Jamie Carragher picks Leicester’s title winners over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd and Arsenal’s Invincibles

first_imgJamie Carragher picks Leicester’s title winners over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd and Arsenal’s Invincibles Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 May 2020 7:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shares Wenger’s side went a whole season without losing a game (Picture: Getty)‘There are persuasive counter-arguments for fans of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to claim their best sides are the genuine game-changers in English football, making them the greatest of champions. I sympathise with that view because of their distinguishing features.‘The achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 treble winners was unprecedented. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ achieved what no club had managed since Preston North End in 1889, going unbeaten for an entire league season. ‘When Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho got together in 2004-05, the power dynamic of the English game shifted forever, United forced to react to the financial powerhouse at Stamford Bridge, allied to the tactical cunning and brilliance of the Chelsea team that emerged inspired by John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Although the United team of ‘99 is remembered more fondly, I consider Ferguson’s title and Champions League winners in 2008 his best team. ‘That followed a rebuilding process during which United had to respond to a formidable new rival. Those trophies must have given Ferguson as much professional satisfaction as any he won. ‘Liverpool’s title win [this season] will not be tarnished if it is confirmed in a printed statement rather than on the field of play, but circumstances beyond the club’s control will certainly affect how it is remembered by future generations. ‘But even if they had proceeded in a normal season and made it to the points century, that story could not not be as dramatic or romantic as Claudio Ranieri’s title win in 2016. Leicester will remain as the greatest title winners.’MORE: Gary Neville reveals why Robert Pires and Thierry Henry wound up Sir Alex FergusonMORE: Frank Leboeuf picks between Man Utd’s treble winners and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’AdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Vardy helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League (Credits: Getty)Jamie Carragher says Leicester City’s title win in 2016 is the greatest ever achievement in Premier League history, above any of Sir Alex Ferguson’s league triumphs with Manchester United and Arsenal’s Invincibles.Claudio Ranieri’s team shocked the world, defying odds of 5000-1 to claim the club’s first and only ever top-flight league title in their 136-year history.Despite Ferguson’s Red Devils remaining the only ever side to win the domestic treble in 1999, and Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles Arsenal going a whole league campaign without losing a single game, Carragher thinks the Foxes’ achievement trumps them all.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn a column for The Telegraph, he wrote: ‘Leicester City’s 2016 title stands alone as the greatest achievement, certainly in the Premier League era. ADVERTISEMENT‘At a time when money talks at the top, and the top six have such a financial advantage over everyone else, Leicester’s win was such a shock and an anomaly I am not sure how it can be beaten.‘Of all the Premier League wins, Leicester’s is the only one no-one could have predicted. You would have to go back to Nottingham Forest in 1978 to find a club that so rapidly emerged from being recently promoted to champions. Advertisementlast_img read more

Brinsmead house surrounded by rainforest ideal for de-stressing

first_imgThis four bedroom house at 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead is labelled a tranquil and exotic rainforest family home by Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss. Picture: SuppliedIF complete serenity and quiet are prerequisites to buying a new home, then have a look at this four-bedroom property. Nestled among tropical rainforest at the end of a close is this sophisticated, elevated acreage property with access to seasonal creeks – a rarity for a an inner-city suburban house less than 20 minutes to the CBD. Cairns Property Office agent Oliver Voss describes the house and its location as a “de-stressing” property. “The previous owners had very stressful jobs in the city and they really enjoyed coming home to this property,” Mr Voss said. “It’s a very peaceful environment. This four-bedroom house at 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead is labelled a tranquil and exotic rainforest family home by Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss.“It’s at the end of the street, the neighbours aren’t nearby, and you’re completely surrounded by rainforest. “You can come home after a stressful day, sit on the veranda and enjoy the environment. “It’s good for the soul.” Mr Voss said when he usually opened homes for inspections, he liked playing background music to help set the scene, but 135 Hear Cl had forced him to change his game. “I want people to come in and hear the birds, the wind and just everything from the rainforest. It’s very soothing. “People that use apps with sounds to cure insomnia, well I reckon this is where they come to record those sounds.” Cairns Property Office Redlynch agent Oliver Voss said one of the major drawcards for the property were the sliding doors that helped brings sounds, and breezes from the rainforest into the house.He said the comfort and lifestyle on offer flowed into the bedrooms. “The master bedroom has sliding doors with direct access on to the veranda overlooking the forest and the pool. “You could leave those doors open and enjoy both the sounds and the breeze of the rainforest as you sleep. “It also comes with a large ensuite with a double vanity and a walk-in robe as well.” Entry to the home is via a beautiful solid timber staircase which leads to the main living area including spacious, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge rooms.The modern kitchen has plenty of space and features a gas cooktop, an island bench and its own walk-in pantry. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago 135 Hearl Close, Brinsmead has an open-plan living area.The clever use of sliding doors brings the outdoors in, and gives a feeling of endless space and freedom. Downstairs is a separate fourth bedroom and another bathroom which could be used as a granny flat or it would be useful for someone who works from home and needs a studio area. “Again it would be the perfect work environment because of your surroundings,” Mr Voss said. “Or it would be perfect for boomerang kids.” There is also an undercover patio area to enjoy the peaceful surroundings from and a double-car garage with storage space. “Overall I’d say it’s a modern and contemporary home that’s been freshly painted and presents beautifully. “But the major catch is its surroundings. It’s in a very leafy part of Brinsmead and there’s not much traffic this way.“Maintenance is very low because your backyard is the rainforest.”last_img read more

