Catamount guard, lack of free throws doom UW

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. — Although the Wisconsin women’s basketball team may not be able to pronounce the name of the Vermont Catamount player who did more than anyone to send the Badgers home on Sunday, they will be hard-pressed to forget her face.Courtnay Pilypaitis, a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Ottawa, Ontario, guided the Catamounts past the 7-seeded Badgers with game-highs in points (25), rebounds (8) and assists (4). Pilypaitis’ line, though, is more than just impressive for the versatility it demonstrates — it was clutch.Included in her 25 was a stretch in which she scored nine of Vermont’s 11 points after a 39-39 tie and five of her team’s seven free throws in the last minute, which allowed the Catamounts to maintain their lead despite frantic last-gasp efforts from UW.“Every time we were able to get a little bit of momentum, she did a great job of capitalizing on our mistakes,” junior guard Alyssa Karel, who led Wisconsin with 13 points said. “I think on defense we’d make little mistakes — not defending the screen right, going under instead of over a pick — and she capitalized on it and made us pay.”But Pilypaitis is hardly a stranger to stuffing stat sheets. She is the only active player in Division I to have compiled career totals of over 1,900 points, 900 rebounds and 600 assists, and she is one of just two players in the country to be ranked in her league’s top five in scoring, rebounding and assists.Additionally, Pilypaitis has a tradition of stepping her play up when the games really start counting. In three career tournament appearances (one WNIT and two NCAAs), she has averaged over 23 points a game.Exacerbating matters for the Badgers, Pilypaitis wasn’t the only Catamount guard causing verbal, as well as on-court, trouble. Her backcourt mate and fellow Canadian, May Kotsopoulous, the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, added 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, meaning the dynamic backcourt duo accounted for 61 percent of the team’s scoring.“They are very good,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said of the two. “Numbers 3 and 4 are what they are made up to be.”Turnovers, free throw shortage led to Badgers’ lossDuring the regular season, this year’s Badger squad tied a school-record for fewest turnovers in a season, averaging just 15.5 a game.Then, in the first half of its first tournament game Wisconsin reverted to old tendencies, turning the ball over nine times, leading to 12 Vermont points. For the game, the Badgers, stressed at times by a 1-2-2 halfcourt trap, were outscored off turnovers 21-11.“Their defense, first of all, gave their offense a spark,” Stone said of the Catamounts’ defensive pressure. “Our impatience offensively against their trapping defense and zone gave them opportunities. Look, they scored 21 points off turnovers. … Their size and length disturbed us a bit.”And impatience also contributed to the Badgers difficulty in getting to the free-throw line, where they were outshot by 18. Even with inflated free-throw numbers due to late game fouling, the Catamounts already held a seven-point advantage at the half, outshooting the Badgers 8-of-13 to 1-of-3.Karel, who reached double-digits for the 26th time in 32 games, said the team may not have attacked aggressively enough, but couldn’t definitively pinpoint an explanation.“I think we settled for outside shots a lot,” she said. “We came out right away with our inside play, and then we kind of shied away from that, I’m not really sure why. We had a tough time getting in the lane, I think it was maybe the zone they put on us in the second half and their length outside.”Yet whether the blame is put on Vermont’s talented backcourt, early turnovers or free-throw inequities, the incontrovertible takeaway point from Wisconsin’s first tournament game in eight years was that it was chalked up in the right-hand column.Which is why, in a teary, emotional postgame scene, Karel looked to the next year and how this experience was not for naught. “Things could’ve been different — it was in our hands — but this is a motivator for us,” she said. “Now we have the expectation of getting here. We know what it takes to do it, so we’re just going to get in the gym in the offseason and keep getting better.”last_img read more

Colorado College continues to dominate UW

first_imgJunior forward Mark Zengerle was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season but could miss several weeks.[/media-credit]No matter who is on the roster or what the stats sheet says, some teams simply know how to beat another team, time and again.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-4-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) opened its home slate last weekend against precisely that kind of team – Colorado College (5-3-0, 2-0-0) – which always finds a way to best the Badgers.