17 Sep
2020

WBB : Tyson-Thomas leads Syracuse’s rebounding attack

first_imgNo player has bought more into Syracuse’s rebounding philosophy than Carmen Tyson-Thomas.The junior guard constantly attacks the glass. She’s always talking to her teammates about the team’s necessity to snatch every possible rebound. And in the weight room, Tyson-Thomas is always doing specific exercises to get the leg up on the competition.‘We all go to the boards hard, especially on the offensive end. We try to get putbacks,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘And on the defensive end, it’s just about boxing out and knowing where you need to be on the floor. I’m always somewhere where the ball is, and I always try to make an effort to do that, and you just got to go hard with a lot of effort.’Tyson-Thomas has assumed the role as the team’s leading rebounder this season. Despite her 5-foot-9 frame — seven inches smaller than SU starting center Kayla Alexander — Tyson-Thomas grabs about eight boards per game. And with her maximum effort level, she has willed SU to grab the fourth-most rebounds per game in the nation. Syracuse (17-11, 6-8 Big East) will look use its rebounding advantage to overwhelm No. 15 Georgetown (21-6, 10-4 Big East) when the two teams square off at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Syracuse has found success against Big East opponents in recent games, winning four of its last six. And Tyson-Thomas’ focus on rebounding has served as a driving force. She’s grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game during that stretch, which has included two consecutive double-doubles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring SU’s 74-55 loss to Notre Dame Feb. 7, Tyson-Thomas’ resolve was overshadowed by a tough loss. With SU cutting into the Fighting Irish lead with 9:27 remaining, Tyson-Thomas rocketed into the key from the right wing after SU guard Elashier Hall missed a 3-pointer. She smothered the offensive rebound and got a layup to narrow the gap to 13.Although the Orange couldn’t climb out of the early hole, Tyson-Thomas grabbed five rebounds in the second half to help SU tie the Irish in the final 20 minutes.‘It’s her willingness to go the glass every time the ball is shot,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘The more you go, the more you get, that’s all we keep talking about, and she goes to the glass every possession and that’s very important for us.’In practice, players are awarded for attacking the basket and grabbing rebounds. In certain scrimmage situations, a player that grabs an offensive board is awarded seven points for her team. The practice system reinforces how crucial it is to get offensive rebounds that lead to more opportunities.Tyson-Thomas knows it and never takes a play off.‘Sometimes it’s funny because she’ll rebound over us,’ Hemingway said. ‘She goes to the ball, and I don’t think she sees nobody but the ball. That’s the great thing we have.’In SU’s marquee 81-65 win over No. 21 DePaul on Tuesday, Tyson-Thomas grabbed 15 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end, to lead the charge for the Orange. After the game, Hillsman said her athleticism and determination to get to the glass was the key to Syracuse winning the basketball game.Tyson-Thomas added a game-high 22 points, and her ability to keep offensive possessions alive led to a balanced effort on offense for SU.‘It helps us a lot,’ Hillsman said. ‘It gives us extra possessions, extra opportunities and that’s all you look for in that situation, is just to get more possessions and get more opportunities to get shots up.’With other teams looking to contain Alexander and Hemingway, Tyson-Thomas has exploded on the scene as one of SU’s main rebounding threats. With a supreme blend of athleticism and enthusiasm, she has guided Syracuse to the top of the nation in rebounding for the second consecutive season.And she knows for the team to succeed, it’s what needs to be done.‘I want to say we’re ferocious on the boards, that’s the word I would like to use,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’re very aggressive and ferocious. We make an effort, it’s very conscious and, I mean, it’s what we do. That’s what makes us Syracuse.’adtredin@syr.edu Comments Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

