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first_imgAfter four games on the road, this is the Women of Troy’s first weekend at home. They will start the weekend with a rematch against Washington, and on Sunday, they will finish out their weekend with a rematch against Washington State. Both Washington teams defeated USC by a margin of 12 points or fewer earlier in the season. Those victories came immediately after the turmoil of losing junior Jordan Adams and senior Brianna Barrett, two starters sidelined for eligibility issues.Although both of the previous Washington games resulted in losses, associate head coach Beth Burns said that those losses were more of factor in the loss of Adams and Barrett. Their focus this weekend will be less on their opponents — which include Washington’s Kelsey Plum, the nation’s second highest scorer — and more on improving their own offensive game.“The last time we played these teams, it was eight games ago,” Burns said. “This is a completely different team taking the court this weekend.”The Women of Troy are coming off of a split weekend in Arizona. They started their weekend with a solid 67-57 victory over Arizona, improving to 17-7 on their season. On Sunday, the team played it close with No. 8 Arizona State right until the buzzer. The Sun Devils squeaked by with a 69-68 win.Though the game against Arizona State is a loss on paper, both games served as a massive confidence boost for a team still searching for a rhythm midseason. Junior Courtney Jaco has risen as an offensive leader, notching 24 points — including four 3-pointers — in last Friday’s comeback win against Arizona. Her role has changed the most this season, as she left behind her role as an outside shooter to become the team’s point guard.“Last weekend gave us the most confidence, and I think you can see that by how we played,” Jaco said. “Before, we weren’t getting our offense going; we weren’t hitting our outside shots, and that was all in our heads. It was a confidence thing. I think as we’re getting our confidence up, we’re seeing that we can really hang in there with anyone.”Down low, sophomore Kristen Simon and transfer graduate Temi Fagbenle have become solid anchors for the team, with both forwards putting up double digits in at least one of the two games last weekend. Fagbenle said that one of the team’s greatest struggles has been endurance and keeping players healthy and eligible to suit up for each game.“We have to stick together and stay focused because when you’re tired, it’s easy to lose that focus,” Fagbenle said. “It’s not easy. It’s certainly not making it easier on us, but it’s something that we can overcome when we stick together as a team. I think, at this point, we are very capable of challenging these supposed superior teams.”Friday’s game against Washington will also be the program’s annual “Pink Game.” To raise awareness for breast cancer, the team will wear pink and is encouraging fans to do the same. To further raise funds for breast cancer, USC is asking fans to donate to the Kay Yow Foundation online. The foundation, inspired by legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, is officially backed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.For the USC program, the foundation hits close to home. Burns was an assistant coach under Yow at North Carolina State, and head coach Cynthia Cooper won a gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics with Yow as her coach. Now, Cooper is the Pac-12 coordinator for the foundation, and her goal for this year is to raise $2,500 from USC and $25,000 from the division as a whole.“When [Low] had Stage Four breast cancer, she said that this was something that she wouldn’t beat it in her lifetime, but it is something that we can beat in the next,” Burns said. “This is one of the most important causes we can partner with, and we have a lot of faith in this foundation and in our ability to raise the money we need.”last_img read more

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News: ***Donegal v Tyrone tickets ***Donegal play Tyrone in Ballybofey in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Football Championship on Sunday May 17th. Any club member looking for tickets to the game please have your orders in with Martin Duggan (Tel: 086- 3119186) by Sunday May 3rd. ***Division 2 League***D’imir Cloich Cheannfhaola in éadan Naomh Náille sa cúigiú babhta de Shraith an Chontae i dTamhnach an tSalainn Dé Domhnaigh. Bhain an fhoireann tacaíochta a gceathrú cluiche i ndiaidh a chéile agus chríochnaigh na sinsir ar chomhscór nuair a fuair Seán Mac Gearailt pointe ó chic soar leis an chic dheireannach den chluiche. Imreofar an seisiú babhta den