Drexel meets UNCW in CAA tourney

first_imgDrexel meets UNCW in CAA tourney Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed UNC Wilmington (10-21, 5-13) vs. No. 8 seed Drexel (13-18, 6-12)Colonial Conference Tourney First Round, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UNC Wilmington is set to meet Drexel in the opening round of the CAA tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 27, when the Seahawks outshot Drexel from the field 52.7 percent to 45.8 percent and hit 10 more free throws en route to a 76-65 victory. Associated Press March 5, 2020center_img LEADING THE WAY: Jaylen Sims and Mike Okauru have led the Seahawks. Sims is averaging 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while Okauru is putting up 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Dragons have been led by James Butler and Camren Wynter. Butler has averaged 13.4 points and 11.6 rebounds while Wynter has put up 16.1 points and 5.3 assists per game.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Wynter has either made or assisted on 47 percent of all Drexel field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 34 field goals and 29 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: UNC Wilmington is 0-16 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 10-5 when scoring at least 65.ASSIST RATIOS: The Dragons have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Seahawks. Drexel has an assist on 45 of 79 field goals (57 percent) over its past three contests while UNC Wilmington has assists on 37 of 82 field goals (45.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Drexel is rated second among CAA teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 30.8 percent. The Dragons have averaged 10.5 offensive boards per game, but that figure has slipped to 9.4 over their seven-game losing streak. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Syracuse solving struggles at plate ahead of Big East crunch time

first_img Published on April 17, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse It was as if weeks of offensive struggle had become too much to bear.After going down 5-0 in the first inning against Georgetown on Sunday, the Syracuse offense adjusted its focus and mounted a comeback that could propel it into the latter half of its Big East schedule.Nine innings and nine unanswered runs later, the Orange defeated the Hoyas 9-5 on the heels of a surprising offensive outbreak.Syracuse (14-22, 2-7 Big East) will square off with Villanova (15-20, 2-9) in a doubleheader at Skytop Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the Orange’s pitching has struggled, its anemic offense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Heading into its next conference test, SU will need its offense to build on Sunday’s success and start a new chapter in what has been a disappointing season thus far.“It’s always easier when the offense is clicking,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “It’s easier to play with a lead and it helps the pitching staff get comfortable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has scored first in five of its nine conference games. But after striking first blood, the team’s bats have tended to shrink as games move on.But Sunday was different.After Lindsey Larkin yielded five runs to the Hoyas in the top of the first, the Orange seemed to be heading toward another defeat. Then, Corinne Ozanne pulled off a quick turnaround.“I really struggled on Saturday and I was pretty discouraged,” Ozanne said. “Sunday, they threw the same pitchers as Saturday. I just did my best to feel out the sequences and put the ball in play.”Ozanne went 0-for-5 combined in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, then followed it up with a performance of a lifetime. On a 2-2 fastball, she jumpstarted the Orange offense with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. In the next inning, she hit a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 5-3. After her sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh, her three-run homer in the ninth put the Orange ahead for good.Her final line: three hits, three home runs, seven RBIs.Along with Ozanne, Julie Wambold and Jasmine Watson each hit two home runs on the weekend, giving the Orange a jolt of power when it needed it the most.“We work a lot on our offensive game, and for us to pull through with eight long balls on the weekend is big,” Ozanne said. “That gives our pitching staff both a cushion and some confidence.”With the absence of sophomore Lindsay Taylor, SU’s pitching staff has struggled in Big East play. Syracuse has given up an average of nine runs in the team’s nine conference games, but the offense hasn’t been much better.The Orange is averaging a little more than three runs per game. With two games against Villanova on Wednesday and a home series with Seton Hall this weekend, it’s still not too late to mitigate the season’s struggles and right the ship.“We just need to hit the ball,” Ozanne said. “That’s going to be the key moving forward. To hit the ball and let the other team make the mistakes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Political factors to determine Victorian seats in Federal elections

