Monthly Archives: November 2009

No Sports Time and 4th and 15 this week

Due to Thanksgiving Break, there will not be Sports Time on Tuesday and 4th and 15 on Thursday.  Next week will be the last week of the weekly sports talk shows for this fall.  Shows will resume for winter term.

Sports Time – last show on Tuesday, December 1 from 4:10-6:00pm

4th and 15 – last show on Thursday, December 3 from 4:15-5:00pm

Smacktalk Sports– last show on Sunday, December 6 from 8:00-10:00pm

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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Women’s Basketball: Elon Phoenix v. St. Andrew’s Lady Knights

Women’s Basketball: Elon Phoenix vs. St. Andrews Knights

On November 20, 2009, the 1-1 Elon Women’s basketball team welcomed the 0-1 St. Andrews Lady Knights to Alumni Gym for their third game of the regular season.

The starting lineups for the two teams are as follows:

For the Lady Knights:

Guard, Jaquese Smith, Sr

Guard Brittany Roberts, So

Forward, Natia Gasque, Fr

Foward, SylveeUbiera, Fr

Center, Kayla McBath, Fr

For the Phoenix:

Guard, Kallie Hovatter, So

Guard, Ali Ford, Fr

Forward, Lei Lei Hairston

Forward, Urysla Cotton

Forward, Kelsey Evans, Fr

5:04 PM- Tip off, goes to St. Andrews

19:34 First points of game come off steal by Lei Lei Hairston and a fast break layup for Elon, 2-0 Phoenix.

17:32- Elon can’t start out hotter in this game. Getting points off the fast break and from three, they have a 9-0 lead. Lots of quick ball movement is helping the team find open looks both outside and inside.

15:42- Amedia timeout comes at a great time for the Lady Knights as they now trail 16-2. Only points have come off a pair of free throws by Jaquese Smith. Their team is struggling and showing it on their faces.

11:40- Elon is up 22-6. One of the reasons Elon is playing so well is their trap defense. Their guards are rushing the Lady Knights point guard when she is crossing half court and they are smothering every player when they get the ball, forcing St. Andrews to make poor decisions, resulting in turnovers that have proven to be costly.

9:46- 30 second timeout by St. Andrews, score at 22-7. The Lady Knights have done a better job limiting Elon’s fast paced offense, forcing them to slow it down into a half court mode.

6:22- After a long break in action when the power went out in Alumni Gym, Elon has now has 26-9 lead. They are pressuring St. Andrews on defense and getting a lot of steals as a team. The Lady Knights offense is flustered as they have yet to reach double digits in point total and are struggling to find any good looks on offense.

2:27- St. Andrews is now in the bonus as Elon has reached their fouls limit due to their aggressive play. After Brittany Roberts makes the first, she misses the second, but Natia Gasque follows it up to get a three point play. It is now 33-16 Phoenix.

At the end of the first half, the score is 33-16 Elon. The Phoenix had jumped out to an early lead and were on point from the get go thanks to great defensive plays by Lei Lei Hairston and some big threes by players like Ali Ford. The high tempo offense Elon was running threw the Lady Knights off guard completely and the Phoenix ability to put pressure on St. Andrews when they had the ball resulted in many turnovers. Hairston has five steals alone and Elon has a total of 12 in the first twenty minutes. Ford leads the team with points at the half with eight, while Hairston and Urysla Cotton each have chipped in seven. For St. Andrews, Natia Gasque and Brittany Roberts each lead their team with five points. The Phoenix have out rebounded the Lady Knights 27-21, have a higher field goal percentage, 31.7% (13-41) to 22.7% (5-22), and have 16 points in the paint to St. Andrews four. The Lady Knights did take advantage of the Phoenix’s foul trouble as they went 6-8 from the line in the first half while Elon only went 3-6.

2nd half- Elon gets the ball and takes advantage with Cotton getting an easy layup in the paint to increase the lead to 35-16.

15:17- Courtney Medley sinks her second three of the night to put Elon up by a score of 45-19. The Phoenix have been working back in their strategy from the early first half of spreading the ball around, making quick passes, finding the open player, and getting clear shots.

12:47- Julie Taylor hits two threes in a row for Elon as they are now running away with this game. The score is 57-19. Elon is on a 22-1 run. The Phoenix are controlling the game on both sides of the ball and St. Andrews has no answer on how to break Elon’s trap defense or slow down their high tempo offense.

10:24- Ford hits two threes for Elon and Tiara Gause gets another fast break layup to further the Phoenix lead to 66-20.

