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: | @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

Israeli leader Olmert gets conditional OK for West Bank plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush gave new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert more than he expected at the two leaders’ first Oval Office meeting Tuesday: qualified support for a plan – previously given a chilly reception – to unilaterally define Israel’s West Bank borders. At a time when the Palestinian leadership is bitterly divided and partly controlled by a group the United States considers terrorists, Bush acknowledged that the preferred course of negotiated borders might be impossible. For his part, Olmert promised to spare no effort to seek a settlement before acting unilaterally. Bush said Olmert presented bold ideas that could lead to the goal of an independent Palestinian state “if a pathway to progress on the road map is not opened in the period ahead.” He was referring to the U.S.-backed peace plan known as the road map. “Our preferred option, of course, is (for) there to be a negotiated settlement,” Bush said at a chummy news conference with Olmert. “On the other hand, as the prime minister said, … if he is unable to find a partner in peace, if nothing can go forward, he is willing to think about ways to advance the process forward.” The two leaders’ statements after their first White House meeting amounted to agreement that the United States won’t endorse the plan now but will not stand in Olmert’s way if the Palestinians prove unable to negotiate. Bush also urged Israel to reach out to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an alternative to dealing with the Palestinian Authority now led by the radical Islamic Hamas movement. Abbas was elected separately and remains in office, but the extent of his power is unclear. No one is certain whether a deal can be struck with Abbas or how meaningful such a deal would be if Hamas rejected it. U.S. officials had been cool to Olmert’s plan while so many questions remain about the scope, cost and consequences of what could be a $10 billion resettlement program. Palestinians, Arab neighbors and European allies widely oppose the plan as one-sided. But a senior Bush administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was describing private meetings, said Olmert convinced administration leaders in recent days that he is sincere about reaching out to Abbas as a first step. Bush also became convinced that Olmert’s plan could be compatible with the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state, even if the Palestinians had little hand in creating it, the official said. As if to illustrate that point, Bush invited Olmert for a lengthy unscheduled private meeting in the Bush family’s private quarters after their news conference. Separately on Tuesday, Bush gave his strongest assurance to date that the United States will not stand by if the rising anti-Semitic rhetoric from Iran turns more violent. “Israel is a close friend and ally of the United States. And in the event of any attack on Israel, the United States will come to Israel’s aid,” Bush said. Both Bush and Olmert said Iran must not be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal. “We determined that the Iranian regime must not obtain nuclear weapons,” Bush said. Earlier Tuesday, Olmert discussed concerns about Iran with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in a 35-minute meeting at the Pentagon. At the White House, he said it was not too late to stop Iran from getting the bomb. “This is a moment of truth,” Olmert said. Under his West Bank plan, Olmert could move on his own to remove many isolated Israeli settlements while defending major enclaves Israel intends to keep. A border would be drawn by 2010. “I believe, and Prime Minister Olmert agrees, that a negotiated final-status agreement best serves both the Israelis and the Palestinians and the cause of peace,” Bush said. Still, “the prime minister’s ideas could be an important step toward the peace we both support,” Bush said. Olmert said he would go forward with his plan “in the event that all other options may not be possible.”last_img read more