Morning State Sports Briefs: Prices going up at UWWisconsin Sports
-- The best seats in the house will cost more next year for University of Wisconsin men’s basketball and football games.
MADISON - The best seats in the house will cost more next year for University of Wisconsin men’s basketball and football games.
The UW-Madison Athletic Board unanimously approved an increase in the annual fee for season-ticket holders. The seats with the lowest premiums will not change. Others will have increases of up to $150 for both sports. Also, the board okayed a two-dollar price hike for men’s hockey tickets starting next season. The extra revenue will help pay for a new athletic performance center, and a new practice facility for men’s-and-women’s hockey. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said the priority seating fee hikes were the first since 2001 at Camp Randall Stadium, and the first since the Kohl Center opened in 1998. He said the new fees remain a bargain compared to similar charges at other schools in the Big Ten and throughout the nation. Alvarez has also commented that UW's athletic facilities for football, sports training and hockey have fallen behind those of its Big Ten competition.
The UW-Milwaukee women's basketball team beat Chicago State on the road last night, 82-69. Courtney Lindfors had 35 points and 13 rebounds in only her second collegiate game, and she set a new single-game scoring record for Milwaukee freshmen. The Panthers led by two with seven minutes left when they pulled away with a 10-0 run. Lindfors was one of four Milwaukee players in double figures, as the Panthers scored 53 points in the second half and shot 54-percent for the game. Courtney Waldon had 25 points for Chicago State, including five three-pointers. The Cougars dropped to 0-2. UW-Milwaukee is now 1-1 after dropping its season opener to ninth-ranked Oklahoma. The Panthers will play Minnesota on Saturday at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis.
Ryan Luessenhide and Chad Blair of UW-River Falls, and Peter Peterson of Stevens Point are the WIAC’s football players-of-the-week. Luessenhide, a senior quarterback, broke two River Falls records when he threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns in his final game – a 45-42 win at Eau Claire. Blair, a sophomore kicker, made all six of his extra point attempts in that game plus a 28-yard field goal. Petersen, a senior linebacker, had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in a 45-to-24 win over Platteville. The WIAC also recognized Ross Janecyk of Eau Claire in hockey, Corey Groshens and Casey Preissel of Eau Claire in swimming, Phil Devine of Oshkosh and Maggie Klabunde of River Falls in diving, and Adam Latella of Whitewater in wrestling.