first_imgUnlike the 2018 Victorian state election which was a silent but deadly enormous swing against the Liberals that almost no one really saw coming, this time around they will prepare themselves for any sizeable backlash. Last week Dr Nick Economou gave a good perspective on the broader issues that will take prominence during this campaign and I will now attempt to look at the individual contests across the seats in Victoria that are in play and the main political factors that will lead to the results in each.The Greens are throwing everything at Kooyong and have recruited high profile lefty lawyer Julian Burnside as their candidate. Independent Oliver Yates is also prefrencing against incumbent Josh Frydenberg. The treasurer is aided not only by his increased profile in recent months and hard work since 2009, when he was finally preselected after unsuccessfully challenging Petro Georgiou in 2007, but also by having a close relationship with the Liberal Party’s state director Simon Frost, meaning every last resource will be used to protect Kooyong, at the expense of other seats if things turn dire closer to election day.Katie Allen is still fresh from last year’s state election but still inexperienced to the ways of real hand to hand political combat. Unfortunately this is the wrong time for a vacancy to arise in Higgins where Allen will have all the pressure in the world to hold on to this Liberal jewel. Some sort of public display of support from Peter Costello should be planned as soon as possible to keep the doctor’s wives from flirting with the Greens or even Labor’s highly regarded candidate Fiona Mcleod. The western half of the state seat of Oakleigh has also moved further into Higgins which will create longer lasting dilemmas for the Liberals.Social conservative Michael Sukkar has led a consistent and innovative campaign operation in Deakin since 2013, has an extremely committed group of volunteers at his disposal and has been a constant campaigner on the ground. He will win but will be pushed to the absolute limit, possibly keeping him in limbo for days after election day. Every long term marginal MP is usually pushed to the limit once in their career and if can survive this result it will make him stronger in the long term.In Chisholm, Labor have endorsed a weak candidate but has been supported by a disastrous outgoing member in Julia Banks (see below). The Liberals gave Labor a free kick this week with some poor handling of rehashed comments made by Liberal candidate Gladys Liu. It will be the most disappointing result for the Liberals to lose Chisholm after only one term. A sizeable portion of this seat is new after last year’s boundary changes and has now become centred around the Monash Council area.Tony Smith has been a good local member and has been markedly supported by the nonpartisan branding that comes with being speaker. Unlike many of the others on this list, he has faced swings and boundary changes before which will prepare him well this time around. I expect a small swing to him in Casey.In the hills of La Trobe, Jason Wood has lost before in the Rudd landslide before making his comeback in 2010. He has used his professional history as a policeman to comment in mainstream media on law and order issues in recent years which has helped him build his profile within his community. Labor candidate Simon Curtis has served as a Councillor at the City of Casey. The 3.2 per cent buffer Wood enjoys should be enough for him to hold on in a seat where anti Labor CFA resentment still runs high.Former television journalist Henderson did much better than expected in Corangamite in 2016 yet will be more than lucky to hold on this time due to boundary changes. Labor’s Libby Coker is standing for the second time and should win the seat next month. She’s also served on the local surf coast council.Unfortunately for first termer Chris Crewther in Dunkley his seat is now notionally Labor after the aforementioned redistribution yet Chris is young enough to stand again should he miss out this time around. In effect Crewther is vying to win a tenth Liberal term in Dunkley which is a big ask in what has been a marginal seat for over 35 years.As much as I’d enjoy watching Labor lose Macnmara (formerly Melbourne Ports), this campaign unfortunately doesn’t suit the Liberals. The Liberal primary vote just won’t be strong enough and Greens preferences will help Labor hold the seat this time.Liberal Minister Greg Hunt is one of Victoria’s most popular local MP’s who will easily win the seat of Flinders again, taking in Hastings and the Mornington Peninsula. Liberal defector and Hunt challenger Julia Banks won’t take the loss well though. This seat may have been a contest if Hunt wasn’t such a dedicated local campaigner.Labor’s Clare O’Neil is one of its best front benchers, has a promising future and has done very well to introduce herself to the new parts of Hotham, coming in from Chisholm and Bruce, including the suburb of Oakleigh. O’Neil will face a strong challenge probably in two or three cycles into the future, with fertile areas around Wheelers Hill providing a base for the Liberals to mount future assaults but like Hunt will be another easy winner next month.Theo Zographos is a former Liberal Party candidate and strategist who currently serves on the Monash City Council. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more