more than one field goal while Peterson had 12 points.Peterson shared the ball and set teammates up to score more recently. She leads the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 8.5 assists in the four previous games entering Sunday.Already with a comfortable lead, Hillsman called for more half-court sets in the last 20 minutes. Peterson would wait for the shot clock to wind down as she dribbled beyond the 3-point line. Her scoring slowed down, shooting 2-of-9 in the second half, but Syracuse forced total 29 turnovers and just had to milk the clock to secure the win.“If I let her go every possession, she would shoot the whole game,” Hillsman said.As Peterson’s misses began piling up with a minute left in the third, she bent over in frustration and clapped her hands above her shoelaces. The scoring dominance Peterson showed in the first half didn’t exist in the second.But Peterson didn’t have to score for the Orange to “shrink the game and get out of here,” Hillsman said. She played 35 minutes and was SU’s only player to play more than 29.Though the game shifted midway through, Peterson ran the show throughout.“She’s an intelligent point guard,” Hillsman said, “and I told her to just take care of the ball and we’ll be OK in the second half.”With the ball in Peterson’s hands, Syracuse was OK. Commentslast_img read more

HARPS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST GALWAY UTD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

first_imgMost Finn Harps fans would have taken two wins and two draws from their first four outings so far this season.But the reality was that Ollie Horgan’s side spluttered their way to a 1-1 draw against Galway United at Finn Park tonight.Harps were forced to come from behind after a stunning curling shot from Vinnie Flaherty in the 36th minute put the visitors in front. Harps tried throughout to carve out an equaliser with Ruairi Keating trying all sorts of trickery to get back on level terms.But for a team that scored no less than eight goals in their previous two games before tonight, they only managed a couple of very real chances.In fact, it wasn’t one of the starting team who equalised for Harps but sub Paul McVeigh.McVeigh, only on the pitch a few minutes found an opening in a busy Galway box to make it 1-1 in the 75th minute. Harps tried to turn the screw but they were missing the direct style of out and out striker Kevin McHugh.Harps will be happy to remain unbeaten but Ollie Horgan will perhaps not be best pleased with his side’s overall performance.Harps gave away cheap possession throughout and looked like a team short on ideas in the oppositions’ half. HARPS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST GALWAY UTD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN was last modified: March 29th, 2014 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:donegalfinn harpsFinn ParkGalway Utdlast_img read more

To the polls!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That’s why it’s so important for people to cast their votes today. Democracy only works so long as members of a society keep it going. Before you head out, check out www.lavote.net to find your polling place. Also note the summary of Daily News ballot endorsements below. DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS: Proposition 73: Parental notification for minors obtaining abortions: Yes Proposition 74: Teacher-tenure reform: Yes Proposition 75: Public-employee union dues: Yes Proposition 76: State budget stabilization: Yes Proposition 77: Revised political districts: Yes Proposition 78: Voluntary prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 79: Mandatory prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 80: Energy regulation: No LAUSD Measure Y: School bond: No 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Another November, another election. After weeks of abusive political television ads, mailers and radio diatribes, it’s tempting just to sit this “special election” out, particularly since you could get rained on. But folks who ignore this election will find that it could cost them in the end – in actual dollars. The school bond on the ballot, Measure Y, for instance, would increase property taxes by $27 per $100,000 of assessed value. For a $500,000 home – a bargain, these days – it would cost $135 extra per year. What could cause longer-lasting damage, however, are the state propositions. So many of them are about the fundamental way we do politics in California. The corrupt system has led to the increase of fees and taxes from every agency, making Californians among the most tax-burdened in the country. It’s time to jump-start the reform process, not keep arguing about the best way to do it. last_img read more