Posted on 01 May 2012 by WNST Audio
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Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland women’s basketball sophomore Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Thursday. The conference’s top individual honor is voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.
Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., is just the second sophomore ever to be honored with the league’s top honor in its 29-year history. Duke’s Alana Beard won in 2002 as a sophomore. Beard and Thomas were both named ACC Rookie of the Year in their respective freshman seasons.
She is the fourth Terrapin to win the honor and the third in the last five years. Vicky Bullett won in 1989, Crystal Langhorne was honored in 2008 and Kristi Toliver won in 2009.
“First, I have to thank my teammates and our coaches. They push me every single day and we play hard for each other,” Thomas said. “This is such an honor because there’s so many great players in our league.”
Thomas, the ACC’s leading scorer, is averaging 17.0 points per game and 17.7 points per conference game. Her 8.5 rebounds per ACC game are fifth-best in the league. She was named ACC Player of the Week Monday and recorded a total of four weekly honors this season – more than any other player in the league.
“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa and we’re really appreciative that the voters recognized the incredible season she’s had for Maryland,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We also know that there were other worthy candidates. I think Alyssa’s had more legendary-type moments in one season than most have in a lifetime. Her will to win is unsurpassed and I don’t think anyone plays harder for her team. She’s easy to coach and she responds to being challenged. Of course, this could not have happened without her tremendous teammates and the staff.”
“We feel like we’ve helped her improve, but really, what you see from Alyssa all started back home in Harrisburg, where she was raised by an incredible family and community. As a person and a player, she’s one of the people you want to wear your uniform and to represent your school. We’re incredibly proud and happy for her and our program.”
Thomas proved to be a game-changer for the Terrapins. In their third ACC contest of the season, Thomas scored 18 second half points, including the winning jumper with 17.0 seconds left, to help Maryland come back from a 20-point deficit to top Georgia Tech. Two days later, she made a reverse layup at the buzzer to force overtime at North Carolina. The Terps would go on to win 76-72.
In the Terrapins’ 63-61 win over No. 5 Duke on Feb. 19, Thomas pulled in 12 rebounds but made one of the best defensive plays of the season on the last play. With four seconds left in the game and the Terps with a two-point lead, Thomas helped get a stop in the paint to force the ball outside. As the Blue Devils swung it around the arc to Haley Peters on the opposite side of the court from Thomas, she sprinted to Peters and blocked the potential game-winning shot as the buzzer expired, sealing the win for the Terrapins. It would be Duke’s lone loss in ACC play.
A week later, she scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half to lead Maryland to a 65-50 win at North Carolina State in the regular season finale. In one 10-minute span in the second half, she rattled off 16 straight points for the Terrapins and finished with a career-high 17 blocks and four rebounds.
Thomas has scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games this season with eight double-doubles. The Terrapins won four straight to end the regular season. In that four-game span, Thomas averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and four assists per game.
“What Alyssa has done this year against some stiff competition is nothing short of remarkable and has been so much fun to watch,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “Alyssa represents all that we are here at Maryland with her incredible work ethic, love for her team and leadership on and off the court. Congratulations to her and her teammates, Coach Frese and the rest of the program for their part in this special award.”
Four members of the fifth-ranked Terrapins squad were named to the All-ACC Teams announced Monday. Thomas earned first team honors, while Tianna Hawkins made the second team. Lynetta Kizer and Laurin Mincy each earned honorable mention honors and Kizer was enamed the ACC’s Sixth Player of the Year. Brene Moseley was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team Tuesday and Alicia DeVaughn was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team Wednesday.
The Terrapins (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the 35th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m. as the No. 3 seed. They will play either sixth-seeded Virginia or 11th-seeded Boston College, depending on Thursday’s result.
All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN), which includes Comcast SportsNet +, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida and the New England Sports Network. Friday’s contest can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet +. The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and Maryland’s games will also be shown online on the Terps’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarylandWomensBasketballFans.
For more information, visit the official site of the 2012 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. Fans can also follow the upcoming Tournament games on Twitter at @ACCwbb.
Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches’ poll and No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press rankings.
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Posted on 27 January 2012 by WNST Staff
Suggs, Ware Named Co-Winners of 4th Professional Butkus Award®
CHICAGO – (January 27, 2012) – Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware were named co-winners of the fourth annual professional Butkus Award®, honoring the best linebackers. It is the second such honor for Ware, who won the first ever professional Butkus Award in 2008.
The Awards will be announced formally on a special broadcast of Pro Football Weekly the weekend of January 27-29 on Comcast and Fox Sports Network (check local listings).
Suggs and Ware both received 46 points and 10 first place votes from the panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists, coordinated by Pro Football Weekly. Meanwhile, rookie Von Miller of the Denver Broncos finished third with 14 points, after having won the collegiate Butkus Award in 2010 while at Texas A&M University. NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers and Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs finished fourth and fifth, with 10 points. Six other players received votes, including 2010 winner Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and 2009 winner Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers.
