3 Syracuse women’s basketball storylines to watch for at Orange Madness

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The rings were the final addition to the 2016 Final Four spoils for both teams, which included a Final Four sideline chair for each player, a watch and an array of clothing and sneakers. Comments Syracuse had the best season in program history last year, making it to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and the national championship game. The Orange lost both contests but hosted NCAA Tournament games for the first time in school history and earned its highest rank in program history.The Orange lost 3-point ace Brianna Butler, who set an NCAA record with 415 attempted 3s last year, but returns its other two four scorers in Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes.Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. will provide a first look at this year’s team. Here are three storylines to watch for.Who will emerge from 3 without Brianna Butler?Brianna Butler led the Orange with 129 made 3-pointers last season, converting on 31.1 percent, and holds the SU program record with 373 career 3s. Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman molded the guard into a player with a shoot-first mentality and called her the best shooter in the country at times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWithout Butler, the Orange will have to rely heavily on senior guards Peterson and Sykes to pick up where Butler left off from behind the arc. One of these two will likely be competing in Friday’s 3-point contest, which will serve as the fans’ first opportunity to see if SU can rely on the deep ball as heavily this season as it did last.Let’s danceAt last year’s Orange Madness, the SU players gathered at midcourt after their 10-minute scrimmage and entertained the crowd with a choreographed dance.If they decide to choreograph another dance this year, expect it to be one of the most entertaining parts of the night from both sides.Last year, the team danced to an array of songs including “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”, “Crank That” and “Hit the Quan,” and the crowd danced and sang along. It was a sharp juxtaposition to Christian rapper NF’s performance at Orange Madness, during which almost no fans sang or danced along.It’s not clear if the Orange will put together another dance this year, but Peterson, one of the leaders of the 2015 dance, will be back on the court for SU.Put a ring on itBoth the SU men and women’s teams will be receiving their 2016 Final Four rings at Orange Madness, SU Athletics has said. Assistant coach Tammi Reiss posted a picture of what the rings look like on her Twitter account, but this will be the first time fans will get to see the rings up close.center_img Published on October 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Chief Justice Worries over Ebola Outbreak at Prison

first_imgChief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor In a move to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into prison facilities around the country, the Chief Justice Tuesday, August 5, began holding consultative meetings with judicial actors to find a way to temporarily release people from jail on bond.Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor named pretrial detainees (people in jail and not yet sent to court) and convicted prisoners that would not pose any danger to themselves or the society as beneficiaries of the bond initiative.But the Chief Justice was quick to point out that the initiative would be done in line with the laws of the land. “We have to act now or else, if the Ebola virus were to enter our congested cells, I fear that we would be losing hundreds of lives. But we need to take into consideration the laws,” the Supreme Court boss stated.According to him, he and his judicial colleagues have met with the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates in that direction.“We will be meeting with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), lawyers and family members of those in prisons, so that we may together discuss the release of their detained relatives on bond,” Chief Justice Korkpor added.He continued, “We will only be releasing them into the care of prominent individuals or their lawyers, who would make sure they return whenever they are needed by the court.”“These are measures that we are putting into place to help save our people in jail from being victims of the deadly virus,” Chief Justice Korkpor reiterated.“If we allow people to die from Ebola in prison, then who are we going to prosecute? The dead or those that are alive in jail?” he asked.Cautioning people against handling of the rapid spread of the virus, the Chief Justice said, “We have to handle this deadly disease with care. We need to do everything humanly possible to help protect the lives of our people.”“The protection of our people against the spread of the disease is my greatest worry.This is the period that we, leaders, need to do so much to protect our people,” Chief Justice Korkpor averred.Another issue, the Chief Justice dealt with was that of the jury selection process.According to him, the laws give the right to a person accused of committing a crime to   decide whether he wants the jury to hear his case or only a judge.The Chief Justice said he and his colleagues were considering a temporary suspension of the jury selection process.“For now we will want only judges to hear cases and not jury. This is to prevent the over crowdedness of the courtroom.”“You know that the Ebola virus can spread faster, if people gathered together at a particular place; so we have to suspend jury congregating at our courts,” Chief Justice Korkpor further explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more