Women’s basketball: Badgers look to end winless streak at home against hungry Spartans

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is in desperate need of a win against Michigan State University at home Wednesday if they want to restore a shred of momentum in the Big Ten.The Badgers (5-14, 0-6 Big Ten) return to Madison on a six-game losing streak.Wisconsin’s most recent blunders came on the road last week at Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University, dropping early leads to fall 76-46 and 70-61, respectively. Despite the disappointment of losing their sixth straight game in conference, the impact of the nine-point loss to the Buckeyes was more promising than negative as the Badgers competed the entire game for the first time in the new year.Women’s basketball: Badgers hope to slow down one of the best in Big Ten at OSUThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will head to Columbus, Ohio Thursday to take on the No. 16 Ohio Read…The struggles for head coach Jonathan Tsipis and Wisconsin are a result of offensive inefficiency in the second half and an inexperienced roster that is still adjusting to a difficult Big Ten. Even with a stronger start at the beginning of the season, the Badgers average just around 14 points in the third quarter as of late and will need to address that concern quickly if they want to compete down the stretch against the Spartans Wednesday.As for MSU (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), they are also using their matchup with UW as an opportunity to regain traction in the Big Ten. Sitting just one game out of fourth in the conference, every road game counts and the Spartans need to stop the bleeding of their own in Madison as they have dropped three-in-a-row to Rutgers University, Northwestern University and Purdue University.Unlike Wisconsin, Michigan State has shown it has the ability to score big on any night of the week, but needs to do so in order to get wins. The Spartans have not won in-conference without scoring at least 71 points and were able to put up 93 and 94 in victories against Nebraska University and Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their only loss in the Big Ten.Andrew Salewski/The Badger HeraldWomen’s basketball: Despite strong start, UW falls short to PSUEven with a strong first-quarter performance, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team put another loss on the schedule thanks Read…Unlike Wisconsin, Michigan State has shown it has the ability to score big on any night of the week, but needs to do so in order to get wins. The Spartans have not won in-conference without scoring at least 71 points and were able to put up 93 and 94 in victories against Nebraska University and Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their only loss in the Big Ten.On paper, the Spartans carry the advantage Wednesday as they rank second in the Big Ten in three-point FG percentage defense and fourth in three-point FG percentage on offense. Those rankings certainly don’t help when it’s taken into account that the Badgers offense relays almost solely on the deep shooting ability of their young squad.With the speed of Michigan State, Wisconsin will need to slow down the pace of play and hope to remain consistent on offense throughout the contest, making the Spartans play in the half court. No game is easy in the Big Ten on the road and the two squads are in for a slugfest at the Kohl Center.The game tips off at 7 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.last_img read more

Syracuse has no answer for Miami offense in 77-62 loss

first_imgAt some point in the third quarter, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman ditched his sport coat, leaving just an untucked white dress shirt with the top two buttons open.SU’s seven third quarter turnovers – and just four made baskets — warranted its coach’s frustration, and Hillsman saw a four-point deficit balloon to 11. A 10-3 Hurricanes run to open the second half foreshadowed more lopsided play to come.“They came out man-to-man, and we just didn’t come out and execute,” assistant coach Vonn Read told WAER postgame. “They capitalized on those turnovers.”In a game in which both teams played a fast-paced, pressing style, the one that created more open looks from 3 and protected the ball earned a clear edge. Throughout Sunday’s matchup against Miami (10-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) in Coral Gables, Syracuse (8-7, 2-2) was slow closing out on Hurricane shooters, and lead guard Kiara Lewis committed a season-high nine turnovers.The Orange couldn’t keep up with the red-hot Hurricanes, who shot 40% from behind the arc and 51.9% overall to hand SU a 77-62 loss. Miami’s 77 points is the most Syracuse has allowed in a non-overtime game since then-No. 3 Stanford scored 77 on Nov. 29.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami opened the game on a 10-2 run as Syracuse struggled to locate Hurricane shooters. Miami shot SU out of its zone with three quick triples, forcing the Orange to play man-to-man.In the second quarter, the Orange returned to their 2-3 zone, and Miami made them pay once again. The Hurricanes went 2-for-3 in the second period, including a Mykea Gray corner 3 with 10 seconds left in the half. Miami shot 60% from 3 in the first half to gain a 35-31 halftime advantage.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorSyracuse stayed competitive in the first half thanks to a boost from freshman guard Teisha Hyman, who came off the bench and hit her first five shots. Hyman, who suffered a medial meniscus tear over the summer that slowed her progression this season, scored a season-high 15 points.“She’s a special player,” Read said. “She can really get it going.”In the first half, Hyman scored in transition, off catch-and-shoots and on the offensive glass, but only recorded two points in the second half.Miami continued to drain 3s in the third quarter, hitting its first two attempts. The Hurricanes turned seven SU turnovers into nine points, and Hyman cooled off. SU had no answer for Gray and Kelsey Marshall, who combined for 41 points on 7-for-15 from deep.On one possession in the fourth quarter, quick passing around the perimeter produced a wide-open 3 in the corner that Gabrielle Cooper was late to challenge. The shot missed, but an offensive rebound produced another open 3 and later a putback lay-in.Out of a timeout later in the fourth, Miami’s Marshall finished a layup, then Gray stole SU’s inbound pass and converted another. The sequence gave Miami a 70-51 lead, their largest of the afternoon.Seventeen of Syracuse’s 20 turnovers came from playmakers Lewis and Emily Engstler.Miami’s press baited SU into errant passes, and the Orange allowed fast-break layups. A Miami hail-mary inbound pass to Endia Banks gave the Hurricanes an easy two, and a putback lay-in off a press break on the next possession kept the Orange at bay.Syracuse aims to make 10 3s per game, or at least make more than its opponent Hillsman said on Dec. 4. On Sunday, the Orange did neither.Before the loss to Miami, Syracuse won back-to-back overtime games at home. They return to the Carrier Dome on Jan. 16 for a matchup with Georgia Tech. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more