Ohio State womens basketball falls to Michigan State 8268

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) takes a shot during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorInconsistency rarely leads to wins and the Ohio State women’s basketball team is learning that the hard way.The Buckeyes (13-10, 3-4), fell at home to Michigan State Sunday, 82-68, for the their third loss in four games.Hopes were high for the OSU against the Spartans, especially coming off a 61-50 win against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, but despite jumping out to an early 9-2 advantage, OSU could not hold the lead.The Spartans altered OSU’s shots on the basket all game and blocked a resounding 11 Buckeye shot attempts, seven by MSU redshirt-junior center Madison Williams alone.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, only recorded one blocked shot in the game.Williams, who did not play in the Spartans’ previous game because of a nagging knee injury, played a career-high 19 minutes, much to the delight of MSU coach Suzy Merchant.“Best game and most minutes she has ever played,” Merchant said about her backup center. “She is such a difference maker.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff acknowledged Williams’ presence in the paint as well.“She certainly did a great job defensively around the basket,” McGuff said. “We did not handle it well mentally.”OSU senior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore combined for just eight points on 3-13 shooting, with Adams failing to tally a single point.MSU freshman guard Tori Jankoska led all scorers and tied a career-high with 25 points on 7-13 shooting.Jankoska started in place of junior guard Kiana Johnson, who did not make the trip to Columbus because of personal reasons. It was Jankoska’s fourth career start.“I thought Tori and (senior guard) Klarissa (Bell) did a great job considering the circumstances,” Merchant said of her guards’ play.The Buckeyes were led offensively by junior guard Raven Ferguson, who scored a career-high 20 points off the bench in the loss.OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who leads the Buckeyes in scoring on the season with an average 16.8 points, scored 16 in the loss, but said Ferguson is just as capable as a scorer.“She can do this any game that she wants to,” Alston said of her teammate’s career day.Alston, who only went to the free throw line three times throughout the game despite attempting a game-high 18 shots, was not shy in voicing her displeasure with the officiating.“We do not care how big or tough you are,” Alston said on OSU’s game plan to attack the basket. “We did not get those calls at all.”The Buckeyes hope to get back on track when they take on Illinois (9-10, 2-4), scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

NHS hospitals save £400000 by switching to same brand of surgical gloves

first_imgA group of NHS hospitals has saved £400,000 a year simply by all agreeing to use the same brand of rubber surgical gloves, it has emerged.Seven hospitals in Sheffield joined forces to buy in bulk and reduce overheads by collaborating on a price matching scheme for 11 widely used products.The initiative achieved a total saving of £2 million, simply by choosing the same brands and negotiating lower rates,  a success with highlights the huge losses the health service is making by not taking advantage of its buying power.It comes after it emerged there are huge disparities in how much hospital trusts are paying for everyday items, with some paying more than double the price for equipment such as surgical scalpels.In November, Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced hospital trusts would be put into a league table to help them compare prices in an attempt to save £300 million equipment procurement.Mr Hunt said there was a ‘baffling variation’ in the prices that hospitals were paying for supplies. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Accounts showed that while a box of 100 surgical syringes cost some hospitals £12, neighbouring NHS organisations were paying just £4.Likewise the cost of a single pack of 12 bandages varied between 35 pence and £16.47, while a pack of 100 adhesive plasters ranged from £1.68 to £21.76.Figures showed some trusts are spending more than £13 on a bedpan that can be purchased for £6.74, with others paying £90 for stethoscopes which could be bought for £26.98.The Sheffield hospitals had previously been using a variety of brands and paying different prices for the same products which all did the same job, but worked closely together to agree on the best items such as anti-embolism stockings and surgical gloves, which could then be bought in bulk.Professor Des Breen, clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Integrated Care System, said: “It was just a no-brainer to keep using products we knew were the same quality as others we could buy for less purely because each department procures them individually.“We knew we had to take advantage of buying for all the hospitals at the same time; it was a lot of work but well worth it when we think of all the extra services we can use that money to provide for patients.“A scoring system was used on all of the products to make sure they met the standard needed for use by the NHS, and the product which met all of these and was deemed the best value for money was chosen.” Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said £300 million could be saved each year if hospitals worked together to get the best deals for suppliescenter_img NHS England said other areas across the country are now comparing their equipment costings to see if they can use the same approach. It has been estimated that the bottom five trusts could save over £11m if they bought supplies at the best prices, according to the department of health.Michael Macdonnell, director of system transformation at NHS England, said: “The South Yorkshire programme demonstrates how neighbouring hospitals can team up to improve clinical quality and reduce waste, working together as integrated systems. It also shows what can be achieved when clinicians take charge.“But perhaps most impressive is that the team has already saved £2 million which can now be reinvested into better patient care.”The Procurement League Table follows a report on variation in the NHS by Lord Carter, which was published two years ago and challenged the NHS to save £700m through better procurement. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said £300 million could be saved each year if hospitals worked together to get the best deals for suppliesCredit:Neil Halllast_img read more