Friday, March 23, 2012

John Sneh appears on SportsLine

Featured below is an interview segment from my television show. John Sneh from the men's rugby team joined us on the desk.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Aaron Bracy talks Philly hoops on Sportsline

Featured above is editor Aaron Bracy, who joined us for our last show before Spring Break. If you're looking for the latest on college basketball in the Philadelphia area, is your top source.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Owls play spoiler on Senior Day

By Justin Walters
Collegian Editor
For seniors Nadia Duncan and Michelle McCaughern, their Senior Day against conference foe Temple would be far from the most revered memory held at 20th and Olney. After suffering a 30-point rout at the hands of Duquesne, Temple duplicated a similar result ruining the final home game for these two Explorers.
The Owls used an early offensive frenzy, to put the score at 24-6. A pair of back-to-back threes by sophomore Michea Bryant and freshman Jordan Mosley trimmed the large deficit for the women’s basketball team, but the Explorers still found themselves in a 31-18 hole heading into the half.
Hoping to re-control the lead, La Salle cut the Temple lead to nine twice early in the second half, but the Owls proved why they stood at top of the Atlantic 10 through their resiliency. After an 11-0 run, Temple used this spark to seal the deal for good. Combining their 50.9 shooting percentage for game and out-rebounding the Explorers 44-31, the Owls sailed to a 71-44 A-10 victory.
Leading the points column for La Salle in the loss was Mosley with 12 points and Bryant who added 10.
Despite undergoing their worst home loss of the year, the Blue and Gold already locked up a seed in the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Championship. With a 7-7 Atlantic 10 record, La Salle garnered the No. 8 seed and will face the No. 9 seed Xavier Musketeers in the first round of play.
The home loss to the Owls may have been disheartening for Duncan as it was her last home game, but she has already focused her mind on the bigger picture. When asked what her team’s main objective for this upcoming game was, Duncan was short and concise. “Our goal is to win and then win the tournament,” said the fourth year player.
With previous success in a 63-51 victory over Xavier earlier in the season, La Salle will enter this tournament looking to add more accolades to their resume. Along with being a part of La Salle’s six-game win streak, the program’s best streak since 2006, Coach Williams’ unit this year has also tied the team’s best Atlantic 10 season record since the 2006-‘07 season.
Still with a sour taste in their mouth from last year’s 79-55 crushing loss to Saint Joseph’s in the opening round, the Explorers aspire to advance much further than last year’s early exit. With a win on Friday, the Explorers would advance to the quarterfinal round to face the top-seeded Bonnies at noon on Saturday.
It’s win or go home and the Blue and Gold are aware what’s at stake. For some, like junior transfer Brittany Wilson, it will be her first sign of tournament play, but the squad’s leading scorer is geared up to make noise in her premier at the Musketeers.
“I want to redeem myself in the tourney after the loss against Temple,” said Wilson, who led the Explorers with 28 in their last match against Xavier.
Hopefully for La Salle, Wilson and her team will be able to repeat their previous result against Xavier on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Hagan Arena.

Women’s hoops have tough going against D’s of the A-10

By Justin Walters
Collegian Editor

After inching closer to the upper half of the Atlantic 10 standings with a 6-4 conference record, the women’s basketball team had an unfortunate relapse with back-to-back losses to Dayton and Duquesne.
The first to setback the Explorers at Tom Gola were the Flyers during the annual Breast Cancer Awareness contest.
Despite an 11-point halftime lead, the Blue and Gold were unable to hold off Flyers who were currently 9-2 in A-10 play. Led by the Preseason A-10 Player of the Year, Justine Ratterman, and Andrea Hoover, the Flyers eventually trimmed the small deficit and took over the game for good.
It was a go-ahead layup by Ratterman which fueled the Flyers to take off to a 12-4 run bringing them within three at 39-36. La Salle kept it close in the closing minutes by staying composed, but the visiting team used an 8-0 run to exclude the evening for the final of 58-49.
Despite the home loss, junior Brittany Wilson chipped in 15 points, five steals and four rebounds while classmate Alexis Scott recorded 10 in the loss.
In their next matchup, Duquesne would drown the Explorers for their worst loss of the season. The 82-52 routing was ignited by a 24-9 run in the first half which ultimately put the game out of reach. The Dukes scorched the Blue and Gold in the box score in every category while freshman Jordan Mosley was the lone Explorer in double-figures with 10 points.
In his second season at the helm of the La Salle women’s basketball program, Coach Jeff Williams has guided his squad back to the A-10 tournament. Now with one remaining game left against the Temple Owls, the Explorers will be playing for seeding in the bracket.
Saturday’s matchup against their cross-town foes will be far from a walk in the park as Temple sits at the top of the conference with an 11-1 record. Temple won last year’s matchup at home, but this year the Explorers host the city-rival on their turf. The only question is which Coach Williams’ team will show up.
Temple’s only conference loss this year came from the hands of St. Bonaventure who clearly had an offensive frenzy in their game against the La Salle. Following that loss though, the Explorers retaliated by winning next three out of four games and just fell short in the closing minutes to upsetting the third ranked team in the division, Dayton.
The Explorers are evidently equipped with the aptitude to play against the top-tier A-10 programs, but their inexperience has frequently shackled them to hold leads and close out games. After an early exit from St. Josephs’ in the 2011 tournament, La Salle will look to use this Temple game as a test run before their opening round contest.
Coach Williams has said all year to his unit to take one game at a time and will only focus on the Owls for Saturday’s showdown. But at the conclusion of that game, all eyes will be set on trying to make a further run in the bracket than last year.