Womens Basketball Rebounding issues holding Ohio State back from reaching potential

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga corrals a rebound during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State should not have had a problem securing rebounds during Sunday afternoon’s 85-76 win against Washington. The Huskies were outrebounded by Idaho State 46-27 in their season-opening loss, then lost the rebounding battle to BYU 43-39 in a 80-72 win. They did not play anyone taller than 6-foot-1 against the Buckeyes, while Ohio State started 6-foot-3 forward Stephanie Mavunga and played forwards Alexa Hart (6-foot-3) and Makayla Waterman (6-foot-2).Yet, Washington (1-2) pulled down 46 rebounds, with 17 coming on the offensive glass, and No. 9 Ohio State (4-1) controlled 40 boards.“I think it’s two-fold,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said after the game. “It’s discipline because you can really want it, but if you’re not hitting your person and running by and going and getting the ball, then that’s a problem. So it’s discipline, and then it’s want-to. We lacked in both areas today.”In the first half, the discrepancy was even more apparent as Washington held a 28-17 advantage on the glass. The visiting team had 12 offensive rebounds by halftime, which nearly equalled Ohio State’s 14 defensive rebounds.Ohio State senior forward Alexa Hart takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“We were terrible on the boards. I still feel like, even in the second half,” Mavunga said. “And it’s kind of bad because we’ve been really working on that, he’s been really emphasizing boxing out, hitting your person, going to get the rebound.”The struggles to secure boards against Washington did not come as a complete shock. The Buckeyes outrebounded Idaho 59-35, but Louisville outrebounded Ohio State 47-29. And though McGuff’s team held a 55-41 rebound advantage against Quinnipiac, the Bobcats had just one less first-half rebound than the Buckeyes.But the recent rebounding struggles come in stark contrast to how Ohio State opened the season. In the Buckeyes first game of the season, a 85-64 victory against Stanford, they dominated the glass. Mavunga set a school record with 26 rebounds and her team held a commanding 64-41 rebounding edge. It seemed rebounding could be an area of strength for Ohio State after it had multiple seasons of meager totals.“Did we get worse at rebounding or did we not try hard enough today?,” McGuff asked. “I think we probably know the answer to that.”Ohio State plays a starting lineup that features just one post player in Mavunga. Though Mavunga has four double-doubles in five games and became the third player to average a double-double in program history last season, she doesn’t receive much help from fellow tall forwards. The Buckeyes start a four-guard lineup featuring Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun, Asia Doss and Linnae Harper, and play the group for much of the game. Of the four, only Calhoun stands taller than 5-foot-8, and she rarely enters the post due to her shooting ability.Instead, Harper, who is listed at 5-foot-8, acts as a quasi-forward at times, crashing the glass. The scrappy guard picked up nine rebounds against the Huskies. She corralled 18 rebounds against Idaho, 10 against Quinnipiac, 11 against Stanford and seven versus Louisville. McGuff understands the negatives posed by playing a four-guard lineup, but said he likes the ability to play different lineups and not feel like the team is lacking rebounding despite not playing a lineup featuring taller players.“The thing that I like about it is she can rebound around the basket, where she gets in kind of wrestling matches with people,” McGuff said. “She can also come from the perimeter and rebound. She gives us a lot of versatility and with her rebounding, it allows us to play in a lot of different ways.”Mavunga said continued rebounding struggles would keep the Buckeyes from reaching their desired success, but believes the problem will be quashed with further practice.“I think that we’re going to be really holding ourselves accountable and holding our teammates accountable, especially starting this week in practice,” Mavunga said. “We’ve already fessed up and we’ve already realized the problem.”Ohio State’s ability to beat top-level teams depends on progress in overcoming its rebound struggles. And given the steps back since the beginning of the season, the progress has already begun, but it has been in the wrong direction. read more

An act for womanhood

first_imgWomen issues have taken the front seat from a few years. From films, books, social media, to theatre, everything is grappling with the situation of women. New Delhi Players came up with a new production, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Hindi as Gudiya Ghar. It is one of the finest plays written on the subject of women’s rights and has the distinction of being the most performed play internationally perhaps because it’s as close as one could get to the truth of hypocrisy in accepted gender roles in a marriage, in those times and even today. It is designed and directed by Basab Bhattacharya whose last production Sandhya Chhaya was warmly received by all. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For all those who don’t know what this 1879 play is about, here’s a quick synopsis! Nora, the protagonist, and Torvald Helmer are happily married. Torvald has been promoted to bank manager and their money worries are over. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, and with her husband’s new power comes the threat of blackmail. Over three acts, the play culminates when Nora’s lie is exposed and Torvald first blames, then forgives her. But he is abandoned as Nora recognises the truth of her situation. She accuses her husband, and her father before him, of having used her as a doll, and declares herself unfit to be a wife or mother until she has learned to be herself. The ideal wife and mother walks out of the marriage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play was put together in one set of a very simple European home, just as live music added to the drama created by a handful of actors. The costumes were English too. But the dialogues were in Hindi. The aim of the play is often to put across the idea, which kind of got lost at some instances when the words got mispronounced and fumbled upon by the Hinglish speaking actors. The protagonist, Priyanka Sharma or Nora held the stage really well with the beautiful smile she has. We loved how she would stay worried at one instance and flip to the meri gilheri, the ever happy woman in front of her husband. The chemistry between the couple was also dominated by Nora, and quite well. Sahil Mittal, who played Torvald, was also a great actor, but it would be great if he could be more confident of the fact that he is a good actor! Supporting actors who played the roles of  Linde (Suman), Rank (Sunil Rohatgi) and Krogstad (Animesh Singhal) were better than the lead actors. Our favourite was Krogstad. His strong voice infused life into the character he played. Also, the chemistry between him and Nora was applaudable. It was a well rehearsed and well put up show and we will be looking forward to future productions.last_img read more

