Butler’s inefficient season hits new low in 2-for-21 shooting performance

first_imgBrianna Butler had a chance to redeem the worst shooting night of her Syracuse career.She had shot 2-of-21. She had missed all 14 of her 3-points attempts. She had committed a team-high four turnovers and had two critical fouls to let North Carolina back into the game.But everything could have been made right when she stepped to the free-throw line with Syracuse up 59-56 and 14 seconds to play. Instead, the 83 percent free-throw shooter clanked both off the rim to give the Tar Heels a chance to tie the game.“Obviously Butler didn’t shoot the ball well,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Without Butler, Syracuse shot 36 percent. With her, that number dipped to 27 percent. Yet, the Orange’s strong defense and rebounding somehow made Butler’s shooting performance moot in No. 25 SU’s (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) 61-56 win over No. 13 North Carolina (18-5, 5-4) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I always have faith in her, regardless of if she’s not making shots or if she is,” guard Cornelia Fondren said. “I know she can knock down shots, tonight just wasn’t her night.”With nine minutes to play and Syracuse up by four, Butler — who was not made available for interviews — tried a step-back jumper from the top of the key and air balled it left of the rim. The next possession down she pulled up from 3 and clanked it off the side of the rim. As the game’s final seconds wore down with Syracuse clinging to a five-point lead, her jumper once again went out of bounds instead of in the basket.She played 37 minutes and shot whenever she was open, but nothing could get her going.“Everybody has off nights once in a while,” UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell said.For Butler though, the off nights have been nearly every night. She’s shooting just 27.7 percent from the field and a tad worse from behind the arc. Her numerous attempts — and subsequent misses — have forced many questions in Hillsman’s direction all season. In return, he’s always said he wants her to shoot more.On Thursday, when it was asked again, he told the reporter to answer his own question. When the reporter didn’t, he turned the microphone around and asked another reporter to answer the question for him.So while Butler has yet to break out of her season-long slump, Hillsman has yet to lose confidence in his starting small forward.“I think she passed up about five or six of them,” Hillsman said with a grin on his face as he prepared to leave the interview room. “She should have been 0-for-21.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

UW wrestling slides by No. 25 Hofstra

first_imgAfter finishing last in the Big Ten a year ago, the Wisconsin wrestling team started off its 2012-13 season with an 18-13 victory over the No. 25 Hofstra Pride.Wisconsin (1-0) suffered its first loss last year against Hofstra (0-2) by a score of 25-12, a loss that ignited a string of 11-straight dual losses for the Badgers.UW head coach Barry Davis said he was encouraged by his team’s success in its first match of the year.“Last year was a rough year for a lot of guys, but as a team, to get off with a win and moving forward, building momentum,” Davis said. “Obviously we’ve got some things to work on; some young guys in the lineup right now, but definitely a good start overall.”Wisconsin took the final three matches of the afternoon after dropping its first two matches to find itself in a 0-7 hole. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Iczkowski and redshirt junior Jackson Hein won their respective matches to give Wisconsin the first lead of the day heading into the meet’s final contest.With the score at 15-13, redshirt senior Cole Tobin was asked to step in at the heavyweight position for No. 16 redshirt freshman Connor Medbery, who was not feeling well before the match. Tobin clinched the match for Wisconsin with a big takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the final period.The coaching staff called Tobin at the library around 10 a.m. Sunday morning to tell him he was in the starting lineup.Tobin said the win will provide a major momentum boost for the entire season.“I think this is a really big first step,” Tobin said. “Last year was kind of a tough year. This year, there’s a lot of excitement. It’s a good team we just beat, so it’s good momentum for the rest of the season.”Wisconsin began the day with the challenge of facing three-consecutive nationally-ranked wrestlers, including No. 4 Steve Bonanno. After the Badgers lost their first two matches, redshirt junior Tyler Graff earned the first Wisconsin win at the 141-pound weight class. The third-ranked Graff redshirted last season to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he finished third. Only the top spot in each weight class earns a spot on the Olympic team.Graff said while he is still adjusting to the head-to-head format of collegiate wrestling, he was able to stay poised against his opponent.“Most of it was being patient, using my abilities,” Graff said. “I’m good enough to get more attacks off; I think it’s important just to keep building off of that and getting better and implementing.”Davis said it was good to have the two-time All-American back in the lineup, but he needs to work on switching his form back to a grappling style.“He’s got to get back into that folkstyle mode; right now he’s more in that freestyle mode,” Davis said. “He’s got to pull that trigger, get the guys legs more often and score some more points. That will come with time, though.”In the 149-pound matchup, fifth-year senior Cole Schmitt made a key takedown in the second period en route to a 3-0 shutout to put the Badgers within a point of the Pride. Schmitt accumulated a 13-5 record in the 2011-12 season.Davis said Schmitt wasn’t a player who expected to contribute much to the team.“Dylan never won a state title, and is a kid no one even expected to be in our lineup, and he came out with a big win today,” Davis said.After Wisconsin lost a 2-6 decision at the 157-pound match, redshirt sophomore Frank Cousins fell to an early 6-3 deficit after he was taken down twice in the first period and a third time in the second period. Cousins finally made his move in the final period as he created three takedowns, including one in the final five seconds of the period, to earn the 9-7 decision, again pulling within one point of Hofstra.Davis said that staying aggressive on the mat will be an important factor for the team for the remainder of the season.“What we’ve got to do is continue to be offensive,” Davis said. “Overall, we’re building; we’ve gotten better since September. Again, we’re going to learn and work on the small things, and they’ll turn into big things.”last_img read more

Wellington tennis team takes first at Anthony Invite

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The varsity Wellington boys tennis team took first place Tuesday at Anthony.  Brock Edwards placed second at No. 1 Singles. Will Long placed third at No. 2 singles, Jaden Adams/James Hinman placed first at No. 1 doubles and Jared Oathout/Avery Rademacher placed first at No. 2 Doubles.  Kingman finished second. The scores were: Wellington 19, Kingman 17, Chaparral 12, Meade 12, Douglass 2 and Fairfield 2. Wellington clinched first in the final match of the evening against Chaparral and Wellington in No. 1 Doubles.  Wellington won 8-7 with the tiebreaker score of 9-7 and edging out Chaparral for the team trophy.  “It was a very exciting end to a very windy day,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head boys tennis coach.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more