“Sometimes teams just have your number and I have no idea why,” senior forward Ryan Little said. “We’ve struggled with them ever since I’ve been here. If I knew why I would do everything in my power to change it. It’s just how it is right now.”Head coach Mike Eaves was unable to explain the phenomenon, especially given the extreme differences in the way the games played out Friday and Saturday.With plenty of emotion between the rink dedication to former Wisconsin head coach Bob Johnson and the home opener Friday night, the Badgers started out hot, netting two goals in the first period. But with a weak showing in the second, emphasized by a 17-7 difference in shots on goal in favor of CC, the Tigers tied things up 2-2.After a back-and-forth third period, the game went into overtime, where CC ended things quickly, scoring 25 seconds in for the 5-4 game-winner. The Badgers only managed 26 shots on goal to the Tigers’ 39.Saturday night was an entirely different affair. While both teams combined for nine goals in game one of the series, CC goaltender Joe Howe made 33 saves to keep UW off the board. Colorado College netted three goals off 22 shots on goal for a 3-0 game two decision and the series sweep – for the second season in a row.Last year, CC swept UW 4-2, 4-1 at home, and in 2010-11 it ended UW’s postseason run by winning the final two games of a best-of-three series in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The last time the Badgers won a regular season matchup with the Tigers was Jan. 15, 2010, with a 4-0 decision in game one of a series in Colorado Springs, Colo.Bad breaksIf the results weren’t offensive enough for the Badgers, a Mark Zengerle broken finger adds yet another hurdle to the season.The Badgers opened the second period of game two short-handed, as Michael Mersch was serving an interference penalty that carried over from the first period. The top centerman blocked a shot with his hand, ultimately breaking his left index finger. He reportedly knew it was broken the second it happened and will miss four-to-six weeks.The Badgers need to find a way to fill in for Zengerle while he heals simply because it’s a tough blow to their offense. The Rochester, N.Y., native was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season, posting 13 goals and 37 assists in 2011-12 for 50 points and scoring a point in every game this season before the injury.“Losing a guy like Mark is a big impact on the team,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said. “He’s a great player, but we can’t worry about what we could or couldn’t do without him. He’s out for now.”“If we want to make a blanket statement, it makes it more difficult for us to score goals than it has been,” Eaves said. “… There’s going to be a hole there for a while.”Size mattersWhile Wisconsin didn’t give a consistent performance against Colorado College, that inconsistency was most noticeable in Friday night’s 5-4 overtime loss. With a strong first period, the Badgers didn’t keep up the pressure in the second and barely kept it up in the third.Eaves is not one to make excuses, but he did point out the Badgers’ unfamiliarity with their own home rink in game one’s postgame press conference, noting they have not played on the Bob Johnson Rink regularly since September and instead practice at the adjacent LaBahn Arena – their new practice rink.“I wouldn’t say that’s an excuse whatsoever,” sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe said. “Granted there is seven more feet on the width of the ice sheet but … our systems have to adapt to the different dimensions of the rink and we can’t use that as an excuse.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

Marcelino: “Luis Suarez was our Xavi, Lapetra was Iniesta”

first_img“I was able to sign for Real Madrid, but I won twice as much as Di Stefano. They should have given me five million pesetas back then ”Marcellin JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) -In football you play for the public, your audience, not for one person. I didn’t know when he got to the box, nor did I care. I was worried about the opponent in front of me. There were people who wanted to give more political importance to that party than the protagonists actually gave it. It only had sport importance. I stood out in that game and went to the locker room without turning around or picking up the Cup. If it were otherwise there could be punishments, which might be. I think I never went to the National Team because of my attitude. Come on, they stopped taking me.-There were reprisals against you.-But not for that game, there were several things, because I complained about the Cup finals that I had, we always had to play away from home. Even when we faced Barcelona we had to go there. I had to face myself when I saw things that I didn’t think were fair and I paid some consequences. JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) -Your friend Luis had to arrive to return to the path of triumph. Before Euro 2008 you ventured that if Spain won that title it would chain a few years of titles and successes. Why was he so convinced?-I said it because I saw it coming. That team from Luis was hungry to win. I remember that the team of 64 met with them before the European Championship. I had to be at the table with Villa and Torres and they looked at us with admiration. I told them that they had a team as big as ours, but that they had a defect that had to be removed. When they reached the quarterfinals and faced technically very good people they thought they were superior to them and suffered. When that happened to me, I thought that if I suffered, they were dead, broken. The defect of the selection was that it had idealized a series of teams. They thought they were superior. When we deal with you, we beat them. We had complex. I told them that as soon as they thought that these rivals could be won, they would win them and so it was. We had an impressive team and the advantage of having Luis Aragonés who was a winner, as he was already as a player.-You only played 14 games with the national team.-Yes. Then three games were played a year, but they were worth many now. It was eight years. – The players felt used politically with the triumph of the Eurocopa?