Women’s hoops falls to UCSB by 11 points

first_imgHowever, the Trojans struggled to run offense and keep possession of the ball all night, finishing with 19 turnovers, one lower than their season high mark of 20, and 9 more than UCSB’s total.  Trakh commended his team for its continuous effort despite being so shorthanded. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers posted 10 points and six rebounds with just one turnover against UCSB. ( Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The shorthanded Trojans were undefeated before the road contest in Santa Barbara, posting a 3-0 mark following a trio of comfortable wins to open up the 2019-20 campaign.  The USC women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, falling to UC Santa Barbara 57-46.  Trakh also added that a recent slew of injuries have forced the young Trojans into a “baptism by fire,” as they’ve been forced to adjust to the speed and intensity of the collegiate game on the fly.  Trakh attributed USC’s free throw woes to inexperience.  The Gauchos made USC pay for its turnover woes, winning the points off turnover battle by a mark of 22-5, a gap of 17 points in a game that was decided by 11. “I don’t fault the young kids at all — there’s going to be a learning curve, and they’re a talented group that’s working hard,” Trakh said. “We’ve just got to keep moving in the right direction and being very patient with them.” Injuries and mistakes killed the Trojans, who were without standout graduate transfer guard Stephanie Watts and senior forward Kayla Overbeck due to injuries. They remain without freshman guard Madison Campbell and redshirt sophomore guard Shalexxus Aaron, who have yet to make an appearance this season due to their own respective ailments.  The Trojans’ late push fell short, however, as the Gauchos pulled away in the late stages to bring the lead to double digits. The Gauchos were 1-2 heading into the matchup, coming off a tight loss to San Jose State. A strong stretch from the Trojans gave them the lead following a 5-0 personal run from Rogers, but the Gauchos answered back with an 11-0 run to jump out to a lead they did not relinquish.  “I think how we bounce back and what kind of heart and desire we play with will give me a barometer on this team,” Trakh said. “The future is bright — we just have to be patient.”  “I think that’s youth and understanding; you’ve gotta be ready to play and understanding that teams are going to come after you,” Trakh said. “I think that’s a learning experience.” The previously mentioned comeback effort nearly came to fruition as freshman guard Alyson Miura sank a clutch 3-pointer to bring USC within 2 points with four and a half minutes to play.  USC women’s basketball is back in action against star junior guard Chennedy Carter and No. 6-ranked Texas A&M Saturday at Galen Center at 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara was also led by junior point guard Danae Miller, who filled the stat sheet with six rebounds and four assists to go along with 12 points.  The offensive struggles would continue for the Trojans, as a dismal 20-point second half ensured UCSB never had to look back. The Gauchos won the game comfortably despite a late push from head coach Mark Trakh’s unit.  Stout defense from UCSB limited the Trojans to 3 points for the final five minutes of the first half, and the Gauchos carried a 34-26 advantage into halftime.  Saturday will certainly be an early test for Trakh’s young squad, and the Trojans will be eager to make a statement against a premier opponent following their first loss of the season. The Gauchos were also spurred by a dominant performance from freshman forward/center Ila Lane, who had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. The win moves UCSB to an overall mark of 2-2 on the year. As for his expectations for Saturday’s big matchup, Trakh said he’s looking forward to seeing how his team responds to the UCSB defeat and competes against some of the top talent in the country.  The freshman duo of forward Alissa Pili and guard Endyia Rogers shouldered the offensive load. The two built upon strong starts to their Trojan careers; each posted 10 points, and they combined for 11 rebounds.  The Trojans shot just 25% from the free throw line, on 2-of-8 shooting. In the Trojans’ first three games, which were all wins, they shot over 90% from the charity stripe in two games and 78% in the other. While not the only issue in USC’s first loss, this would be troubling for the Trojans should the trend continue. last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Rookies lead the way as Stars tie series with Blues

first_imgHintz and Heiskanen now hold the record for total postseason goals by rookies in franchise history since the team moved from Minnesota in 1993. Hintz alone cemented himself in the team’s record book in a few ways. He tied the team record for most postseason goals by a rookie since relocating to Texas (4), he is the first rookie in franchise history to notch three points in a playoff game since Don Barber on April 10, 1990 and the third rookie in team history to post two multi-goal games in a postseason.Roope Hintz is the first @DallasStars / North Stars rookie to record three points in a postseason game since Don Barber in Game 4 of the 1990 Division Semifinals (2-1—3 vs. CHI). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/9DE4Y3Ti2a— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) 27 April 2019The Stars will look to break the series tie in game 3 April 29 at 8 p.m. The playoffs are the time of year when veteran players are expected to shine. For the Dallas Stars, much of their postseason success is due to a pair of rookies.The Stars are tied 1-1 in their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues after a 4-2 Dallas victory that was led by first-year players Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen on Saturday afternoon. Make that six combined goals by @DallasStars rookies in the 2019 #StanleyCup Playoffs, their highest such total in a postseason since the franchise relocated to Texas. #NHLStats https://t.co/bjtbkSndfd— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) 27 April 2019MORE: Jordan Staal recreates brother Eric’s magic in OT winThe duo combined for three of the team’s goals and now has six scored between them in the 2019 playoffs. They gave the Stars a 2-0 lead in the first period with a goal from Hintz followed by a goal from Heiskanen, assisted by Hintz. last_img read more

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