Today voters across California will determine the state’s new governor and senator, along with the fate of several propositions that are on the state ballot.Students registered to vote in California can cast their ballot at various polling places across campus. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters must bring proof of identification.Democrat Jerry Brown is running against Republican Meg Whitman for the governor’s seat, while Democrat Barbara Boxer is running to defend her senatorial seat against Republican Carly Fiorina.Several propositions will also be voted on.For a list of all the measures up for vote on this year’s ballot, click here.Michelle Hanabusa | Daily Trojan
Published on March 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Kayla Alexander walked off the court for the final time as Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer, her eyes gazing downward and her body stiff.She walked away from the game she had just dominated – per norm – but that was the last place Alexander wanted to go.It was over. Her storied four-year career had come to a close. And much earlier than she expected or desired.No. 7-seed Syracuse fell to No. 10-seed Creighton 61-56 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday afternoon. The loss crudely – and, in its eyes prematurely – bumped the Orange out of a tournament it wanted to leave a dent in, marking the final game for Alexander, Elashier Hall and Carmen Tyson-Thomas. Alexander finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, but Creighton’s surprising edge on the boards and timely 3-point shooting crushed the Orange’s dreams.“Honestly, right now I’m kind of in shock,” Alexander told reporters after the game. “This wasn’t the way we thought, or planned, or imagined this would end.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the locker room prior to tip-off, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman warned his team of its eventual destiny.Creighton came into the game tied for first in the nation with 9.3 3-pointers per game and Hillsman knew the Bluejays would be far from an easy out.“All right guys, they are not scared of you,” Hillsman said. “They think they are supposed to win this game. Let’s go.”That’s exactly what happened. Creighton wasn’t scared. Far from it.On their very first possession, the Bluejays took four shots, two of them 3s. The first minute set the tone for the rest of the game. Creighton would shoot 3s repeatedly and rebound relentlessly.The Orange averaged 44 rebounds per game during the season while the Bluejays snagged just 35.3 per contest. Rebounding should have been easy for SU. But on Saturday, nearly the exact opposite stats emerged as the Bluejays outrebounded Syracuse, 43-35.“They did a very good job of getting offensive rebounds and really spreading the floor out,” Hillsman said. “They outrebounded us. And that’s our strength.”In the first half, Mckenzie Fujan single-handedly kept the Bluejays in the game. She notched her team’s first 11 points and drilled five 3-pointers in the first half, the fifth of which gave Creighton its first lead, 21-20, at the 2:32 mark.Fujan, who finished with a career-high 24 points, pumped her fist as she backpedaled downcourt. The sharpshooter scored 17 of her team’s 24 points in the first half, nailing 6-of-7 shots while her teammates went an incredibly inefficient 2-for-23 from the field.Hillsman was right. With Fujan sizzling the way she was and the Bluejays grabbing rebounds the way they weren’t supposed to, Creighton wasn’t going away easily.In the second half, Creighton’s other shooters came alive and provided a punch for the Bluejays. Fujan didn’t have to do it all anymore.Creighton’s leading scorer, Marissa Janning, hit a 3-pointer that bounced off the front rim, back rim and fell at the 17:09 mark, giving her team a 31-26 advantage – its largest lead to that point.Fujan and Janning each canned another 3 later in the half, extending the Bluejays’ lead to 10 with just 8:39 to go. Syracuse’s window was starting to close. Its chances of coming back were fading dimmer and dimmer.But with three minutes remaining, the Orange switched to man-to-man defense and started forcing turnovers and getting out in transition.“It really wasn’t our defense,” Hillsman said. “I know that’s what’s gonna be said, ‘It’s the zone, it’s the zone.’ I mean, they were 11-for-36 (from 3-point range).”Syracuse embarked on a 7-0, two-minute, emotionally charged run capped by an inside jumper from Alexander – her final points as a member of the Orange – with 2:39 to go. After all the failed closeouts, lack of rebounding and missed shots, SU was only down three.The teams traded points in the next few minutes, making the score 59-56 Creighton with under 20 seconds remaining.Syracuse had one final chance to salvage its season and prevent the inevitable bitter taste that would linger for months if it were to lose.Rachel Coffey passed the ball to Hall with five seconds to go. Hall chucked up a shot with three seconds left. It was wide right. The ball ricocheted off the rim and into Sarah Nelson’s hands.“When it got down to those final minutes I felt like we did what we were supposed to do,” Tyson-Thomas said. “It just wasn’t in our favor.”Syracuse’s season was over. Alexander, Hall and Tyson-Thomas’ four-year stint was history. They never got the NCAA tournament win they coveted for so long.Said Alexander: “We had such high expectations for ourselves and this wasn’t how we expected it to finish.” Comments