-Do not. But I talk about me, not about the selection as such. I felt that there was a current in the Government in favor of Real Madrid and Barcelona. With a lot of nerve. I don’t have any picture with the cup after the game. I finished and went to the locker room. And the reason was because of what I had before that happened with Zaragoza. I was not comfortable in the National Team. I play with Di Stéfano and Gento the qualifying phase for the World Cup in Chile. My first match is against Morocco at the Bernabéu. They take Puskas out of the team, with everything it was, and they get me. I score a goal and I was considered the best of 22. It turns out that a month before I qualified for Spain for the World Cup in Chile and then they didn’t take me saying that I was very young and could scare me, when I was the flag bearer of Zaragoza. That bothered me a lot. I was going to defend Spain but I was not happy with how the team was taking. At that time the Secretary General of Sports was a politician and the Spanish Government tended to take players from Madrid, Barcelona, ​​and Athletic. Because they lived in Madrid and they feared Barcelona … That’s why I went to the locker room, I never stayed to pick up the trophy or go around the field. Not in the Cup finals, either. It was my way of claiming that all athletes had to be treated with the same equity.– And then at night how was the most intimate celebration of the title?-I spent two or three hours with an interpreter talking to Yashin. A very nice guy. For me the two best goalkeepers in history were always Yashin and Iribar, which we had. The two teams had dinner at the Palace hotel in Madrid and after dinner I went with Luis Aragones who was a friend of mine who had played that qualifying phase and with Carlos Lapetra.-And the next day reception in El Pardo with Franco …-Yes. I did not go with the team. I went with Rivilla in her Mercedes and we arrived a little late. (Serie). Just for the picture. We had to wait a lot, there was a paraphernalia … and with the car we arrived direct. “I had to retire with 29 years, they sewed me with kicks. One day Gallego, who marked me, followed me to my dressing room and went into the bathroom with me. ”Marcellin “In those days I was the best top scorer in the world, but I was not a forward to use, I also liked to create game.”Marcellin -Why do you think the great head auctioneer has been lost?-Because it is like that and also for a long time. There is not a Marcellin. In my time it was said that I was the best auctioneer in the world. Jackie Charlton, against whom I played with Zaragoza, said after the game that a 1.72 footballer had never won over the actions. He told me it looked like he had springs on his legs. He took half body jumping and he was 1.98.-Were the injuries removed with 29 years?-Yes. I could not anymore. When you are the scorer of a team of which you are forty percent, all the clubs are for you. I was the one who scored the goals. All the games put me an uncle for myself. They kicked me a lot. They followed me to the changing rooms. As it is. “When the game ended I went to the locker room, I did not go around the field, nor did I pick up the Cup, nor do I have any photos. The next day I arrived late to the reception of El Pardo. “Marcellin “In some moments I was not comfortable. There were people who wanted to give more importance to the victory before the USSR and only had sport significance.Marcellin -How?-How do I tell him. Not only were the 90 minutes attached to me but one day Paco Gallego, from Barcelona, ​​was so obsessed with me that at the end of the first half, we climbed the stairs of the changing rooms, to the right was mine. I went in, I went to the bathroom and there I find him by my side. He hadn’t noticed and there I was pissing and he was next. I told him what he was doing there. A scare was hit and it was thrown.-We enter into matter. Your goal, the title of Eurocopa 64. Imagine that you are Matías Prats and you have to narrate your own so much.-Everything started in a corner against us. Rivilla cleared head and the ball came to me that had come down to defend. I gave it back to Revilla who went for the band and gave it to Pereda. At the moment I touch the ball at the beginning of the play I forget everything and go to the opposite area looking for the center forward position. The play went by the band, Pereda made a break as he was going to get inside and went out. I was already at the penalty spot waiting for the center, when I arrived I threw myself towards the ball and came a little behind. I threw the body back, I found the ball in front and hit, as I liked, just towards the goal line, the goal line. It was a dry blow. Yashin didn’t have time to throw himself.-And what was as historic as his goal was that for years it was thought that the center had been of Amancio and not of Pereda because of the assembly of the television images. Why did none of the three ever say anything, to undo the mess?– I had always commented that the center had been Pereda. JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) This was his mythical goalA center of Pereda arrived from the right (usually a trick image is seen in which Amancio centers, because the node, which did not have the play, mounted it with that trick), at half height. Marcelino bent down, turned his torso and neck and percussed the ball, from about twelve meters, to the strain of Yashin’s left stick, which didn’t even move. “The team was so long without winning because it had complex against certain rivals. When he lost it with Luis, he won everything. It was a great team. ”Marcellincenter_img JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) -Your beginnings were on the beach …-Yes. What we did all those kids in Ares is to play beach four or five hours after leaving school. The advantage of playing on the beach is that being soft and hard sand, the physical conditions you get are bestial. From the beach I went to Racing del Ferrol in Segunda. I played some games in the Galicia of Mugardos, but Racing already knew me from the beach and had me seen to sign. I studied at the seminar and I quit. My mother got a huge dislike because I wanted her to be a priest. I didn’t want him to play football. I played as an amateur and started studying industrial engineer. In Ferrol I was a short year.