7:55- Media timeout. Elon leads 71-20. Elon is now on an outstanding 36-1 run. St. Andrews has not scored since just after the 16-minute mark. In worse news for the Lady Knights, Jaquese Smith, their best player in the game is down with an injury and is now out of the game. St. Andrews now only has four players out on the court because they have no reserves available on their bench. Smith enters back in the game though a minute later.

5:53- St. Andrews scores their first points in what seams like forever when Roberts hits a three for the Lady Knights. But Elon responds with couple of scores of their own as they increase their lead to 80-23.

4:52- Yet again Ford hits another three as she increases the lead to 84-23. It seams as though she cannot miss at all from deep in the second half. She is 5-6 from the three point line in the second half.

3:21- A media timeout. Score is 89-25. It looks to be over.

2:19- Elon continues to score at will and make the Lady Knights make mistakes as they now lead, 96-27.

1:17- It’s  now official and the crowd is going wild. Jermile’ Batten drains a 15 footer from the baseline to score Elon’s 100th point. The Phoenix now lead by 73, 100-27.

FINAL- Elon has an outstanding and amazing performance as the Phoenix defeat the St. Andrews Lady Knights, 104-27. Elon outscored their opponents 71-11 in the second half.

Statistical Leaders:

Points:             Elon- Ali Ford, 23                   St. Andrews- Natia Gasque, 10

Rebounds:       Elon- Urysla Cotton, 7            St. Andrews- Natia Gasque, 11

Assists:            Elon- Ali Ford, 4                     St. Andrews- Kayla McBath, Jaquese Smith 1

Greg Brzozowski

WSOE Sports

 

 

TONIGHT: Women’s Basketball hosts St. Andrews

WSOE Sports will broadcast the women’s basketball game tonight when St. Andrews visits Elon.

On Air – 4:45pm
Game – 5:00pm

Listen to the game on the:
Radio – 89.3 FM
Internet – here by clicking the “Listen Live” page

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

FRIDAY: Elon Women’s Basketball game on WSOE Sports

WSOE Sports will broadcast the women’s basketball game this Friday between St. Andrews and Elon at Alumni Gym.  

On Air – 4:45pm
Game – 5:00pm 

Listen to the game on the:
Radio – 89.3 FM
Internet – here by clicking the “Listen Live” page

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

College Football: The BCS may be in a mess

By James Pearce, WSOE Sports

WIth Cincinnati’s win yesterday, it looks like we are looking down a head-on collision with the BCS’s biggest nightmare.  Six 12-0 teams after week 17 (5 after the Florida/Alabama SEC title game).  While they pray for Texas to win the Big 12 and Florida and Alabama to stay undefeated going in to Atlanta, there are a lot of teams with a pretty big gripe about the current system. Everyone from players to President Barack Obama are calling for something new, be it a plus-one format, a 16-team playoff, or what have you. 

But that got me thinking.  What if we did it like boxing? What if you became the champion by beating the champion?  Probably not a great idea (maybe even the worst so far), but it’s fun to think about.  What would college football look like if we’d been doing this.  So, starting with Florida State’s title game win over Virginia Tech to start the year 2000, lets see what happens:

Note: “weeks” means in-season, playing weeks.  It only counts during the season.  A team shouldn’t get credit for being champion for the 32ish weeks when they don’t play a game.  Bye weeks also do not count, nor does the time between the regular season and bowls.

January 4 – October 9 2000: Florida State Seminoles (7 weeks)
October 9 2000- January 3 2003: Miami Hurricanes (31 weeks)
January 3 – October 11 2003: Ohio State Buckeyes (6 weeks)
October 11 – October 18 2003: Wisconsin Badgers (1 week)
October 18 – October 25 2003: Purdue Boilermakers (1 week)
October 25 2003 – January 1 2004: Michigan Wolverines (4 weeks)
January 1 2004 – January 4 2006: Southern Cal Trojans(26 weeks)
January 4 -September 9 2007: Texas Longhorns (2 weeks)
September 9 – January 8 2007: Ohio State Buckeyes (10 weeks)
January 8 – September 29 2007: Florida Gators (5 weeks)
September 29 – October 20 2007: Auburn Tigers (3 weeks)
October 20 – November 23 2007: LSU Tigers (4 weeks)
November 23 2007- January 1 2008: Arkansas Razorbacks (2 weeks)
January 1 – October 11 2008: Missouri Tigers (5 weeks)
October 11 – October 25 2008: Oklahoma State Cowboys (2 weeks)
October 25 – November 1 2008: Texas Longhorns (1 week)
November 1 – November 22: Texas Tech Red Raiders (2 weeks)
November 22 2008 – January 8 2009: Oklahoma Sooners (2 weeks)
January 8 2009 to present: Florida Gators (10 weeks and counting…)

That actually seems to work out pretty well.  In all but 2 seasons, the team that did win the true national championship held it in this model.  The exceptions are  Oklahoma in 2000 and LSU in 2004, both of which are considered controversial titles.  And in this system, even when the title strays on an odd path (ie Purdue, WIsconsin, Auburn, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma State holding the title), it rights itself very quickly.