Q: What have you had to sacrifice in order to be a student-athlete? Q: What is your schedule like? Q: What is it like to be part of a relatively new program? It’s [fun] to be part of a program that’s still growing and new. I was blessed to be part of the freshman class that still had that first senior class to come in. I got to see the process they went through, what they had worked through, and now, you go full circle to a new and different team. But each group that I was with has brought something different. This team has grown so much, and there’s been so many great times and great years. My freshman and sophomore years, we were really top. We had a little bit of a growing year last year. Again, this year, we’ve come back strong and [have] all come together. It’s exciting to see the up-and-downs and now to be on the road to success, [to] be in a group that’s been doing well. It’s a lot of memories all together. There’s been so many things with my team, and all these experiences we have to go through are unique. Things like travel trips are really special to being a student-athlete and things that you can’t get back. I don’t have a specific memory that stands out, but being with my team, being in the locker room, just hanging out. Being down the street from one of my friends and being able to hit them up and go get lunch — those are the things that I am going to miss most when I graduate. It’s much harder in the real world to be able to hang out with your friends. I think it’s just the college experience. I’m sure I haven’t been perfect, but anything I haven’t done right, I’ve been happy for messing up and whatnot. All those lessons that I’ve learned have somehow helped me [later on]. For the most part, I’ve tried my best to squeeze USC in school and service and lacrosse, [to] try to get the most out of it possible. I’m happy with mistakes I have made because I’ve learned a lot from [them], so no huge regrets off the top of my mind. Q: Do you have any regrets from the past four years? My strongest advice when it specifically comes to athletics is to learn to go with the punches. There’s going to be a lot of conflicts, there’s going to be a lot of things that are going to come with being a student athlete, but learning how to take it and go with it and not sit in the moment and complain about it — that’s a big learning curve. That’s going to stop you a little bit from being successful. That’s something that every freshman has to learn. There’s a lot on your plate. For many college students, four years of school can seem to fly by quickly. For student-athletes, grueling workouts, travel and the rigors of competing at the Division I level can make it go by even quicker. In this series, the Daily Trojan sits down with senior athletes playing various sports at USC to discuss their experience over the past four years, from their athletic life to their academic life. This week’s senior is women’s lacrosse defender Jackie Gilbert, a team captain who made last year’s Pac-12 All-Conference First Team. We have our practice block from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Since I’m a senior, my classload isn’t crazy schedule-wise. In previous years, there would usually be class afterward from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and at 6 p.m., you’re usually studying and doing homework. If you’re traveling, you’re trying to fit in homework and all that, which is usually the hardest. It’s all about prioritizing and trying to get stuff done right away. It’s a lot, but it’s well worth it. Q: What is your favorite memory at USC? We do have to sacrifice a lot, especially if you want to be a top student, too. That’s the hardest balance — being able to have fun and have time with your friends as well as be a top student athlete and a top student. You’re going to have to lose something between there — not be able to go out as much and stuff like that. It’s all about balance. It’s all about knowing what areas are you strong in, when can you have fun? It’s a lot of learning. For the most part, I enjoy it. I enjoy the nature of having to juggle things. If anything, I’d find it harder if I had more time. I’ve appreciated being a student-athlete because it’s made it personally easier. The more things I have, I’m probably more organized. Q: What’s one thing about lacrosse that most people don’t know? Q: What’s next for you? Q: Do you have any advice for freshman athletes? I’m a real estate major and business minor, so afterward I’m working at a company called Eastdil Secured, which does real estate investment sales and investment banking. I hope to try to continue professional lacrosse, if I can do it with my job. But the good thing about our team and culture is everyone really appreciates each other. Our defensive unit is super close. When someone does something that maybe the crowd doesn’t notice, we know and we appreciate it. The game of lacrosse – the intricate details – are something that is still expanding on the west coast. Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan There’s probably a lot of things people don’t know. On the west coast, you still get asked, ‘What is lacrosse?’ and whatnot. Things that people don’t know about lacrosse are things that are more intricate to the game and what it takes to be a really good player and especially a defender. It is growing a lot. I’m from the Bay Area. I’ve been here through the growing of lacrosse from when I started in middle school to where it is now. It’s gaining a lot more popularity. I see more and more people out at middle schools playing it. There’s more and more recognition on the west coast. More and more people are getting to know about it, which is really exciting.