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.
Martin Engineering, the bulk material handling technology group, has introduced two conveyor system components designed to mitigate expensive spillage and belt wear issues at material transfer points. The EVO® Slider Cradle and the Martin® Slider Cradle both support the belt and prevent spillage due to belt edge sag. Located under the skirt board in the chute box after the impact cradle, the units utilise “double-life” slider bars, which offer a superior seal with low friction. The result is a flat and stable belt surface throughout the settling zone, reducing fugitive material and extending belt health. “Transfer points can be prone to spillage as the conveyed material lands on the receiving conveyor,” explained Daniel Marshall, Product Engineer at the US business unit. “Once the belt leaves the impact cradle, it can sag while the material is still settling. This compromises the skirt seal, allowing dust and fines to escape, while creating pinch points where material can get caught and gouge the belt.”Marshall said that belt health is a big concern for operators, as edge wear and sagging contribute to misalignment and belt damage, which can also become a potential workplace safety hazard. “Cradles and impact beds are the foundation of our material handling strategy,” he continued. “Not only are they on the bottom and everything is built on them, but they offer the flat surface to seal against, which is critical in preventing spillage and dust.” The Martin Engineering slider cradles are designed for conveyor systems with speeds up to 3.5 m/sec and belts lengths of more than 15.2 m. Typically 1,220 mm long, the units are also available in custom sizes for special applications.The belt glides over low friction 62 durometer (shore D) UHMW polyethylene sidebars featuring the company’s unique “box” design and low drive-power consumption. They display minimal heat buildup during operation and can handle service temperatures of -29°C to 60°C. The shape allows operators to turn the bars over for a second service life without disassembly of cradle components. The bars are available in UHMW plastic or stainless steel. “Stainless steel would be suitable for extremely high speeds, or when the conveyed material produces a chemical reaction with UHMW materials,” Marshall added. “The UHMW plastic delivers all the advantages of a firm foundation, without the added power consumption of steel components.”Centre rollers help reduce friction and energy consumption, suggested for applications where capacity is over 408 t/h. The idlers are optional on single bar Martin Slider Cradle designs; they are standard on all other units. The EVO Slider Cradle is attached to its frame on a sliding track, with edge support bars and centre support rollers that slide into position, making it quicker and easier to install and maintain. Manufactured to accommodate belt width sizes of 915 mm for single bar models and 1,066-1,524 mm for double bar designs, operators simply pull the cradle away from the frame to perform maintenance on idlers and sidebars. It can be ordered to suit any CEMA standard trough angle. The Martin Slider Cradle features adjustable sidebars to fit any CEMA standard troughing angle, eliminating pinch points where material gets entrapped. The unit is available in sizes ranging from 457-1,829 mm. Easily serviced with hand tools, a single worker can adjust and replace components quickly during scheduled downtime. “Our customers who have chosen to install slider cradles tell us that they notice a considerable reduction in fugitive material around transfer points,” Marshall concluded. “They have seen less spillage and spent less labor time for cleanup around moving conveyor equipment, helping to reduce the chance of workplace injuries.”