Women’s hoops falls short in last-minute effort vs. Cal

first_imgFacing two tough Pac-12 teams this past weekend, the women’s basketball team had to battle both to the bitter end. Clashing with Stanford on Friday and then quickly turning around to face No. 21 Cal on Sunday, the Trojans ultimately fell to both in the last two minutes of play.Graduate student guard Jordan Adams recorded 10 rebounds in the Trojans’ match against the Cal Bears on Sunday. Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan“I thought it was a well-played offensive game,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “I am very happy with the effort of my team and very happy with Minyon’s effort tonight. We’re on the road right now, we’re 3 and 5 and we’ve got to figure out a way to get back to .500.”Taking on Cal is certainly no easy task, especially when Cal’s starting center, junior Kristine Anigwe, is widely considered to be one of the best players in the country. Averaging 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, Anigwe is strong on the boards and at the 3-point range. Even with an impressive game of 20 points, the Trojans’ strong defense was able to keep her to only 3 points in the second quarter and two rebounds in the first half before she would foul out in the fourth quarter.“We wanted to go inside,” Trakh explained. “I thought Kristen did a good job on her with the help Minyon went down and stole the ball a couple of times, but she is obviously a great player and that was big for us to stay in the game and getting her into foul trouble.”The Trojans’ defense has been strong throughout the season, but stood out in their games this weekend even with the losses. With 19 steals and 13 blocks total from the weekend, the team kept its opponents on their toes. More impressive though is the fact that four of the Trojan starters ­— guards sophomore Minyon Moore, senior Sadie Edwards and junior Aliyah Mazyck, with forward senior Kristen Simon — played 78-80 minutes of two 40-minute games and were still able to fight until the very end.“I think that since we don’t have a deep, deep bench, I think our starting five is doing a really good job,” Moore said. “And even though we are fatigued we are playing through it because we take it game by game and it’s not about yourself, we play for our team.”Trakh shared his opinion on the Trojans’ strengths.“We think we’re a defensive team,” Trakh said. “We wind up holding them to 62 points. I mean we really did a good job in the second half and they scored 27 points in the second half, so that is a pretty good defensive effort from us. We bring our defense all the time, bring it on the road, bring it home, but I think we’re doing a good job on the defensive end.”With both games coming down to the wire, it was Mazyck and Moore who would stood for the Trojans. Mazyck continued to prove herself a force to be reckoned with on the court, after getting down early in the first quarter against Stanford. She went on to make three 3-pointers in a row, changing the lead and the momentum of the game to allow her team back into the fight. Then, on Sunday, Moore led the charge against Cal with 19 points, three steals and two blocks.“Aliyah is having a great year and she is doing a great job for us so we’re really proud of the effort she is making, as I am of all the kids,” Trakh said.Overall, the weekend may not have ended the way USC wanted but in both games, the team fought hard throughout and never backed down.last_img read more

TD EXPRESSES ‘SHOCK’ AT BALLYSHANNON JOB LOSSES

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has expressed his shock at the closure of the Mace Shop in Ballyshannon with the loss of 30 jobs.Speaking after Donegal Daily revealed the closure Pearse Doherty said: “I am shocked and concerned to hear that the Mace shop in Ballyshannon, which employs 30 people in the town, appears to have closed. The news will come as a major blow to the community and to the local economy.“Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed an exodus of business from the town as various small and medium sized enterprises including a factory have ceased trading. “I am aware that the “Backing Ballyshannon”, a grassroots campaign, was founded in recent years by local people and has been working tirelessly to rejuvenate the area. This news will be absolutely devastating for them.“It is clear that additional supports must be given to the retail sector and to small and medium enterprises as a matter of priority in order to allow them to continue their business and provide employment in their communities.“Without an economic strategy from the Government which aims to stimulate and grow the economy, small businesses such as this one will continue to close and towns such as Ballyshannon will remain unemployment “Black Spots” despite the best efforts of their communities.“I am calling on the Minister of State for Small Businesses to immediately put together a strategy to support our retailers and small enterprises. One of the first things that could be done is to cease the practice of upward only rent reviews, which is crippling our retail sector nationally.”  TD EXPRESSES ‘SHOCK’ AT BALLYSHANNON JOB LOSSES was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:TD EXPRESSES ‘SHOCK’ AT BALLYSHANNON JOB LOSSESlast_img read more