Like so many previous times in this young season, Syracuse allowed an inferior opponent to hang around for the first half on Thursday night.But in the end, like usual, Kayla Alexander was too much for Dartmouth to handle, and the Orange was able to put away its opponent with ease.“We did a good job getting her the ball,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a phone interview. “We shoot at least 35-percent behind the arc, then they’ve got to guard the open perimeter and they can’t double. That’s a big thing for us.Despite leading by just four points at halftime, Syracuse (7-0) put Dartmouth (1-4) away with ease 91-64 in front of 513 at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H., behind the dominating play of the Orange’s star center, who finished with 27 points.Alexander turned in a 14-point first half and helped guide SU to an 11-point lead with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, but Syracuse missed back-to-back jump shots and made just one over the final five minutes as the Big Green cut the lead to 37-34 heading into the break.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I never felt uncomfortable in the first half, to be honest,” Hillsman said. “… It was never a kind of game where I thought they had momentum and control of the game.”Alexander broke things open at the beginning of the second half. The center scored on a layup just nine seconds into the half, then after Dartmouth missed a 3-pointer on the other end, Elashier Hall nailed one of her own. A quick steal by Cornelia Fondren gave the Orange the ball right back before another layup by Alexander expanded SU’s lead to 11 just 1:01 into the second half.Alexander scored five of the next seven SU points and the Big Green was never able to cut the lead to single digits in the final 16 minutes as Syracuse cruised to seventh straight win.The Orange’s 6-of-17 3-point-shooting performance opened up the interior for Alexander’s big night.“We’re making teams come out and guard us. As long as we can make shots, as long as we can keep the floor spread and allow her to play one-on-one we’ve got a good shot.”Alexander also added six blocks and six boards to help spark the SU transition game. Brianna Butler, Rachel Coffey and Carmen Tyson-Thomas each scored in double figures.The Orange returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. against Temple, concluding a seven-game road trip before returning to the Carrier Dome Tuesday against Wagner.“Our kids really know how to respond to tough situations,” Hillsman said. “It was a tough game, and they played really hard.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2
D-day for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts CameroonD-day for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon
“CAF has never thought about withdrawing from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon… it depends on Cameroon,” he stressed after talks with head of state Paul Biya.In Sharm el-Sheikh, Cameroon Football Federation head Happi Dieudonne assured executives that “Cameroon would be ready” to organise the Cup of Nations.Cameroon is experiencing a tense security situation with persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first to feature 24 teams — up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.It will also be the first Cup of Nations played during June and July after the last CAF president, Issa Hayatou, refused to budge from the traditional January/February timetable.The January kick-off meant many Africans with clubs in the leading European leagues had to leave their clubs in the middle of the season for up to six weeks.Cameroon, as hosts, and 12 other countries, including record seven-time champions Egypt, have qualified for the 2019 tournament.Share on: WhatsApp Uganda Cranes vs Cape Verde in a match they won earlier this month. Cranes have qualified for AFCON 2019, but venue could change from Cameroon. PHOTO @officialfufaCairo, Egypt | AFP | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will discuss Friday in Accra the staging of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following reports that host nation Cameroon’s preparations were in difficulties.The executive committee meets in the Ghanaian capital Accra on the sidelines of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament, an official of the Cairo-based told AFP.A report of the last two inspection visits to central African state Cameroon will be made during the meeting.CAF inspectors recently travelled to the country, which last hosted the tournament in 1972, to check security, infrastructure, stadiums and accommodation.After the executive committee meeting, a decision whether Cameroon should continue as hosts of the June 15-July 13 African football showpiece is set to be made.If Cameroon are rejected, CAF will have to launch a new application procedure to designate another host country for the biennial tournament first staged in Sudan 61 years ago.Morocco, who lost out to a United States/Mexico/Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup, have regularly been reported as possible replacements for Cameroon.At a September executive committee meeting in Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh, CAF noted “a significant delay in the realisation of the infrastructures” necessary for holding the Cup of Nations in Cameroon.No plan BHowever, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad declared the following month during a visit to Cameroon that his organisation “did not have a plan B.