WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wisconsin men's hoops roll over Bowling Green
Every Wisconsin starter scored in double-figures last night, as the Badger men's basketball team pounded Bowling Green 88-64 in Madison. Ben Brust led the way with 19 points. Frank Kaminsky, who scored 43 on Tuesday night, had 14 last evening along with Sam Dekker. Traevon Jackson had 13 points, and Josh Gasser 11 as the Badgers improved to 5-and-0. Brust has now scored at least two three-pointers in five straight games, and 22-of-23 dating back to last season. The Badgers ended the first half on a 21-to-6 run. They were up by 16 at the break, and they maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. Spencer Parker led Bowling Green with 17 points, as the Falcons dropped to 1-and-2. The 12th-ranked Badgers played their first game in the Cancun Challenge, which continues tomorrow at home against Oral Roberts. Their final two games will be played next week in Mexico.
The Marquette men just got by New Hampshire last night, 58-53 in Milwaukee. Golden Eagles' coach Buzz Williams was not happy about his team's effort, saying quote, "There has been a disconnect in how we function." Marquette only shot 33-percent, and was 3-of-22 from three-point range. The Eagles were up by 11 early in the second half. New Hampshire then kept battling until the very end. The margin was four in the closing seconds, when Jamil Wilson made a free throw to seal Marquette's victory. Chris Otule and Todd Mayo both had 16 points for the Eagles, who improved to 3-and-1. Patrick Konan scored 14 for New Hampshire, which fell to 2-and-2. Marquette's next game is on Monday night at Arizona State.
The Marquette women are 4-and-0 for the first time in three years, after beating Central Michigan at home last night 84-to-72. The Golden Eagles led by two at halftime, and were up by as many as 13 in the second half. The Chippewas later got to within four, but could not get any closer. Katherine Plouffe had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Marquette. Crystal Bradford scored 22 for Central Michigan, who dropped to 1-and-2. The Golden Eagles will host Duke on Sunday.
The Wisconsin women lost their first game last night, 70-62 at Alabama. The Badgers led by as many as 13 in the first half, before Alabama scored eight straight to cut the deficit to five at halftime. In the second half, Wisconsin didn't score for almost the first seven minutes while Alabama took the lead. The Crimson Tide was up by as much as nine before the Badgers battled back. But Wisconsin got to within two before Alabama pulled away. Morgan Paige scored 28 for the Badgers, who are now 3-and-1. Ashley Williams had 18 points and eight rebounds for Alabama, which won its first game of the season after losing three straight. The Badgers' next game is a week from tonight against Mercer at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament in Nashville.
Milwaukee Bucks' point guard Brandon Knight could return to action tonight, when the Bucks play the 76'ers in Philadelphia. Knight has been out for 10 days with a nagging injury to his right hamstring suffered in Milwaukee's season opener at New York. He returned to play against Dallas and Miami before he was shut down again. Knight made the trip to Philly, and he'll be checked out today to see if he can play. He says it's been draining to see the Bucks struggle. They've lost six straight games, and they have the worst record in the N-B-A's Eastern Conference at 2-8 -- due mainly to a rash of injuries. The 21-year-old Knight was expected to provide a spark for the Bucks, after he arrived from Detroit in the trade that sent Brandon Jennings to the Pistons. Rookie Nate Wolters has started seven games in Knight's absence.
The Green Bay Packers practiced with only four healthy corners yesterday, as they get ready to host Minnesota on Sunday. Rookie Micah Hyde sat out with a groin problem, but he expects to be back on the field today. Sam Shields and Casey Hayward continued to sit out with hamstring injuries, and James Nixon missed practice with a bad knee. Practice squad corner Jumal Rolle took a lot of snaps, but he has not been called up to the 53-man roster. None of the Packers' other injured players returned to the field yesterday. Meanwhile, linebacker Clay Matthews tells E-S-P-N that a 15-thousand-dollar fine for his out-of-bounds hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Week-One was cut in half after he appealed it. Matthews also said the league withdrew a 15-thousand-750-dollar fine for roughing the passer in the loss to Philadelphia two weeks ago.
Redshirt freshman Dan Voltz will make his third start at center for Wisconsin, when the Badgers play at Minnesota tomorrow. Redshirt junior Dallas Lewallen could fill in if necessary. He practiced this week, after missing two-plus games with a leg injury suffered against Iowa. Coach Gary Andersen said Lewallen put in more work yesterday. Both the Badgers and Gophers are 8-and-2 overall. Wisconsin is 5-and-1 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is 4-and-2.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team edged U-W Milwaukee 1-to-nothing in Madison last night, in the first round of the N-C-A-A Tournament. Chris Prince scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute, as the Badgers extended their home unbeaten streak to 14. Wisconsin improved to 14-4-and-2, and will play at Notre Dame on Sunday in the Round-of-32. Milwaukee snapped a five-match winning streak that included four straight shutouts. The Panthers end their season at 15-3-and-2. Also on Sunday, Marquette opens its N-C-A-A Tournament run with a home match against Akron. The Golden Eagles received the ninth-seed in its bracket, with a first-round bye.
U-W Stevens Point advanced to the semi-finals of the N-C-A-A Division-Three women's volleyball tournament with a 3-nothing shut-out of the host team Hope College in last night's quarter-finals. The Pointers won their 24th consecutive match and improved to 35-and-4. Emma Brunkhorst had 13 kills and a .591 hitting percentage for the Pointers, who will face third-ranked Cal Lutheran in tonight's semi-finals in Holland Michigan.