Taft’s first-half burst keys Orange blowout of Panthers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With 7:30 remaining in the first half on Saturday, Cornelia Fondren fed La’Shay Taft in the corner for a 3-point look. Taft displayed no hesitation as she took the shot and drained it, with nothing but net.The basket gave Taft 11 points for the game, a season high. Combined a strong team performance, Taft’s shooting burst helped pave Syracuse’s path to an 80-39 matinee victory over Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome in front of a season-high crowd of 1,355.“Shay Taft came in and made shots for us,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We need her to do that. That’s what she does.”Taft finished the game at 4-of-5 shooting, including a 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc. All of her scoring occurred in the first 12:30 of the game, where the Orange set the tone with swarming defense and precise shooting from an assortment of players.Taft’s first 3-pointer put the Orange up 16-6 with 10:51 to play, snapping a 4:45 span in which Syracuse missed 12 consecutive shots from the field. Elashier Hall stole the ball away from Pitt’s Chyna Golden and fed it to Taft, who wasted no time in shooting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn SU’s next possession, Taft was at it again, taking a pass from Rachel Coffey and draining a three to put the Orange up 19-8. The shot struck a chord with the Syracuse bench, as a number of players stood up in cheer.Two possessions later, the Orange waited patiently for a good look, swinging the ball around the outside for nearly half the shot clock. When Carmen Tyson-Thomas took the ball at the top of the key and dribbled inside, she saw Taft open down low and fed it inside for the easy layup, making it eight consecutive SU points for the 5-foot-7 junior guard.“Games are going to happen in whatever way it’s going to happen,” Taft said. “I wasn’t stressing. I shot the ball, made shots and just continued to make shots. I stayed positive.”In all, Taft scored 11 of 12 Syracuse points in a 3:21 span that turned a 13-6 game into a 25-10 Orange advantage. Once Taft drained her final 3, the Panthers couldn’t pull within 15 points the rest of the way.The strong performance was a continuation of a sound effort from beyond the arc at Georgetown, where Taft chipped in nine points on 3-for-4 shooting, in just five minutes of play.The Georgetown game provided a spark to Taft’s game, she said, adding she wants to ride the hot streak for as long as she can.“I do,” Taft said. “I really do, I really do. It’s still warm. I tell my teammates, I still have shots just carrying over from the Georgetown game. I’m fine with it and I’m happy with it, so it’s good.”Before the nine-point effort in the 69-60 victory against the Hoyas, Taft had scored only three points in a five-game period, while being held scoreless nine times in a 12-game stretch.She had played more than five minutes just once in the six games prior to Saturday. But aided by her scoring burst midway through the first half, Taft played 14 minutes against Pitt, two away from her season high of 16 against Seton Hall on Jan. 30.“I just want her to be a clean and solid basketball player,” Hillsman said. “And she has the talent to do that. She’s started to do better. She’s making shots, so she’s been rewarded with opportunities.”Taft’s 11-point effort was second on the team to senior center Kayla Alexander, who continued her assault on the SU record books with a 19-point effort on 7-of-13 shooting in 23 minutes. Brittney Sykes and Carmen Tyson-Thomas also chipped in double-digit scoring efforts, with 10 points apiece.When players like Taft can complement the likes of Alexander and Tyson-Thomas, the team’s depth is hard to match, Hillsman said. Against Pittsburgh, that was the case.“I always talk to her about how she may be one of the most talented players that I’ve got to coach,” Hillsman said of Taft. “She is – she’s a very talented offensive player, the way she can shoot the ball and get to the rim. We need to continue to get her to contribute.” Comments Related Stories Breakout offense, early run help Syracuse bury Pittsburghcenter_img Published on February 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edulast_img read more

Girls in ICT aim at striking a gender balance in related fields

first_imgOne of the participants utilising her softwareIn celebration of the international Girls in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Day, the Public Telecommunications Ministry, in collaboration with private sector agencies, on Thursday hosted a mini expo to showcase the work of young women in the related field.Held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, the exhibition focused on promoting job opportunities and striking a gender balance by increasing the number of girls in the ICT field.Assistant Engineer at the National Frequency Management Unit, Melissa Layne, said, “The idea behind this initiative is to spread awareness about the gender gap which exists in computing and the field of technology, and also to encourage more women and girls to take up careers in tech.”She told Guyana Times that there are challenges in reaching hinterland communities; but whenever those are reached, persons are encouraged to use offline applications to exceed their usual expectations.According to Layne, many youths are unaware of the career opportunities in technology because of the lack of accessibility.Layne revealed, “What we are showing is what some women in technology have been doing in Guyana. We have done tech camps in St. Cuthbert’s Mission and Charity as well, where we bring technology to the girls of those outlying communities.”She added, “What we found in the hinterland regions is connectivity and actually being exposed to what tech has to offer. Girls don’t understand that there are jobs like programming and graphic designing. They don’t have the awareness and the knowledge; and sometimes access is a bit hard.”On site, teenage girls were present to showcase their programming skills, which were used to develop databases for the health and agriculture sector.Serena Razack said her group focused on creating an inventory for hospitals, given that there have been a number of cases of misdiagnosis and expired medications.This programme allows medical practitioners to be au fait with the medication along with its expiry date, how much is being used, and by which doctor. Razack said the programme can be modified for a larger quantity of medications.“This is the first major project we are doing. We have been hearing about the different drugs in Guyana, so we figured it would be helpful if we created a programme that would allow us to keep track of these drugs: like the expiry date, how much is being used, and so on. This database can be expanded so you can add more drugs; so we think that, with further editing, it will be helpful.”Meanwhile, Sakia Jones told this publication that her database was created to aid the agriculture sector with record-keeping.“When you’re dealing with agriculture, especially on a farm, you have to keep track of everything you do. Because it’s a broad topic, we’re only doing plant based-stuff, like the water requirements, soil type and the plant name, just to put that in the inventory,” she explained.Girls in ICT Day is observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organisations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).The National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has, for many years, led Guyana’s outreaches into schools with special focus on rural areas.last_img read more