“Suggs and Ware excelled at beating their blockers and terrorizing quarterbacks,” said Hub Arkush, editor of Pro Football Weekly.
“Terrell Suggs had his best year in 2011 of his nine years in the NFL, especially against the run. He understands blocking angles as well as anyone, and has been one of the most consistent pass rushers during his career. He really stepped up his dominant play when Ray Lewis had a late-season injury.
“DeMarcus Ware is the best pure pass rusher in football. He is a persistent and dominating defensive player, and overcame an off-season foot surgery to regain his speed and explosion during 2011.”
In addition to Suggs and Ware, other 2011 season honorees include collegiate winner Luke Kuechly of Boston College and high school winner Noor Davis of Leesburg High School in Florida. A complete list of winners is available at www.thebutkusaward.com.
The Butkus Award honors legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, who wants athletes, coaches and fans to join him in the I Play Clean™ campaign, which encourages teen athletes to train hard, eat well and play with attitude instead of resorting to illegal steroids. More information is at www.iplayclean.org
Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt was a defensive lineman for the University of Southern California, and joins his father in philanthropic efforts. Friend him at www.facebook.com/51.butkus.
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Posted on 20 December 2011 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Navy (Tuesday 7pm Alumni Hall)
10. Kix (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live); Cinder Road (Friday 7pm Recher Theatre); Mint Condition (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cris Jacobs Band (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Carbon Leaf (Thursday 8pm Friday 3pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Chuck Brown/Wale (Wednesday 6pm 9:30 Club); Common “The Dreamer, The Believer” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
Judge me all you want. I went to see Mint Condition (and Boyz II Men actually) on the 4th of July a few years ago in Phoenix. It was AWESOME.
Knowing CJB is playing in Federal Hill Friday night only makes me sad thinking about The Bridge…
I’m such a nerdy fan of Carbon Leaf…
Honestly, I don’t think much of Wale’s new record. But his first was a freaking JAM…
9. John Waters Christmas (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center-Lyric); “Warrior” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); “The Adventures of Tintin” (Wednesday) & “War Horse” (Sunday) out in theaters
If I can’t make it to The Lyric Wednesday night, I’d be willing to settle for watching old clips of John Waters talking to David Letterman…
“Warrior” was the best movie of the year you didn’t see. Did you enjoy “The Wrestler”? “The Fighter”? Yeah…that realm.
Oh, and “War Horse” is the movie your girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.
Wait. Strike that.
“War Horse” is the movie MY girlfriend REALLY wants to see but is also REALLY afraid might be very sad so she’s thinking about not seeing it.
It’s confusing. Here’s this!
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Posted on 18 December 2011 by WNST Staff
|Opponent||St. Bonaventure Bonnies|
|Date||Sunday, December 18, 2011|
|Location||St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Reilly Center|
|TV||St. Bonaventure Webstream|
|Series Record||St. Bonaventure leads, 7-0|
|Last Meeting||St. Bonaventure 98, Loyola 73 – Jan. 27, 1975 at St. Bona.|
Loyola University Maryland will return to the court, after taking the week off for final exams, on Sunday, December 18, to take on St. Bonaventure University at 2:30 p.m.
The eight-day layoff the Greyhounds will close is their longest of the season.
The Greyhounds will be looking for their first-ever win against St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies have won all seven of the previous games.
The teams first met on the hardwood in March 1927, a 33-18 St. Bonaventure victory. The sides met again in 1936-1937 and then not again until Nap Doherty’s Greyhounds took on the Bonnies on December 22, 1967. They met again during the 1969-1970 and 1970-1971 seasons when St. Bonaventure was ranked No. 5 and No. 19 by The Associated Press. Bona’s 1969-1970 team, a squad that advanced to the Final Four with future Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier in his senior year, was the highest-ranked team Loyola would face until playing No. 3 Kansas on January 8, 2008.
Sunday’s game will be the first meeting between the teams since January 27, 1975, a 98-73 St. Bonaventure win.
A Good Run
Since falling at Wake Forest on November 11 in the season-opener, the Greyhounds have reeled off eight-straight victories. The winning streak is the longest in the school’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-82), and it is the longest since the 1964-1965 team won eight in a row during January and February.
Honors Abound For Cormier
Loyola sophomore guard Dylon Cormier picked up a couple of awards for his recent play last week, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week honors, both for the first time in his career.
Cormier averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over George Washington University and Mount St. Mary’s University.
This season, Cormier leads Loyola in scoring (17.8), 3-point percentage (.452), steals (1.9) and is third in rebounding (5.0).
Loyola’s eight-game winning streak has received more attention of late from the national media. The Greyhounds were ranked 15th in the latest edition of the ESPN.com Mid-Major Power 15 Rankings, and they checked in at 23rd in the current CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
It is the first time Loyola has been ranked in the CollegeInsider.com poll since late in the 2007-2008 season.
The Greyhounds are one of two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams – Iona the other – that is ranked in both polls. The Gaels are 11th on ESPN.com, fifth in the CollegeInsider.com edition.
Walker Off And Running At Mount
Shane Walker scored his first five points of the game last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s from the free-throw line, but he made a 3-pointer from the top left of the arc with less than five seconds to go in the first half, pushing the Greyhounds’ lead to seven at the break.
In the second half, he continued his scoring effort, tallying 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second 20 minute stretch. He made another three and finished the game 10-of-13 from the charity stripe, setting career-highs in free throws made and attempted.
Walker’s 20 points were a season-high, and the game marked the eighth time in nine games this year he has scored 10 or more.
His only sub 10-point outing came one game earlier when he scored just four points at George Washington. Both of his field goals against the Colonials were big ones, however. The first came after George Washington cut Loyola’s one-time 20-point advantage to just eight with 5:18 to play, and the momentum appeared to have shifted to the Colonials. On the ensuing possession, R.J. Williams misfired on a jumper, but Walker came from the weak side to grab the rebound and lay it off the glass for his first points.
Minutes later, Walker took advantage of a mismatch at the top of the perimeter and drove down the right side of the lane, laying another basket off the backboard to put Loyola up 15 in the final 90 seconds.
He also had a season-best nine rebounds against George Washington.
Big Shots From Bobby
Robert Olson was just a point behind Shane Walker for team-high honors at Mount St. Mary’s, finishing with a season-high 19. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from behind the arc.
He scored 16 of his points after halftime, making a three 43 ticks in after the Mountaineers had cut Loyola’s lead to four. He then had a traditional 3-point play and one from behind the arc in consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left to push the Greyhounds lead to 12 on two occasions.
Doing It On Defense
Mount St. Mary’s pulled within five points, 46-41, with 9:01 left in the second half last Saturday, but the Greyhounds defense keyed their next run.
Loyola went on a modest 7-0 run that covered four minutes, 20 seconds, but the forced a Mount turnover and did not allow an offensive rebound during the stretch. On the offensive end, the Greyhounds scored on three of five possessions, using a good chunk of the shot clock each time.
Timing Was Right
Justin Drummond scored all nine of his points in the first half at Mount St. Mary’s, although he did not make his first two field goals until less than 90 seconds were left in the stanza.
Aggressive play by Drummond, on the offensive glass and driving to the basket, put Drummond at the free throw line for six attempts, of which he made five, in the game’s first 17 minutes.
With under a 90 seconds in the first half, Drummond twice took the ball on the low block, backed his defender down and scored off the glass. His four points were in the middle of a 9-0 run Loyola used to close the half and go from two down to seven up at the break.
Erik Etherly did not score on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s, marking the first time in 39 games at Loyola the forward has been held without a point. It also snapped a 19-game streak of scoring 10 or more points for Etherly.
Best Start In Division I History
Loyola’s victory against Siena on December 3 moved the Greyhounds’ record to 6-1 and gave the 2011-2012 team the best start in school Division I history, improving on the 5-1 start the Greyhounds achieved in 2005-2006.
The Greyhounds also are 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in the 23 years in the league.
Last Time Out
Mount St. Mary’s came out strong in the 167th all-time meeting between the teams, taking a five point lead in the first half, but Loyola scored the final nine points of the frame to go up by seven on a Shane Walker three with four ticks left on the clock.
Julian Norfleet pulled The Mount to within four on two occasions early in the second half, but Robert Olson made one of his three 3-pointers the first time, and a 5-0 mini-run fueled by four Shane Walker points pulled the Greyhounds further in front.
Norfleet led all scorers with 23, but Walker was close behind with 20, and Olson had 19. Dylon Cormier added 15, while Anthony Winbush led all players with eight rebounds, a season-high.
Back-To-Back Career Nights
Dylon Cormier tied his previous career-high of 20 points against both Coppin State and UMBC earlier this season, matching the amount he scored last season as a freshman, also against UMBC.
He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on December 3 at Siena, scoring 22, and he set another career-high one game later with a game-best 26 in the win over George Washington.
This season, Cormier has averaged 18.3 points per game through eight games, scoring 15 or more five times. Last season, Cormier scored 10 or more in 12 games, something he has already done eight times this year.
His points have come in a variety of ways. At Siena, he knocked down 5-of-6 threes, while against the Colonials, he posted 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Earlier in the year, he scored 20 at UMBC behind a 15-of-17 effort from the charity stripe.
Cormier also registered a career-best nine rebounds against George Washington.
Erik Etherly posted his second double-double in three games, scoring 12 points to go with a career-high tying 15 rebounds at George Washington. This season, Etherly has double-doubles in half of the Greyhounds’ eight games, and all four have come in victories. Wednesday night’s effort was the ninth of his career.
Up to and including that game, Etherly scored in double-figures for 19-straight games, starting January 28, 2011, against Siena. In those 19 games, Etherly averaged 14.3 points per game.
Threes Starting To Fall
After starting the season cold from behind the 3-point arc – the Greyhounds made just 11-of-56 (.196) in their first four games – Loyola has seemingly reversed the trend, making 35-of-77 (.454) in its last five contests.
