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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16 Sep
2020

Making waves: New swimming coach Yuri Suguiyama already has championship aspirations

first_imgEvery dominant athletic program begins somewhere — pieces of a puzzle that came together somehow to create a dynasty. What is it that flips the switch? What makes a team turn the corner and become unstoppable?The University of Wisconsin women’s swimming team has never won a single Big Ten championship or NCAA title in school history. While the team has seen many amazing individual careers, they’ve never been able to put the pieces together and become a dominant force in the swim world.Other schools like Stanford, Georgia and Auburn hold five or more NCAA titles in women’s swimming alone. But this season for the women’s swim team may be the turning point we’ve all been waiting for.Former three time Pac-12 championship swim coach from the University of California Yuri Suguiyama has been named the new head coach for Wisconsin. After a mess of new coaching staffs for the past four years, it seems as if Badger Swimming has finally found what it’s been looking for in Suguiyama.Volleyball: Wisconsin comes off win against Illinois, heads to Iowa CityThe kills rained down on the Illinois defenders Wednesday night as Sophomore Dana Rettke went for a career-high 23 kills Read…“At the beginning of the year, we sat down as a staff and made a list of all of the characteristics and qualities of the best athletes we’ve worked with,” Suguiyama said. “Out of all of the most successful teams that I’ve been a part of, there’s been two dominant characteristics: one being trust and the other resilience.”Suguiyama’s positive outlook comes from this list of swimmers who he knew carried these traits — those of champions.UW senior Jess Unicomb has had undeniably one of the best swimming careers at Wisconsin over the past four years. Last year she qualified for three events in the NCAA championships — finishing in the top ten for both the 200 and 100 meter backstroke.Football: Zander Neuville suffers season ending injuryWisconsin Badgers tight end Zander Neuville is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious left Read…Unicomb has been a part of countless dominant relay squads in the Big Ten and has even more career awards under her belt. Coming from Australia, she had never thought of traveling to the United States to swim until she was recruited by the Badgers.“We’ve got a really great freshman class,” Unicomb said. “I am excited to leave the team in a better place than when I joined it and I’m jealous of the freshman that they get four years of this coaching staff. They’re awesome.”Eleven freshmen will get that opportunity to work closely with Suguiyama, a group the head coach helped recruit.When asked about her expectations for the future of Badger swimming Unicomb expressed her utmost optimism.“I truly believe this group could win a Big Ten championship and, hopefully, a national one,” Unicomb said. “I have no doubt in my mind that they will reach great things.”Women’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes home stand with draws versus Rutgers, MarylandThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-2-3, 2-1-3 Big Ten) tied both Rutgers (7-1-4, 3-0-2 Big Ten) Read…For these goals to be met, Wisconsin will rely heavily on their star swimmer, Beata Nelson.Nelson, a junior, has been in the swimming spotlight her entire career. In high school, she was a 12-time state champion and received multiple offers from across the nation.In fact, she never thought she would end up a Badger. But after an unofficial home visit, Nelson was left convinced that Madison was the way to go.With plans for a new pool and facilities at the now under construction Nicholas Recreation Center and a solid team of hardworking individuals she grew up watching, Nelson couldn’t see herself anywhere else.In her freshman year, Nelson was a four-time Big Ten freshman of the week and appeared at both the Big Ten and NCAA championships. By her sophomore season, she qualified for the NCAA championship in three individual events, medaling in two.All eyes had turned on Nelson rapidly, but what did she believe was going to make this program great?“Toughness,” Nelson said. “We are some of the toughest people I’ve ever been around.”Nelson explained that with all the great experiences she has had as a Badger she has no regrets in choosing Wisconsin.Cross Country: Badger men’s, women’s teams impress at Nuttycombe InvitationalThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed successful finishes to Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational. The event took Read…In just her junior year, Nelson has already raised the expectations for women’s swimming to a completely new level. She has set a high bar with the program but she believes in her freshman class.Though unable to name one single person who will take over the team, Nelson believes that they, along with the new coaching staff, will be exceptional in the years to come.“There is nowhere but up that this program will go,” Nelson said. “This team has the mentality and the work ethic to make anything happen.”Both Nelson and Unicomb have extremely high expectations for not only this season but seasons to come. According to them, all the pieces of the puzzle are there, they just need to be put together. With an exceptional new coaching staff, brand new pool, and solid incoming class of swimmers, what will stop this Badger powerhouse from rising to the top?last_img read more

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