WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Marquette on a winning streak after beating Seton Hall
The Marquette men's basketball team has won two straight games for the first time since mid-December, after winning at Seton Hall last night 77-to-66. The Golden Eagles led by one at halftime. The Pirates jumped out in front by six midway through the second half, before Marquette went on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Jamil Wilson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Marquette. Davante Gardner added 16 points and six boards, as the Eagles improved to 6-and-5 in the Big East and 14-and-10 overall. Marquette made 30-of-34 from the free throw line, and had a 32-to-19 rebounding edge. Brian Oliver scored 15 for Seton Hall, which fell to 4-and-7 in the league and 13-and-11 overall. Marquette hosts Xavier on Saturday.
The Marquette women won at Providence, 71-to-60. Arlesia Morse made four throws in the final minute to seal the Golden Eagles' victory -- and in doing so, she became the 24th Marquette player to score a-thousand career points. Morse, a junior, led the Eagles in scoring with 18 points. Katherine Plouffe added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Marquette led by three at the break and never trailed in the second half. Tori Rule scored 21 for Providence, which fell to 1-and-12 in the Big East and 6-and-18 overall. Marquette is now 7-and-5 in the conference and 16-and-7 overall. They'll play Xavier at home on Saturday. Tonight, the Wisconsin women will entertain Minnesota.
At the Sochi Olympics, the U-S men's curling squad won its first match early today, 9-to-5 over Denmark in round-robin competiton. The Americans are now 1-and-2, and alternative Craig Brown of Madison has not seen any action yet. The U-S men lost to China 9-to-4 earlier yesterday. They'll play Great Britain tomorrow. Brown's sister Erika and the U-S women were playing China in a round-robin match this morning. Debbie McCormick of Rio is part of the squad, and U-W Oshkosh grad Allison Pottinger is an alternate. Also this morning, the U-S women's hockey team plays its final preliminary round game against Canada. Madison native Amanda Kessel scored two goals in a 9-nothing rout of Switzerland on Monday. Ex-Badgers Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, and Jessie Vetter have seen lots of action -- along with former Badger Meghan Mikkelson Reid for Team Canada. In speed-skating, Shani Davis and Brian Hansen -- who both train at Milwaukee -- will go for the gold in the one-thousand-meter men's speed-skating event.
The Milwaukee Bucks will limp into the All-Star break after hosting the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. Only seven players were available for practice yesterday due to a host of injuries and illnesses. Coach Larry Drew says he may only have two healthy big men available -- centers Zaza Pachulia and Miroslav Raduljica. As Drew put it, "Chances are we will be playing a lot of small ball ... That's all I have." Power forward Ersan Ilyasova is questionable for tonight as he keeps dealing with back spasms. Forward-center John Henson joined the injury list on Monday night, injuring his right foot in the Bucks' home loss to Boston. Center Epke Udoh, who had just returned from the injury list on Monday, is out again after spraining a left ankle. The Bucks, with the N-B-A's worst record at 9-and-42, are expected to start two rookie and a second-year pro tonight. In 51 games, the Bucks have lost a total of 188 player games due to injuries.
Black River Falls native Jack Taylor has again made the national Division-Three men's basketball Team-of-the-Week from D-Three-Hoops-Dot-Com. The Grinnell junior guard scored 40 points against Knox College and 29 against Beloit last weekend. Taylor has scored one-thousand-46 points in just 31 games since transferring to Grinnell from U-W La Crosse. Almost a quarter of those points came in two games in which he scored over 100 -- including his college-record 138-point performance just over a season ago.
The Green Bay Packers have released offensive lineman Greg Van Roten. The team did not announce the move, but it was listed on the N-F-L's transaction wire yesterday -- and Van Roten and his agent later confirmed it. He played two seasons with Green Bay after being signed out of Penn in 2012. Van Roten played in nine games in his rookie season. Last year, he was on special teams for three games before being placed on injured reserve in mid-October with a foot injury.
Beloit College has a new football coach. Seth Duerr replaces Chris Brann, who resigned after eight seasons. Duerr has been at Tiffin University the past two years as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Before that, he spent seven years running the defense at Wooster.