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Syracuse centers struggle in loss to unranked Miami in Carrier Dome

first_imgBriana Day strutted toward the Syracuse bench after a timeout with her eyes peered into an almost-empty Carrier Dome crowd. The center’s teammates gathered to talk strategy, but Day wandered for a moment near the end of the SU bench. Somewhere she was searching for an answer.It never came.On Thursday night at the Carrier Dome, Miami (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) feasted for 44 points in the paint — many against Day directly — and cruised to an 85-71 victory over No. 23 Syracuse (17-8, 7-5). Though SU’s centers shot 50 percent from the field and missed just one free throw, they combined for seven turnovers and five fouls.“There’s no way you can win a game giving up 44 points in the paint,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “That’s not a formula to win a basketball game.”Just 42 seconds into the game, Day had already committed two turnovers — the second of which was a three-second violation that Miami answered with a Suriya McGuire 3-pointer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEight minutes later, when Day looked into the stands after her second foul, SU trailed 17-12, and the center had four turnovers that led to five Hurricane points.“You gotta be kidding me,” Hillsman yelled in the general direction of Day, Taylor Ford and Brianna Butler, before calling for reserve center Bria Day to sub in for her sister.“I felt I was letting my team down,” Briana Day said after the game.But a minute later, Hurricanes forward Khaila Prather scored around Bria Day with a move that made the SU center’s headband fly off. Prather scored again a minute later with a strong move, giving Miami a 23-14 lead with nine minutes to go in the half.Six minutes later, Bria Day corralled rebounds on two Alexis Peterson misses on the same possession, but failed to make a layup put back attempt.On the ensuing possession, Butler fouled Miami guard Adrienne Motley, putting the Hurricanes guard on the free-throw line. But thinking possession had changed in SU’s favor, Day headed up-court to play offense.“Bria, come on!” Hillsman yelled.“My b,” the center responded, putting her head down and rushing to her position in the paint.Day was taken out moments later and replaced by SU’s third-string center, Amber Witherspoon. The Hurricanes took advantage of the freshman, scoring its final four points of the half with two easy layups from Erykah Davenport.Miami head coach Katie Meier said after the game that the Hurricanes ran a lineup with two post players for “maybe two minutes,” but spaced the floor with multiple four-guard lineups, allowing room for its centers inside. The coach also attributed its 49 percent field goal percentage on Briana Day being in foul trouble.Day made four free throws early in the second half to chip at UM’s lead but, once again, the miscues and mistakes outshined any positive plays from the SU centers.“We can’t have 16 turnovers and (Briana) has five of them,” Hillsman said. “That’s not acceptable. She has to do a better job.”As a sign of the night that was, Day missed Syracuse’s second free throw with 2:54 left in regulation, all but putting the game out of reach with the Orange trailing by nine.And with SU struggling mightily with its post defense, that’s as close as SU would come.“They were just walking in the paint and turning around and shooting layups,” Hillsman said. “It really wasn’t anything too tricky … We’re in the best conference in the country. If you give any post player in this conference that deep a catch, they’re going to make shots.” Comments Published on February 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Delayed School Reopening Upcountry Due to Logistical Problems?

first_imgWe do not know how many other counties have experienced delayed school re-openings due to various logistical problems. But our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor reported yesterday that school reopening across the county was delayed for two primary reasons: first, the absence or delayed arrival of anti-Ebola supplies, such as chlorinated hand washing buckets and temperature taking devices.  The second was the delayed disbursement of subsidies to public schools, which the Ministry of Education (MOE) has directed not to charge entrance, registration or any other fees whatsoever.  The MOE’s reason was a good one—to minimize the hardship on parents, most of whom have suffered substantial economic and financial setbacks due to the Ebola epidemic. In order to save public schools from financial shortfalls since they had been ordered not to accept registration or other fees, MOE pledged subsidies to these schools.  Alas, in Nimba County at least, Menkor reported that the subsidies have not been forthcoming.Surely Nimba is not that far away.  Due to the deplorable road conditions and also the ongoing highway construction that necessitates many detours, it takes about five hours to reach Ganta from Monrovia.  That is not that far; so what is the reason that MOE could not get the subsidies and Ebola-fighting materials to Nimba schools in time? It was in early January that the Ministry announced the reopening of schools by late January and then early   February.  Surely, before making that pronouncement,   MOE should already have made sure to line up its promised subsidies, its anti-Ebola supplies, books and all other necessities for distribution throughout the country in time for school reopening.  This was the minimum the Ministry could have done to take itself seriously in order to meet its own target date. It is a sad commentary on educational administration, most especially at the governmental level, for MOE to not be in compliance with its own deadlines.  And if these deadlines are not met for schools as near as Nimba, how much more the schools in much further distances, such as Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe,  River Cess and Lofa counties?But this is nothing new.  We recall that a few years ago it took months for textbooks to reach the schools in River Gee County. Liberian administrators have to take themselves far more seriously.  They must realize that Liberia is a small country—only 43,000 square miles, with a population of hardly 4,000,000.  So why does Liberia seem so hard to manage?  Why did it take months, well into second semester, before River Gee students could get their textbooks?How long did it take further distances—Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe, River Cess, Lofa Counties—to receive their text books, if at all?  In this post-Ebola season, how long will it take for all these distant places to receive their subsidies and supplies?Surely MOE should give credit to the progress in the banking sector, which has made it possible for every county to boast of at least one bank.  That is progress which should make it easier for the MOE—or anyone else—to move money around.  So what is the reason for the late arrival of subsidies, especially in a centrally located and progressive city like Ganta,   where there are at least FIVE banks?  MOE leads us to ask the totally unnecessary question, What is the purpose of progress, if our very government fails to recognize the progress that its own regulatory institutions, such as the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), are making sure to establish around the country?   All MOE needed to do was to instruct the Ministry of Finance to channel the subsidies  through any of these banks—or MOE could have made sure that Finance remitted the money directly to MOE, which could then transfer it to the various counties directly through the banking system.We hope Minister Etmonia Tarpeh and other MOE authorities do not think we are being needlessly critical.  All we are trying to do is to remind them that Liberia is a very small country.  Therefore, apart from the reason of the lack of budgetary allocation, it should not take that much time and effort to get things done efficiently and expeditiously. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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