-The chronicles of the time say that his best weapon, in addition to the head shot, was speed.-Yes, in Zaragoza I played the first year as a right winger. In ten meters Gento and I would be on par in terms of speed, but in 40 meters mine was higher. I held up to 60 meters at maximum. In 100 meters it was a little less than 11 seconds … in the classic tennis shoes. He jumped head over three meters and peak.-Let’s talk about his head shot, his great specialty, which allowed him to score that goal that is a sublime part of the history of Spanish football.-The head game is very difficult and almost extinct. The two great auctioneers I noticed and were my teachers were Zarra and César, who was later my coach at Zaragoza. They were the best in the world and then, it’s me. After me I don’t think anyone will reach my height.-What is the secret of the head shot?-I think you are born with that gift. It helped me a lot to play on the beach barefoot. We played volleyball with the head. But I think it was also genetic because the other children also played the same thing and did not jump like me. I did not play federated neither in children nor in juveniles. When they did my medical tests to sign for Racing, the doctor made me repeat ten series of tests for the low pulsations I gave. It was strange that he gave 38/40 … I asked him why I had to do so many series and he didn’t want to answer me.Years later that same doctor gave a conference in Zaragoza to which I went and asked him about the medical tests he had done years before and told me that he was about to give me useless for football because my recovery power was not normal. I thought I could have a heart injury. It was not normal to have the same pulsations at rest and after exertion. The fact of playing five hours on the beach had influenced my power of recovery although for me it was like being five hours playing tute,– And the secret of the jump that keeps so much zeal, what was it?-I had a lot of jumping power, it is seen in the photos and images of my time. My secret was that I didn’t jump straight, I jumped forward and then threw my body back to always have the ball in front of me and choose the direction you want to give the ball. The secret is in the waist suit, without the waist suit there is no head shot. I always pointed to the goal line, there the goalkeeper suffers greatly. He doesn’t have time to react anymore. This happened in the goal of the European Championship. Yashin is standing because he doesn’t see the auction until he has it on top. JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) -During the end of 64, at some point, the players looked towards the box, you worried about what could be cooking with the presence of Franco … DAILY AS (DAILY AS) -And two years later the World Cup 66 in England. You go from starting to not play the first two games and have dropped on occasion that the lineups were not made to Villalonga, the coach, but were imposed from above.-In the European Championship we won, Villalonga made a sensational team with an average of 24/25 years. That team was very good, good enough to have won that World Cup if they hadn’t touched. It all started badly with the concentration of Santiago. We were 40 days and all raining. In the training camps the mud was coming from the ankles … What a way to train a World Cup! There was no way to play. It was a quagmire. There the Government sent us. Of that in the Federation, the Government commanded. I was not happy. I thought I was going to start and that we were going to win the World Cup. They made me the headline in a friendly in Santiago and I asked Villalonga to let me stay in Spain. I did not want to go. Four or five starting players were handed to substitutes. He had brought other players who imposed them. I will not say who because they were great players, but taxes.I told Villalonga what the problem was. That he wouldn’t put that team. The substitutes in training scored five or six goals. I asked him to explain what was happening. And he simply told me that the team had been imposed on some players. More or less in a clear, quite clear way.And I told him to leave me out. Among the four he has to rule out and so there was no problem. But he did not. I was very well known in England. The Government spoke with the coach and the president of Zaragoza and I was not going, but of course there could be consequences. Then they told me that they didn’t force me to play but that I had to go so that there was no political scandal. Then I went but I only played the last game when there was nothing left to do. We won Germany by miracle, in the end.-Why do you say so convinced that Spain could have won that World Cup 66?-Because we were very good. We had gone through the stone to all the best in those years. The logical thing is that we would have won it, but we already lost it in the concentration of Santiago and then with the election of the players that Villalonga made forced, as I said, by the Government.-What prize did you have for winning the Eurocup?