While a little odd, is it really that much kookier than what we have now?  Everyone plays 12 games against totally different opposition, and then we hand-pick the 2 best out of 120 and they get to play for the title.  C’mon.

Contact Information:
James Pearce
WSOE Sports
jpearce5@elon.edu

4th and 15 from 11/12/2009

This week on 4th and 15, Christian Binder and Sean Dolan went head to head discussing all the hot topics in the world of sports including college players getting arrested, managerial changes in Major League Baseball and look ahead to this weekend’s NFL games.

Be sure to listen to their show every Thursday afternoon from 4:15 to 5:00 PM on WSOE 89.3 FM

Tom Waterman

WSOE Sports

SATURDAY: Phoenix Football Tailgate Show starts at 2:00PM

We’ve all been waiting for Appalachian State to visit Elon with the SoCon title on the line.  Join us at the Phoenix Football Tailgate Show on Saturday.

Our broadcast begins: 2:00 PM
Game begins: 3:00 PM

Our exact location: the corner of Phoenix Drive and Bank of America Drive, southwest of Rudd Field.

You can also listen to us on the:
Radio – 89.3 FM
Internet – here by clicking on the “Listen Live”  page

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

Great Weekend for Elon Athletics

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

Calling all Elon sports enthusiasts! This weekend will play host to a montage of Elon athletics as some seasons are coming to a close while others are just beginning. Come out and support your Elon Phoenix and show your school spirit as they try and dominate the weekend, especially against rival App State.

Friday 11/13/09:

Womens Basketball
vs Youngstown State at 7:00 PM

Men’s Soccer
(SoCon Tournament)
against College of Charleston in Spartanburg, SC at 7:00PM

Saturday 11/14/09:

Football vs App State
3:00 PM game at Rhodes Stadium
*** Remember to listen live to the football tailgate show before the game on the radio at WSOE 89.3 fm or give us a cheer as you walk by our tent as you walk to the stadium! (starts at 2PM)

Volleyball at App State
7:00 PM gametime

Men’s Basketball at Lipscomb
Game starts at 8:00 PM

Women’s Basketball
vs Navy at 9:00 PM

Sunday 11/15/09

Volleyball at Western Carolina
3:00 PM start

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu

Interview with Elon Volleyball Player Ali Deatsch

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

Freshman Ali Deatsch is the Elon Phoenix’s Varsity Volleyball defensive specialist or in other words the “libero”. She has played in over 100 sets this season and is a vocal leader on the floor. She has helped her team to a 22-6 record with three games remaining in the regular season, and a possible berth in the Southern Conference Tournament.

When asked why she decided to attend Elon, Deatsch responded frankly, “I wanted to play volleyball here, but I obviously looked at the academics as well.” Her coach in high school pushed her to succeed, and was in fact the one who introduced Deatsch to Elon. She expected to come to Elon and help her team out and make a difference in her freshman year. She was however “really nervous and excited,” but at the same time “had fourteen guaranteed friends to help me out.” These friends of course refer to her teammates who have really made her adjustment to college a delightful one. There aren’t any special traditions that came along with joining the team, but she loves going out to eat with the girls.

Asking Deatsch about her daily life and the commitments to being both a student and an athlete, the first thing she did was smile and say “it is really tough.” Her typical week includes “class starting at 8am every day, study hall (6 hours every week), breakfast with the team, weights or film depending on the week and who we play, dinner together.” There is always something going on in Deatsch’s day to the point where she has to stay up late just to finish her homework.

Ali Deatsch really seems to just love what she is doing in life. She started playing volleyball when she was in 5th grade because “everyone was doing it and I wanted to join in.” Soon she would fall in love with the sport and seemingly “never stop playing.” She decided to stop playing softball because of her love for volleyball, and she continues to show this love for her favorite sport at Elon. One of her closest friends on the team, freshman Carly Ledbetter, is just as passionate about volleyball as Deatsch and they play all the time for fun. Deatsch really credits her coaching staff and team members for helping her make the most of her first semester so far, and she only looks for the semester to keep on improving. She also hopes to work towards one day being captain of her team.

