WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: MU moves to semis of Wooden Legacy
ANAHEIM, Calf. - The Marquette University men's basketball team will play undefeated George Washington this afternoon in the semi-finals of the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Orange County, California. The 25th-ranked Golden Eagles crushed Cal State-Fullerton 86-66 in yesterday's quarterfinals.
Golden Eagles' senior Wilson put on a career performance with 24 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Marquette is now 4-2, and will face a George Washington team that's 5-0. GW beat Miami 71-63 in overtime in their tournament opener. Five Washington players scored in double-figures in that game. GW forward John Kopriva is from Milwaukee, where he graduated from Marquette High School. George Washington is seeking its first victory over a ranked team since beating 21st-ranked Maryland in December of 2005.
Also tonight, the UW-Green Bay men are playing Harvard at the Great Alaska Shoot-out in Anchorage. The Phoenix improved to 3-1 after beating Pepperdine in last night's quarter-finals, 97-89. Keifer Sykes had 23 for UWGB. Harvard is now 5-1 after beating Denver last night, 68-60 with a plus-15 edge in rebounds. Steve Moundou-Missi scored 20 for Harvard.
Wisconsin could be playing for a BCS at-large bowl bid tomorrow, when it hosts Penn State in their regular season finale. One of the keys for the 14th-ranked Badgers could be to contain Nittany Lions' running back Zach Zwinak. He ran for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown a year ago, when Penn State beat the Badgers in overtime at Happy Valley. Senior safety Dezmen Southward said he doesn't remember too many players running on Wisconsin like that. This year, Zwinak is splitting carries with Bill Belton -- but Zwinak still leads Penn State with 874 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Badgers' rushing defense is the seventh-best in the nation, giving up 99 yards a game. Wisconsin has won six straight, with a 1 Big Ten record and a 9-2 overall mark. Penn State comes in a 3-and-4 in the league and 6-5 overall.
UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville are gearing up for their second-round games tomorrow in the NCAA Division III football playoffs. The Warhawks, ranked fifth by D3footbasll.com, hosts No. 20 Franklin College of Indiana. Seventh-ranked Platteville travels to No. 4 North Central of suburban Chicago. The winners will advance to the Elite Eight round next weekend. Whitewater improved to 11-0 after a 31-7 home victory over Saint Norbert in last Saturday's first round. The Warhawks will play a Franklin team that's 8-3, coming off a seven-point win over Washington University of Saint Louis. Platteville won its playoff opener 54-20 over Concordia-Wisconsin last Saturday. Pioneers' quarterback John Kelly threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns in that game. North Central crushed Albion 63-to-7 last week. The Cardinals rushed for 372 yards.
The UW-Milwaukee women's basketball team is playing Lamar University this afternoon at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces New Mexico. UWM is 1-3, after a 14-point loss at New Mexico on Tuesday night. Angela Rodriguez led the Panthers in that game with 21 points and a career-high-tying seven rebounds. Lamar is 3-3, after a three-point loss to SMU on Monday. Dominique Edwards leads Lamar in scoring with almost 18 points a game. Milwaukee will play New Mexico State in the Aggie Hotel tournament on Saturday.
Tonight, the UW-Green Bay women will take on William-and-Mary at the Maine Thanksgiving Tournament in Bangor. The Phoenix will then play either Massachusetts or the host Maine tomorrow afternoon. Green Bay is 4-1, with a three-game winning streak after a 17-point victory at Vermont last Saturday. William-and-Mary is 0-4. In other women's tournament play tonight, Wisconsin plays Mercer at Vanderbilt. And Marquette takes on Tennessee Tech in Las Vegas.
Only one game is on tonight's schedule in Wisconsin small college basketball. The UW-Stout women will play Dakota State of the NAIA in the opening game of the Stout Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot-out in Menomonie. The Blue Devils are 2-3, after falling to Saint Cloud State 83-59 last Saturday. Most of Wisconsin's Division III teams will be in action tomorrow, when a number of conference games will be played in the Midwest and Northern Athletics Collegiate conferences.
The second-ranked University of Wisconsin women's hockey team will resume WCHA play at Minnesota-Duluth tonight and tomorrow night. The Badgers are 7-2-2 in the conference and 11-2-1 overall, after beating and tying North Dakota last weekend. Unranked Duluth is 5-5-2 in the WCHA, and 7-5-2 overall. The Bulldogs beat the Russian National Team 8-0 on Tuesday night. Wisconsin goal-tender Alex Rigsby is the reigning conference defensive player-of-the-week, after saving all but one of 55 shots she faced against North Dakota. Meanwhile, the Badger men are at top-ranked Minnesota in their inaugural Big Ten Conference series this afternoon and tomorrow.