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Freshman takes on surprise leadership role for women’s basketball

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first_imgThe women’s basketball team has shown flashes of brilliance this season. The Trojans looked strong when they defeated No. 25 Texas A&M on the road in November and when they dominated Colorado to open up conference play — and even last weekend, when they heartbreakingly lost to No. 13 UCLA by just four points.However, the team has also experienced the lowest of lows, recently snapping a seven-game losing streak: a disastrous run that sent them plummeting down the Pac-12 standings. Part of their descent can be explained by the unexpected. There was senior guard Jordan Adams’ ACL tear in December, which may end her collegiate career (barring a medical redshirt). Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck’s foot fracture kept her out for two weeks, and the team’s leading scorer, junior forward Kristen Simon, had an unexplained three-game absence. But within all of the Trojans’ misfortune, there has been one pleasant surprise — the play of true freshman point guard Minyon Moore, which even she was not fully anticipating. “I didn’t come in here expecting to make such a big impact,” Moore said. “But as I’ve started to play and get in the groove of college basketball, I’ve started to get the confidence.” Averaging 10.8 points and 4.58 assists (eighth in the Pac-12), Moore is stepping up her game at a time when her team needs her the most. For her, the Trojans’ recent string of bad luck is no reason to back down or make excuses, especially considering what she had to overcome just to become a Division I basketball player. “I tore both my ACLs and meniscuses when I was high school,” Moore said. “Those were probably the biggest challenges that I’ve had to face. Just having back-to-back ACL injuries and surgeries and keeping my mindset correct because I had to work, work, work in order to get scholarships. That was the biggest adversity that I’ve had to face, but going through that experience has shown me that I can get through anything.” While Moore was scratching and clawing to receive scholarship offers after her injuries, her older sister Mariya Moore, a more heralded recruit out of high school, was already starring at Louisville. Now a junior averaging 12.8 points a game, Mariya continues to be a source of inspiration and rivalry for her younger sister. “Growing up we had a lot of competition,” Moore said. “Our dad would always have us go out and play one-on-one versus each other. Seeing her with all these accolades, and seeing her in college basketball and as a McDonald’s All-American has given me a goal to set for myself. It’s like she has that last name on the back of her shirt, so I need to go out and play for our last name. It’s given me something to work for.”When asked if she strives to one day be better than her older sister, Moore responds as one might expect a younger sibling to.“Yeah, definitely,” Moore said. “She and I joke around all the time about our teams, and if we play each other, who’s going to win. It’s always a family competition, but it’s all love.”When watching Moore, the most striking aspect of her play in both practice and games is how she conducts herself as a floor general, despite being among the youngest players on the team. Whether she is talking on defense, making commands on offense or screaming calls from the bench, the freshman’s presence is always felt. “Being a freshman, I don’t really consider it as, ‘These are upperclassmen so I can’t be a leader to them,’” Moore said. “Since I’m a point guard, I have to take that leadership role, and if my team doesn’t know where to go, I have to lead them. I think that I have adopted a leadership position even though I’m a freshman.”Despite her rapid ascent in such a short period of time, Moore knows she will need to improve parts of her game to reach the next level. “My shot and my left hand,” Moore said. “In the beginning of the season it was really easy for me, because I’m really right-hand dominant and teams didn’t really know about me yet, so I was able to go right every time and score really easily, but now that they’ve scouted me I need to change it up.” Quarterback Sam Darnold may be the most celebrated freshman at USC, but there is another newcomer on campus who is making waves. And like Darnold, she just may be the spark that turns a season around. “If we bring our effort and talent, we can win every game that we play from here on out,” Moore said. “I see these next upcoming games as opportunities for us to show that we’re bouncing back, and we’re coming out stronger.”last_img read more

RCMP looking for two people after Dease Lake Homicide

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first_imgKam McLeod is described as:● 6 foot 4● Approximately 169 pounds● Dark brown hair and facial hair● Brown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as:● 6 foot 4● Approximately 169 pounds● Sandy brown hairThe two were travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and BC License plate LW6433. They were last seen travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake at around 3:15 pm on Thursday, July 18, 2019.A photo of the vehicle Kam McLeod and 18 year old Bryer Schmegelsky from Port Alberni were driving – RCMPAdvertisement The RCMP have acknowledged there is community concerns with two ongoing homicide investigations in Northern B.C. The Dease Lake incident occurred on July 19, 2019, and the other incident near Liard River Hotsprings occurred between July14-15, 2019, approximately 470 kilometres away.At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations. The RCMP would ask the public to continue to take any general safety precautions and remain vigilant at this time. We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.Anyone with any information is about Kam and Bryer is asked to please call Dease Lake RCMP 250-771-4111, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net DEASE LAKE, B.C. – The RCMP continue to investigate a second suspicious death in Northern B.C. and are asking the public to remain vigilant and take general safety precautions.On Friday, July 19, 2019, the Dease Lake RCMP responded to a vehicle fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37. While investigating the fire, the RCMP were notified that a body has been found at a nearby Highway pull out.The RCMP are now asking for the public’s help in locating two people who the RCMP believe were driving the vehicle. Kam McLeod who is 19-years-old and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky from Port Alberni has not been in contact with their families and were driving the vehicle that was found on fire.- Advertisement -Kam and Bryer were travelling through B.C. to visit Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to look for work. It is not clear why they returned to B.C. and what their travel plans may be.“Kam and Bryer have periodically connected with family and friends over the past week and it is possible that they are now in area without cell coverage”, says Dawn Roberts, BC RCMP Communications.  “However, we have found their vehicle and have not been able tolocate either of them at this time. We are asking for Kam or Bryer to connect with police right away and let us know you are okay. Or we ask that anyone who may have spoken to or seen them over the last few days to call police so we can get a better understanding as to where they might be or their plans.”Police can also confirm that the deceased person located about 2 kms away from the vehicle fire is not Kam or Bryer, but is believed to be a male that the RCMP is working to identify. It is unclear at this time how this deceased male might be connected with vehicle fire or the two missing men.Advertisementlast_img read more