NEW YORK (AP) — Quentin Hillsman is already pondering forward to March and the NCAA Event.

Syracuse’s trainer scheduled up within the early a part of the season with video games towards No. three Oregon and No. 20 Texas A&M with the hopes of enjoying smartly and doubtlessly getting a house sport within the opening weekend of the NCAAs.

“I believe webhosting the NCAA Event labored out just right for us,” Hillsman stated after the staff beat Texas A&M on Wednesday. “Attempt to get the ones video games again within the Dome once more. We are very a lot aware of ways we time table and who we time table. I consider awhile again sitting within the room for variety the 12 months we had been ignored. … I will be able to’t blame it on our time table anymore. I informed the (youngsters) I time table this fashion on function as a result of I believed we had been just right sufficient. The groups that we scheduled and tournaments we are going to, they’re superb groups. We aren’t enjoying any dangerous groups in the ones impartial website online video games. It is about looking to host those video games and be at house (for the NCAAs).”

Syracuse hosted the hole two rounds of the NCAAs in 2016 and complicated to the identify sport that 12 months.

Listed here are different issues that took place in ladies’s school basketball this previous week:

REACHING A MILESTONE: C. Vivian Stringer changed into the 5th Department I trainer and 6th general to achieve the 1,000-win mark on Tuesday evening when Rutgers beat Central Connecticut State. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell within the membership. Department II trainer Barbara Stevens, of Bentley School, additionally has reached 1,000 victories, in addition to Duke males’s trainer Mike Krzyzewski.

BIG 12 DOMINANCE: The Giant 12 used to be the ultimate convention to lose a sport this season after beginning the 12 months 26-Zero. The Giant 12 is 30-2 throughout the first 13 days of the season and the league has two wins over Most sensible 25 groups, with Baylor beating then-No. 23 Arizona State and Iowa State’s victory over No. 24 Miami. The Cyclones claimed the Preseason WNIT with that victory — the 5th time a Giant 12 program received the WNIT since 2002 and the primary since Baylor did it in 2015.

FIRST OF MANY: Tina Thompson received the primary sport as head trainer when Virginia beat Outdated Dominion 72-67 on Sunday. The Cavaliers dropped their opening two video games, shedding to No. 6 Mississippi State and Kentucky.

TRIPLE DOUBLE: Rider guard Stella Johnson recorded the primary triple-double in ladies’s basketball historical past on the faculty when the staff beat Mount St. Mary’s 85-67 on Saturday. Johnson had a career-high 35 issues on an effective 14-of-19 taking pictures from the sector to move together with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. Johnson is now 11 at the back of NCAA profession chief Sabrina Ionescu, who were given her 12th one on Sunday. She did it whilst handiest hitting one box purpose for No. three Oregon in a win over Buffalo. The junior guard had 10 issues, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, getting it with a rebound with 1:24 left.

SAD NEWS: South Florida senior guard Kitija Laksa suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in her proper knee on Thursday evening when the No. 21 Bulls beat Bethune-Cookman 88-39.

The 6-foot Laksa, who performed for her house nation Latvia within the FIBA Girls’s Basketball International Cup previous this 12 months, led South Florida in scoring the previous two seasons. She averaged 19.2 issues as a sophomore and 21.1 issues ultimate 12 months. Laksa, who used to be averaging 16.three issues this season, set an NCAA file with 11 consecutive 3s in a sport ultimate 12 months.

FIRE WOES: Ohio State’s go back and forth to play Stanford and Sacramento State used to be cancelled as a result of the deficient air high quality in Northern California. The Buckeyes had been going to play Sacramento State on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. The groups will paintings on rescheduling the video games for subsequent 12 months.


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