Fisherman’s feast to be celebrated in Marigot

first_imgLocalNews Fisherman’s feast to be celebrated in Marigot by: – June 22, 2012 Share The Marigot Fishries complex where activities will be held. Photo credit: Flicker.com Sunday June 24th, 2012 will mark the celebration of the Feast of St. Peters in the northern community of Marigot.The feast dubbed the “Fisherman’s feast” has been organized by the North Eastern Multi-Purpose Co-operatives of Marigot and the Marigot Village Council.Activities will commence at 8:00 a.m. with a church service at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Marigot followed by a procession to the Marigot fisheries complex where the blessing and judging of the boat will take place and the laying of the wreaths.An award ceremony is also planned where a number of fishermen, past and present will be recognized for their contribution to the fishing industry in their community and Dominica by large.A Dominica competition and boat race are carded for later in the day where a variety of fish dishes will be on sale.To climax this celebration the crowd will be treated to musical entertainment by Club DVD sounds from Marigot.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 65 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Dearborn County Represented In LEADS Awards

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. – Dearborn County will be well represented at the Leaders in Entrepreneurship Awards Day (LEADS) in November.The annual event recognizes entrepreneurs and service providers in Southern Indiana. LEADS awards have eleven categories and three of the 2014 winners are from Dearborn County.The third annual celebration of entrepreneurship will be held November 12 in Jeffersonville.LEADS Indiana 2014 Winners:FranNet Franchisee of the Year – Linda Goepper, Liberty Tax Service (Dearborn County)Family Owned Business of the Year – Batesville Products (Dearborn County)Entrepreneurial Community Award  – City of Lawrenceburg (Dearborn County)View a complete list of award winners here.last_img

Chanderpaul, Vilas join Lancashire on Kolpak deals

first_imgLANCASHIRE have signed former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, both as non-overseas players.Only Brian Lara has scored more Test runs for the West Indies than Guyanese-born Chanderpaul, 42, who scored 11 867 runs and 30 centuries in 164 matches.He has agreed a one-year contract, while 31-year-old Vilas has signed a two-year deal with the Red Rose county.The last of Vilas’ six Tests was against England in January 2016.The emergence of Quinton de Kock as South Africa’s first-choice wicketkeeper significantly reduced the international prospects of Vilas, who averages almost 40 in first-class cricket.He is the latest of a number of South Africa internationals to sign Kolpak deals with English counties.Pace bowler Kyle Abbott and batsman Rilee Roussouw will play for Hampshire in 2017, while Sussex have signed all-rounders David Wiese and Stiaan van Zyl.Another all-rounder, Simon Harmer, has agreed a contract with promoted Essex, while fast bowler Hardus Viljoen has joined Derbyshire.Chanderpaul excited by ‘talent’ in squadChanderpaul, who played eight first-class matches for Lancashire in 2010, retired from international cricket in January 2016.“It’s an extremely ambitious club and there are some fantastically talented young cricketers in the squad,” said the veteran left-hander, who has also had spells in English county cricket with Derbyshire, Durham and Warwickshire.“I’m looking forward to passing on some of my experience to the younger players in the squad.“The 2017 season is going to be an exciting and progressive one for Lancashire County Cricket Club and all concerned with it.”Vilas added: “I’m relishing the opportunity of playing county cricket. It’s going to be a huge challenge.“There are a lot of exciting players in the squad and we’ll be hoping to challenge for silverware in all competitions.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

