WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kaminsky breaks a school record in points as Badgers men's hoops beat UND
Frank Kaminsky had a school-record 43 points last night, as the Wisconsin men's basketball team beat North Dakota 103-to-85 in Madison. Kaminsky, a junior forward, made 16-of-19 from the floor. He went 6-for-6 from three-point range and hit 5-of-6 free throws as he broke the Wisconsin record of 42 points set by Michael Finley in 1994 and Ken Barnes in 1965. It almost didn't happen. Coach Bo Ryan pulled Kaminsky with 4:37 left with the Badgers up by 16 -- and the student section booed. Several players encouraged Ryan to put Kaminsky back in for one more possession -- and only then did the coach realize Kaminsky was close to a record. Ryan said he allowed it because his father got upset when Ryan's college coach robbed him of the chance to set a scoring record when he played. The 12th-ranked Badgers shot 59-percent as they improved to 4-and-0 on the young season. Wisconsin was up by 10 at the half, and 17 with just over 10 minutes to play. Sam Dekker added 19 points, as the Badgers went above the 100-mark for the first time since 1995. Milwaukee native Troy Huff scored a career-high 37 for North Dakota. All but 11 of those points came in the first half. North Dakota dropped to 1-and-1. The Badgers will host Bowling Green tomorrow night.
The U-W Milwaukee men lost their home opener last night, 80-to-71 to Big East opponent DePaul. The Panthers ended a four-game winning streak -- and fatigue was part of the problem, as they were playing their fourth game in five days. This one was tied at 32 at the break. DePaul scored the first five points of the second half. The Blue Demons led by 14 with a little over seven minutes left. Milwaukee got to within six with a minute left, but could get no closer. Cleveland Melvin scored 20 points to give DePaul its first road win of the season and an overall mark of 3-and-1. Matt Tiby had 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for U-W Milwaukee, which fell to 4-and-2. The Panthers will play at Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will both start practicing today for their Sunday contest at Lambeau Field. It's likely that each team considers the other vulnerable. The Packers have dropped three straight -- and the offense, defense, and special teams have all shown their weaknesses in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Minnesota is 2-and-8, with the uncertainty of who will start at quarterback every week. The Vikings have the N-F-L's fourth-lowest team passer rating at 72-point-five. They have not announced whether Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, or Josh Freeman will start against the Pack on Sunday. The Packers will definitely be the hungrier team, as they're fighting for their playoff lives. At 5-and-5, they're one of 10 teams at .500 or better vying for the N-F-C's six post-season spots. Green Bay's avenue to the playoffs appears to be in the N-F-C North, where they remain just a game behind co-leaders Detroit and Chicago -- and they still play both those teams once more. Scott Tolzien will make his second straight start at quarterback for Green Bay.
Milwaukee Brewers' free-agent Corey Hart says four teams have shown an interest in signing him -- the Brewers, Boston, Colorado, and Tampa Bay. Hart told MLB Network Radio yesterday that nothing will happen until after he gets a medical clearance to return. He expects that to happen on December third. The 31-year-old Hart missed all of the 2013 season after having surgery on both knees. He said he has talked with the Brewers -- and while he'd like to return, Hart says anything can happen. Hart said he lost 20 pounds during his rehab -- and if necessary, he could return to the outfield after playing at first base for the Crew in 2012. Hart made 10-million-dollars this year. In September, he said he'd take less money to return to Milwaukee, his only Major League organization. However, he now says it will be a family decision.
In hockey, the Milwaukee Admirals lost a 4-to-3 overtime game to Abbotsford last night at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. Ben Street scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 1:37 left in O-T. The Admirals blew a two-goal lead in regulation. Mikka Salomaki had a goal and two assists for Milwaukee.
Anna Beckerleg of U-W Oshkosh has been named the W-I-A-C women's soccer defensive player-of-the-year. And Jenna Woodson of Whitewater received the top season honors on offense. Beckerleg, a junior defender, led an Oshkosh defense that had eight shutouts this season, with a one-point-one-five goals-against average. She also scored nine points in becoming the first Oshkosh player ever to win a player-of-the-year award. Woodson, a sophomore forward, led the W-I-A-C with 10 assists and was eighth in scoring with 16 points. Ryan Quamme of Whitewater was named the league's top coach for the second straight year. The Warhawks won both the W-I-A-C regular season and tournament crowns, on their way to their third straight N-C-A-A Division-Three tournament appearance. Woodson made her second straight all-conference team. Other repeat selections on the 22-member squad are Allie Stone and Ashley O'Connell of Eau Claire -- Jordan Myers, Sarah Sedlar, and Laren Nashleanas of Whitewater -- Sarah Eck of Platteville -- and Chelsea Kierszh of Oshkosh.
The Milwaukee Bucks will try to end a five-game losing streak tonight, when they host Portland. The Trail Blazers have won seven straight, while the Bucks have been using make-shift lineups and a short-handed bench due to injuries. It has given unknowns like Nate Wolters a chance to jump in and prove themselves. Wolters, a second-round rookie from South Dakota State, was pressed into action after point guards Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour both got hurt. Wolters has logged the second-longest minutes on the Bucks with just over 32 -- highly unusual for a second-round rookie. And he's carried himself well, with the N-B-A's second-best assist-to-turnover ratio with four-point-six. Wolters has started seven of Milwaukee's nine games. He leads the team with just over five assists a game, while averaging just over eight-and-a-half points and three-and-a-half rebounds. Wolters has had some exciting moments as well. He had a pair of steals from LeBron James, scored 14 against Boston, and had eight rebounds in a win over Cleveland. Wolters says he learns something new each game -- and he's making the most of his opportunity, because he knows he'll return to the bench once Knight and Ridnour get healthy.