Gabby Cooper grows into her role ahead late in the season

first_img Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: Gabby Cooper spoke with Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson the night before the biggest game of her life. The team was out for dinner and the next day it was set to match up with then-No. 7 Notre Dame in a game that would eventually shatter the attendance record.The discussion wasn’t about Cooper’s 10-percent shooting performance from 3 against North Carolina six days prior. It wasn’t about whether the freshman had the confidence to perform against a Top 10 team. Those were conversations of the past.Instead, the three discussed the antics that they would be pulling when they hit shots and run the score up on the Fighting Irish. Peterson and Sykes — the top two scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the leaders of this year’s teams — told the freshman shooter that they needed her.“I felt like I had to step it up even more,” Cooper said, clapping her hands together as she recounted the interaction between the three teammates. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come out here tomorrow and shoot all the 3s and make them.’ We were hype.”Some nights, Cooper thrives. Other nights, she doesn’t. Her role as 3-point specialist for No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t changed — she’s started in every game she’s played in — but her performances have. She’s learned through 30 games that to succeed beyond the arc, she has to put bad performances behind her. It’s led to four of her five best scoring performances coming since the start of February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooper said she wasn’t expecting as a big role as she ended up getting to start the year. Through her first seven games, she shot 72 3-pointers, notching 61 points, but she made just 23.6 percent of her shots from 3.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said Cooper’s struggles were part of her growth process as a freshman. But then he gave her only 20 minutes of playing time in a Nov. 27 loss to DePaul, after Cooper had shot only 4-of-15 from 3 the night before. She rediscovered her stroke at the Florida Sunshine Classic, shooting 5-of-12 from 3 against Old Dominion for a season-high 19 points. But she remained largely inconsistent.The UNC game on Feb. 12 marked the second time in a month that she had shot 1-of-10 from downtown. After her already-shaky start to the season, Cooper’s role as 3-point specialist looked unstable.Then, “the game happened,” Cooper said. Cooper torched the Fighting Irish defense, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, nearly leading the Orange to a momentous upset in front of a record 11,021 fans. When Cooper walked off the court, the UNC game was a blip in her distant memory. The debate regarding her ability to perform beyond the arc in a big game ended.The good games stick in your memory, and the bad games leave quickly, Cooper said.“When she’s struggling, she remains aggressive,” Hillsman said. “And that’s important for us. She adds a dimension to our game.”Last Friday against No. 13 Duke, the Blue Devils’ defense swallowed up Peterson and Sykes, holding the All-ACC duo to only 22 combined points. The ball thrust into Cooper’s hands most of the night and the freshman threw up 16 shots from 3, six of which fell for 18 points to pace the Orange. On her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Cooper became SU’s all-time freshman leader in 3-pointers made, with 68.It didn’t matter that Cooper had been on a two-game cold streak entering Friday. What mattered was Cooper found her stroke again.“It’s easy to be confident when you’re playing great, but how confident can you be when you’re struggling some?” Hillsman said. “I always thought she was confident no matter what, and that’s what we need her to do.”Cooper is now 878 minutes into her collegiate career. She said matter-of-factly she’s comfortable in her role and is used to being a mainstay on the court. She averages 29.3 minutes per game for SU and has taken 263 3-pointers on the season, averaging 8.8 points per game – the fourth-best mark on the team.Cooper didn’t expect to play nearly three-quarters of games and make more 3-pointers than any freshman in the ACC. But she’s not complaining, because the same freshman who once carried doubt is poised to help lead the Orange into the NCAA tournament.She’ll be stationed where she always is. Behind the thickly painted semi-circle that sits 20-feet-9-inches from the hoop. Behind the line that has been both make and break for Cooper dozens of times in her first season at SU. Behind the line that has been her best friend, and worst enemy, since November. It’s the one place Cooper has come to know best and the only place from which she sees herself fit.“That’s my spot,” Cooper said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


GiG ramps up emerging markets profile with Mediacle

first_img GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles Ross Parkhill – GiGStockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has appointed industry full-service marketing agency Mediacle Group to expand its localisation capacities for emerging markets.The agreement will see Mediacle work on optimising emerging market campaigns for GiG’s flagship online casino property Rizk ( as a specialist industry marketing agency, Mediacle offers in-depth customisation and localisation provisions, helping its clients develop effective campaigns for developing/emerging markets.Ross Parkhill, Director of Casino for GiG’s in-house B2C brands, said: “We are pleased to have tied up with Mediacle and look forward to working with them to support our marketing strategy and expansion into new markets. Mediacle will help our flagship brand Rizk provide a localised offering for our players, improving player acquisition and retention.”Santosh Jain – MediacleThe GiG agreement sees Mediacle announce its second major partnership of the summer, as last June the marketing agency was recruited by London AIM mobile gambling group Nektan to bolster its affiliate marketing programme for B2C brands.Backing the GiG partnership, Santosh Jain, the CEO of Mediacle, stated: “We are thrilled to have signed such a leading name as GiG and we are looking forward to working with its team. We have certainly emerged as one of the most successful digital media and IT solutions companies offering dynamic and cost-effective marketing solutions to highly renowned brands in the gambling industry. The agreement with GiG is a testament to our commitment, growth and deliverability.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more


Cowboys vs. Saints final score: New Orleans wins defensive struggle, now 2-0 without Drew Brees

