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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Jozy Altidore makes his case with winner to help USMNT top Gold Cup group

first_imgThen there was Omar Gonzalez, who was handed the captain’s armband but moved around like the armband was a 50-pound weight. He looked a step slow for much of the night, and while his veteran savvy helped him to limit the number of times he was exposed, we saw enough of those scary moments to dread what would happen if Gonzalez was on the field against a team with good forwards, like Mexico or Costa Rica.  Gregg Berhalter gave 11 new players a chance Wednesday to state their case to crack the U.S. national team first-choice lineup, and the player who made the strongest argument was the one who was already the closest to being a starter. Jozy Altidore scored an acrobatic game-winner, delivering some much-needed quality on a night where wholesale lineup changes by both the USMNT and Panama led to the inevitable disjoined affair you would expect from a group stage finale between teams that had already secured their places in the quarterfinals.  Jamie Squire https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/bc/5e/jordan-morris-marcos-sanchez-panama-usa-usmnt-gold-cup-2019_1tzlc7tucisru1mo2g3r5boukr.jpg?t=-1764832397&w=500&quality=80 Aside from that, the rest of the USMNT reserves left plenty to be desired.  Jonathan Lewis was wasteful and lacked sharpness on the left wing. Wil Trapp and Cristian Roldan failed to take hold of a game on which they should have been able to make more of an impact. Reggie Cannon showed solid defensive work but lacked the attacking quality needed to threaten current starter Nick Lima. Daniel Lovitz held up decently on the defensive side, but was once again completely ineffective in the attack, making him far from a threat to unseat current starting left back Tim Ream.  Jamie Squire https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/ae/b6/omar-gonzalezomar-browne-usa-panama-gold-cup-2019_icd575xz8i51qhy5qtr9wsx0.jpg?t=-1765344397&w=500&quality=80 Realistically, of the 11 Americans on the field to start the match, Altidore had to know he was the one with the most to gain from a strong performance, and knowing that may have contributed to some missed early chances. Altidore sent one promising shot just wide in the 16th minute, then another right at the Panama goalkeeper. MORE: Takeaways from USMNT’s victory over PanamaThat Altidore even found those chances was impressive on a night when the U.S. attack was disjointed and lacked sharpness. Altidore did his part, holding up the ball well and putting himself in good positions. That work paid off in the second half, when he scored on an overhead kick for his first USMNT goal since October of 2017. “It’s been a rough time waiting,” Altidore said after the match. “I’m just trying to earn an opportunity again, so to get out there, to score in these colors again, it means everything to me.” The 2019 Gold Cup means more for Altidore for a multitude of reasons. Consider the fact Wednesday marked his first USMNT start since the nightmare loss to Trinidad and Tobago that cost the United States a place at the 2018 World Cup.Altidore spent 20 months having to wait for his chance to reclaim his place as the national team’s lead striker, and while his performance Wednesday wasn’t necessarily enough to help him unseat current starter Gyasi Zardes, it was clearly a step forward for the veteran striker. Altidore was one of the few bright spots on a night when we saw just what sort of talent gap there is between the U.S. team’s first-choice players and the options available to replace them. Jordan Morris had a solid night but not enough to truly threaten current wingers Tyler Boyd and Paul Arriola. Matt Miazga put in a steady shift in central defense to make an argument for unseating Walker Zimmerman as Aaron Long’s partner on the back line.  As lackluster as the U.S. team’s overall performance was, Berhalter had to leave Children’s Mercy Park, home of MLS side Sporting Kansas City, extremely happy. His team secured another shutout victory, he was able to rest his starters and the striker he needs to get back into top form delivered a memorable winner. Throw in the fact the squad came through the group stage healthy and without any players drawing suspensions and the USMNT finds itself sitting in much better shape than most would have envisioned after the team lost both of its two pre-Gold Cup friendlies. With the group stage now over, Berhalter will have his first-choice squad rested and ready for the knockout rounds, a potential stretch of three matches in eight days which begins Sunday in Philadelphia against Curacao. The Americans will be highly favored against the Caribbean upstarts, but tougher challenges are looming in the semifinals and final. Those are the matches where the USMNT will want a fully fit and in-form Altidore in the lineup, and while he may not yet have unseated Zardes as the USMNT’s lead striker, he sent a clear message Wednesday that he’s working his way back. And the United States will be a more dangerous team if he can finish the comeback the way he finished the game-winning bicycle kick on Wednesday.last_img read more

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‘He has got EVERYTHING’- Harry Redknapps tips Tottenham youngster for greatness

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Dele Alli is destined to be a Premier League and England great.The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed for Tottenham since arriving from MK Dons and could make his full debut for the Three Lions against France on Tuesday night.Alli has already won three caps for his country from the bench, and Redknapp believes it is just a matter of time before he becomes a cornerstone of the team.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs boss said: “Dele Alli I think is a future big star. He has got everything.“For a midfield player, he has got great size. He can play, he can tackle, he can head it. It looks like he has a great head on his shoulders, a great attitude. “I think he is going to be a real big player in the Premier League and for England for years to come.”Redknapp believes Alli is not the only Spurs star who is set to play a major role for England over the next decade.He rates Harry Kane as the brightest striking prospect in the country and thinks the 22-year-old will only get better.“Harry Kane is there to stay, I have got no doubts about that,” added Redknapp.“He is a fantastic striker. He has got everything. He holds the ball up, he brings people in to play and he can score goals.”last_img read more

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