The Greyhounds were 6-of-16 (.375) against Florida Gulf Coast, 8-of-15 (.533) in the Marist tilt, 8-of-19 (.421) at Siena, a season-best 6-of-11 (.545) at George Washington and 7-of-16 (.438) at Mount St. Mary’s.
During the last five contests, Dylon Cormier has made 10-of-16 (.625) 3-pointers, while Robert Olson has hit 10-of-23 (435). R.J. Williams is 4-of-7 (.571); Justin Drummond, 5-of-12 (.417); and Shane Walker, 5-of-15 (.333).
Crashing The Boards
Loyola has outrebounded opponents by 63 this season, 352-289, through nine games, an average of 7.0 per contest.
The Greyhounds’ advantage has been even more dramatic on the offensive glass where they have outrebounded opponents, 143-101. They have pulled down offensive boards on nearly 50-percent of missed shots this season.
Last Saturday’s eight offensive rebounds against Mount. St. Mary’s were the fewest Loyola has had this season and the first time it has grabbed less than 13 offensive boards.
The offensive rebounds have come from guards and forwards. Dylon Cormier, Shane Walker and Erik Etherly lead the team with 23 each, while Justin Drummond is right behind with 22. Anthony Winbush has 12.
Productive Minutes For Latham
Jordan Latham played a career-high 18 minutes for Loyola in the frontcourt at Mount St. Mary’s. While the 6-foot-8 forward scored just two points, he played solid interior defense for the Greyhounds that included swatting a shot into the third row of the stands.
Latham is a new addition to the Loyola side this season after transferring during the offseason from Xavier. He was granted an NCAA waiver and will be immediately eligible to play for the Greyhounds in 2011-2012 rather than having to sit out the typical year-in-residency.
Latham returned to his home city when joining the Greyhounds. The 6-foot-8 forward played high school basketball a mere 2.5 miles from Loyola’s campus at the storied Baltimore City College, a high school that has produced two sitting U.S. Congressmen (Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.) and a U.S. Senator (Ben Cardin D-Md.).
Stopping A Scorer
The Greyhounds’ scouting report heading into the George Washington game focused on stopping the Colonials’ leading scorer, Tony Taylor. Mission accomplished.
The Greyhounds yielded just six points to Taylor, who averaged more than 15 per game entering the contest. Taylor, who was also honored before the game for recently scoring his 1,000th career point, made just 3-of-8 shot attempts and was held with a 3-point make.
Solid MAAC Start
Loyola did something earlier this month it had never accomplished in 22 previous seasons in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds went 2-0 in their first two league games, defeating Marist at home and Siena on the road.
The Greyhounds also won their conference opener for the first time since 2005-2006, marking just the fourth time in 23 seasons they were 1-0 in the MAAC.
Loyola caused 20 Siena turnovers, and the Greyhounds were credited with 19 steals. R.J. Williams led the way with a career-high five, while Erik Etherly, Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each had three.
The 19 steals are the second-most in school history, one more than the Greyhounds posted in a November 29, 1997, game at Kent State. It is also the most Loyola has recorded against a Division I opponent. The school single-game record of 20 came on February 28, 1996, when the team closed the regular-season against St. Mary’s (Md.).
Consistency Is The Key
Up until the George Washington win, three Loyola players – Dylon Cormier (13, 20, 20, 16, 14, 15, 22), Shane Walker (12, 15, 12, 15, 10, 11, 10) and Erik Etherly (11, 15, 27, 11, 15, 14, 11) have scored in double figures in each of the Greyhounds’ first seven games, something never accomplished by the same three players in the program’s Division I history.
Walker was held to just four against the Colonials, but Cormier finished with 26, and Etherly had 12.
The last time three Loyola players scored 10 or more over a six-game stretch was the 1997-1998 season when Mike Powell, Jason Rowe and Roderick Platt accomplished the task in consecutive games from January 25-February 15, 1998. Loyola was 5-1 in those games.
The Greyhounds had not had the same three players score 10 or more in four-straight games since Gerald Brown, Marquis Sullivan and Michael Tuck did it against Rider, UC-Davis, Canisius and Marist from February 18-March 2, 2008. Loyola was 3-1 during that stretch.
R.J. Racks Up More Minutes
Freshman R.J. Williams made the first start of his collegiate career on November 20 at New Hampshire and has started the four games since then, playing 31 or more minutes in each.
With the increased playing time, Williams has also seen more productivity. After scoring eight points in the first four games of the season, he has scored eight versus both Florida Gulf Coast and Marist. Against the Red Foxes, he finished with a career-high six assists, the most by a Loyola player this season.
Four of Williams’ assists came in the final 11:16 of the game as Loyola outscored Marist, 29-15, during that stretch.
Williams continued his solid play against Siena, dishing out four assists to go with six points and a career-high five steals.
Spreading The Wealth
Five Loyola players scored in double figures in the Marist contest, the second time this season (Coppin State) the Greyhounds have had five score 10 or more.
In the first seven games of the season, at least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more in every game, and in all but one, four or more have topped the 10-point mark.
In the Greyhounds’ January 30 victory last year over Iona, six players scored in double-figures, and the team’s top two scorers at the time did not even dress for the contest. It was the first time that a Loyola team had six players score in double figures since December 6, 1991, when the Greyhounds matched the feat in a 98-84 overtime home victory against Mount St. Mary’s.
Runs have been a big part of the Greyhounds’ success early this year. Here is a look at some runs of note:
|Coppin State||10-1, 4:26||31-32, 1:36 (1)||41-33, 17:11 (2)|
|UMBC||16-4, 8:08||35-31, 19:16 (2)||51-34, 11:08 (2)|
|FGCU||22-5, 6:53||15-16, 8:08 (1)||37-21, 1:11 (1)|
|Marist||9-0, 1:50||47-48, 11:16 (2)||56-48, 9:26 (2)|
|Marist||15-3, 5:47||61-57, 6:03 (2)||76-60, :16 (2)|
|Siena||13-0; 4:27||0-2, 19:28 (1)||13-2; 15:35 (1)|
|Geo. Wash.||17-0; 3:58||18-19, 6:28 (1)||34-19, 2:30 (1)|
|The Mount||9-0, 1:55||24-26, 1:59 (1)||33-26, :04 (1)|
Triple Digit Blocks
Shane Walker’s block of a Kevin Cantinol layup 1:25 into the second half against Florida Gulf Coast was the 100th rejection of his Loyola career. He is now one of three Greyhounds all-time to log 100 or more blocked shots, joining Brian Carroll (217, 1997-2001) George Sereikas (117, 1989-1993).
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road. Patsos, who is in his eighth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.
Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).
|Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List|
|1.||349||Lefty Reitz||1937-1944, 1945-1961|
Two Of A Kind
Although unofficial, research shows that Jimmy Patsos is one of only two coaches in the last 20 years to take over a team that won just one game the year prior to his arrival.
Brigham Young finished the 1996-1997 season with a 1-25 record. Steve Cleveland took over the following season and tallied 138 wins until his departure for Fresno State after the 2004-2005 season.
Two Over Twenty
Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier both hit, or exceeded, the 20-point plateau at UMBC with Etherly scoring 27 and Cormier chipping in 20.
It marked the first time since January 3, 2009, a stretch of 80 games, that a pair of Greyhounds scored 20 in the same game. On that date, Jamal Barney poured in 41 at Canisius, while Brett Harvey had 22.
Getting To The Line
As a team, Loyola went to the free-throw line 46 times at UMBC, making 31. The 46 attempts are the sixth-most all-time and most since the 2004-2005 squad attempted 53 on December 5, 2004, against Niagara.
Loyola’s 31 free throws made rank 11th on the school single-game chart and were the most since making 32 on January 14, 2009, versus NJIT.
Although his shot was not falling at UMBC, Dylon Cormier still found ways to be productive on the offensive end of the floor. The sophomore guard was just 2-of-9 from the field, but he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 15, and finished with 20 points.
Cormier’s 15 free throws made are tied for sixth in Loyola single-game history, matching the total made by Mike Powell at Saint Peter’s on December 6, 1997, and Donovan Thomas against Marist on February 23, 2003. The 15 makes were the most by a Loyola player since Jamal Barney set the school record with 18 on January 14, 2009, against NJIT. His 17 attempts rank tied for sixth all-time.
Cormier At His Best Against City Competition
Dylon Cormier matched his career-high with 20 points on Monday night in the win over Coppin State, and he matched that total, also finished with that same total on Thursday against UMBC.
The pair of 20-point performances match his freshman-year high of 20, also against UMBC, in the second game of his collegiate career.
Through three games this season, Cormier is averaging 17.3 points after leading the Greyhounds with 13 in the opener against Wake Forest. He is shooting 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field, third on the team.
Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby
Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Three players – sophomore guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), sophomore forward Jordan Latham (City) and freshman guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.
Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Shane Walker & Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Justin Drummond, Riverdale Baptist, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.
The Greyhounds continue their current six-game road trip with one more game before Christmas. Loyola will face the nation’s current No. 3 team, Kentucky, in Rupp Arena on Thursday, December 22, at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports South and air on many Fox Sports affiliates nationwide.
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Posted on 22 November 2011 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 14 September 2011 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Home-and-home match ups with Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia highlight the 2011-12 Maryland women’s basketball schedule, released Tuesday. All five of the aforementioned teams were selected to compete in the postseason in 2011.
The Terrapins will play at least 17 games against opponents that competed in either the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments in 2011. Ten of those games will be played in College Park.
Eight of the Terps’ games will be televised, including three on the ESPN family of networks. The other five will be shown on RSN, which consists of several regional cable syndicated networks throughout the ACC footprint, including Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, and New England Sports Network, reaches approximately 24 million households.
Highlighting the early non-conference schedule will be a matchup with Georgetown, who ended the 2010-11 season ranked 14th, on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Comcast Center.
Six local opponents are on the Terps’ non-conference slate. Maryland will welcome Loyola, Georgetown and Towson to Comcast Center, and will travel to UMBC, American and George Mason.