first_imgThe battle of two of the premier teams in the NFC eliminated one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the conference. The 49ers (3-0) had a bye. MORE: Watch the NFL on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott gave his team a chance late after being handed the ball with just under two minutes remaining. With 17 seconds left, he connected with Randall Cobb down the middle for a 32-yard pass to put Dallas at its 48 before he rushed up to spike the ball with two seconds to go. One final heave downfield proved not to be enough, with Prescott being picked off as time expired. Prescott finished the game 22 of 33 for 223 yards. Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 23 of 30 passes for 193 yards. Each quarterback threw an interception.For a matchup that featured two great running backs in Elliott and Alvin Kamara, neither had a memorable evening. Elliott carried 18 times for 35 yards, to go with six receptions 30 yards. Kamara had a better night on the ground, carrying 17 times for 69 yards, and made three catches for 20 yards.  “Sunday Night Football” viewers were likely expecting more offense. After all, the game featured two of the NFL’s best offenses in the Cowboys and Saints.Instead, the defenses dominated the game, and the team without any touchdowns wound up winning. New Orleans beat Dallas 12-10 behind Wil Lutz’s four field goals. Ezekiel Elliott scored the only touchdown of the game, a 1-yard rush in the third quarter.  Both teams had ample opportunities to score from chances created by their defenses. Bridgewater was intercepted by Chidobe Awuzie in the first quarter, and then Cowboys tight end Jason Witten lost a fumble in the second. Only the Cowboys were able to convert their turnover into points, however, and just a field goal at that. Sporting News provided scoring updates and highlights from the matchup between Dallas and New Orleans (all times Eastern).Cowboys vs. Saints: Live score, updates and highlights from Week 4 matchupFinal: Saints 12, Cowboys 1011:43 p.m.: Prescott takes a sack on the first play after the fair catch but then gets the Cowboys to midfield in the closing seconds. Marcus Williams intercepts his Hail Mary heave on the game’s final snap. New Orleans, minus injured quarterback Drew Brees, escapes with the home victory.11:09 p.m.: Cobb calls for a fair catch at the Cowboys’ 14. 11:09 p.m.: Bridgewater is sacked out of field goal range and Dallas calls a timeout with 1:45 in the game. The Saints will have to punt facing a 4th-and-24. 11:03 p.m.: The Saints gets a first down just at the two minute warning as they lead 12-10. 10:56 p.m.: Another punt from the Cowboys. Harris calls a fair catch at the New Orleans 38. 10:51 p.m.: Bridgewater is sacked again, and the Saints have to punt it away from their own 33. A penalty added to the fair catch by Tavon Austin pushes Dallas’ starting field position back to its own 10. 10:38 p.m.: Dallas’ drive again comes up short. They are forced to punt from their 42 trailing by two with 11:39 left. The punt goes into the end zone for a touchback, and New Orleans will start from the 20. 10:34 p.m.: Lutz again sends the kickoff to the end zone. Dallas will begin its drive from the 25, trailing by two. 10:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS.  Lutz comes back out for his fourth field goal of the game. This one from 26 yards out.  Saints 12, Cowboys 10Third quarter: Cowboys 10, Saints 910:16 p.m.: The Saints will take the touchback and they will start from their 25. 10:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, COWBOYS.  The first touchdown of the game comes in the third quarter with Elliott plowing ahead for the 1-yard score.  Cowboys 10, Saints 9Get your ZEKE ON& @70LaelCollins with the SPIKE! @EzekielElliott scores the first TD of #DALvsNO— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 201910:10 p.m.: Prescott connects with Jarwin for the longest pass of the game. 35 yards puts the Cowboys at the Saints’ 2-yard line. THAT. IS. BLAKE. JARWIN.@Jaw_47 with the big grab! #DALvsNO | #DallasCowboys— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 201910:01 p.m.: The Saints can only get nine yards on their drive. Thomas Morstead punts the ball 50 yards to the Dallas 16.9:59 p.m.: Maher sends the kick out of the end zone and the Saints will begin the second half from their 25. Halftime: Saints 9, Cowboys 39:42 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS.  The pass from the 1-yard line falls short, and Lutz comes out to make the 28-yard field goal to extend the Saints’ lead.  Saints 9, Cowboys 39:33 p.m.: Prescott’s pass to Blake Jarwin falls a yard short of the first down and Ezekiel Elliott fumbles on the 4th-and-1 try. New Orleans will take over at the Cowboys’ 46-yard line. 9:29 p.m.: Two-minute warning in New Orleans. The Cowboys have 2nd-and-17 from their 27-yard line. 9:24 p.m.: New Orleans is held back by penalties and is forced to punt. Randall Cobb returns it 14 yards to Dallas’ 22. 9:18 p.m.: The Saints will start at the New Orleans’ 47 where Bell recovered the fumble. 9:16 p.m.: Witten catches a pass for 10 yards, but fumbles it at the New Orleans 48. Vonn Bell recovers the ball. The spot is being reviewed. 👊out and picked ⬆️ by the @Saints📺:NBC(via @NFL )— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 30, 20199:13 p.m.: Another kick sent out through the back of the end zone. The Cowboys will again take over from their 25. 9:10 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS.  Bridgewater is sacked at the 24-yard line and Lutz comes back out for the kick. He makes the 42 yarder.  Saints 6, Cowboys 39:01 p.m.: The Cowboys’ drive stalls at the 30 and Jones is back out to punt. Harris returns it 23 yards to the New Orleans’ 49. 8:59 p.m.: Dallas will start from its 25 after taking the touchback. 8:58 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS.  Wil Lutz drills a 40-yard field goal to tie the game up at the start of the second quarter.  Cowboys 3, Saints 3First quarter: Cowboys 3, Saints 08:46 p.m.: Deonte Harris returns the kickoff 29 yards to the Saints’ 26-yard line. 8:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS.  Brett Maher connects on the 28-yard field goal to put Dallas on the board.  Cowboys 3, Saints 0center_img 8:35 p.m.: Chidobe Awuzie picks off Teddy Bridgewater at the Dallas 46-yard line. CHIDOOOO🙌 @ChidobeAwuzie gets the INT off the deflection! #DALvsNO | #DallasCowboys— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 20198:27 p.m.: Dallas gets two first downs, but stalls at New Orleans’ 39-yard line. The punt from Chris Jones starts the Saints at their own 14-yard line. 8:23 p.m.: The Cowboys will start their drive from their own 25.last_img read more