The key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three. Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win. Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her. Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team. Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said. “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.” “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses. The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall. Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said, “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.” The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) – With the only turf attempt under her belt, Roo’s Valentine heads a field of eight in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf.Owned and Bred in California by Kretz Racing, LLC, Roo’s Valentine has never been out of the money in five lifetime starts. After two thirds and a second when sprinting over the main track in maiden special weights late summer and into the fall, Roo’s Valentine seemed to finally find her footing around two turns. After breaking her maiden going a mile on the grass Nov. 5 at Del Mar, she followed up with a win in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos.Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Roo’s Valentine is by California sire Vronsky, out of the Cindago mare Black Valentine. Cindago, who died in Sept. 2012 was a California sire who stood at Legacy Ranch.Roo’s Valentine is 5-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $116,240.The post time favorite in two out of three lifetime starts, Pacific Heat will look for redemption this Saturday at Santa Anita after an eighth place finish in the Grade I Starlet. Bred in California by Harris Farms and Don Valpredo, Pacific Heat is by California sire Unusual Heat out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Hotlantic.After breaking her maiden by 13 ½ lengths at Los Alamitos on Sept. 25, Pacific Heat, who was purchased at the 2014 Barretts Limited October Yearling Sale for $175,000, won the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths at Del Mar on Oct. 29. Most recently, she ran eighth in the 1 1/16 miles Grade I Starlet on Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos. Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Taylor Legan, Pacific Heat is 3-2-0-0 overall with $140,250 in earnings.Patriotic Diamond hopes to rebound off a sixth place finish in the Starlet and will have Rafael Bejarano back in the saddle, once again, to help her do so. A winner of the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 28, Patriotic Diamond ran third in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes to Pacific Heat before winning a six furlong allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 26.Patriotic Diamond was Bred in California by Kin Hui Racing Stables, LLC, and is owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Patriotic Diamond is by Hat Trick out of the Whywhywhy mare Patriotic Viva. ‘Diamond’ is 5-2-1-1- overall with earnings of $153,550.Stakes winner Just Google Me will look for her second added money victory Saturday. Bred in California by Golden Eagle Farm and owned by C T R Stables, LLC, Just Google Me is trained by Scott Rollins and comes off a second place finish to Roo’s Valentine in the Soviet Problem Stakes on Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.The bay filly by Golden Eagle Farm’s Stormin Fever, out of the Crytoclearance mare Lila Paige is 6-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $147,750.The complete field for the Cal Cup Oaks, to be run as the fourth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 119; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 123; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 119; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 123; Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 119. There is a special first post time of 12 noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Presented by Xpressbet, the Cal Cup Oaks is one of five statebred stakes on annual Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anita
10 New Venues in Los Angeles for Spring Meetings & Events#5. The 100 to 1 ClubIn January, Santa Anita Park unveiled its newest destination, the 100 to 1 Club. The revamped space offers panoramic views of the racetrack in a luxury lounge atmosphere. The new club spans 4,000 square feet at the first turn of the track, in an area formerly known as the Gallop Out. The space underwent extensive renovations, including an architectural overhaul that added terraced seating, eliminated exterior walls, and elevated the main floor to maximize sight lines. There’s exposed steel infrastructure overhead, and original curved concrete walls with hexagonal windows. Throne-like banquette seating set beneath the base of Santa Anita’s iconic spire provide visual interest within the space. A historic neon sign lights the bar area, and the former concrete parapet in front of the space was replaced with a glass partition, adding natural light and views. Private bar and wagering machines separate a suite with room for 75, with outdoor, covered seating, and amenities. The club has room for private events for as may as 150. It’s the latest space to be unveiled as part of Santa Anita Park’s ongoing multiyear renovation.100-1 Club feature on BizBash.com