Humboldt County Fair: Ferndale races ‘A Bit of Americana’

first_imgFerndale >> There was a time in our country’s history where the sports pages were dominated by the three major sports of the time: Baseball, boxing and horse racing.While times have certainly changed and the overall popularity of these sports has waned on a national level over the decades, one thing holds true — for two weeks out of the year, horse racing in these parts takes center stage.With the ever-popular Humboldt County Fair horse races wrapping up its first week of competition on …last_img read more

Creation Therapy Works for Criminals

first_imgConsider the possibilities with this kind of outreach! And hurry: evolutionists are trying to take this ball and run with it. The press release says that a “grant, from NASA, will bring experts in astrobiology, or the possible conditions of life on other planets, into prisons….” Get there before the Darwinists tell prisoners that stuff happens! How is that going to help them? Prisoners need to know, instead, that the God of creation still has a plan for their lives. Despite the evil they have done, the God who created galaxies, mountains, and all the beauty of nature stands ready to wash them whiter than snow, because of Christ’s death on their behalf. (Visited 342 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Prisoners locked up in cells day after day, year after year, would calm down if nature could be brought to them, says a new study.Look at this photo. Does it improve your mood? What if you had nothing else to look at but bare walls?Havasu Creek, by David Coppedge.We’ve reported that hospital patients recover better when shown scenes of nature (5/20/01). Now, augmenting a report from last year, a project at the University of Utah found that nature imagery calms prisoners in solitary confinement and maximum security cells, too:Sweeping shots of majestic landscapes. Glaciers, forests and waterfalls.  Research published today shows that these images, shown to people deprived of access to nature, can reduce tension, help defuse anger and make some of the harshest environments, like a solitary confinement cellblock in a maximum-security prison, a little easier to bear.The study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, followed inmates in solitary confinement in an Oregon prison for a year. Inmates who viewed nature videos several times a week committed 26 percent fewer violent infractions than their peers. The study’s results will lead to new endeavors that will extend to images of wide-open outer space as well – a welcome sight from within prison walls.It “helps me think clearer to know there is so much more beauty in this world then this prison” —an inmateA video clip in the article shows how they do it. For hardened prisoners who cannot be released for lectures or other mind-stimulating activities, simply showing nature scenes on the wall one hour per day with a projector produced fewer disciplinary problems. Prison guards like that, too.Inmates stated they felt calmer after watching the videos, with the calm emotions lasting for hours. 80 percent said the videos made their time easier. They also reported that they felt the videos helped improve their relationships with staff, and that remembering the videos helped them calm down when they were angry. Four said they were even sleeping better.“The nature project help’s [sic] me think clearer to know there is so much more beauty in this world then this prison,” one inmate wrote.Interestingly, the inmates preferred scenes of wide-open spaces, like deserts, over confined spaces like forests. They especially enjoyed scenes of outer space, like sweeping vistas of colorful stars and nebulae taken by the Hubble Telescope.Scenes of wide-open spaces appealed to those in confinement the most. Photo by David Coppedge.Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, who led the study, is considering other possibilities to help people in “nature-starved” environments. “The benefits of nature imagery likely extend far beyond prison inmates, and can positively impact other nature-deprived populations,” Nadkarni says. “More than 5 million people may fit into those populations, including people in prisons, nursing facilities, homeless shelters, military barracks and other institutions and facilities.”Creation ministries and churches with prison ministries should take note and lead the way into this wonderful opportunity. It should be an adjunct to gospel preaching, not a replacement for it, but nature videos can provide follow-up for prisoners or patients between visits. The Illustra Media inspirational videos on are free and ready to use! Here’s an example. Role-play being in solitary confinement, riddled with guilt, watching this on the wall:last_img read more