One way for Deatsch to improve her year would be with a championship in the Southern Conference Tournament. With three games remaining in the season, she and the rest of the Phoenix squad must play hard and win all of their games to get into the tournament. With the memorable victory against Samford earlier in the year when they weren’t expected to play well, the Phoenix won convincingly in three sets. With that mentality in mind Deatsch stated confidently, “I believe we can get into the tournament and it is always a possibility to win it all because of how many good players we have on the team.” When asked about the loss of sophomore teammate Traci Stewart to an ACL tear, she responded with “it’s scary mentally because we haven’t had to play without her all year.” Even with the loss of Stewart, Deatsch still believes in what this team can accomplish, and welcomes the challenge one day at a time.

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu

SPORTS TIME: 11/10 Show Recap

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

David Craig and Eli started it off by recapping some key NFL games this weekend:

Steelers vs Broncos

-The steelers are coming on strong and it was a great all around victory as the defense kept the broncos offense off the field. “They always seem to find a way to win” as David said.
-The Broncos offense struggled while the defense couldn’t contain the Steelers offense as they scored three touchdowns in the second half of the game.
-Orton had a rating of 43.9, which is horrible. Are the broncos going to lose it as the season goes on as they did last year?

Cowboys vs Eagles
-the cowboys spread the ball out more without T.O.  The offense found a way to win and Romo played well to give his team a chance.
– Eagles shot themselves in the foot and they kicked a field goal down seven.
-The cowboys defense “bullied” the Eagles offense without Westbrook.
-0/5 in 1 yard third down situations by the Eagles,,, How does that happen with McNabb at QB!

UPDATE by Greg Brozowski
-Brady Quinn is supposed to start for the Browns this weekend
-court ruled in Michael Vick’s favor to keep $16 million because it happened before the dog fighting incident
– KC Chiefs released Larry Johnson

Colts vs Texans
-the Colts continue to find ways to win even though they struggled
-“Houston should have put that game in overtime” – Eli Kaufman, as they missed a field goal as time expired
-Houston came back even after being down 10-0

The Colts wont go undefeated as well as the Saints according to Craig

David believes that the Saints must worry about three games if they want to go undefeated :at home vs Pats, at Atlanta, at home vs Dallas

Giants vs Chargers
-Giants are struggling and at a huge point in their season and with the loss of Burress they need to find a way to give Manning a new target. They have lost four straight games.
-Chargers still won even though Rivers had an off game throwing three touchdowns with two interceptions
– The key third down run play was a mistake according to the guys, why sweep rather than run it up the gut with Jacobs?
-playoffs are not out of reach for the Giants but they must pick up the slack especially with the rough remaining schedule

Some quick predictions by Dave: Cardinals will win and the chargers/ broncos will win their division.

UPDATE 2 by Greg Browzowski

Kareem Abdul Jabar has a form of leukemia: he is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
The AL gold glove winners were announced with two being Yankee players: Jeter and Texiera

ELON SPORTS:

-Mens and women tennis start in February and the schedules are now online at elonphoenix.com

Men’s Basketball
-The exhibition game was won, they had a huge effort by all the players and as the fouls came in earlier in the half giving some players who never got time some huge playing time.

Women’s Basketball
-100-32 win, huge effort by the team as they completely dominated the opponent all night
-the key to the season for the Phoenix is to not allow those late runs

Women’s Volleyball
-they have a game tonight, big game vs App State on staurday
-Phoenix need to win out to get into the SoCon Tournament
-Furman has already rapped up their division

Football against App State:
-Huge game for the regular season SoCon Championship
-Will Edwards be able to get back to his old form in this game against the tough defense of the Phoenix?
-Will Riddle and Hudgins be able to get things going and put up points to relieve pressure off the defense?
-should be a close game and not a blowout like most of the other games this year

NCAA Football Picks:

Iowa @ Ohio State:      Matt: Iowa, Craig: Iowa, David: Ohio State

Pitt @ Notre Dame:       Matt: Pitt, Craig: Pitt, David: Notre Dame

West Virginia @ Cincinnati:      Matt: Cincinnati, Craig: Cincinnati, David: West Virginia

Utah @ TCU:      Matt: TCU, Craig: TCU, David: TCU

Miami @ North Carolina:      Matt: Miami, Craig: Miami, David: Miami

NFL Picks:

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh:      Matt: Pitt, Craig: Pitt, David: Cincinnati

Atlanta @ Carolina:      Matt: Panthers, Craig: Atlanta, David: Atlanta

Dallas @ Green Bay:      Matt: Dallas, Craig: Dallas, David: Dallas

Philadelphia @ San Diego:      Matt: San Diego, Craig: Philadelphia, David: San Diego

New England @ Indianapolis:      Matt: New England, Craig: Indy, David: Indy

Listen to Sports Time every Tuesday from 4:10-6:00pm on WSOE 89.3 FM.

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu