Visiting Buckeyes will be a tall task for Minnesota

first_imgVisiting Buckeyes will be a tall task for MinnesotaJanuary 24, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHad it not been for a pair of overtime losses in the last three weeks, the Minnesota women would be tied for first place in the Big Ten. Instead, the 4-3 Gophers are in a four-way tie for fourth place.Minnesota (13-6 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) will attempt to right the ship, sophomore forward Ashley Ellis-Milan said, as they prepare to host No. 15 Ohio State at Williams Arena tonight at 7 p.m.“It’s all about the will to win,” Ellis-Milan said. “It’s a battle out there, and it’s all about who’s going to win it. You have to fight to the end to get that last basket or that last rebound, and I don’t think we had that mentality earlier. But we’ve focused on that in practice, and I think we’re going to get it.”The Buckeyes (15-3, 6-1) have never been an easy team to beat for the Gophers as Ohio State has won 45 of the teams’ 53 meetings, and this year shouldn’t be any easier.Freshman center Jantel Lavender leads a strong lineup in the paint, averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game so far this year. The Buckeyes’ ability to get the ball inside has made the game easy for senior guard Marscilla Packer, allowing her to add 15.2 points to the Big Ten’s best offensive unit.The Gophers should be able to keep up with the scoring of Ohio State, but the challenge for Minnesota will be to get stops on defense. And with all the praise coach Pam Borton gave to the Buckeyes’ offense, it may not be an easy task.“They’re a very good team. They play a deliberate style of basketball, and they’re going to get the shot that they want,” coach Pam Borton said. “They want to get the ball inside, and they’re going to do whatever they can to get the ball into the post.” But despite Ohio State’s inside presence and quality guards, senior forward Leslie Knight said that slowing down the Buckeyes isn’t impossible.“I know that we can do it, but we just need to have that extra focus over that last three or four minutes of the game,” she said. “Their post players are legitimate threats, but we’ll take a look at the game plan and how we plan to defend them, and go from there.”On Minnesota’s side, offense has been the key to the Gophers’ success, as the team is leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage and three-point percentage. After an up and down start to the season, Ellis-Milan attributed the improved shooting to extra shooting drills and a level of comfort coming from getting used to the season.“I feel like we are getting into the flow of the season a little more, and we spend a little more time in the gym shooting, and it’s paying off,” she said. “We’re really starting to gel, and it’s showing on the offensive end.”The only offensive category that has cost Minnesota so far has been its free throw shooting, as the Gophers were a combined 37-61 in their three losses, and are dead last in free throw shooting percentage in the conference.But despite losing three close games, including the two overtime losses, Ellis-Milan seemed sure that the team’s confidence levels were still high heading into one of the biggest conference games of the year.“I think in the back of a lot of our minds, we are 6-1,” Ellis Milan said. “I think this is a huge game for us, not only for pride, but to make a statement. This is going to be a great game.”last_img read more

6 to compete for 2016 Madame Francophone title

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary 6 to compete for 2016 Madame Francophone title by: – March 9, 2016 281 Views   no discussions Six (6) primary school students representing various schools from across the island will participate in the 4th Mademoiselle Francophone Pageant on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 4PM at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau.The pageant is one of the major activities hosted to commemorate Francophonie Week from the 14 -20 March.Five of the participating schools will each represent a francophone member state while one will represent an observer state. The students who will compete, as announced by Modern Languages Coordinator, Charlene White-Christian are as follows;1. Leilanie Leslie of the Massacre Primary representing Togo (member state,2. Malicia Francis of the San Sauveur Primary representing Mozambique (observer state),3. Jeanelle Phillip of the Grand Fond Primary representing Ghana,4. Adessah Hodge of the Wotten Waven Primary representing Djibouti,5. Simone Moses of the Morne Jaune Primary representing Monaco, and6. Jadian Eustache of the Castle Bruce Primary representing Suisse.“It is important to note that within the Francophone family, observer states such as Mozambique, though part of the Francophone, do not have all the rights that the full fledge member do have,” Mrs. Christian informed.The students will compete in four segments; French speech, French oral presentation, French/creole talent, the red, white and blue round in which the contestants will be wearing something in the colors of the French flag and a presentation on their francophone country wearing something semi-formal from that country.Jeraine Joseph of the Goodwill Primary School is the reigning Mademoiselle Francophonie Pageant.Miss Joseph represented the Francophonie country of Tunisia and won the awards for Best Talent and Best Francophonie Wear.– / 5last_img read more