In the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Maryland will play host to 2011 postseason team Michigan for a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 30. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams and both are undefeated in the first four years of the Challenge.
The Terps, who went 24-8 and finished fourth in the ACC last year, will play their first five league games against 2011 postseason participants, including three on the road. They will play single-games at home vs. Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and single road games at Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State.
The Terrapins open league play at Florida State on Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. game, then return home for an 8:30 p.m. televised game vs. Georgia Tech on Jan. 6. Two days later, the Terrapins hit the road against to play at North Carolina at 1 p.m. Continuing its road trip, Maryland will take on Miami, who finished second in the league last year, in Coral Gables on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Maryland’s last three home games include a Feb. 12 matchup with Miami, which will be shown live on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. A week later, the Terrapins will play host to Duke for a 3 p.m. game on Feb. 19, which will also be shown on ESPN2. The Terps close out their home slate with a Feb. 24 game vs. North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. shown on RSN.
The 2011 ACC Tournament will be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The ACC Semifinals will be shown on ESPNU and the ACC Championship game will be shown on ESPN2.
Maryland will play host to the 2012 NCAA First and Second Rounds March 17 and 19 at Comcast Center.
The Terps will make their first appearance of the season at Maryland Madness on Oct. 14 at Comcast Center. They will play host to Messiah College for an exhibition on Nov. 1 and Holy Family for an exhibition on Nov. 6. Both exhibition games will be at 7 p.m.
2011-12 Maryland Women’s Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location Time
Tues. Nov. 1 Messiah College (Exhib.) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 6 Holy Family (Exhib.) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 11 LOYOLA (Md.) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 13 GEORGETOWN COLLEGE PARK, Md. 2 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 16 TOWSON COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 19 UMBC Baltimore, Md. 7 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 22 SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Florida International Thanksgiving Classic
Fri. Nov. 25 at Florida International Miami, Fla. 6 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 26 Cal State Bakersfield Miami, Fla. 2 p.m.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Wed. Nov. 30 MICHIGAN COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 4 at American Washington, D.C. 1 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 8 DELAWARE STATE COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 11 at George Mason Fairfax, Va. 2 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 28 LAFAYETTE COLLEGE PARK, Md. Noon
Thurs. Dec. 29 DELAWARE/ECU COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 2 at Florida State* Tallahassee, Fla. 7 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 6 GEORGIA TECH* (RSN) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 8 at North Carolina* (RSN) Chapel Hill, N.C. 1 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 12 at Miami* Coral Gables, Fla. 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 16 VIRGINIA* (RSN) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 8:30 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 19 WAKE FOREST* COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 22 at Duke* (ESPNU) Durham, N.C. 3:30 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 26 VIRGINIA TECH* COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 2 BOSTON COLLEGE* COLLEGE PARK, Md. 7 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 6 at Georgia Tech* (RSN) Atlanta, Ga. 7 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 9 at Clemson* Clemson, S.C. 7 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 12 MIAMI* (ESPN2) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 2:30 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 16 at Virginia* Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 19 DUKE* (ESPN2) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 3 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 24 NORTH CAROLINA* (RSN) COLLEGE PARK, Md. 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 26 at North Carolina State* Raleigh, N.C. 2 p.m.
*-denotes ACC game | Home games in BOLD CAPS
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Posted on 09 May 2011 by WNST Staff
Navy basketball coach Billy Lange and lacrosse coach Richie Meade both announced their resignations Monday. Lange will join Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova as an associate head coach, per FoxSports.com.
Here are the official releases from the Navy Sports Information Department…
Meade Resigns As Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach At The Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Richie Meade has resigned as the head men’s lacrosse coach and will be assigned to other duties, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today. Meade will continue as a full tenured professor.
“After coaching 26 years at a Service Academy as both an assistant at West Point and head coach at the Naval Academy, there are many coaches, student-athletes and staff whose philosophy on life has been influenced by Coach Meade,” said Gladchuk. “He is a man of strong character and is professionally dedicated to that which is represented through the moral, mental and physical dimensions of our mission. Coach Meade has been offered the opportunity to reach an even greater representation of the Brigade as a tenured professor for the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, where he can share his extensive experience with our midshipmen at large. Although today he is leaving the playing field, educating in an even broader context for the Brigade of Midshipmen can be personally rewarding and to the great benefit of the Academy. Our gratitude will continue to be with Richie.”
“As a coach I was very demanding of my players and held them to very high standards, so it’s appropriate that the Naval Academy should expect the same from me,” said Meade. “Lacrosse was a vehicle to teach the players about leadership. Through that I hope I made them better officers. Aside from my family, my most treasured relationships have been with the players I’ve been honored to coach. I’ve gotten a lot more from each one of them than they could have ever received from me. I look forward to continuing my association with the Naval Academy and leave my coaching duties without any regrets or apologies.”
Meade compiled a 169-120 (.585) record in 21 years as a head coach at the University of Baltimore and the Naval Academy, including a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 seasons at Navy. Over that period, he led Navy to five Patriot League regular- season and tournament titles and seven NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.