The Technology Behind Brain Farm’s Breathtaking Camerawork

first_imgBrain Farm Digital Cinema is a production company known for its work in advertisement, television, and most of all, action sports documentaries. Let’s take a look at some of the revolutionary technology they have worked with over the years.Top image via Scott SerfasIf you aren’t familiar with Brain Farm themselves, you have still likely come across their extensive work, even if just one of their many commercials. They are most well-known for their action sport films, namely That’s It, That’s All, followed by The Art of Flight, We Are Blood, and View From a Blue Moon. Instant classics of their own respective sports, these films all share the signature visual characteristics Brain Farm has become known for: dynamic aerial footage of exotic landscapes juxtaposed against tight, immersive tracking shots of high-speed sports action. If you haven’t watched any of these yet, they are certainly worth your time, regardless of your interest in their subject matter.Their success with these difficult visual techniques is largely attributable to their consistent involvement in the development of vehicular camera technology over the years. Simultaneously achieving shots of such epic scope and organic movement requires not only expertise, but also some of the most sophisticated camera gear on the market. Without further ado, welcome to the stunning world of Brain Farm.While Brain Farm has produced films under multiple directors, all of their projects have highlighted the possibilities of shooting with a helicopter, with it being their primary tool to capture action from a new perspective. This has become less inherently impressive over the past decade, as many Hollywood movies have showcased the technology since the advent of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Brain Farm was actually among the first to utilize what has become their weapon of choice: the Cineflex camera control and stabilization system.Photo via WikipediaPremiering with the epics The Lord of the Rings and Planet Earth, Cineflex’s state-of-the-art gimbals, boasting variations of the ARRI ALEXA, brought forth unprecedented possibilities of what could be achieved with a camera. Brain Farm founder Curt Morgan drew inspiration from these stunning films and took the new tech to the world of extreme sports — namely snowboarding, the focus of Morgan’s directing experience. After the success of That’s It, That’s All, the start-up production company that Morgan and co-founder Travis Rice built drew significant attention, leading to years of quality content.The crew behind these visceral productions has undoubtedly grown accustomed to shooting in adverse (even dangerous) environments, but familiarity has hardly made their work easy. This brief behind-the-scenes look into Convergence shows how much time and planning even a single shot can take when there are so many elements at play.National Geographic eventually sought out and employed Brain Farm for a few projects, such as the series Wild Yellowstone. Here they further demonstrate the flexibility of the Cineflex system by mounting it to a large truck. With flawless stabilization and a dedicated control console, the crew shows the process of locating wildlife and capturing a rather rare bison fight with captivating camera movement.With their extensive involvement in aerial cinematography, it was inevitable that Brain Farm would experiment with the recent upsurge of drone technology. While the development and combination of new technologies is a product of their various manufacturers and not Brain Farm themselves, the progressive production company is often the motivating factor in combining tools and driving said manufacturers to push their limitations.In most situations, shooting from a helicopter is optimal, but budgetary, spatial, and environmental constraints can often make smaller alternatives preferable.Their venture into drone technology began as early as 2012, with the retrofitting of a Cineflex system to a small military-grade drone helicopter. This new toy removed the dangers of piloting a manned helicopter in risky weather conditions, and was simply more portable than its full-sized counterparts. This emphasizes the fact that even the best tools available have their limits, and you can’t rely on hardware to produce quality results.Brain Farm is also known for their flashy slow-motion sequences, made possible by high frame rate cameras such as the Phantom series. They eventually became the first to mount a Phantom (specifically, the Phantom Flex4K, their flagship model) to a drone, allowing them to capture slow-motion aerial footage with a compact and nimble device.Curt Morgan and his crew try to stay on the forefront of all cinematic technology, including less exciting tools such as lights. Many filmmakers are beginning to utilize LED lighting, as it has finally become effective enough to justify its use. With adjustable color temperature, low power consumption, extended bulb life, and a simpler setup process, modern LEDs have a lot to offer. Here, legendary action sports director Ty Evans elaborates on the advantages of replacing his traditional lighting setups with LEDs for the production of this year’s We Are Blood.Through both the development of his own production company, and his constant drive to push what is technologically possible in the action sports genre, Curt Morgan is a shining example of systematically stripping oneself of all limitations to express a vision. His work as producer, director, and entrepreneur is an inspiration to me, and hopefully it can be to you as well. With that, we’ll end on this fantastic mini-doc about Curt’s career thus far.Who do you find pushes the envelope of digital cinema? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

NBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade

first_imgThe Kyrie Irving trade talks have somehow reached a stalemate, up until the Boston Celtics shocked the world and announced that they had acquired the prolific point guard in a blockbuster swap on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — sourceADVERTISEMENT We have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.📝: STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 2, 2017Screen Grab from TwitterScreen Grab from TwitterPortland Trailblazers guard Evan Turner also chimed in, acknowledging Thomas’ massive contributions to the Celtics for the past two and a half seasons.Screen Grab from Twitter/@thekidetMeanwhile, NBA fans also took to Twitter to address the trade, with some offering humorous responses.  /ra“Why Kyrie 3 feet shorter”— ainge pls (@MPleasing69) August 22, 2017 It needed a slight adjustment, but this is basically what a Kyrie-Isaiah swap looks like.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 22, 2017 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kyrie-for-Isaiah the strongest evidence yet we live in a simulation— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) August 22, 2017 Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas would mean trading the No. 1 pick for the 60th pick from the 2011 draft.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 22, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throwcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The seemingly out-of-nowhere trade sent shock waves to the league, considering it involved the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the NBA’s most skilled guards.NBA pros quickly shared their reactions on Twitter, in what may be the biggest deal in this action-packed off-season.Fellow NBA guards Jordan Clarkson, Elfrid Payton, Jamal Crawford , Eric Bledsoe and Terrence Ross weighed in on the league’s latest massive shake-up.Screen Grab from TwitterSome, meanwhile, let the emojis do the talking, highlighted by Rudy Gobert’s apparent shot at Isaiah Thomas for his earlier tweet.🌴🏆🏆🏆☘️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎷🙅🏾‍♂️ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more