tSraith ar an Fhál Charrach in éadan Sheáin Mhic Cumhaill ar an tSatharn seo ar 6:00 agus 7:30 PM.Cloughaneely travelled to play St. Nauls on Sunday last in the 5th round of their league campaign. The reserves have had an excellent start to their league campaign and are currently sitting at the top of the table thanks to their 4th consecutive win against St Nauls! Reserve FT Score: CCF: 2-11 St. Nauls 1-09.The Seniors managed to secure a draw at the last kick of the game! Stephen Griffin got proceedings underway in the senior game with the first point of the match for St. Nauls 7 mins in. Griffin was on target for the home-side as he converted a subsequent 4 frees in the first half; leaving him St. Nauls’ only scorer within the first 30 mins. Cloughaneely’s Jason McGee made an impressive debut on the starting 15 and also contributed 1 point to Cloughaneely’s score, while also making some great runs to set up further points. Points from John Fitzgerald, Cillian Gallagher, Ciaran McGeady and John Mcgarvey ensured Cloughaneely went in with the advantage at half time.Senior HT Score: CCF 0-07 St. Nauls 0-052 mins into the 2nd half Cloughaneely were awarded a penalty which overshot the crossbar for a point; this was shortly followed by a converted free from John Fitzgerald to help extend Cloughaneely’s lead to 4 points. St. Nauls responded strongly to the widening gap by scoring 2 points within quick succession. Cloughaneely battled strongly to maintain their distance with subsequent points from Darren Ferry and a Cillian Gallagher free; however a goal from St. Nauls 21 mins into the 2nd half quickly brought them within 1 point of the visiting side. St. Nauls managed to steal into a 1 point lead, 27 mins into the 2nd half, for the first time since the start of the game; and they managed to hold that lead for the remainder of normal time. Time was on Cloughaneely’s side as the referee announced 6 ½ mins of injury time was to be played; Cloughaneely managed to hold St. Nauls scoreless during injury time; while John Fitzgerald ensured that Cloughaneely went home with 1 point added to the league table as he converted a free which was the last kick of the game!Senior FT Score: CCF: 0-13 St. Nauls : 1-10Cloughaneely: Shaun McClafferty, Ciaran McGeady (0-01), Lee O’Brien, Eamonn Curran, Paddy Cannon, Kevin McFadden , Declan McGarvey (0-02), Ciaran Scanlon, Jason McGee (0-01), Eugene McGuire, Darren Ferry (0-01), Cillian Gallagher (0-03, 2F) , John Fitzgerald (0-04, 4F), Shaun McGuire, John McGarvey (0-01).CCF Subs: Injured Lee O’Brien replaced by Paul Gallagher 15 mins into 2nd half. Darren Ferry replaced by Martin McGuire (2nd Half, 30 mins)***Next Up:***Seniors and Reserves are due to face Sean Mac Cumhaills at home on Saturday, May 2nd. Reserves at 6:00 PM, Seniors 7:30 PM. Please come down and support the lads! For those of you who can’t attend follow us twitter (@clgcloughaneely) for match updates! Best of luck to both teams.***Minor Board Meeting***The next minor board meeting will take place Monday, May 4th, at 8:30 in the club house. ***U-12 / U-14 Girls***U-12 girls had a great start to their season on Saturday last, beating Gweedore 2-04 to 04-02. U-14’s play Dungloe away on Tuesday evening.***Guess the Score***Congratulations to Sally Whoriskey who won €100 on the club’s recent Guess the Score competition! There is another Guess the Score competition being run for the Donegal v Tyrone game -€2 a guess! If you come across some of our Ladies team/committee selling lines for this competition your support would be greatly appreciated!***REMINDER: Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme***The deadline is fast approaching for submission of the Topaz Cash for Clubs cards. For those of you who will be clocking up the extra miles travelling to county and Club games in the coming weeks,Cloughaneely GAA club has signed up to the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative where you can help win up to E 10,000 for the club! The Cash for Club Scheme ends 5pm Sunday 10 May 2015.Collect a card at your local Topaz and you will earn one stamp per fuel transaction with a minimum value of E40. We need to collect 300 completed cards to qualify for the draw so your help and support is appreciated!! When you have your card completed you can drop them into the Cloughaneely boxes in TOPAZ outlets in Falcarragh or Gortahork. Alternatively you can hand over your stamped card to Anna Marie Coyle, Martin Duggan, Marie McClafferty or any club officer.*******The Club ID which you will need to enter on the loyalty card is 10906*****GAA NEWS: LATE FREE FROM JOHN FITZGERALD SECURES VITAL POINT FOR CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more