Navy will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.
Lange Resigns As Head Men’s Basketball Coach At The Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Billy Lange has resigned as the head men’s basketball coach.
“We all express our gratitude for the contributions Coach Lange has made to the Academy and the men’s basketball program,” said Gladchuk. “The Midshipmen who played for him have been outstanding representatives of the Brigade of Midshipmen and role models in the community. Navy Basketball reflects dedication, determination, passion, responsibility and class in large part due to the leadership Billy brought to Annapolis.”
“Being the head coach of Navy basketball has truly been and will always be one of the highest honors of my life,” said Lange. “To be associated with such a prestigious institution and be a part of the tradition, legacy and family of Navy basketball was a privilege. Seven years ago, we were tasked with a daunting misson; to re-establish a winning, passionate, committed culture. I can proudly say that Navy basketball is well respected within our conference, our region, and nationally. The program is poised for a great future. I will always cherish the special relationships I had and will continue to have with the young men I have coached, led and mentored and the talented staff I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. The experience has been incredible and I thank Chet Gladchuk for the wonderful opportunity. Above all, in light of what our great country accomplished eight days ago, it has been awe inspiring to be a part of developing our nation’s future leaders through the passion and oneness of Navy basketball.”
Lange was the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year and led Navy to upper-division finishes in each of the last four years.
Navy will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.
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Posted on 07 May 2011 by WNST Staff
After a wild Saturday of reports (including an initial report from ESPN 980-WTEM-in Washington, DC) saying University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller was set to replace Gary Williams as basketball coach at the University of Maryland, things got even wilder after midnight.
A late night Twitter update from U of A Athletic Director Greg Byrne said the following…
“Breaking news: Internet speculation wrong. Sean Miller is staying at Arizona as our hoops coach.”
An ensuing press release from Byrne confirmed the Tweet.
“Sean and I have had many positive conversations and have been working on a revised contract for some time” said Byrne in the release. “I’m pleased to confirm that we have agreed to an amendment to Sean’s contract that we hope will keep him in Tucson for many years to come.”
This appears to mean that a western trip from Terrapins Athletic Director and Baltimore Ravens owner/Terps booster Steve Bisciotti is for naught, and the school will be forced to consider other candidates.
Multiple reports have suggested Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has already removed his name from consideration. Other rumored candidates include Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, Villanova’s Jay Wright, VCU’s Shaka Smart and Butler’s Brad Stevens.
The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that Brey is closer to agreeing on a contract extension with the Fighting Irish. CSN Philadelphia reported Saturday that Wright will not be leaving Villanova.
Anderson and Bisciotti reportedly traveled to Las Vegas Saturday to meet with Miller at a Nike Coaches Clinic. Anderson’s visit was originally reported by FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, Bisciotti’s inclusion was originally reported by Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez.
Bisciotti’s involvement in the school’s coaching search came just 24 hours after he told WNST.net’s Glenn Clark decisively “no” when asked if he would be involved in the process. Clark interviewed Bisciotti at Williams’ retirement press conference in College Park Friday.
Miller appeared to be the frontrunner for the job, as the Ellwood City, Pennsylvania native was reported to be interested in returning to the East Coast. It is not immediately known why he made the decision to stay with the Wildcats.
Follow @WNST on Twitter for more details as they emerge.
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Posted on 05 April 2011 by WNST Staff
Here is the official release, courtesy of the Tigers’ Sports Information Department…
Pat Skerry Named as Tigers’ Head Coach
TOWSON, Md. – University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Pat Skerry has been named as the head men’s basketball coach at Towson University, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and President Robert L. Caret announced today.
“This is an exciting time for Towson University,” Waddell said. “We welcome Pat, his wife Kristen, and their sons Ryan and Owen to the Tiger Family and the Baltimore community.
“Pat is a coach that brings with him a wealth of experience as a former head coach and assistant coach, having worked with great mentors throughout his career,” Waddell added. “He is recognized nationally as a top recruiter and his contacts will open doors to recruits up and down the talent-rich East Coast. We look forward to seeing his physical and tough brand of basketball at Towson.”
A 19-year coaching veteran, Skerry has spent time building his resume of success at nine different schools: Pittsburgh 2010-11, Providence 2008-10, Rhode Island 2005-08, College of Charleston 2003-05, William & Mary 2000-03, Northeastern 1998-2000, Curry College (Mass.) 1996-98, Stonehill College (Mass.) 1995-96 and his alma mater, Tufts 1992-95.
Last season, Skerry helped Pittsburgh to the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship with an overall mark of 28-6. During his tenure at Pitt, he once again helped refill the talent pool for the Panthers as they added one of the Top 15 recruiting classes in the country according to ESPN.com, including two of the Top 60 incoming players.
“I want to thank Mike Waddell, President Caret and the entire search committee for all of the time and effort they put in during this process,” said Skerry. “It is the energy they displayed during the search and the commitment from the University that will show through as we develop our championship mentality. When Tiger Arena opens in just two short years, it will be a night of celebration for everyone in Baltimore.
