SAN ANTONIO – The UTSA women’s basketball team travels north this weekend to face Minnesota on Sunday at Williams Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
The Roadrunners enter the contest with a 1-3 record after a recent 66-60 win over UIW on Nov. 21.
Lapraisjah Johnson leads the team averaging 13.3 points per game. She’s also averaging 3.8 rebounds and has nine assists, two blocks and three steals so far this season. Elyssa Coleman is right behind with 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The redshirt-freshman just earned C-USA Freshman of the Week honors after posting a double-double against UIW.
The Roadrunners garnered the first win of the season with a 66-60 victory over the Cardinals on Nov. 21 at the Convocation Center. Coleman, Johnson and Charlene Mass led the team with 14 points each.
UTSA gained an early start in the game and never looked back even though the Cardinals came with a few points multiple times. Scoring runs for the Roadrunners helped them hold onto the lead the entire 40 minutes.
Minnesota enters the game with a 5-3 record with wins over Arizona State, George Washington, American, Syracuse and most recently Bradley.
The Gophers hosted the Braves Friday evening and topped them 73-54. Sara Scalia led Minnesota with 19 points while Kadi Sissoko (12), Jasmine Powell (12) and Alanna Micheaux (10) also scored in double digits.
Scalia leads the team averaging 14.4 points per game, while Sissoko averages 7.0 boards a contest.
This is just the third time the two squads are meeting. The last matchup was Dec. 31, 1984 when Minnesota won 86-72.
In Saturday’s semifinal doubleheader, Nova had no trouble with the Vols, rolling to a 71-53 victory, while the Boilermakers used a red-hot shooting performance—one that produced three 20-plus-point scorers—to take down the Tar Heels, 93-84. Villanova-Purdue should be a pre-Thanksgiving Elite Eight/Final Four type contest, but the loser of Tennessee-UNC will be unfortunate to leave the Mohegan Sun with consecutive losses.
Championship: Utah State (MW, 3-1, 75 KP) vs. Oklahoma (Big 12, 4-0, 40 KP), approx. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) 3rd/4th Place: New Mexico State (WAC, 3-1, 111 KP) vs. Indiana State (MVC, 3-2, 157 KP), approx. 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2) 5th/6th Place: Davidson (A 10, 2-2, 86 KP) vs. East Carolina (American, 4-1, 152 KP), 6 p.m. (ESPNU) 7th/8th Place: Penn (Ivy, 2-4, 214 KP) vs. Old Dominion (C-USA, 2-3, 171 KP), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN News)
On Friday, Porter Moser’s Sooners had no trouble with the Sycamores in an impromptu Valley reunion in the second semifinal of the day, while Utah State routed New Mexico State in the reunion of WAC Aggies. Oklahoma is a clear favorite in the championship game, but Ryan Odom’s Aggies can claim an important win for a Mountain West that’s hungry for multiple NCAA bids.
Spare a thought for Penn in the 7th place game, particularly since Utah State needed two OTs to defeat the Quakers on Thursday.
Championship: St. Bonaventure (A 10, 4-0, 30 KP) vs. Marquette (Big East, 5-0, 71 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) 3rd/4th Place: Clemson (ACC, 4-1, 45 KP) vs. West Virginia (Big 12, 3-1, 50 KP), 5 p.m. (ESPN2) 5th/6th Place: Boise State (MW, 2-2, 66 KP) vs. Ole Miss (SEC, 3-1, 57 KP), approx. 1 p.m. (ESPN2) 7th/8th Place: Temple (American, 1-3, 136 KP) vs. Elon (CAA, 2-3, 218 KP, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Tonight’s final (and third-place game for that matter) should be intense, as the Bonnies have had the habit of starting slowly so far this season and the Golden Eagles are going out of their way to exceed expectations. In Friday’s semis, St. Bonaventure had to rally late to defeat Clemson, 68-65, while Marquette moved to 5-0 by dominating West Virginia in the second half to claim an 82-71 victory. Unfortunately for the Tigers and Mountaineers, only one of them will be able to recover from their loss with a getaway win.
Championship: Utah (Pac-12, 4-0, 77 KP) vs. Tulsa (American, 3-1, 131 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m. Consolation: Boston College (ACC, 3-2, 130 KP) vs. Rhode Island (A 10, 3-1, KP 98), 5 p.m.
Championship: Bethune-Cookman (SWAC, 1-3, 355 KP) vs. Air Force (MW, 3-1, 272 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m. Consolation: Bryant (NEC, 1-3, 248 KP) vs. Holy Cross (Patriot, 1-3, 337 KP). 12 p.m.
