The USC women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 41-point thrashing over Gardner-Webb in the Bahamas last weekend. Now it hopes to live up to its preseason expectations starting tonight at Galen Center against the University of Texas at San Antonio.The Women of Troy have (2-3) struggled to put together a consistent performance in their previous four contests. The victory over Gardner-Webb was perhaps their strongest showing of the year, as they put up a season-high 82 points.“Our biggest strength is sticking together and playing as a team,” senior guard Briana Gilbreath said. “Against Gardner-Webb we started playing as a team. When we do that, I think we can beat anybody.”The Roadrunners are led by the efforts of Ashley Spaletta, who is averaging 10.3 points per game. In their last game, Spaletta hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points.“The bottom line is that we got to win the Trojan way,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “When we play against teams that aren’t ranked, we have to insert our will on them from the start.”The Women of Troy never trailed in their last game against the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4), and look to keep some of that momentum heading into tonight.“[I’m looking for the team] to play a complete game, and do the things we worked on in practice,” Cooper said. “The key is to rebound — we need to limit them to one shot per possession.”Heading into Wednesday’s matchup, UTSA is averaging 51.5 points per game, while the Women of Troy average 63 points. The Roadrunners barely scraped a victory in their last game against Detroit capturing a 59-55 victory. Throughout the season, however, UTSA has shot just under 28 percent from the field.The Women of Troy’s offense, which has struggled at times, might not match up against top-ranked teams, but USC hopes to perform well enough to stop its opponent. The home advantage will help, according to the coaching staff.“We got to take advantage and win [at home] because it’s hard on the road no matter who you’re playing,” Cooper said. “Good teams win on the road, championships are won on the road.”The USC team has seen strong showings from its top players even in some of the team’s losses.Gilbreath is now one career steal away from No. 9 spot in the USC history books, and No. 5 in all-time career blocks, while senior guard Ashley Corral is No. 15 overall in career points with 1,252.“Hopefully in these games we can focus more on executing our offense and sticking with our defensive scheme,” Gilbreath said. “We just have to execute what [the coaches] tell us to execute.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A 12-person jury is now in deliberation in the Sylvester Provencio aggravated battery trial. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell, is accused of assaulting Greg Schneider, 54, and Bryan Nispel, 56, both of Caldwell, in a brawling incident that occurred on April 22, 2015, east of the community.The jury broke for deliberation at 11:15 a.m. today, and will decide on the level 5 felony aggravated battery charge as well as a couple of misdemeanor charges including criminal deprivation of a vehicle. Nick Reedy, 31, pled guilty to aggravated battery last week and is awaiting sentencing.Both Provencio and Reedy were accused of feloniously punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch him while he was helpless causing him to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body, cuts, and abrasions which required stitches and staples, according to the complaint. The incident occurred in what originally appeared to be a good Samaritan act that turned ugly after Provencio and Reedy along with a third person had a white Toyota pickup stuck in the mud in a ditch, about five miles east of Caldwell.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and defense attorney Jess Hoeme presented their closing arguments to the 12 jurors and Â two alternates which were announced just before deliberation.Â For the second time in the trial, Spencer presented the five-minute 911 tape during his closing arguments. He reviewed much of what had been said during the trial concerning the circumstances leading to the four-person brawl, the escape of the Provencio and Reedy in Schneider’s Pink Cadillac, and their whereabout thereafter.Hoeme then presented his case to the jury. He spoke about the frustration of having a truck stuck in the middle of the night. He then spoke of the aggressive confrontation of Schneider when he arrived. He then when over lack of blood sampling by the investigation, Reedy’s missing boots, Provencio’s clean shoes, and how Provencio had little contact with Schneider during the brawl, but instead fought with Nispel, who was relatively unhurt.“There is no denying that Mr. Schneider’s injuries were significant, it was a terrible thing,” Hoeme told the jury. “But Reedy did that to him. Not Provencio.”Hoeme then urged the jury to deliberate with an open mind.“You will see once you review all the facts that you can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Provencio was the cause of Schneider’s injuries,” he said.Judge Scott McQuin gave the jurors a set of instructions and excused them and asked them to weigh all the evidence and not that of the testimony of either attorney.Follow us on Twitter.
– APA says response extremely slowThere are reports that the water level has risen over the past few days in Region 8 (Potaro/Siparuni) communities that have already been inundated by heavy rainfall and flash flooding of recent.This resident is trying to prevent his clothes from being destroyed by the flash flooding in Region 8The communities most-affected include Kaibarupai, Sand Hill, Chenapau and Waipa. The water is 15 feet high in some places, and approximately 10 houses have been washed away and more than 20 have been under water in Waipa up to press time. The health centre has also been under approximately four feet of water, and many farms have been completely destroyed. Residents are thus appealing for food and shelter.Kaibarupai is reportedly hardest hit, the flash-flooding having caused landslides which have lent to the overtopping of the Ireng River that has swept away residents’ belongings.Efforts to bring relief to those communities are continuing, according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. He disclosed on Thursday that, based on an initial assessment of the situation, more than 1000 residents have been affected by the flood waters.He said the disaster preparedness team at the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has been activated, and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is also assisting with relief efforts.“We will do a proper assessment as to what the true situation is… They (CDC) have already started taking steps to get relief to those persons who are there,” he explained.Harmon said it is important to note also that some of these communities are located in valleys; and therefore, when it rains heavily, the villages would be flooded.Claiming there is not much that could be done at this time, Harmon said residents would most likely be unable to get additional relief until the water recedes.He said President David Granger has also been provided with an update of the situation, and has since instructed the relevant agencies to take every action to assist residents.However, Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) executive Laura George has expressed displeasure with the work being carried out by the CDC. George said, “We are concerned that the response is extremely slow, even as we recognise the need for an assessment which the CDC says it first needs to conduct.”The APA has also denounced what has been described as “a disrespectful response” from head of the CDC, Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, who has allegedly been quoted as saying: “No one will die in one day.” The APA has described his comments as “disrespectful,” and has called on the CDC to act professionally and efficiently.