Pieces of paper were scattered in the Syracuse cloakroom. Some bent and pushed in the corners. Others are hidden under crumpled fabrics. Two hours earlier, the players had received the motivation slips.
Charlie Creme, parenthesis specialist, wrote Monday morning early on ESPN that the Orange were ripe for a second round of the NCAA tournament. So, SU copied his words – "If ever a host team did not win much as a host, it's Syracuse" – threw it in the back with the block 'S' and warned the players. However, while the white jerseys sulked and counted with the lost track they had lost, the paper had remained in lockers and on the ground. The state of South Dakota did it. The prediction of Creme has become reality.
Emily Engstler, a freshman, said, "No matter how excited you are in a game, it's your way of playing in the field. We fell a little short, unfortunately.
Syracuse (No. 3) (25-9, 11-5 atlantic coast) affirmed throughout the 2018-19 season that: to his favoritehe could beat anyone. The state of South Dakota adhered to the same reasoning. The SDSU scored nine points at three points, four more than Orange, and outclassed them every quarter, except for the first. The quarter-final quarter-final 16-2 series of the Jackrabbits (28-6, 15-1) ended the season in the round of 16. The less developed program prevailed, 74-65.
The US League campaign has been successful: an improved youth list and many players have garnered national praise. He even achieved his original goal and was ranked among the top four. But, in a way, a mid-major surpassed a Syracuse team built on similar program identities. In the Carrier Dome, no less.
"I knew a few days ago that (SDSU shooters) can heat up, "said Junior Guard Gabrielle Cooper. "… There was never any talk of" They could get hot. "No, we knew they were going to be hot."
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Three years ago, while the South American was shooting, placing and defending his way to the national championship game in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Jackrabbits adopted a similar philosophy. In fact, it resembled the Orange offense to the point that American League head coach Quentin Hillsman brought elements of Aaron Johnston's offensive in the last season of Syracuse.
Since, The state of South Dakota won several conference titles and Hillsman teams did not get past the first weekend. Monday night, that did not change. The Orange were neglected by the ball and their holes on the defense were widened. Despite a stretch of 8-0 and 56 seconds to regain the advantage in the last quarter, the SDSU remained punctuated while the SU was splashed as both struggled early.
Tiana Mangakahia, the junior leader, played two turnovers with two draws which resulted in a check. The ideologies of the two teams are based on the principle of the boom against the recession, the acquisition and the maximization of the possession above all. So, of course, the game is transformed into a track meeting. And with the approach of the first stoppage in the media, both teams were on track for nearly 100 points.
Many players in the league said they knew their opponent's favorite strategy: the SDSU liked to drive and go for it to open the shooters. This coincided with the problem, which lasted the entire Syracuse season, to allow dribblers easy access to its 2-3 zone. Hillsman pleaded for his defense during the idle time to stay home and keep the perimeter. The state of South Dakota is still connected on three in the first.
"We did not take advantage of our bigger team, we were sportsmen, we know how to defend," Amaya-Finklea Guity said.
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When the Syracuse press finally did its job and imposed two robberies, the offense was called into question. Cooper rolled back a step 3 after the second shot, pulling out his tongue as his tracking hung in the air. But, as usual, the Jackrabbits clashed with a contested 3 in front of the bench of the SU.
In the second quarter, the Orange returned to the offensive. Another deep bullet from Cooper made it 36-24. As with most games, SDSU has created an answer. Guebert started a 12-2 run against SDSU, and after a half-uprising missed on the field, Syracuse led by just two points.
"They were running, "said Cooper. "… they were quietly hanging around."
The Jackrabbits did not stop making passes around the area, beating the orange press to enter the half-court setting. They flashed in and out, firing in Zone 2-3 and finally opening fencers scattered around the perimeter. Macy Miller, the SDSU's top scorer, said he pushed the ball forward to stop the press from coming to a stop.
Three others pushed the margin to five. Reserve guard Cheylane Bailey shouted "Wake up" with both hands after another miss from Syracuse. The state of South Dakota had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.
But in the last quarter, the defensive efforts of Mangakahia, Drummond and Kiara Lewis have once again turned. Mangakahia offered another unattractive pass to Drummond, who had him registered and stolen. More flights have led to more SU buckets to flip their heads. Three interceptions in less than a minute were closed with an SDSU timeout while Hillsman was watching the stands and waving them.
"It was really good," second-year striker Digna Strautmane said of the league's South American rally. "This may be one of the mistakes that our team makes quite often. We can not keep the energy. We have just given up.
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Two open layups tied the match. Guebert – who started in the game with a percentage of 42.3 points – slipped freely and scored two points behind the arc and nervousness infiltrated the stands. The state of South Dakota is headed by five with just over two minutes.
The possessions of Orange animated. The bullet skirted the scene and shots fell off the edge. Four different Syracuse players signed up for at least 29 minutes. And Engstler noticed that those on the floor seemed "tired." Strautmane said they were "not mentally in". At a stop with more than 1:40, the five on the ground huddled around Hillsman. The rest watched. After the break, the shots were still missing.
The bell rang and yellow jerseys jumped up and down near the "S" block of the center lot. They pointed their fingers at the ceiling as the stands emptied. Sitting in the press row, Hillsman looked down at the scoresheet and scored the 11-2 mark that ended Syracuse's home season.
"We could have played this in a recreation center and we would have been knocked out the same way," Hillsman said. "… To win two games here, we win here and tonight, the state of South Dakota was the best team."
Posted on March 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm