Justice Named SHSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach

first_imgJustice earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from USAO in 2004 and received her master’s degree in liberal arts from Houston Baptist in 2009. The Huskies also made two trips to the NAIA Division I tournament during Justice’s tenure with the team, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2007. During her own collegiate playing career, Justice attended Nicholls for one year before transferring to Clarendon College. As a Lady Bulldog, she was named a junior college All-American in addition to receiving Western Junior College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors.Following her time at Clarendon, Justice played one season at Washington State before finishing her college career at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.As a senior at USAO, Justice averaged 19.3 points per game and captured All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors. She tallied the third-most points (521) in a single season in school history during the 2003-04 campaign, while setting school records in free throws (133) and free-throw attempts (214). “I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach at a prestigious university as Sam Houston State,” Justice said upon her hiring. “Being from Texas, I love recruiting Texas kids and being at Sam gives a great opportunity to do that, and to take a Texas team somewhere like I’ve had the opportunity to do at Prairie View.” “Prairie View is a great university with a great community and support, and in my two years there I’ve learned that if you do things the right way you can be successful,” Justice said. “I’m loyal to trusting the process of doing things the right way. You have to be patient with that process, one that also involves learning how to wake up and win every single day itself.” “We are very excited that Coach Justice is going to lead our program,” Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. “Going through this process, the overwhelming support and positive comments about her as a person and a coach were extremely high-level. We look forward to her elevating women’s basketball program to the level that we all know it can reach.”Prior to coaching at PV, Justice was an assistant coach at the University of Houston. In Justice’s first year at Houston in 2010-11, the Cougars enjoyed one of their finest seasons in program history, posting a 26-6 overall record and returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season.With Justice’s guidance, Houston point guard Porsche Landry earned Conference USA first team honors and became only the fourth player in Cougars’ women’s basketball histo­ry to tally more than 1,000 points and 300 assists during her career. HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State has named Ravon Justice as its 10th women’s basketball head coach in the 48-year history of the program. Justice joins the Bearkats after two successful seasons as the head coach at Prairie View A&M, her first two years as a head coach.center_img Justice also made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail after taking over those duties following the 2010-11 sea­son, as various recruiting services such as Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (No. 22) and ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 39) ranked the early six-player class that signed in November of 2011 among the nation’s top-40 recruiting hauls. As a head coach at Prairie View A&M, she helped resurrect and refocus the once prominent women’s basketball program. In her first year, she had a school record five non-conference wins against teams from Conference USA, the Southland and the MEAC. Justice was able to lead the Panthers to an 11-2 home record in her first season along with coaching a second team all-SWAC selection and second team Box-To-Row All American selection in Alexus Parker. Justice joined the University of Houston staff after five sea­sons as an assistant at Houston Baptist. Before helping the Huskies’ team transition from the NAIA to the NCAA’s Division I classification, Justice was a part of the 2005-06 team that completed an undefeated run to the Red River Athletic Confer­ence’s regular season and tournament championships. HBU repeated as tournament champions the following season. This past season, the Panthers posted a 12-6 SWAC record, a five-game improvement from the season before, and missed earning a share of the league title by one game. She led the team to the SWAC semifinals for the first time in three seasons.last_img read more


SFA’s Aiyana Johnson Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Aiyana Johnson is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.The sophomore forward was extremely efficient last week, shooting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field in the Ladyjacks’ (8-2, 2-0 SLC) two conference-opening victories. Johnson opened up with 20 points and 13 boards against Houston Baptist on Wednesday for her third double-double performance of the season. The sophomore then logged 14 points and eight rebounds against McNeese to close out the week and extend SFA’s win streak to six games.The award marks the first of Johnson’s career.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Forward – Lee’s Summit, Mo.Johnson averaged a double-double in a pair of conference victories last week, going for 17 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Ladyjacks. She began her week on the road with 20 points and 13 rebounds against HBU for her third double-double performance this season. Johnson then the added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists at home against McNeese on Saturday to keep SFA unbeaten in Southland Conference action.Honorable Mention: Amber Leggett, Sam Houston State; Caitlyn Williams, Southeastern Louisiana; Emma Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more



first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARTIN GARCIA, ACCLIMATE, WINNER: “I have to give thanks to Phil for allowing me to ride and to the beautiful horse and the owners as well. It was all in the easy instruction Phil gave me. He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back, he has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem,’ and that’s what I did. I didn’t expect that he would go that fast. He just did it so easily, then at the three-eighths when I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”FLAVIEN PRAT, OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, SECOND:  “My horse ran good, but the winner never stopped.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, ACCLIMATE, WINNER, RED KING, THIRD, AND YA GOTTA WANNA, FOURTH: Mentioned that the fractions were fast: “Yeah, but when this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions. Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way. He didn’t look like he was all out.“I knew when they were coming to him at the half-mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again, we had a shot. Hat’s off to Martin. He rode a brilliant race. This is very special. Growing up, this was my favorite race. I used to find a way to get out of school, my mom would take me, and I would go sit there past the wire, so to win this is a pretty cool feeling.“I have to give credit to the owners who let me run all three of my horses here, because it wasn’t my idea to run them . . . I always knew he wanted to go longer, but never knew he wanted to go this far. We are very fortunate to watch these beautiful animals run and enjoy themselves. We take exceptional care of our horses and it shows.NOTES: The winning owners are The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing.last_img read more


Dele and VAR ensured Tottenham avoid full-blown crisis against Hornets

first_imgDELE ALLI and the helping hand of VAR ensured Tottenham have avoided a full-blown crisis – at least for now.There were only four minutes left at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and it looked like it was going to be a case of complete panic stations here in this part of north London.8 Dele Alli slid in Tottenham’s late equaliser as they drew to WatfordCredit: Reuters8 The England star caused confusion over whether he handled the ball in the build-upCredit: Rex Features8 The strike initially appeared to be chalked off when the big screen incorrectly stated ‘no goal’Credit: AFP or licensors8 Dele Alli then clashed with a number of incensed Watford players after the goal was awardedCredit: ReutersBasement side Watford, without a win yet in the Premier League, were leading thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first-half strike and defending heroically for their lives despite the injury to star striker Danny Welbeck.Knives were already being sharped. Boos from the home stands had already greeted an insipid first-half display.A third successive embarrassing defeat would have represented arguably the worst patch – and biggest test of – Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half-years.And then in the closing stages, Alli cleverly fired home to turn the jeers into cheers and end the rot of doom and gloom.There were calls for handball but the referees in Stockley Park allowed the equaliser – which is perhaps one of the most important goals of Alli’s Spurs career.Yes, it might be extravasation to say that but defeat to the Hornets, following heavy losses to Bayern Munich and Brighton, would have suggested there is something rotten going on behind-the-scenes.In his programme notes, Pochettino had called on his players to recover and respond from the previous two defeats, in which they had shipped 10 goals in 180 minutes.Tottenham’s line-up included seven changes from the Brighton debacle but the majority of them were for injuries with playmaker Christian Eriksen out with a dead leg.The Hornets made two changes with Craig Dawson replacing the injured Sebastian Prodl in central defence while Nathaniel Chalobah took the place of Andre Gray in midfield.Watford’s awful start to the season could be explained by the long-term absence of talisman Troy Deeney. He is the one man whom, when the going gets tough, defiantly fires up the side to get rough. And there is little he can do while watching from the stands.8 Abdoulaye Doucoure stunned the home side early on to give Watford a share of the pointsCredit: AFP or licensors8 Danny Welbeck lasted just four minutes before succumbing to injuryCredit: PA:Press AssociationIn his absence, Danny Welbeck was seen as the man to lead the line and fire them to safety. But his involvement here lasted just FOUR MINUTES.About 90 seconds into this third Premier League start for Watford, the former Arsenal man fell to the floor clutching his right hamstring and then hobbled off, cursing his luck once more.It was the worst start imaginable for the visitors.Either Welbeck had not warmed-up properly or was never fit to play anyhow.Questions, serious questions, needed to be asked to the Watford hierarchy and medical staff about his involvement.However, in a strange way, his appearance galvanised Watford because minutes later they took the lead, taking advantage of Tottenham’s momentarily switching off at the back.Captain Craig Cathcart played an ambitious 50-yard ball to the right flank and Daryl Janmaat controlled the cross as it sailed over the head of Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.Janmaat played it first time into the penalty area and there was the alert Doucoure, racing ahead of nearest marker Toby Alderweireld, to sweep home past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for his first goal since April.It was Watford’s fifth Prem goal this season. And the corner of Watford fans could not believe their luck. “How s*** must you be,” they sang with gusto, “we’re winning away.”For Tottenham, it was the first time they had conceded inside the opening 10 minutes in consecutive Prem matches for almost five years.The tension from the home side was palpable and understandable. Not again, they were thinking. Surely it wasn’t going to get this (italics) bad.Any apprehension in the stands turned to anger on 16 minutes when the Spurs fans screamed for a penalty. Rose was upended by Roberto Pereyra but the referee Christopher Kavanagh quickly waved away the complaints and VAR agreed it was a fair challenge.At the other end, Watford had their own penalty drama on 37 minutes.Gerard Deulofeu, brought on for Welbeck, was brought down by Vertonghen, and Watford demanded the penalty.VAR was consulted and though the Spurs did NOT touch the ball as it travelled over the byline, the original decision of a goal kick remained. A very lucky escape for Spurs.Tottenham fans made their feelings known at half-time with a loud chorus of boos. Poch responded by bringing on Heung-min Son for Davinson Sanchez.And the South Korean could have scored within four minutes of his cameo but his shot thundered off the crossbar. Son also thought he was going to get a penalty after a tangle with Cathcart but nothing came of it.Nothing seemed to be going Tottenham’s way until the final minutes when goalkeeper Ben Foster collided with his own player Kiko Femenia, and Alli rolled the ball into the net from six yards.A VAR check concluded it was a goal even though it had bounced off the top of his right arm. There were also calls that Harry Kane had blatantly pushed one of the Watford players in the build-up.There was confusion, however, when the ref blew for a goal but the TV screen in the stadium announced: “NO GOAL.”Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNaturally tempers flared. In the dugout, from Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, and then on the pitch with Alli booked for his role in a brief melee as he argued with Tom Cleverley.For Watford, there was natural sympathy that they had missed out on that precious first win despite exceptional defending from their centre-backs.For Tottenham, a reminder that improvements will be required, particularly when they visit Anfield next Sunday.8 Mauricio Pochettino feels the pressure as Tottenham struggled at home to WatfordCredit: AFP or licensors8 Basement club Hornets had also seen VAR refuse to award them a first-half penaltyCredit: ReutersSpurs chiefs worry axing Mauricio Pochettino will benefit their rivals as Man Utd and Real Madrid circlelast_img read more


