Morning State Sports Briefs: UWGB women win first tourney gameWisconsin Sports
-- The UW-Green Bay women crushed Hartford 78-44 yesterday at the Caribbean Challenge at Cancun Mexico. The Phoenix – ranked 23rd in the national coaches’ poll – jumped out to an 18-4 lead. They were up by 27 at the break, and they opened the second half with an 8-0 run.
CANCUN, Mexico - The UW-Green Bay women crushed Hartford 78-44 yesterday at the Caribbean Challenge at Cancun Mexico. The Phoenix – ranked 23rd in the national coaches’ poll – jumped out to an 18-to-4 lead. They were up by 27 at the break, and they opened the second half with an 8-0 run.
Green Bay was out-rebounded in the first half – but they forced 19 turnovers and scored 24 points off those mistakes. The Phoenix scored 28 points in the paint in the first 20 minutes. And they shot 49-percent for the game. Three Green Bay players scored in double figures, led by Kayla Tetschlag with 16. Ilicia Mathis scored 15 for Hartford, which fell to 1-and-4. Green Bay is now 4-0, and will play unbeaten Penn State this afternoon in Cancun.
The Milwaukee Bucks will play the Detroit Pistons tonight in Auburn Hills Michigan. And general manager John Hammond says the big question is whether the team can fight through its adversity. The Bucks have been plagued by key injuries, a lack of shooting, and a failure to win close games. They’re 5-9. They’ve lost four straight. And they dropped their last two games by a total of three points. Former Buck Mo Williams hit a buzzer-beater on Wednesday night as Cleveland edged Milwaukee by two. Detroit is also off to a slow start at 5-10. The Pistons got crushed at Memphis on Wednesday night, after giving up 33 points in the third quarter. Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut is not expected to start tonight, as he continues to recover from back spasms. