Syracuse’s two tallest players have struggled with foul trouble during the team’s perfect start

first_imgWith 4:04 left in the first quarter during Syracuse’s 81-70 overtime win over Stony Brook on Nov. 30, SBU’s Cheyenne Clark got past her defender and drove the open lane. Digna Strautmane, late on the rotation, scrambled to get in position and threw her hands up to stop the shot.Clark drove her shoulder into the 6-foot-2 Strautmane’s chest and missed. Before the ball could roll away, the referee made his call: blocking foul on Strautmane. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman pursed his lips and wiped away forehead sweat. He’s grown accustomed to managing foul trouble early in the season, and this game would be no different.Despite Syracuse’s (8-0) undefeated start, its two tallest players, Strautmane and freshman center Amaya Finklea-Guity, haven’t been a consistent factor. The lack of production stems from the frontcourt’s foul trouble. Strautmane has accumulated the most personal fouls on the team (27) and has recorded at least four fouls in half the team’s games. Finklea-Guity is tied for third in fouls (16) and has played more than 19 minutes just twice. Hillsman has attributed the fouls to poor on-ball defense by SU’s guards and poor positioning by the forwards.“They’re both freshmen,” Hillsman said. “This is their first college games. They have a lot of responsibility.”When on the court, the pair contribute. Strautmane leads the team in rebounds per game (8.3) and blocks (19). Finklea-Guity ranks fourth in rebounds (4.9) and second in blocks (6).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe duo will look to stay out of foul trouble against a Colgate team that sports four forwards taller than 6 feet on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.“We know better,” Finklea-Guity said. “We just have to be more aware of those silly little mistakes…There’s only two of us right now.”Kevin Camelo | Contributing Digital Design EditorSyracuse only has three bigs on its active roster: Miranda Drummond, Strautmane and Finklea-Guity. When on the court together, they anchor SU’s 2-3 zone. Drummond, 6-foot-1, and Strautmane flank out wide. Finklea-Guity is 6-foot-4 and protects the rim. On SU’s bench, there is no player taller than 5-foot-9. So, when a member of Syracuse’s frontcourt gets in foul trouble, opponents have exploited the height advantage.In Syracuse’s most recent contest against Stony Brook, Strautmane committed her second foul with more than seven minutes left in the first half. Before she could receive a third, Hillsman benched her for Finklea-Guity. Two minutes later, Finklea-Guity earned her second foul and in another two minutes joined Strautmane on the sidelines. To replace Finklea-Guity, Hillsman turned to 5-foot-8 Jasmine Nwajei. The Orange were outrebounded by the Seawolves, 7-1, and allowed four layups to close the half after Finklea-Guity exited the game.“We need to guard out the man that we’re on,” guard Tiana Mangakahia said, “and make sure that they don’t get into foul trouble by helping.”In overtime against Stony Brook, a help-defense foul occurred with 2:51 left in the period. A Seawolves’ guard had broken through the zone and charged down the baseline. Strautmane switched over but didn’t set her feet and was called for her fifth foul of the game. For the second time this season, Strautmane fouled out.Part of the issue, Hillsman said, is Strautmane and Finklea-Guity committing “guard fouls,” such as slapping a player when going for a steal or reaching over an offensive player’s back to tip a pass away. Instead, Hillsman wants his forwards to save the fouls for later in the game, when tighter, foul-prone defense is necessary.Finklea-Guity started her Syracuse career with 23 points in two games. Over the next six games she’s scored 27 total. Strautmane led SU in its season-opening win against Morgan State on Nov. 10 as she dropped 17 points, pulled down 11 boards, blocked four shots and assisted on three others. Since then, she hasn’t scored double-digit points. Both figure to be a part of SU’s future success, if they can stay on the court and out of foul trouble.“I want to play,” Strautmane said. “If I want to play, I’ll have to keep myself in a good position so I don’t get fouls.” Comments Published on December 6, 2017 at 12:42 am Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

50 cops set to unclog L.A. traffic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The proposal was first made to former Mayor James Hahn by Councilman Tom LaBonge, who renewed his suggestion to Villaraigosa after he was elected. “Everything old is new again,” LaBonge said. “This is a way to reduce traffic congestion and let people get to work or get home.” Chief Jimmy Price, who oversees the traffic officers, said the program has been expanded under Villaraigosa and is more proactive. “What we had before was a static situation where officers were assigned basically along Ventura Boulevard,” Price said. “What we are doing here is targeting intersections throughout the city and responding dynamically. “Once an area is flowing smoothly, we’ll move to another area. If we hear there is a particular problem somewhere, we can move officers into that area immediately.” UNIVERSAL CITY – Taking an old idea and expanding on his predecessor’s efforts, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced plans Friday to use traffic control officers to reduce traffic congestion at the city’s busiest intersections. Beginning Monday, 50 of the white-gloved, green-vest-wearing traffic officers will be rotated among the city’s worst intersections – targeting 50 in the initial effort, half of them in the San Fernando Valley. “This is a small step, but it’s common sense,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference held at Barham Street and Cahuenga Boulevard, one of the city’s most congested areas during rush hour. “I have talked about the big things – extending the Red Line to the ocean, building the Exposition line, synchronizing traffic signals – but we have to do the small things, as well.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who chairs the City Council’s Transportation Committee, said the officers will spend their shifts on patrol, including working on the stolen-vehicle recovery program. “This is an important new step to end the chokehold on traffic,” Greuel said, adding that studies have shown that the use of traffic officers can improve traffic flow by as much as 20 percent. “That’s 20 percent more time with your family. That’s getting home 20 percent earlier.” The program has identified 35 intersections to receive traffic officers from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. They are at Vermont Avenue and Pico Boulevard; Vermont and Washington Boulevard; Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue; Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards; Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards; Reseda Boulevard and Clark Avenue; Argyle Avenue and Franklin Street; Cahuenga and Barham boulevards; Los Feliz Boulevard and Griffith Park; Melrose Avenue and Highland Boulevard; Rossmore Avenue and Beverly Boulevard; Ventura and Beverly Glen boulevards; Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards, Wilshire and Westwood boulevards. Also, Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards; Victory Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue; Victory and Sepulveda boulevards; Hubbard Street and Foothill Boulevard; San Fernando Road and Van Nuys Boulevard; Van Nuys and Foothill boulevards; Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street; 16th and San Pedro street; First and Alameda streets; Fifth and Figueroa streets; La Cienega and Fairfax boulevards; Sunset and Sepulveda boulevards; Reseda and Roscoe boulevards; San Fernando Road and Fletcher Avenue; Highland and Sunset boulevards; Soto Street and Washington Boulevard; 9th and Gaffey streets; and Imperial and Central avenues. Fifteen intersections have been initially designated for traffic officers between 7 and 9 a.m. weekdays. These are Vermont and Pico; Vermont and Washington; Ventura and Coldwater; Ventura and Laurel Canyon; Ventura and Van Nuys; Reseda and Burbank; Argyle and Franklin; Cahuenga and Barham; Los Feliz and Griffith Park; Melrose and Highland; Ventura and Beverly Glen; Ventura and Sepulveda; Overland Avenue and National Boulevard; Overland and National Place; and Reseda and Roscoe. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more