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Maryland women’s basketball is fueled by regret ahead of Sweet 16 …

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Each time she recalls how last season ended for the Maryland women s basketball[1] team, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough speaks with a tone of regret. If only she had done more, then perhaps the Terrapins would have been able to send out their seniors amid much more palatable circumstances.

That loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament continues to trouble fellow senior Brionna Jones as well, to the point where she and Walker-Kimbrough indicated they ve been dedicating this season to last year s seniors. The inspiration has pushed Maryland (32-2) one round deeper in this NCAA tournament, where the third-seeded Terrapins will play 10th-seeded Oregon (22-13) on Saturday. The winner of that Bridgeport regional semifinal will face either Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, or fourth-seeded UCLA on Monday for a spot in the Final Four in Dallas.

[Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister [2]]

We will never forget how we felt last year, Walker-Kimbrough said. How we sent our seniors out, it shouldn t have went that way, especially all the hard work they ve put in for their four years, so part of us, we ve been playing for them. Like I said, I remember how I felt, so I never want our six freshmen to feel that way.

That s why me and Bri try to lead by example and definitely try to make a statement every time we step on the court. That intent was clear during the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, with Maryland winning by an average of 35 points. During a second-round win against No. 6 seed West Virginia[3] on Sunday in College Park, Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her 24th double-double this season and 57th of her career.

The reigning Big Ten tournament most outstanding player has three straight double doubles and scored at least 22 points in each of her last four games.

I m not sure we ve seen a better post player all year, Ducks Coach Kelly Graves said of Jones. It s incredible. Her positioning, patience, balance, strength, I mean she s the whole package, and I m assuming she s going to have a heck of a pro career.

[Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class[4]]

Walker-Kimbrough, meanwhile, had 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting (67 percent) during a 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell[5] in the first round at Xfinity Center. The three-time Big Ten first-team selection has scored at least 19 points in 10 of her last 11 games. Both players also have 681 total points this season, six short of the Maryland single-season record. Vicky Bullett scored 686 in 1988-89.

That s what you expect from your senior leadership, is to bring that kind of experience and then layer it within your team, Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. I can t say enough for what the two of them have done all season long and continue to do. You can feel their presence on both ends of the floor. I think Bri and Shatori are playing the best defense I ve seen. The Terrapins have limited opponents to 34 percent shooting combined in the NCAA tournament, including just 8 for 32 from three-point range. They ve also forced 38 turnovers in the NCAA tournament while managing to place a premium on their own ball security.

Maryland s 19 turnovers in the first two rounds combined are its fewest over any two-game stretch this season. During the first round, the Terrapins committed five turnovers, their fewest in a game this season, thanks in large part to the poise of freshman point guard Destiny Slocum. The Big Ten freshman has 15 assists and four steals with four turnovers in the NCAA tournament. Slocum is one of six players in program history to log at least 200 assists in a single season. She s also one side to perhaps the most intriguing matchup on Saturday, when Slocum will battle Ducks point guard Sabrina Ionescu, also a freshman. Ionescu was the top-rated point guard coming out of high school last season, according to ESPNw.com, and was selected Pac-12 freshman of the year after collecting four triple-doubles, one short of the conference single-season record.

Slocum was the No. 3 rated point guard as a high school senior and indicated she s somewhat familiar with Oregon s program following an unofficial visit to Eugene when she was in the process of selecting a school. Slocum initially had committed to Washington before reopening her recruitment and deciding on Maryland.

Slocum is part of Maryland s top-rated recruiting class last season that also features Kaila Charles, the 2015-16 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Ionescu was the centerpiece of Oregon s third-ranked class that includes two other freshman starters in 6-foot-4 forward Ruthy Hebard and 6-5 forward Mallory McGwire.

They can score on all three levels, but they re poised, Charles said of the Ducks. They like to run clock. They like to run through their plays, but we like to push the ball. We are poised, but our game is running the floor and pushing the tempo, so if we keep doing that and just play our game, we ll be fine.