“Our Tigers will represent Towson with class and dignity and show an unparalleled work ethic both on and off the court,” Skerry added. “Playing in the nation’s top non-BCS conference, we will need to work hard and play with TU toughness, both key characteristics I have learned from all the coaches I worked with during my career.”
Skerry has spent his last three years recruiting and coaching in the BIG EAST, working the two years prior to Pitt at Providence under Keno Davis.
In 2008-09, Providence advanced to the NIT with a 19-14 overall record and 10-8 Big East mark. Skerry assisted with the Friars’ 2009 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 35 in the nation by Hoop Scoop.
Before his jump to Providence, Skerry spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island working for Jim Baron. During his time at URI, Skerry gained national recognition and was named one of the top assistant coaches in the country in 2007 by Hoop Scoop. In 2008, Fox Sports.com went on to name Skerry the top mid-major assistant in the nation.
His recruiting classes at Rhode Island also captured the nation’s attention as his 2006 class was rated No. 24 in the nation by Hoop Scoop along with a No. 61 ranking for the Rams’ 2007 group.
Skerry served as an assistant for two seasons at the College of Charleston under current Marshall Coach Tom Herrion. While at Charleston, the Cougars posted a combined 38-19 record.
In addition, Skerry has a great understanding of the Colonial Athletic Association as he spent five years in the league with William & Mary (2000-03) and Northeastern University (1998-2000).
In 1996, Skerry became the second-youngest head coach in the nation at the age of 26 when he was selected to guide the Curry basketball program. During his two-year stop with the Colonels, he led Curry to its first winning season in five years.
He also spent one year as an assistant at Stonehill and three seasons as an assistant at Tufts where he helped guide the Jumbos to two ECAC Tournaments along with the school’s first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1995.
A native of Medford, Mass., Skerry played collegiately at Tufts from 1989-92 where he was a two-time team captain and garnered All-New England honors. As a point guard, he recorded a school record 650 assists during his career – a mark that still ranks as the 17th best in NCAA Division III history. His 198 assists in 1990-91 is a Tufts single-season record. He also is fifth on the school’s career steals list with 95.
Skerry earned both of his collegiate degrees from Tufts, earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1992 and his master’s degree in education in 1995.
Skerry and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Ryan and Owen.
Birthdate: January 21, 1970
Hometown: Medford, Mass.
Education: Bachelor of Science–Psychology, Tufts University, 1992; Master’s degree–Education, Tufts University, 1995
Family: Wife, Kristen; two sons, Ryan and Owen
|2010-11||Assistant Coach||University of Pittsburgh|
|2008-10||Assistant Coach||Providence College|
|2005-08||Assistant Coach||University of Rhode Island|
|2003-05||Assistant Coach||College of Charleston|
|2000-03||Assistant Coach||College of William & Mary|
|1998-2000||Assistant Coach||Northeastern University|
|1996-98||Head Coach||Curry College (Mass.)|
|1995-96||Assistant Coach||Stonehill College (Mass.)|
|1992-95||Assistant Coach||Tufts University|
Earned All-New England honors and was a two-year team captain at Tufts … set school record with 650 career assists which still ranks as the 17th best total in NCAA Division III … his 6.8 career assists per game average still ranks 10th in NCAA Division III Record Book.
Jamie Dixon, Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh
“I’ve had numerous conversations with Towson Athletic Director Mike Waddell regarding Pat Skerry and the job at Towson. During our conversations over the last few weeks, I’ve expressed how valuable Pat has been for our program and how good of a coach he’s going to be. We have been extremely fortunate to have Pat on our coaching staff for the past year. With his talent, work ethic, experience and background, Pat was a valuable addition to our staff. He is well-rounded as a coach and has assisted us in a variety of ways including recruiting, scouting and player development. In his one short year at Pitt, he made a tremendous impact. We are happy and excited for Pat and his family and we are sure that he will do a great job at Towson.”
Tom Herrion, Head Coach, Marshall University
“I am thrilled for Pat and the wonderful opportunity he has been given at Towson. I commend Mike (Waddell) and the entire Towson community on an excellent hire. There is no doubt he will infuse new life into the basketball program. I am confident he will represent Towson in a first-class manner as its head coach.”
Jim Baron, Head Coach, University of Rhode Island
“Pat is an outstanding individual and one of the hardest workers I have ever coached with. He did an outstanding job for us, both recruiting and developing players. I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Jeff Goodman, College Basketball Reporter, FOXSports.com
“I have known Pat for a long time and I am not sure you will find a more tireless worker. He has proven himself as an elite recruiter. He is a terrific leader and knows how to deal with today’s players. This is a great hire for Towson. Pat is going to raise the level of their talent pool.”
Keno Davis, Former Head Coach, Providence College
“Pat Skerry is one of the hardest working coaches in the country and I wish him all the best. I expect to see a great deal of success for Towson.”
Waddell joined Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net. Skerry will join Forrester at 8:05 Wednesday.
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