In Saturday’s semifinals in Daytona Beach, the Utes picked up a 68-61 victory over the Eagles, while the Golden Hurricane took down the Rams, 77-71. That sets up a third-place game that’s an instant rematch of the regularly-scheduled BC-Rhody game from Wednesday, one won by the Rams, 57-49. In the final, Craig Smith’s new team can claim a championship mere hours after his former team, Utah State, will do the same.
On Friday night, the Wildcats needed overtime to defeat the Shockers, 82-78. In the nightcap, the Wolverines used a big second half to knock off a Runnin’ Rebels squad that was playing a virtual home game to immediately rebound from Tuesday’s loss at Seton Hall. Tonight’s championship game provides a Pac-12 team not named “UCLA” with a great opportunity to boost its tournament bona fides, though Michigan will want to continue its recovery from its first loss of the season.
Duval Bracket (Host)
CBSSN will air both games.
Loyola Marymount (WCC, 2-1, 80 KP) vs. Florida State (ACC, 2-1, 32 KP), 5:30 p.m. Missouri (SEC, 2-1, 113 KP) vs. SMU (American, 3-1, 60 KP) approx. 8 p.m.
Boston University (Patriot, 2-2, 184 KP) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC, 1-2, 315 KP), 12 p.m. Little Rock (Sun Belt, 3-1, 291 KP) vs. Sam Houston State (WAC, 1-2, 212 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.
This is a new event that will take place at North Florida’s on-campus arena, not JU’s or the much larger Veterans Memorial Arena downtown. Florida State is a heavy favorite to win this event, particularly with Missouri struggling early and SMU losing to their best opponent so far (Oregon) by 23.
Colorado State (MW, 4-0, 61 KP) vs. Creighton (Big East, 4-0, 56 KP), 7:45 p.m. Northeastern (CAA, 2-2, 165 KP) vs. Southern Illinois (MVC, 2-1, 121 KP), approx. 10 p.m.
With the Salukis knocking off Colorado in Friday’s quarters, the winner of tonight’s first quarterfinal will be expected to claim the trophy on Monday night on St. Thomas.
Green Bay (Horizon, 0-4, 309 KP) vs. Weber State (Big Sky, 4-0, 105 KP), 12 p.m. (Pluto.tv) Ball State (MAC, 1-3, 281 KP) vs. UMass (A 10, 3-2, 112 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN) UNCG (SoCon, 4-1, 176 KP) vs. FIU (C-USA, 3-1, 295 KP), approx. 5 p.m. (Pluto.tv)
On Friday, UMass handed UNCG its first loss of the season (after OT), while FIU kept Green Bay winless and Weber State remained perfect by handling Ball State. The Wildcats will end up winning this event if they defeat the Phoenix early this afternoon.
Princeton (3-1, 150 KP) at Oregon State (1-3, 94 KP), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) The Beavers will host the Tigers looking to end a three-game losing streak before traveling to Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic late next week. Princeton has lost just once this season, to Minnesota in the Asheville Championship final one week ago, and the Golden Gophers needed two OTs to do that.
Navy (2-2, 168 KP) at Furman (3-1, 101 KP) (Furman MTE), 3 p.m. (ESPN+ ($)) Both the Midshipmen and Paladins took care of Radford in the first two games of this MTE. Navy took down the Highlanders by a 47-33 score on Saturday, while Furman won by an 81-64 count on Friday night.
Morehead State (2-2, 169 KP) at Mississippi State (3-0, 46 KP), 3 p.m. (SECN+/ESPN+ ($)) Last season’s OVC champs travel to Starkville riding a two-game win streak but still looking for their first victory over a D1 opponent.
Texas Southern (0-4, 235 KP) at NC State (3-1, 62 KP), 6 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACCNX) Last time out, the Wolfpack dropped their Hall of Fame Showcase showdown with Oklahoma State, 74-68. The Tigers, meanwhile, are in the midst of a 13-game road trip to start the season. Texas Southern has only been defeated by double figures once so far though, at Oregon on Opening Night.
Louisiana (3-0, 161 KP) at Indiana (3-0, 36 KP) (Indiana Classic), 7:30 p.m. (B1G Network) This event will see the Ragin’ Cajuns—who have only defeated a single D1 opponent, Southern Miss—visit Indiana and Marshall in a 48-hour span before returning home to face Jackson State next Saturday. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, will next host the Tigers on Tuesday and the Thundering Herd on Saturday.