USC claws past Arizona at home

first_imgMatt Barkley saw a lot of Carson Palmer when the Heisman Trophy winner played for USC in the early 2000s. Growing up in nearby Newport Beach, Barkley, now a junior quarterback for the Trojans, remembers Palmer’s 2002 season, the year he won the award while throwing for 3,942 yards and 33 touchdowns.Record breaking · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 468 passing yards Saturday aternoon against Arizona in USC’s 48-41 victory, besting Carson Palmer’s nine-year record of 448 passing yards. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanOn Saturday, in front of a crowd of 63,707 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Barkley shattered the former Trojan signal caller’s single-game record for passing yards with 468 of his own. Along with four touchdown passes, Barkley’s record-setting display helped lead USC (4-1, 2-1) to a narrow 48-41 victory over Arizona just one week after the team’s first loss of the season at Arizona State.“It’s crazy because I remember looking up to Carson Palmer and he’s one of my heroes,” Barkley said. “I did want to be in his shoes.”The offensive outburst, the most points USC has scored in a game this season, was needed to stave off a Wildcats team (1-4, 0-3) that also moved the ball successfully, scoring four second-half touchdowns. Behind its own seasoned signal caller in senior Nick Foles, who completed 41-of-53 pass attempts, Arizona outscored USC 29-21 in the final two quarters.“That’s a great team with some great receivers,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said of the Wildcats.For the second week in a row, USC’s defense surrendered more than 40 points, allowing 554 yards of total offense before nearly relinquishing a late two-touchdown lead. The Trojans also allowed Arizona to convert 37 first downs, the most in school history.Photo courtesy of Luciano Ninez“They went down the field a bit too easy in the second half,” Kiffin said. “We just need a full defensive game.”Leading 48-34 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, USC opted to try and convert a fourth-and-one play from its 47-yard line, but Barkley’s pass to senior wide receivers Brandon Carswell was incomplete, giving the Wildcats, who scored six plays later on a four-yard touchdown pass from Foles to freshman wide receiver Austin Hills, a shorter field.“You have the opportunity to put the game away,” Kiffin said of the decision not to punt. “We’re going to believe in our players.”But in the first half, the Trojans defense, which had forced just three interceptions all season, looked slightly different, as evidenced by its two interceptions of Foles, who had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10:0 prior to Saturday’s game.With 7:19 remaining in the first quarter, junior safety T.J. McDonald intercepted Foles when a pass sailed over the middle of the field.Minutes later, on the next Arizona drive after a 46-yard field goal from freshman kicker Andre Heidari gave USC a 10-0 lead, Foles was picked off by McDonald again.“To get them early changed the momentum of the game,” McDonald said. “It pumped up the team and they were able to go put points on the board.”Photo courtesy of Luciano NunezThree plays later, Barkley connected with freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee on a 38-yard touchdown pass, ballooning USC’s lead to 17. The Trojans would go on to score again in the second half on another Barkley pass, his third of the game.“They just sat back and gave us a lot of routes,” Barkley said. “And across the board, I had protection.”The defense also limited Arizona to just two scores in the first half despite 227 yards of total offense.“I was just happy with the turnovers,” Kiffin said. “It was good to see.”But the offense, which finished just 18 yards shy of 600 total yards, outshined whatever noteworthy plays the defense made.In addition to Barkley’s performance, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods finished with 14 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Similarly, his high school teammate, freshman wideout Marqise Lee totaled 144 receiving yards and one touchdown on eight catches.Photo courtesy of Luciano Nunez“[Barkley’s] putting the ball on the money, on point every time,” Woods said. “He’s making it really easy on us because he puts it right where it needs to be.”Equally, Woods and Lee have made it easy on Barkley. Of his 32 completions, 22 went to Woods and Lee.“I’ve played with him since high school, and it’s exciting to see him grow,” Woods said of Lee. “I’m real proud of him.”Despite a young offensive line that looked particularly young a week ago in the Trojans’ 43-22 loss to Arizona State, Barkley was not sacked once against the Wildcats.“Our line was a huge component because of the protection,” Barkley said of the unit, which on average is allowing less than one sack per game. “I didn’t get touched once, except when I rolled out of the pocket. They were huge.”Photo courtesy of Luciano NunezWith the Trojans heading into a bye week before an Oct. 13 contest against California at AT&T Park in San Francisco, most players appear content with the win — at least for now.“In a sense, it is what it is,” freshman linebacker Dion Bailey said in the moments following the game. “We’ll take our wins.”last_img read more

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