Kane considering LEAVING Tottenham with club ‘facing a battle’ to keep him

first_imgHARRY KANE is considering leaving Tottenham this summer, according to reports.It is thought the Spurs talisman, 26, is keen to take his career to the next level.2 Harry Kane is reportedly considering leaving Tottenham to advance his careerCredit: Getty Images – GettyJose Mourinho and Daniel Levy are hopeful they can convince Kane he can do that at White Hart Lane.But according to The Telegraph, the North London club face a battle to keep hold of him.The report adds that Mourinho would have just £50million to spend in the transfer window should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.Spurs are currently seventh, five points off the top four and two off Manchester United in fifth – with that currently good enough to secure a place at Europe’s elite table due to Manchester City’s Uefa ban.But no Champions League football would make it even harder for Spurs to fend off the interest.And there would surely be no shortage of top clubs vying for his signature.Manchester United have been linked in the past and with Mauricio Pochettino still linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a reunion with Kane could be on the cards.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursCity’s Champions League ban could put them out of the running while Liverpool seem to have focused their attention on landing Timo Werner.But if he is willing to forgo the likelihood of breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record of 260, a move abroad may suit the England star.Real Madrid and Barcelona would no doubt have the funds and the desire to sign him – and would certainly help to take the forward’s career to the next level.Kane joined the Tottenham academy at the age of 11 – after previously failing to get in following a trial – and has developed into the club’s local hero.He has 181 goals in 278 games for the Lilywhites, including 136 in 201 in the Premier League.And the England captain – who was given the armband for the first time in June 2017 – boats an impressive tally of 32 goals from 45 caps.Kane remains well on course to break Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.That is despite his persistent injury problems, with Kane once again suffering a major injury this term.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongHe ruptured his hamstring on New Year’s Day and had surgery in the hope of being back in time for the Euros.Kane is back in on-field rehab with Spurs and as revealed by SunSport, could return to action as soon as April.Now Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is confident he will have both Kane and fellow crocked striker Marcus Rashford available for their opening Euro 2020 clash against Croatia on June 14.2Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hope that Harry Kane will soon return to traininglast_img read more


McQueen set for history-making debut

first_imgThis is before confirming his representative allegiance to England, hitting back at those who have questioned his right to make his Test debut against Samoa next weekend.McQueen was on Monday night included in a 20-man England squad by coach Wayne Bennett to take part in next weekend’s representative round, with his inclusion – along with that of Sharks forward Chris Heighington – receiving short shrift back in England from commentators who believe other Super League-based players were more worthy.Although players from developing rugby league nations such as Samoa, Tonga and Fiji may now represent the country of their heritage without jeopardising any future Origin opportunities, as England is classified as a tier one nation McQueen will no longer be eligible for either Queensland or Australia.The six-time Maroons representative admitted that letting go of that goal was the most difficult part of the decision-making process but that being overlooked for last year’s series convinced him that his Origin days were over, opening the door to create history as the first Origin representative to also play for England.”When those boys that got suspended from the Origin system and the injuries they had I was hopeful of getting a call-up into that Queensland team for last year and it didn’t happen, which is fine, but that was the thing that made me realise that that ship has probably sailed and it was time to move on,” said McQueen.”For me it wasn’t about turning my back on Origin because I still absolutely love the Queensland organisation and I still am a Queenslander but for me it was about taking the opportunities that are in front of me.”It’s still something I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of days, that I’d never get that opportunity to pull that Maroon jersey on ever again but I’ve done that and I absolutely loved it but the opportunity to play some international footy was something I couldn’t pass up.”Overlooked by Bennett for England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign in England, McQueen said he wasn’t sure what had changed but reconfirmed his commitment to playing for England when Bennett enquired as to his availability last Friday.When he confirmed he was still keen to represent the country of his father Kevin’s birth he sealed his future representative fate, a decision Bennett praised as being a strong one.”Once they play for England they can’t play for anyone else,” Bennett said.”He’s made a pretty strong decision. If you play for a country like Samoa you can still play for Australia, New Zealand and England still. But once you make a decision to play for England that’s pretty much it.”There has been plenty of criticism on social media and back in England of Bennett’s decision to choose McQueen but the 29-year-old – who will bring up his 150th NRL appearance in Round 10 – said the England jersey will be worn with just as much pride as his six Queensland jerseys.”The thing that people don’t realise is that my dad was born and bred in England, he’s a very proud Englishman and I grew up listening to stories of his childhood and growing up in England,” adding that his England player number (either 730, 731 or 732 depending on the final line-up) will be added to his many tattoos in the off-season.”To the people over there who don’t know me and don’t know my story and don’t know my background, to them they just see an Australian-born player playing in their English team.”I’ve grown up with an English father and it’s not like I’m reaching back to grandparents or anything like that. It’s my father, he was born there, he grew up there and I feel a strong connection to England.”It’s as if people don’t understand that you can be proud of two heritages. I have two parents, I have two backgrounds and I’m equally as proud of both of them.”This feels exactly the same as when I pulled on that Queensland jersey, now pulling on an England jersey.”last_img read more


Seafaring Tuvalu make it

first_imgThis is the story of Tuvalu who finally made it to Port Moresby. Their voyage began on Tuesday this week with three long days out at sea on a boat to Fiji and then on to Port Moresby, arriving just last night.Permanent secretary of the Team Tuvalu, Talavi Iona said it had been a long journey but their determination to get to the Games brought them here safely and in time.“We’ve had no rest. We were delayed by a few days because of bad weather but we finally set sail to Fiji and then made our way here. We’re all excited to be here,” said Iona.Tuvala have 113 athletes and officials here for the Games and will be taking part in sports including boxing, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.last_img


Hunters set for top of the ladder clash

first_imgHunters on second place are hoping to cause an upset to level with Blackhawks on 33 points with better percentage determining first and second spots.The last time both teams met in Round 11, Hunters defeated Blackhawks 22-16 in Townsville.Coach Michael Marum has shifted Lawrence Tu’u from the forwards to the centres to cover for Thompson Teteh who is down with a hamstring injury.Marum said in a statement that he has faith in Tu’u to rise to the challenge in a position he has played before in past Hunters’ games.Enoch Maki, a skillful ball playing forward who can offload in tackles, comes off the bench to start in the front row.The full squad is: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2.Bland Abavu, 3.Noel Zeming, 4 .Lawrence Tu’u, 5.Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab ©, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Enock Maki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai.Interchange: 14.Adam Korave, 15.Atte Bina, 16.Willie Minoga, 17.Henry Noki, 18.Nickson Borana, 19.Roger Laka, 20.David Lapua, 21.Edward GomaFollowing this Sunday’s game, Hunters will host fifth placed East Tigers in Round 21.The PNG side then plays away against Ipswich Jets in Round 22 before they host Wynnum Manly Seagulls on August 8 at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.last_img read more


SP pour in K7.6 million for Hunters

first_imgThis sponsorship will run until the end of 2020 with SP to hold the naming rights to the team.This year is SP’s third year of sponsorship to the Hunters.The cheque presentation was done today at the SP Brew kettle in Port Moresby and was witnessed by representatives from the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Hunters coaching staff and management and other stakeholders.Managing Director for SP, Stan Joyce said the relationship between SP and rugby league in the country was not new and was one that had evolved over the years.“The Hunters program so far has brought immense success. There were some who doubted this at first but the team has been consistent and performed.“After a review, the board made a decision to reward the success of the Hunters and extend the sponsorship.“The achievements of the Hunters are a turning corner for rugby league in the country and we have every confidence in the team to achieve greatness,” said Joyce.Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka thanked SP Brewery saying the SP Hunters program is an integral part of the development of rugby league in PNG and SP’s continued sponsorship ensured this program continues running.“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of SP Brewery, the government and other sponsors who make the success of the Hunters program possible,” said Tsaka.The breakup of SP Brewery’s sponsorship:•           K500, 000 for the signing fee•           K1.6 million in 2017 (from which there is a 10% increment each year after that)•           K1.8 million in 2018•           K1.9 million in 2019•           K2.1 million in 2020last_img read more


PNG swimming team finish on a high

first_imgSam Seghers competed in his last two events, the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, in the same heat session.Seghers’ time of 23.58 for freestyle was just shy of his Personal Best while in the 100m butterfly, he set a time of 55.17 which made a new Personal Best time. Ryan Pini continued his great form with a time of 52.86 in his 100m butterfly event.The time was just 0.50 off from the Olympic A Qualifying time.This is Pini’s fastest time recorded since the 2012 London Olympics.In the 50m breaststroke, Ryan Maskelyne completed his last event for the meet with a solid 31.07.In the corresponding women’s event, Barbara Vali-Skelton swam a 34.83.The last day of competition saw Pini swim a Personal Best time of 25.62 in the 50m backstroke to qualify 6th fastest for the final.Pini went faster again in the final swimming 25.55 to break his own PNG National record.“I’m very pleased with my results and feeling positive for the lead up towards Rio,” said Pini.last_img read more

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