Badgers squander first half lead in loss to Vanderbilt

first_imgAfter starting the game on fire and looking destined for a 2-0 start to the season, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (1-1) fizzled out in the second half against Vanderbilt (3-0) this Thursday at the Kohl’s Center in a 58-67 loss.The opening tip fell to the hands of the Commodores, who got on the board first shortly afterwards with a layup and a 2-0 lead. It would be their last lead until later into the second half.In what turned out to be a dominating opening segment for Wisconsin, the Badgers offense went on a tear, starting 6-for-6 from the field including a pair of makes behind the arc. With 11:45 left in the first half, the Commodores found themselves in a 17-2 hole. Wisconsin’s redshirt senior forward Michala Johnson set the tone early on, scoring six of the team’s first 11 points.On the contrary, Vanderbilt didn’t help matters with a sloppy start on both sides of the ball. In the opening six minutes of the game, the Commodores shot just 1-7 from the field as a team, including 0-4 from three-point range. Defensively, the Commodores committed five fouls to the Wisconsin’s one in the same stretch.Following the dominant start by the Badgers, the offense cooled off a bit, falling into a 2-for-7 shooting slump which opened the door for Vanderbilt to get back into the game. In the midst of a seven-minute scoring drought, a layup from Vanderbilt’s Paris Kea got the Commodores rolling again in what would eventually lead to a massive comeback.While Wisconsin continued to be effective on offense, the Commodores came alive in the final eight minutes in the half, racking up 24 points over the span to close the half. A layup by Vanderbilt’s Rebekah Dahlman with 3:43 in the opening half put the Commodores within a single-digit deficit, 26-34, after being down by 10 or more for the majority of the first 20 minutes.A strong performance off the bench (22 combined points), helped keep Vanderbilt alive going into the locker room at half along with Dahlman’s 12 points, cutting the Badgers lead down to just 41-34.Wisconsin senior forward Jacki Gulcynski noted a last second layup by Dahlman at the end of the first half as the momentum shifter in Vanderbilt’s favor for the rest of the game.“I could feel the energy kind of dropping,” Gulczynksi said. “I was trying to stay encouraging and telling everybody to keep the energy up because that’s what really got us going the first four minutes of the game. The first and last four minutes are what can really define a half.”The second half showcased both teams matching shots for the first four-and-a-half minutes of play, deadlocked at seven points each and a 48-41 score. Following a jumper made by Gulcynski with 15:31 left to play, the Badgers would suffer a seven-minute scoring drought that would claim not only their lead, but put them down eight with just nine minutes to go.The roaring comeback from the Commodores was piloted by freshman forward Khaléann Caron-Goudreau, who sank back-to-back layups to tie the game and give Vanderbilt a lead with 11:15 left, one they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.After shooting 55 percent (17-31) from the field in the first half, the Badgers stumbled through the second to the tune of 27 percent (6-21). Noting the team’s offensive decline, Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey noted the success of Vanderbilt’s defensive adjustments by head coach Melanie Balcomb as they switched to a zone.“There were times when we made a couple passes and hit the open person and it was fine, and then we come down to try and make the home-run play and we turn it over,” Kelsey said, “It’s just recognition, you have to recognize what’s open and not force things that aren’t there.”The Commodores pulled away comfortably in the final ten minutes of the game in a final segment that was plagued by Badger turnovers. In the second half alone, the Commodores scored 13 points off of Wisconsin miscues.Leading the Badgers in scoring was Johnson, who finished with 17 points but just five in the second half. Junior guard Dakota Whyte led the rebounding efforts for Wisconsin, finishing with six rebounds. As a whole, the team allowed over 30 points in both halves defensively while only scoring 17 points in the second half.The Badgers will try to get back on the winning track this Sunday as they hit the road to take on winless Drake (0-3) with a 2 p.m. tipoff.last_img read more