first_imgAnother edition of 60 seconds in touch, brought to you from Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast…(first time this has ever been written from Queensland!) * I’m sitting here at the computer overlooking the beautiful Quad Park fields where tomorrow afternoon the 2nd Youth World Cup will kick off. Games begin at 1:00pm make sure you get down and have a look if you can. * The atmosphere is already great, how can you go past the Cook Islanders who turned up for the Managers meeting in their bright yellow shirts and with video recorders in hand? It’s a fantastic thing for these Touch lovers to travel and get together for the event only held every four years, what a great experience for all involved! * The Opening Ceremony is being held tomorrow morning at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre, it starts officially at 9:00am but be there early for a sheet under the shade (or out of the rain, depending on the weather.) All athletes will march past and have their National anthem played, there will be a couple of speeches and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Tribe will welcome the tournament to the Sunshine Coast. * Congratulations to Roxy Winder from the Gold Coast for being selected as Australia’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Roxy has competed at both Youth World Cups, several other Australian Junior tours and is a current member of the Australian Womens Open National Training Squad. Congratulations to Troy Malcolm also, one of Australia’s longest serving and most-capped junior representatives. He’s leading the Under 20 Men as Captain and with the experience that comes from being a part of the World Cup winning Mens Open side in 2003, Troy is no doubt an incredibly important member of the entire Australian team. Finally, congratulations to all selected Australian team captains: Mens 20 Years- Troy Malcolm Mixed 20 Years- Katie Shaw and Matt McDonald Womens 20 Years- Claire Winchester Mens 18 Years- Ji Bonner and Aaron Tandek Mixed 18 Years- Claire Giarola and Dean Springfield Womens 18 Years- Lauren Barclay * Don’t forget to bring your umbrella down to Quad Park, there’s been the odd drop of rain around and it’s predicted to last for the next few days. * Keep an eye on the ATA website, which will provide links to the FIT website and the Sporting Pulse website for all of the latest news and stories. * There’s been some last minute withdrawals and inclusions to the Aussie sides after injuries, there will no doubt be a story in the coming days on those given the last minute opportunity to represent Australia. * Don’t forget to send a hero email or fax to the Aussie sides [email protected] or fax (02) 6285 2820, they have certainly appreciated those received already and it no doubt builds their confidence! * In other news (yes there is other news besides the Youth World Cup) the NSW Junior State Cup is fast approaching. It’s being held on the 19th and 20th of February and applications close this Friday, January 21st. Get in quick! * A massive 86 teams have nominated for the Yass Knockout, being held on January 29th and 30th. With many interestingly named teams and many travelling from Sydney and other NSW regions, it’s sure to be an awesome tournament. Check out for all the info. * The Victorian Touch Team titles are taking place on April 2 and 3, see if you want more information. Touch in Victoria is steadily growing and events like this are finding their way onto the calendar more regularly. It’s great to see! * ATA’s Techincal Support chicky and National Teams organiser (not sure of exact title) Maree Curran, would like to wish her husband Matt (Australian Mens Open representative) a very happy third Wedding Anniversary for today (January 18th). She says she loves you, misses you and is hoping you’re coping without her while she’s at the Youth World Cup. * That’s about all for now, don’t forget to keep an eye on the websites for all the latest YWC (that’s my abbreviation because I’m already sick of writing the full title and the games don’t even start until tomorrow) news. * Remember any story ideas or requests for help with media can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Extreme cold weather trend will rebound by Wednesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Region has been experiencing extremely cold weather temperatures for the past four days and temperatures should re-bound to the minus twenties by midweek said Environment Canada.Talking with Bob Sekhon, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, he shares, “Last week we experienced the warm air and now we are seeing this artic ridge of high pressure building an arctic front that is coming through, most of B.C. is settling in an arctic airmass”The region has experienced a shift in air mass from a milder one and now the arctic air has taken over, as winter is considered January, February and March shared Sekhon. We are expected to experience an El Nino which means warmer than normal temps on average over the three month period. “This coincides with the warmer temperatures in January,” said Sekhon. “However events such as artic outbreaks and artic ridges of high pressure that settle in can still occur in this time so we can’t discount snowstorms and cold dense air however the three-month average we would expect it to be slightly above normal.”“Being El Nino you may see more of the temperature swings,” said SekhonTo read more about the projected milder winter CLICK HERElast_img read more