The Latest: Tennis Integrity Unit ties case rise to virus

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic. The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22.That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July. World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.” ___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million). Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___ The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___ April 8, 2020 The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich. CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. Associated Press The Latest: Tennis Integrity Unit ties case rise to viruslast_img read more

Amazon Warriors begin Hero CPL 2019 conquest tonight against St Lucia Zouks

first_imgHAVING shared last season’s home and away matches one apiece, Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks will clash tonight, here at the Guyana  National Stadium, Providence, in the second match of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.0The Guyana Amazon Warriors have been runners-up on four occasions with the CPL title proving elusive. However, ahead of tonight’s match, head coach Johan Botha has maintained that their main aim coming into this new campaign is to finish in the top four and take it from there.Full of talent, the duo of young hard-hitting left-handed batsmen, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, in the middle order ranks are two of the most dangerous batsmen in the tournament and they form part of a strong line-up along with Sherfane Rutherford and Shoaib Malik.Pakistani international Shoaib Malik will lead the side and he will be a key member of the team while his countryman leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Australian Ben Laughlin will lead the bowling department as the Warriors look to make a solid start.Formerly St Lucia Stars and now known the St Lucia Zouks, the Darren Sammy-led side will be looking to play hard as they seek a change in fortunes; for they are yet to finish any higher than fourth since the inception of the tournament.St Lucia Zouks’ Christopher Barnwell bowls to batsman Andre Fletcher in the nets. (Michelangelo Jacobus photo)Their squad has seen plenty changes from the initial group of players who were earmarked for the 2019 season, as Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella and Beuran Hendricks are all expected to miss the tournament.In their stead Cameron Delport, Hardus Viljoen, Najibullah Zadran and Colin de Grandhomme have been called up although the latter two will miss out due to other commitments.However, local boys Andre Fletcher, John Campbell, Obed McCoy and Rahkeem Cornwall will all be expected to rise to the occasion.The game bowls off at 18:00hrs and is the first of three home games for the Warriors.On Saturday (September 7), Warriors play St Kitts and Nevis Patriots while on Sunday (September 8), they will face Barbados Tridents.Guyana Amazon Warriors squad reads: Anthony Bramble (wicketkeeper), Chris Green, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Ben Laughlin, Saurabh Netravalkar, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Shadab Khan, Romario Shepherd, Shoaib Malik (captain), Keagan Simmons, Odean Smith.St Lucia Zouks squad reads: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Barnwell, John Campbell, Roland Cato, Rahkeem Cornwall, Colin de Grandhomme, Cameron Delport, Niroshan Dickwella, Fawad Ahmed, Andre Fletcher, Beuran Hendricks, Kavem Hodge, Nitish Kumar, Keddy Lesporis, Andre McCarthy, Obed McCoy, Lasith Malinga, Najibullah Zadran, Thisara Perera, Jeavor Royal, Hardus Viljoen, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

Ronaldo Reaches Record 400 Goals

first_imgRonaldo has scored five goals in 10 games since his £99m summer move from Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe’s top five leagues as Juventus dropped points for the first time this season. Ronaldo’s fifth Serie A goal for Juve was added to his 84 Premier League strikes for Manchester United and 311 in La Liga for Real Madrid.He tapped in after Joao Cancelo’s shot was blocked – having earlier hit the post with a header. But Daniel Bessa equalised with a header from Christian Kouame’s cross.Juventus defenders switched off for the goal, expecting the ball to drop for a corner – but Kouame kept it in and found an unmarked Bessa. The hosts dominated most of the game, but of their 21 shots, only three were on target – all from Ronaldo, who had 11 efforts in total, in the first half.Krzysztof Piatek’s run of scoring in every game for Genoa since his summer move from Cracovia came to an end. The 23-year-old Poland striker had scored 13 goals in his first eight games.Ronaldo’s landmark puts him 10 goals above the second top scorer in Europe’s main leagues, Lionel Messi – who scored his 390th La Liga goal for Barcelona in their 4-2 win against Sevilla.Champions Juve had won their opening eight Serie A games and two Champions League fixtures. They are four points above second-placed Napoli – who beat Udinese 3-0 yesterday.On Tuesday, Juventus visit Manchester United in the Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Spring teams will keep title streak alive