Safe Drive Save Life programme at Sodepur

first_imgKolkata: Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Barasat, in association with Barrackpore Police Commissionerate organised “Safe Drive Save Life” programme at Sodepur in North 24-Parganas.Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Barasat, also felicitated three civic volunteers of Barrackpore Traffic Police for their outstanding performance in maintaining traffic issues and bringingdown accidents.Sibasis Ghosh, ACP,Traffic, Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, Rajesh Mondal, OC, Central Traffic Guard, Barrackpore, along with senior officers from Ghola, Khardah and New Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBarrackpore police stations and Barrackpore Police Commissionerate were present at the function.”Safe Drive Save Life” programme was aimed at creating awareness and ensuring road safety among people, especially the youngsters and children to bring down the number of accidents in the region.The hospital also organised a Health Camp for the auto-rickshaw and truck drivers followed by a seminar on Road Safety.Dr Rajiv Pathak, Facility Director, Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Barasat, said: “Safe driving is an essential part of road safety.”Every day, so many people lose lives due to irresponsible and reckless driving. If we don’t follow the rules, our life can be in danger.”So, for this purpose of ensuring road safety by sensitising the concept of safe driving among people, especially the youngsters, we have taken-up this initiative.”last_img read more

Ready for Microsofts Vista

first_imgNovember 1, 2006 4 min read Microsoft’s Vista promises to be the next big thing in Windows computing–literally. Will your PC be PC enough for Vista when it drops a few weeks from now? If not, AMD and Intel might be able to brighten your holidays. They’ve begun shipping a new generation of more powerful dual-core processors, forcing bone-deep price cuts on “old” dual-cores and Pentium-class chips.Just about any new computer will run Vista Starter or Basic now. Less clear is how much PC you’ll need to make the most of the new Windows. It depends on how graphical you want to be. Will you run the 3-D Aero “glass” interface? Make VoIP calls? Create a video blog? Watch TV on your PC? The extra vroom needed might still fit your budget.The long run-up to Vista has been hard on people who sell PCs–but great for people who buy them. Sales have languished for most of the year with a corresponding buildup in chip inventories and softening in prices. Intel and AMD finally began slashing 40 percent or more off first-generation dual-core prices last quarter to make room for a new dual-core generation.Competition being what it is, most of those savings get passed on to PC buyers as a mix of lower prices and hardware improvements. As recent corporate earning releases show, PC sellers have been giving away margin until it hurts.But lucky for Microsoft, hardware companies are playing through the pain. It starts with Intel and AMD, who can’t seem to stop one-upping each other with ever-faster and cooler chips. Intel’s new Core 2 Duo family forces deep price cuts in first-generation Core Duos that haven’t even had time to lose that new-chip smell. And the long-running Pentium line? That’s over. AMD’s new AM2 platform has a less dramatic debut–primarily, bringing DDR2 and other memory innovations to the midrange Athlon 64 X2 and top-of-the-line Athlon 64 FX-62. State of ReadinessAt first glance, Vista’s hardware requirements don’t sound that onerous–an 800MHz CPU for basic versions, a 1GHz engine for the Aero interface. Vendors haven’t sold PCs that slow in years, although millions are still out there, doing their jobs faithfully every day. But it’s not enough just to run Windows. You also need enough PC for bigger, better software versions–starting with Microsoft Office.It’s odd that clock speed is emphasized, because memory is much more important. Figure on a full gigabyte of system memory to be “Vista Ready” for Aero–and better make that DDR2 memory. Also, choose a processor with as much cache memory behind as wide a front-side bus as you can afford. Get at least 1MB of L2 cache–2MB would be better–and 4MB would put snap in your apps. And pick a graphics adapter with at least 128MB dedicated video memory.The impact can be seen in recent performance tests where Intel’s second-generation Core 2 Duo processor did 40 percent more work running at 2.66GHz than a first-generation dual core did at 3.6GHz. Either of the twin engines in Core 2 Duo can tap the full 4MB of cache they share as needed, but each first-generation dual-core engine is limited to 2MB. Core 2 Duo’s engines also benefit from a one-third wider front-side bus to memory and other efficiencies in Intel’s new Core microarchitecture.But these improvements sure complicate shopping. You can depend on vendors to label which Windows XP systems they’re selling today are Vista Ready or Vista Capable. But to get the most for your money, you may need to weigh two or three different options in each of the memory categories.PC vendors have been blowing out last-generation models and filling their price points with new, more powerful configurations up and down the product line. For example, at this writing, Dell’s cheapest Core 2 Duo model was packed with 1GB DDR2, 4MB L2, a 1066MHz FSB and nVidia Geforce video with 256MB. Price: $1,600–including a 20-inch flat panel!There’s just a lot more PC under the average price tag now. And Vista? Not a problem–at least, not for new PCs.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more