Eric Dungey delivers fitting end to historic career in Camping World Bowl

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 12:25 am Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 ORLANDO, Fla.— Eric Dungey scrambled right but he couldn’t escape the rush. He flipped his back to the line of scrimmage, normally a cardinal sin of a quarterback. Not for Dungey. As he came out of his spin-o-rama, with two defenders dragging him down, he flicked a pass to Moe Neal. What looked like more than a 15-yard loss, turned into a 42-yard reception that set up the final touchdown of Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl.“When it comes to Eric Dungey, the tall tales are true,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “The stories are true. You know, we’re going to be telling them for a very long time and after ten or 15 years, people are going to be calling bologna cheese.”On Friday in Camping World Stadium, the senior quarterback left with a curtain call reminiscent of his four-year act. He was the quarterback who turned the ball over deep in his own territory. He ran on plays far from the first down marker and took sacks that could’ve been throwaways. For one of the most prolific playmakers to play for Syracuse, it has always been a sacrifice of unspeakable errors to relish in unthinkable accomplishments.Dungey, the Camping World Bowl most valuable player, led Syracuse to four straight scoring drives to start the second half. He threw a textbook back shoulder fade to Trishton Jackson for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-11 and finished with 303 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. As he triumphantly walked off the field one final time, Syracuse’s all-time leading passer looked every bit the part of the program hero that led the Orange to its winningest season since 2001. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean, that’s one way to go out, I’d say,” Dungey said. “And I think the senior class, they deserve it. We have been through a lot.”More CoverageSuperlatives from Syracuse’s 34-18 Camping World Bowl win over West VirginiaSyracuse defeats West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl to cap first 10-win season since 2001Fast reaction: Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West Virginia In 2015, a Terrell Hunt injury sprung him into a starting role. He spent the next three seasons providing sparks with rushing and passing yard totals combining to 7,711 yards. Still, he took his lumps, throwing 21 interceptions and missing the final three games of each season due to injury. In many ways, Dungey’s 2018 campaign, which ended with him holding or tied for 20 school records, was a microcosm of his career. He started the year with dominant rushing performances, skidded through a turnover-plagued stretch and had his job security questioned only to finish the season playing in Syracuse’s first bowl appearance since 2013. “He means so much to this university, he means so much to us,” senior linebacker Ryan Guthrie said. “He’ll go down in the history books here…(he’s) the best competitor I’ve ever been around in my life. You see him take blows out there. You see him pop right back up.”In his last hoorah on Friday night, Dungey threw the passes he’ll be remembered for. On the team’s first scoring drive, he stepped up in the pocket to evade the first rusher. With a substantial step forward bringing momentum, he slung the ball around 50 yards down near the goal line. Jamal Custis came back to the pass and caught it as he was tackled at the three yard-line.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerFor spurts those passes were the turnovers. The first interception came on a screen, in which a Mountaineers’ rusher made contact with Dungey just after the snap. Dungey stiff-armed him, ran loose and hauled a pass to Custis on the sideline. But Custis wasn’t alone and what looked like a broken play from the start ended in an interception as a WVU defensive back sniffed out the screen. In the second half, as Dungey seemed to do on a regular basis for the past four seasons, he played differently. He hit Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson on crossing routes over the middle for chunk gains. A play-action fake led to a 26-yard tight end pop pass to Aaron Hackett. In all, he connected on throws of more than 15 yards with seven receivers. The most Dungey-like of them all being the pass to Neal which led to Orange’s final score. “The guy is amazing and he has the heart of a lion,” Babers said.Postgame, when the time came for the most obvious yet daunting question of the evening — to reflect on his career— Dungey couldn’t respond. How could he? It seemed unfathomable for the man who led the resurgence of Syracuse football to summarize the ups and downs of three 4-8 seasons and one 10-win season in a sentence. Instead, as he looked up and the memories and magnitude of the moment clearly raced through his mind, he cried. “I’m going to get grief for crying, man,” Dungey said, “but I’ve been through a lot here. “I’m just—all I can say, I’m very thankful.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Strong team will defend European Nations title

first_img7 Feb 2014 Strong team will defend European Nations title England Golf has named a quartet of proven winners to defend the men’s title at the European Nations Championship at Sotogrande in Spain, from 5-8 March.  They are Ashley Chesters, the European champion; Ryan Evans, the newly crowned winner of Australia’s Lake Macquarie International; Matt Fitzpatrick, the US Amateur champion and world number one for 2013; and Garrick Porteous, the Amateur champion and a member of last year’s winning side. They will target England’s fifth win in this event in six years, having missed out on the title only in 2012. Meanwhile, a trio of top women players will bid to win the ladies’ title for England for the first time. They are: Sarah-Jane Boyd, the English amateur champion; Gabriella Cowley, the runner-up in the recent Portugal amateur; and Annabel Dimmock, winner of the Jones-Doherty Cup in the USA.   The European Nations Championship is contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with the best three cards each day in the men’s event, and the best two in the women’s, counting towards the team event. An individual competition runs simultaneously with the Nations Championship. The players:   Ashley Chesters, 24, (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) became the first English player to win the European amateur title since 2004 when he triumphed at El Prat in Spain in August. He finished eighth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit last year. Ryan Evans, 26, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), carried his good form of 2013 into the New Year with victory in the Lake Macquarie International in Australia. During the trip down under he was also top qualifier in the Australian amateur. Last year he helped England regain the Home Internationals title and won the Berkshire Trophy, the Biarritz Cup in France and the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) became the first English winner of the US Amateur in 102 years when he triumphed at The Country Club, Brookline, last August. During 2013 he represented GB&I in the Walker Cup, won the silver medal as the leading amateur at The Open, and became the world’s number one amateur for the year. He was the 2012 Boys’ Amateur champion.   Garrick Porteous, 24, (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) won the 2013 Amateur championship at Royal Cinque Ports. He also won the Scottish stroke play championship, was runner-up in the Welsh stroke play and helped England win the European Men’s Team Championship in Denmark before being selected for the Walker Cup. Sarah-Jane Boyd, 22, (Truro, Cornwall) is the reigning English amateur champion and was the 2012 winner of the British stroke play title, qualifying to play in last year’s Women’s British Open. She was the runner-up in the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit. Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) was the runner-up in the recent Portugal international ladies’ amateur championship. She won the 2013 England Golf girls’ order of merit, a year when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver and helping England to retain their crown at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) has just completed a successful trip to the USA for the Orange Blossom Tour where she won the matchplay Jones-Doherty Cup and was runner-up in the South Atlantic women’s amateur. She was runner-up in the 2013 English girls’ championship and, like Gabriella, played in both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals teams.last_img read more