References

  1. ^ Maryland women s basketball (stats.washingtonpost.com)
  2. ^ Steinberg: For Terps, ailing 7-year-old is like our little sister (www.washingtonpost.com)
  3. ^ against No. 6 seed West Virginia (www.washingtonpost.com)
  4. ^ Ducks are Sweet 16 neophytes, but with a blue-chip freshman class (www.washingtonpost.com)
  5. ^ 103-61 victory over No. 14 seed Bucknell (www.washingtonpost.com)

Hawaiian Telcom adds DDoS mitigation services to security services line

Hawaiian Telcom is looking to help its business customers stay ahead of security threats with its cloud-based Secure Internet Protection solution that it said protects businesses against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The service provider s timing could not be better. DDoS attacks have risen 125% since last year, wreaking havoc on millions of businesses who depend on the Internet to interact with their customers and suppliers.

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Businesses hit with a DDoS attack face a number of issues: Loss of revenue, productivity and intellectual property as well as brand and reputation damage. By integrating technologies from three major threat mitigation experts including Arbor Networks, Palo Alto Networks and Radware Hawaiian Telcom s Secure Internet Protection detects DDoS attacks, viruses, malware and other network-based intrusions and quickly diverts the threat away from an organization s network before it can cause harm or disruption. As cloud-based solution, Secure Internet Protection includes 24x7x365 network monitoring and reports that provide visibility into network traffic. Additionally, the solution can also help businesses achieve regulatory compliance including standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, International Organization for Standardization, Health Insurance Portability Act and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

One of the core elements of Hawaiian Telcom s security service is that it is cloud-based, meaning that a business does not have to dedicate capital resources to premises-based equipment and ongoing maintenance cycles.

Our solution is cloud-based so there s no equipment to install and continuously upgrade, enabling businesses of all sizes to reduce their exposure to cybersecurity risks without driving up IT costs, said Paul Krueger, VP of business sales and product marketing, for Hawaiian Telcom, in a release.

References

  1. ^ Hawaiian Telcom equips 200K homes with fiber-based broadband, wraps consumer fiber build (www.fiercetelecom.com)

UK Terror Attack Hits London Eye Owner, Lifts Security Firm

Merlin Entertainments Plc[1] shares weakened and G4S Plc[2] rose as investors weigh a possible softening in London tourism and a likely increase in demand for private security after Wednesday s terror attack on the U.K. capital.

Shares of Merlin[3], the operator of attractions including the London Eye Ferris wheel and Madame Tussaud s waxworks, are down almost 3 percent since the incident in which five people were killed. Analysts at Peel Hunt on Thursday cut their target price to 450 pence from 510 pence, citing concern about weakening tourist visits.

We now believe there is a risk that tourism in London will fall, particularly visits from families, Peel Hunt analyst Ivor Jones wrote in a note. That could hurt profits, he said, adding that the U.K. accounts for about a third of group sales.

G4S Plc[4], which derives about 20 percent of sales from within the U.K., mainly employing security guards, traded as much as 3.3 percent higher in London. Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday restated a commitment to spend an additional 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) on building the U.K. s counter-terrorism and intelligence units.

Subdued Outlook

If tourism falls in response to the attack, it could also threaten U.K. spending on luxury goods and entertainment, which has been bolstered by rising visitor numbers as travelers took advantage of the Brexit-weakened pound and shifted from destinations like France in the wake of a series of incidents there. Handbag-maker Hermes International[5] SCA said this week that Chinese and other tourists were favoring the U.K. and Italy[6] for their European vacations, with spending at London and Rome boutiques compensating for continued softness in its domestic market of France. The most important business stories of the day.

Get Bloomberg’s daily newsletter. Trenchcoat maker Burberry Group Plc[7] and other luxury-goods providers have also benefited from tourists taking advantage of favorable exchange rates. Watchmaker Longines has seen crazy and very positive growth in the U.K., President Walter von Kaenel said this week, with sales up by double-digit percentages in the first two months of the year. The company, part of Swatch Group AG, said it saw room to raise prices further in the country.

Merlin[8] warned of the threat of terrorism this month when it issued a subdued financial outlook. Guests on the London Eye and other attractions in the immediate vicinity of the attack were held for a period of about two hours on Wednesday to ensure their safety, the company said in a statement. The safety and security of our staff and guests is always our number one priority, it said. Merlin also runs tourist attractions in recent targets Berlin, Istanbul and Munich.

References

  1. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  2. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  3. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  4. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  5. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  6. ^ Tourists in U.K., Italy Boost Hermes as Luxury Goods Rebound (2) (www.bloomberg.com)
  7. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
  8. ^ Company Overview (www.bloomberg.com)
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