first_imgI’ve got a fever and the only prescription is not more cowbell — sorry, Christopher Walken. Rather, I think the only cure here is a national championship from one of our USC athletics teams this spring.USC has won at least one national team championship every year for the past eight years, which means the last year without a team title was 2006. Prior to the current streak, at least one team had won a national team title from 2001 to 2005.Therefore, in the past 14 years, USC has won at least one championship in every  year but one.As the school year begins to wind down, though, even I am beginning to get a little bit anxious as to whether our teams will be able to extend this unprecedented streak.The Trojan faithful shouldn’t stress too much, though, because I’m not going to let this happen on my watch, and it appears that one of the USC spring sports teams is here to save the day.Fortunately, for the sake of the streak, many of these teams are currently on fire, and it doesn’t look like firefighters are putting it out any time soon.For starters, the Easter bunny seemed to be a good luck charm for USC teams this past weekend, as they went a perfect 10-0, with almost all of these wins coming against conference opponents.As of April 1, USC had 11 teams that were ranked in the top-10, and three were ranked as the top team in the land.Statistically speaking, USC has a relatively good chance of keeping the streak alive as long as one of these scorching teams can pull off a natty. The big question, though, is which one of these team has the best shot of winning a title in their respective sports?There’s no doubt that a program that has caught much of our attention this spring is the USC baseball team, which currently owns its highest ranking since 2006 at No. 6. They kicked off the season as one of the hottest teams in all of collegiate baseball with a 12-0 start. They also sent a message to the rest of the nation early on after beating three of the nation’s best programs: TCU, Vanderbilt and crosstown rival UCLA, at Dodger Stadium.The team has, indeed, carried the momentum into conference play by winning each of its three series in conference, including a sweep of Arizona, the first time they accomplished that feat since 2001.The Trojans have a crucial Pac-12 series coming up at home this weekend against the Bruins, and while I think USC is in a great position to win a conference title and get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005 under third year-skipper Dan Hubbs, I don’t think they will be able to get through the gauntlet that makes up the postseason in collegiate baseball. It would be a huge accomplishment in itself even if the Trojans reached to the College World Series in Omaha.To be honest, I think it will be one of the Women of Troy teams that will save the day in the end.I wouldn’t be surprised at all if either women’s sand volleyball, women’s golf or women’s tennis, which all currently boast No. 1 rankings, are able to win titles in their respective sportsThe sand volleyball team, still  in just its fourth season under head coach Anna Collier, is probaly the hottest team at USC right now.Currently boasting a perfect 15-0 record and coming off a huge win over defending champion Pepperdine at their home sand on Zuma Beach,  the Women of Troy are poised to become the new queens of the sand, should they be able to keep up their high level of play.The only caviat here would be that women’s sand volleyball doesn’t become a full-fledged NCAA championship sport until next year.Moving on, the top-ranked women’s tennis team has also been on top of its game lately with its current eight-match winning streak.In the process, the Women of Troy have knocked off a number of ranked Pac-12 foes, putting them in good shape as they close out their regular season at home before moving onto the conference and NCAA Tournaments.Also, on the men’s side, you can never count out head coach Peter Smith and his squad, who won four consecutive national titles leading up to 2013 and then secured USC’s 100th  NCAA Championship in 2014.Finally, when you’re talking about legendary head coaches, you can’t go without talking the one and only Jovan Vavic and the water polo dynasty he has built.The No. 3 ranked Women of Troy, which is led by the program’s all-time leading scorer in senior Monica Vavic, is currently on a six-game winning streak and is hungry to return to the national title game after losing to UCLA in the semifinals in 2014.The program took home the national title the year before in 2013.I really hope that these teams don’t let me down after I just talked them all up so much, but that’s honestly how confident I am in these teams’ ability to deliver in the postseason.In an attempt to channel my inner Pat Riley, I feel so grateful to be a Trojan, and I’m guaranteeing to all USC fans that  at least one of these varsity teams will win a title this spring and keep the streak alive. Can you dig it?Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

In weekend of Badger victories, women’s basketball wins season opener

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-2015 season with a 71-60 victory over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.In a weekend filled with Badger victories, it was time for the women’s basketball team to step up, head coach Bobbie Kelsey said.“We’re very happy with the win, it’s a nice way to start our season with the ‘W’,” Kelsey said. “After the football team did what they did, and [women’s] soccer won their [NCAA opening-round] game, everybody’s doing well, and we gotta carry our weight.”The win saw the Badgers lead by as much as 30 early in the second half, but the Redbirds wouldn’t go away.“I was really happy with our team’s fight,” Illinois State’s head coach Barb Smith said. “I was obviously not so happy we were down by 30, but the fight back, it showed a lot of character.”The Badgers carried a 34-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, behind junior guard Nicole Bauman’s seven points and five assists at the break.At the half, both teams struggled shooting the ball, with the Redbirds shooting at 26.5 percent, including 1-10 from three-point range. Wisconsin shot the ball at 34.4 percent, but made three out of their nine attempted threes.Redshirt senior Michala Johnson dropped in two buckets from the post to open the second-half scoring for the Badgers, which would mark the beginning of a 20-3 run to open the half.“Once my guards set screens for me and I come off the screens and finish strong, then I feel more comfortable finishing around the basket,” Johnson said.Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points and added seven rebounds.With the score at 42-24, Bauman took over. She drove hard to the lane and hit a layup to increase UW’s lead to 20. On the ensuing defensive position, she blocked a driving redbird, then streaked up court to find freshman Cayla McMorris on the block for an easy basket.The next possession for Wisconsin, Bauman, who finished with 14 points, drilled a three to make it 49-24. She then stole the ball and found McMorris for a three on the right wing for one of her nine assists, a career-high.McMorris drove to the paint and converted a weak-handed layup on the following possession put the Badgers up 54-24, which would be their largest lead of the game.In McMorris’ first regular-season collegiate game, she finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.“To start the game I had a lot of jitters, nervousness,” McMorris said. “But once I started playing, it goes away.”The young guard impressed her coach by being aggressive and taking the ball to the hoop, Kelsey said.Down by 30, Illinois State battled back. Senior Katy Winge put the Redbirds on her back, scoring 25 points on 8-18 shooting, including 20 second-half points.There wasn’t nearly enough time to mount any sort of comeback, although the last 12 minutes of play didn’t sit well with Kelsey.“I knew they weren’t gonna just be down by 30 and let us just steamroll them,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes the kids don’t really understand that they gotta keep their foot on their necks so to speak and close the game out the way we know we can.”Although Wisconsin had a significant height advantage — three of their starting five stands at over 6-foot compared to Illinois State’s tallest starter listed at 6-foot — the Badgers only out-rebounded the Redbirds by two (43-41).The game saw the return of Wisconsin redshirt senior Cassie Rochel, who sat out last season with a back injury and grabbed a medical redshirt. In her first regular-season game back, she had eight points and five rebounds in five minutes.Although the stat sheet looked similar at the final buzzer, the results were disproportional.Each team had 29 defensive rebounds, and while it seemed only a small advantage in the offensive rebounding column for UW (14-12), Wisconsin had 15 second-chance points while ISU had seven.Each team turned the ball over eight times, but Wisconsin was able to push the ball and get 15 points off of turnovers, including 12 fast break points. The Redbirds only had four points off of both turnovers and fast breaks.“It’s just a matter of being more intentional about running both ends of the floor,” Kelsey said. “So that’s what we were doing. And hitting shots.”Both teams took 66 shots, with UW making 27 (40.9 percent) and ISU sinking 23 (34.8 percent).In a tough non-conference schedule, Kelsey knows what kind of competition awaits the Badgers, and knows her team must take advantage of victories against lesser opponents.“If that wasn’t a 30-point lead game we would’ve been in trouble. We know what’s coming,” Kelsey said.“We’re playing for what’s coming, not necessarily what’s in front of us. We’re not looking ahead, but we have to shore up some areas to make sure we give ourselves the best chance to win those games as well.”last_img read more