Large power outage in Fort St John

first_imgFor updates visit UPDATE as of 8:30 pm – Hydro says power will be restored by 9:30.FORT ST. JOHN, BC – There is a large power outage in Fort St John.Approximately 3,600 people are without power.  There is no estimate for when power will be restored.last_img

Gambhir says possess only one voter ID; hits back at AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the AAP, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir Sunday asserted that he possessed only one voter identity card, adding that the ruling party in Delhi was making baseless allegations against him as it did not have any vision for the people. Gambhir is fighting against AAP’s Atishi from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency this general elections. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he told PTI. Also Read – AIIMS, Health Ministry launch mobile app for oral health info The BJP candidate was responding to Atishi’s claim that he had two voter identity cards from Rajender Nagar and Karolbagh constituencies. He alleged the AAP candidate was making allegations against him as she had nothing to talk about with voters during campaigning. “When you have no vision for the people or nothing else to talk about, you make allegations like these,” Gambhir said. Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on Friday decided to hear Atishi’s criminal complaint against Gambhir in this regard on May 1. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The AAP candidate had filed the complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation the Representation of the People Act(RPA). She had also raised objection over the nomination papers filed by the former cricketer which were rejected by the returning officer of the polls. Gambhir said he believed in “positive politics” and would campaign with a vision to make East Delhi one of the best Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and avoid indulging in blame game with his opponents in the polls. Congress has fielded former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely from the seat.last_img read more

About the ripples

first_imgHave you ever taken a walk through the rain on a warm spring day and seen that perfect puddle? You know, the one where the raindrops seem to touch down at just the right pace, causing a dance of vanishing circles? Even before I entered the field of fluid flow research nearly 15 years ago, I was fascinated by the waves that appear after a raindrop hits a puddle. As I became focused on the study of unstable waves in liquid sheets — geared toward mitigating undesirable waves in industrial coating and atomisation processes — my fascination with puddle waves turned into an obsession. What is going on? Where does the pattern come from? Why does the impact of rain in a puddle look different than when rain falls elsewhere, like in a lake or the ocean? It turns out that it all has to do with something called dispersion. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the context of water waves, dispersion is the ability of waves of different wavelengths to each move at their own individual speeds. Looking down on a puddle, we see a collection of such waves moving together as one ripple in the water. When a raindrop touches down, imagine it as a “ding” to the water surface. This ding can be idealised as a packet of waves of all different sizes. After the raindrop falls, the packet’s waves are ready to begin their new life in the puddle. Also Read – The future is here!However, whether we see those waves as ripples depends on the body of water that the raindrop lands on. The number and spacing of rings that you see depends on the height of the puddle. This has been verified in some very cool ripple tank experiments, where a drop of the same velocity falls into a container with water at different depths. Shallow puddles enable ripples because they are much thinner than they are wide. The balance between the surface force — between the water puddle and the air above it – and the gravitational force tips in favor of surface force. This is key, since the surface force depends on the curvature of the water surface, whereas the gravitational force does not. An initially still shallow puddle becomes curved at the surface after the raindrop hits. The surface force is different for long waves than for short ones, causing waves of different sizes to separate into ripples. For shallow puddles, the long waves move slowly away from the point of impact, while the short waves move fast, and the really short waves move really fast, becoming tightly packed at the perimeter. This creates the enchanting pattern that we see. Raindrops may react differently in other situations. Imagine that rain is hitting a lake or ocean — or those deep pothole puddles that require galoshes. Here, the raindrop hits the water, but the force due to gravity becomes more important. It moves waves of all sizes at the same speed which may overpower the rippling effect due to the surface force. The combination of teaching undergraduate partial differential equations while simultaneously continuing to research liquid sheets led to what I’ve been calling the “puddle equation.” When solved, the equation creates an animated simulation of what happens after a raindrop hits a puddle. It’s a simplified version of an equation in one of our group’s more recent research endeavors, but it’s also consistent with the classical description of ripples. I use this approximate description of puddle waves as one way to get students excited about math by relating it to the world around them. The study of surface-force-driven waves is important for applications such as coating processes involved in making batteries and solar cells. Such waves also appear as a result of the leg stroke of a water strider insect, but research has found that the water strider isn’t specifically looking to make those waves to enable travel. The beauty of puddle waves is no small thing by itself. By connecting nature with its primal language — mathematics — we gain access to its control panel, allowing us to observe every little detail, uncovering all the secrets.( Nate Barlow is Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