Approximately 5.9 million people are on the NHS waiting list, the Health Secretary said today. Talking on Sky News, Sajid Javid said:
The number of people waiting for elective procedures is around 5.9 million. As I have said, I have been really clear, this number is going to go up before it comes down. Why? Because some seven to eight million people stayed away during the height of the Covid crisis because they were asked to. They did what was asked of them.
But I want them to come forward, I want them to come back to the NHS, I want them to know that it is open to them, and if you take that along with normal demand of course that is huge pressure.
The Fighting Illini women’s basketball program returns to the court for the second game of a four-game home stand to open the 2021-22 season. The Illini (1-0) host the Miami (OH) RedHawks (1-0) at State Farm Center. Tipoff between the Illini and the RedHawks is set for 3 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed live on B1G+ with Carson Gourdie (play-by-play), Andre Thomas (analyst), and Katie Underwood (sideline). Mike Koon will call the action for the Illini on the Busey Bank Illini Sports Network (1400 AM / 93.9 FM). Streaming audio and live stats are also available at FightingIllini.com.
About Miami (OH)
Miami enters Sunday’s matchup with a 1-0 record after capturing an 85-60 road win at Valparaiso in their season-opener on Wednesday evening.
» The RedHawks are coming off of a 4-20 mark in a COVID-19-shortened season in 2020-21. MU posted a 3-17 record to finish 12th in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
» Junior G Peyton Scott enters the season as the team’s leading returning scorer (21.2 ppg) and rebounder (6.7 rpg).
» Freshman Ivy Wolf led the team with 23 points in the opener vs. Valpo, while junior F Taja Foster-Walker pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Series vs. Miami (OH)
Sunday’s matchup marks the sixth in the series between the Fighting Illini and the RedHawks.
» Illinois leads the overall series, 3-2.
» Illinois is 3-1 in games played in Champaign.
» The Illini won two straight in the series
» The most recent matchup between the programs, a 73-60 Illini win at State Farm Center, came in the first round of Illinois’ run to the 2013 WNIT Quarterfinals.
The Fighting Illini continue their season-opening home stand on Thursday, welcoming SIUE to State Farm Center. Tipoff between the Fighting Illini and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. CT.
» SIUE is 0-1 to start the season after a 98-62 road loss at Kansas on Wednesday (Nov. 10)
» The Cougars travel to Memphis on Sunday before traveling to Illinois on Thursday.
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There have been more than 46.46 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 754,270 deaths recorded in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 249.62 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 5.04 million deaths and more than 7.23 billion vaccine doses administered worldwide.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness like pneumonia, or death.
Foreign citizens seek US-approved shots as travel resumes
The United States is about to reopen to fully vaccinated foreign travelers. And citizens of other countries who received shots widely used in other parts of the world are scrambling to get reinoculated with U.S.-approved jabs.
The U.S. will implement a new air travel policy Monday to allow in foreign citizens who have completed a course of a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. That leaves people in Mexico, Hungary, Russia and elsewhere who received the non-approved Russian Sputnik V vaccine or the China-produced CanSino vaccine ineligible to board U.S.-bound flights.
Some travelers are actively seeking out Western-approved shots so they can travel freely.
Appeals court stays vaccine mandate on larger businesses
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face mask requirements and weekly tests.
The 5th Circuit, based in New Orleans, said it was delaying the federal vaccine requirement because of potential “grave statutory and constitutional issues” raised by the plaintiffs. The government must provide an expedited reply to the motion for a permanent injunction Monday, followed by petitioners’ reply on Tuesday.
The Falcons have a pretty solid opportunity in front of them. They are coming off a win over the Jets and a bye week. Atlanta is one win away from a .500 record, and they’re starting to find their identity as a team (particularly as an offense). Meanwhile, Miami is in a more tumultuous state. They’re 1-5 and coming off a demoralizing loss to the Jaguars in London last Sunday.
The Falcons may see one of two teams in Miami: Either the Dolphins come out angry and with something to prove, or they come out dejected and flat. In whatever capacity they do show up on Sunday, the Falcons have to account for it and they have a chance to do it in a way that is decisive.
There really hasn’t been a game so far this year that the Falcons could consider decisive. The Jets game seemed to be heading in that direction early, but New York hung around and made it quite the game in the fourth quarter.
If the Falcons can go out on Sunday and really get a lead and maintain it against Miami, that bodes well for Atlanta as it enters into a period of a couple divisional games in the coming weeks. It changes the narrative around those divisional games, too. If the Falcons take a big step against the Dolphins and really come up with a no-doubt win, it makes the Carolina and New Orleans games a bit more interesting.
But the Falcons have to get through Miami first, and that’s where the focus will be on Sunday.