-For winning the semifinal and the final 150,000 pesetas. In Zaragoza they gave us 300,000 pesetas for the Copa de Rey and 300,000 for the Copa de Ferias. And those 150,000 pesetas were not given to us by the Federation. There was money from an individual who put it and that’s why we got that amount. The Federation gave 70,000 pesetas. There was a patron who I don’t want to say.-Who was the Xavi of that Selection?-Luis Suarez. And Iniesta was Lapetra. They were the team players. Pereda and I also supported a lot in the midfield. Fuste had a long journey.– Did it give you the feeling that the national team had to win something again to really recognize the merit of that 1964 title.-Yes it had been valued. What happened was that the fan was tired of Spanish football, being a world team power, only had a title at the selection level and that it was becoming very stale. Spain deserved much more. At the selection level it was getting very bad. People when I saw me thanked me for that goal and had the right to demand more because Spanish football was far superior to what for so many years nothing was achieved.-How did you explain that drought with the good players who always went to the national team?-I thought that Spanish football was led by politicians and it was not the sport that led the sport. For that reason we pay more than. Soccer became politicized. That’s why when they talked about Russia’s goal it bothered me. It seemed to me that Spain had much more equipment and proof of this is that all Spanish clubs won in Europe. You could have done many more things with the selection. That is why there was a moment that celebrating that of 64 seemed a little disrespectful to the new players and the new generations. It bothered me about them. JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) “We had a team to have also won the World Cup 66, but the government imposed players on the coach. He told me himself. ”Marcellin -Before entering the subject and talking about your goal, introduce yourself in society for the new generations that didn’t see you play. Who was Marcellin?-Marcelino was a striker who created the front of the five magnificent in Zaragoza and was part of the National Team that was champion of the Eurocopa of 64 and was lucky enough to score the goal that gave us the title to all. That feat was of the team, not just Marcelino.-And how did he play, what was his style, what kind of striker was he?-I was not a center forward to use, I played for the bands, I went down to the center of the field, I liked to play. I scored goals, I am the top scorer in the history of Zaragoza, but I did more things. Before playing ‘nine’ I was extreme, inside… I gave almost more goals than I scored. He was a creator, as well as an auctioneer. I did not stay at the penalty spot. He finished coming from behind. By The National Team was about to turn 44 and Antwerp silver (1920) was already far away. Final of Eurocopa 64. That evening at the Bernabéu Marcelino Martínez Cao (29-4-1940) scored the goal of his life. That of the victory before the USSR. The history of the Red would not be understood without that much and this protagonist.Five decades later in his native Ares, in the restaurant Texture, owned by Tete, his wife, Marcelino takes out his private hard drive and reviews his life as an international with a memory worth considering. “Franco didn’t like football. He liked bulls and hunting. We don’t play the final for him, but for our audience. ”Marcellin “I became a footballer on the beach and I had beastly physical conditions. I was running 100 meters in less than 11 seconds and my jump was three meters and a peak ”Marcellin – Do you remember the first time?-Yes it was against Morocco. Qualifying match for the Chilean World Cup 62. We won (3-2) and scored the first goal. I was chosen as the best player of the game and they didn’t take me to the World Cup… Ha ha ha. They said I was very young and it could scare me … I don’t want to talk about it, but the reality is that before the World Cup, Real Madrid wanted to sign me and in the end there was no transfer and I think it was like a certain punishment. They told me … I then charged a lot of money in Zaragoza. I arrived as an amateur and then my record was very high, more than double that of Di Stéfano, for example. When Madrid came looking for me, there was a lot of money I was charging and they also had to pay Zaragoza. They had no money for so much. It is not like today. If Madrid wanted to sign me, I had to pay five million pesetas of those, which was outrageous. Jumping the million was already a silly one. But I wanted to stay in Zaragoza. I didn’t feel like undoing a team that I had created and also already earned enough. Madrid is Madrid and I respect it and I have admired it, but I stayed in Zaragoza for people who did not deserve that I leave and leave them lame.-And why do you think he didn’t go to the World Cup because he didn’t sign for Madrid?-When the coach was Escartín, who was independent, I went to the World Cup. Then they signed Hernández Coronado who was an employee of Madrid and no longer took me. How do you interpret it? It’s very clear … Tomás Ondarra -Why did you say once that you would have liked that goal to be scored at another stage, not in a dictatorship?-For many reasons. Franco didn’t like football and I know it firsthand. He liked bulls and hunting. When we played with Zaragoza the four consecutive Cup finals, our president was in the gallery with Franco. He had a good friendship with him and Franco asked him: “How is this? You come here to play the final of my Cup four times, how is it? that you and others always play. ”last_img read more