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Women’s Basketball Visits Creighton on Thursday

first_imgStory Links OMAHA, Neb. – The Drake University women’s basketball team takes on a familiar opponent in the Creighton Bluejays on Thursday, Nov. 16 night in D.J. Sokol Arena with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines and a free video stream is available on Jays Video. Drake Game Notes Live Stats Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) poured in a game-high 34 points to lead four Bulldogs in double-digit scoring. Wendell just missed a double-double, adding nine rebounds along with two assists. Her big game earned her the Missouri Valley Conference’s first player of the week award of the season and the 10th total in her decorated career. Sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) also just missed a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior point guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded a points/assists double-double with 13 points and 13 assists. Ingle moved to No. 3 all-time in school history in career assists as she now has 547, passing former standout Stephanie Schmitz (1998-02, 546). Sophomore Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added 14 points with 12 in the second half and knocked down three key three-pointers. Listen Live center_img Drake (1-0) is making the trip to Omaha off a 99-91 comeback win at North Dakota on Nov. 11 in the 2016-17 season-opener. The Bulldogs trailed the Fighting Hawks, 71-69, at the end of the three quarters of play, but completed the comeback by outscoring them, 30-20, in the final quarter to secure the victory. Drake held UND scoreless for nearly four minutes towards the end of the contest. The victory helped Drake claim three votes in Monday’s USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division I Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. Creighton (0-2) was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference until July, 2013 when the Bluejays departed the MVC for the BIG EAST Conference. Creighton is the preseason favorite in the BIG EAST. The two schools have continued their longstanding rival by playing each other every season since the Bluejays departure. Drake leads the all-time series, 39-25 including an 81-72 win in Des Moines last season. Thursday is the home opener for the Bluejays who have dropped road games at South Dakota State and at Wichita State. Brianna Rollerson leads the team at 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Live Video Following Thursday’s game, Drake travels to Iowa State on Sunday night. Tipoff with the Cyclones is scheduled for 6 p.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mindless Rush for Foreign Coaches Absurd, Says Calcutta Football League Champions Peerless Coach Jahar Das

first_imgNew Delhi: Jahar Das might be in the spotlight for helping Peerless win the Calcutta Football League (CFL) this season, but leading dark horses to the title isn’t something new for the coach. While Khalid Jamil might have been the head coach on paper when Aizawl FC won the I-League in 2017, there is no denying the fact that Das had a big role in the development of the players in the team — first as Head of Youth Development at the club and then as coach of the first team before Jamil took over.What makes Das’ achievement with Peerless all the more special is the fact that a club outside the ‘Big Three’ — East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting — hadn’t won Kolkata’s premier tournament in the last 61 years. The last team to win the CFL before this was Eastern Railway Football Club in 1958. Speaking to IANS after adding another feather to his cap, Das said that the mindless rush for foreign coaches in the country must stop if Indian football has to rise through the ranks. He went on to add that many of the foreign coaches in India have no exposure of leading teams and pointed that barring Ciric Milovan (in the early 80s) and the current national coach Igor Stimac, none of the foreign coaches belong to the top league.”They have mainly worked as assistant coaches. Most of them have never been the head coach of any big team,” he pointed.Analysing the performance of East Bengal — coached by Alehandro Menendez Garcia — and Mohun Bagan under Kibu Vicuna, Das said he had his doubts on their credentials as they did not do micro training like what he did with Peerless.”There is a kind of training called micro training, which means specific training for a specific group. For example micro training for defence and micro training for the attack. This kind of training makes both defence and attack stronger. And to my surprise, I found the two big teams lack in both these areas,” he said.”As a result of this, East Bengal was never allowed to create any attack which converted into goal. Whichever attack they made on that day, were not planned attacks,” he said adding that he found their defence vulnerable and the story was same with Mohun Bagan as they conceded three goals against Das’ team. “We could have scored three more,” he said.”I do not understand what these foreign coaches have done. Do they only make the players run during the training sessions?” he questioned.Das said there was no harm in foreign coaches, but only the good ones should be brought in by team managements as second string coaches wouldn’t be able to deliver.”A coach who never worked independently and followed the instruction of another coach, gets a full team to manage. How will it help?” Das asked.When asked why clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are running after these foreign coaches, Das said that could be an excuse to escape responsibility for the defeat. “If a foreign coach loses a few matches, the supporters are more accommodating compared to team performing poorly under an Indian coach. We still think that foreign material is better than Indian,” he smiled.Das said that Peerless became CFL champions because he relied a great deal on local players. “Not that we had a great team, but our boys know what the league means to them,” he said.”If you see this 61-year gap in winning a title, it is because during this period, the three big clubs were dominated by local talents,” he said.Das said that players from Bengal are lagging behind at the national level because of physical fitness. “The gap between physical fitness and skill has narrowed down and a coach will always prefer a fitter player than someone who is more skilled but unfit,” he said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Aizawl FCcalcutta football leagueeast bengalfootball First Published: October 21, 2019, 4:53 PM ISTlast_img read more