South Carolina Has A Shot At Beating UConn

South Carolina Has A Shot At Beating UConn

A’ja Wilson against ranked teams for the last 2 seasons PTS PER 40 MINS.FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGEDOUBLE-DOUBLES 2014-1523.147.42 Coates, the 2013-14 SEC Freshman of the Year, leads the nation in field goal percentage and has an SEC-best 12 double-doubles this season. Coates and Wilson are averaging a combined 29.6 points per game, the most by any frontcourt duo in the SEC. Overall, South Carolina is averaging 40.3 points per game in the paint and has outscored its opponents down low in every game this season.Based on their performance, the Wilson-Coates tandem could prove difficult for UConn to defend. Maryland’s Brionna Jones — one of the premier post players in the nation, with skills and stature similar to Wilson and Coates — put up 24 points against the Huskies earlier this season. UConn allowed a season-high 38 points in the paint to the Terrapins and trailed in the third quarter for the only time this season.South Carolina is also aggressive on the offensive glass, averaging 8.6 points per game on put-backs2All tracking data courtesy of Synergy Sports Technology. and grabbing 13.7 offensive rebounds per game. Connecticut is allowing 10.7 offensive rebounds per game but the Huskies’ opposition has failed to capitalize, managing just 3.5 points per game on put-backs.And don’t discount South Carolina’s home-court advantage. The Gamecocks have won 45 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and are on track to lead the nation in attendance for the second consecutive season. Notably, South Carolina averages 80.2 points at home, compared to 68.4 points on the road.But will a strong post presence and a favorable crowd be enough to hand Connecticut its first loss in over a year? Probably not. UConn is on pace to lead the nation in both offensive and defensive efficiency for the fourth consecutive season; to have a chance against Connecticut you need to score at least 70 points. Over the last five seasons, UConn is 5-7 when opponents score 70 or more points, compared to 163-3 when holding its opponent to 69 points or fewer.And here’s the bad news for Gamecocks fans: South Carolina is tied for eighth in the nation in offensive efficiency but has been held below 70 points on seven occasions this season, four times against ranked teams.The Gamecocks also struggle on 3-pointers and free throws, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to run up a big number on the Huskies. South Carolina is shooting 31.4 percent from deep this season, which ranks 150th in Division I. In one of Connecticut’s most tightly contested games this season, Notre Dame shot 65 percent from beyond the arc, making 13 3-pointers. DePaul and South Florida also had early success against Connecticut, making 12 or more 3-pointers and shooting 45 percent or better from beyond the arc.The view is even worse from the foul line, where South Carolina ranks 272nd in the nation with a 65.3 percent free throw percentage. Facing a Connecticut squad that holds opponents to a Division I-low 6.2 free throw attempts per game, the Gamecocks need to convert on any opportunity to put points on the board.Is South Carolina capable of upsetting Connecticut on Monday night? It’s possible, sure. But SC will need either something truly absurd out of Wilson and Coates or a momentary reprieve from its season-long trend of their range extending no farther than the length of their arms. 2015-1626.6 points53.1%7 While the rest of the country recovers from its post-Super Bowl hangover, the South Carolina women’s basketball team will attempt to do what only one team has accomplished in the last 35 months: beat Connecticut.The UConn Huskies are in one of the most dominant stretches in college basketball history, winners of 59 straight and 106 of their last 107 games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are having an impressive season of their own, off to a 22-0 start for the second consecutive season. And Monday night’s game between the only undefeated teams in Division I basketball will be the 56th meeting between the AP’s No. 1 and No. 2 women’s college basketball teams. The last such meeting did not turn out so well for the Gamecocks, with No. 2 UConn beating No. 1 South Carolina, 87-62 in Storrs, last season to snap a 22-game win streak.For any hope at a better result this season, the Gamecocks will need something special out of their dynamic duo on the interior, A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates.Wilson is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year and top-ranked recruit for the Class of 2014,1According to ESPNW and HoopGurlz rankings. and she has elevated her game in her sophomore season, becoming South Carolina’s go-to player against ranked teams. The 6-foot-5-inch forward has accounted for 25.6 percent of South Carolina’s points and 26.3 percent of its rebounds against Top 25 opponents this season. Wilson had a tendency to disappear in big games last season, but she’s now averaging 26.6 points per 40 minutes against ranked teams and has a double-double in seven of her nine games against Top 25 opponents this season, more than she had all of last season. read more