December 29

LBSU ends slide against UCSB

first_img As it became clear that the game would be decided by the next mistake, the two teams traded baskets until LBSU senior guard Crystal McCutcheon sank a drive for a 53-52 lead with 1:53 to go. Then, the Gauchos (6-7 2-1) blinked first, but not last. UCSB’s Jessica Wilson missed a jumper, and the Gauchos blew another scoring opportunity when LaShay Fears missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:05 remaining. LBSU rebounded but turned it over to UCSB senior point guard Karena Bonds, who made a similar play to turn the game late in UCSB’s 85-80 overtime win last season at the Pyramid, but Jenna Green was called for a charge to return the ball to the 49ers. “It certainly had that feeling, didn’t it?” UCSB coach Mark French said of the late Bonds steal and the possibility of it igniting another late Gaucho charge. “Nobody likes to lose a game, but I felt like Long Beach beat us (today), it wasn’t like we gave it to them. So if you’re going to lose, you might as well lose to a good team.” Jeannie Saunders drew a foul on a drive to the basket and hit both free throws with 33 seconds to go, and McCutcheon (a game-high 21 points) rebounded Bonds’ miss of a wide-open 3-pointer. With no choice, the Gauchos fouled McCutcheon, who hit the first free throw and rebounded her miss on the second, then was fouled and nailed two more for the final margin. And of course, the end of more than a decade of frustration. “I’ve heard lots of stories, and last year I was here when they played Santa Barbara,” said Figueroa, who finished with 13 points. “I think it was a good win, but it gets us a step closer to being conference champs. That’s what our goal is, that’s what we want.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mary Hegarty didn’t want to talk about the streak, didn’t want to hear about the streak, and had likely grown quite weary of hearing about the streak. And this came moments after said streak was finally broken a few days shy of its 12th birthday as Long Beach State women’s basketball team edged UC Santa Barbara, 58-52, at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson After falling twice while placing a lot of focus on the Gauchos as the team to beat last season, Hegarty and her players found a way to end that streak. By not focusing on it. LBSU (8-5, 1-0) trailed 48-47 with 3:56 remaining when senior Jayme Connors committed her fourth foul. On a day when she set a 49er career mark for defensive rebounds with 490, Connors stayed in the game after committing fouls on three of four UCSB possessions over a two-minute span. “I wasn’t sure what (Hegarty) was going to do,” said Connors, who glanced nervously at the 49er bench after her third foul of the game. “When I heard new people were coming in, I was kind of looking to see if it was for me or not.” Those substitutions were not for Connors, and her presence paid off as she rebounded Shantel Thomas’ missed foul shot and called timeout while falling down to retain possession for LBSU. She then scored at the other end off an assist from freshman point guard Karina Figueroa to make it 49-48, 49ers. center_img “At practice, our cheer is ‘Big West champs,” so no one game is more important than any other,” said Hegarty. “We’ve talked at length with our players about, don’t let someone else’s message become our message … I think it’s helped our emotions stay where they need to be, at the right level to succeed, but never too high where we’re not effective, or too low. One loss isn’t the end of the world.” But the third-year coach had the weight of 28 consecutive losses, the vast majority of which came under her predecessor. Dallas Bolla’s contract wasn’t renewed in 2003 after she went winless vs. UCSB over eighth seasons. last_img read more

December 24

PEARSE DOHERTY SLAMS JOE McHUGH OVER HGV COMMENTS

first_imgSinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has hit back at “uninformed and opportunistic” comments by Fine Gael TD Joe Mc Hugh on the HGV levy.Deputy McHugh had slammed Martin McGuinness, the north’s joint first minister, over his “failure” to address the charges being levied on Donegal truckers every time they drive into the North.But Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Fein have raised this issue at Council, Dáil and Assembly level and voiced our opposition in every political arena. Donegal Councillor Gary Doherty in particular has campaigned tirelessly to make sure Donegal hauliers are not penalised. “Deputy Mc Hugh ignores the fact that taxation is a matter for Westminster and that we have called for the British Secretary of State to exempt all local roads. Minister Varadkar in a reply to me stated that the British Minister had indicated “a willingness to consider certain, regional cross-border specified roads”.“Deputy Mc Hugh would be better served pushing his own Minister to capitalise on this potential rather than taking uninformed and opportunistic attacks on others campaigning for the same goal.“Let us be clear Sinn Féin is taking this seriously and we have put pressure on the Minister for the Environment in the north to ensure that Donegal is not peripheralised as a result of this ridiculous levy.“The levy is the latest regressive step from Westminster which ignores the needs of the people of the north and which fails to protect the northern economy and the island economy which generates £2.3bn for the island. “In these times of economic downturn we need to explore every avenue for economic growth not restrict it.“It is time the Irish Government acted in the interests of the people of Donegal and indeed the island and ensured that the British Secretary of state exempts the local northern road system.”Deputy Doherty added: Only this week the Northern Minister for the Environment, Mark Durkan stated in response to a Sinn Fein motion on the issue that no-one is collecting the levy here, but we are also aware that officials from the British Agency from the Vehicle Operations Services Agency have cautioned drivers for not paying the levy. We would ask Minister Durkan to clarify whether Donegal hauliers are to pay this charge?“Sinn Féin will continue to push for the exemption of northern roads to protect the people of Donegal from peripheralisation, protect small business from increased running costs, protect consumers from increased prices and to ensure that we maximise not restrict the gains from the island economy.” PEARSE DOHERTY SLAMS JOE McHUGH OVER HGV COMMENTS was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:HGV levyJoe McHughPearse Dohertyrowlast_img read more