Published on December 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @CraneAndrew After Amaya Finklea-Guity backed in her West Virginia defender and finished a left-handed layup in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s comeback was complete. The Mountaineers had led by as many as 20 points and threatened to pull away early, but the gradual trimming of that deficit had finally ended.After Kiara Lewis inbounded the pass and Teisha Hyman dished it into the paint for Finklea-Guity, the Orange had their first lead since 6-5 in the opening minutes.But when Lewis dribbled outside the paint with 15 seconds left and the Orange down two, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was called for a three-second violation. Then, an Emily Engstler 3-pointer bounced out at the buzzer. The stark contrast between the opening quarter and the next three gave the Orange enough time to cut the lead, but the massive comeback still ended in another ranked loss for the Orange as they closed out nonconference play. Four-for-27 shooting from behind the arc mitigated Kiara Lewis’ career-high 32 points, and the Orange (6-5) failed to capitalize on an opportunity to enter No. 6 Louisville coming off back-to-back Top 25 wins, losing 71-69 to the Mountaineers (9-1).“It’s about closing games out, it’s about finishing things off,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game. “That’s the disappointing part.”Opposed to Friday’s win against No. 19 Michigan State, when the Orange jumped out to a 20-6 lead just seven minutes in, West Virginia was the team that started strong Sunday. The Mountaineers used a 14-0 run and capitalized off an almost-eight-minute field goal drought from the Orange to build a quick 17-7 lead. Ksyre Gondrezick and Madisen Smith combined for 3 3-pointers, and WVU forced Engstler into three personal fouls by the end of the first frame.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaleah Washington tried to end the scoring drought, shooting a 3-pointer with 2:24 left. Engstler grabbed the rebound off the missed shot, and launched up a 3 herself, but also missed. Errors on layups by Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and a travel by Engstler only compounded those outside misses. Two Syracuse field goals in the opening 10 minutes marked their lowest output in a frame this season.The second quarter picked up right where the first left off. West Virginia made two quick 3s and Syracuse’s shots continued to bounce off. The scoring run reached 20-0, until a Lewis pass to Djaldi-Tabdi ended with a made layup in the paint. From there, the Orange started to mount their comeback.With less than a minute in the half, the shot clock nearing zero and the ball still behind the 3-point line, Lewis had no choice but to launch a shot. Syracuse’s offense had stalled again. Digna Strautmane popped out, Gabrielle Cooper rotated into a pass, but that didn’t lead to anything.The buzzer sounded as Lewis’ shot soared through the air, bouncing harmlessly onto the ground without hitting any part of the backboard or rim. She subbed out with just nine seconds left after scoring 17 of Syracuse’s 25 points in the first half, but it was another turnover that extinguished the Orange’s chance to cut into West Virginia’s lead. The deficit was still 12, but SU had clawed back to as little as eight in the quarter’s latter half.When Engstler floated a shot off the backboard for Syracuse’s first points of the second half, the comeback continued. Lewis willed the Orange back into the game. Her driving layups and and-one free throws nearly closed SU’s deficit almost single handedly. In the final two minutes of the third quarter, Lewis drew two fouls — including one on an and-one to give her a new career-high. When Cooper put in a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound, the deficit became one.“(We) really came out in the second half and played with aggression,” Hillsman said.After the Orange took the lead on their first possession of the fourth quarter, a back-and-forth game ensued, continuing until Engstler’s final shot rang out. WVU grabbed the lead off a 3, but then Digna Strautmane responded with one of her own. Tynice Martin made a shot, but then Finklea-Guity followed with one too.The Orange went up one with 45 seconds left — after Lewis crossed over, spun and euro-stepped through the Mountaineer defense — but three foul shots returned the lead to WVU. And after Engstler’s shot tried to sneak through the right side of the backboard and rim, it was enough. Only Finklea-Guity’s 10 points complemented Lewis in double-digits, and the scoring balance that has defined early-season Syracuse wins was nowhere to be found in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic.“We’re not here without her,” Hillsman said about Lewis. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Dear Editor,In the United States, the City of Philadelphia is known as ‘the City of Brotherly Love’ whilst in France, Paris is known as the ‘City of Lights’. Here in Guyana, Georgetown should probably be known as ‘the City of Dreamers’.Driving along North Road or Church Street, one is forced to view the abandoned and ill-advised Presidential Park and the area identified for a proposed ‘Petting Zoo’, both of which represent a wanton waste of the Georgetown municipality’s’ supposedly scarce financial resources.One can no doubt recall the grandiose plans by the now on leave Town Clerk for the construction of a modern and fancy three-storied shopping mall with special entertainment facilities at the new vendors mall and a similar edifice with parking facilities for farmers, wholesalers and other merchants at Bourda Green as part of wider plans to solve the vending crisis in Georgetown. Of course, just another ‘pie in the sky’ idea.Then they were the impressive plans to establish a municipal training academy, which we were told will offer training to all officers through the Human Resource Department of City Hall. It was supposed to aid in alleviating the lack of professionalism and build stronger departmental arrangements within the institution. Well one just has to look at the dilapidated and decrepit City Police Training Centre on Water Street (the former House Service Department Building) to understand where this grand plan is going. As they say, talk is cheap, there is no reward for impractical wishes.Quite recently, the Mayor launched a fund to restore the iconic but derelict City Hall building, which is supposed to cost almost a billion dollars and managed by a special civic committee and which should have included corporate leaders, investors and other stakeholders from civil society. Well the Mayor has less than a month more in office, chunks of the building continue to fall off, and we hear nothing more of this special fund in spite of a high-priced mayoral dinner being held recently for this purpose.The clock on Stabroek Market was to be restored and reactivated, the area in front of the Stabroek Market was to be transformed into a civic square to be used as a place of recreation for citizens, the Kitty Market which was to be completed more than two years ago was to have air conditioning units, extractor fans and other means of ventilation, the meat and fish section of the market was to have refrigeration facilities, so as to meet public health standards, all just a sick joke.Now we learn of a proposal by City Hall to introduce a 24-hour garbage collection system within the commercial district of the city. If they can’t pay the contractors for an eight-hour service, could someone say where they will get the cash from to pay them to work 24 hours a day?Sincerely,Anu Bihari
As mothers around the world were honoured in observance of Mother’s Day, the Kuru-Kururu Assembly of God Church took a special time to celebrate the mothers that attend the church, handing each of them a token of love.Barbara Bagot flanked by mothers of the churchScores of mothers turned up at church despite the weather conditions, well decked, to return thanks to God for not only sparing their lives, but for allowing them the privilege of being a mother.During the brief sermon, Pastor Gladston Bagot reminded the mothers that they all are special.Some of the mothers shared the joys and challenges they face as mothers. Several lucky mothers were called to the stage on Sunday, as they offered words of encouragement to the young and aspiring mothers.As is customary, the mothers received tokens of love and appreciation from the church, as the various departments shared their wishes to the mothers in the forms of poetry, dance and song.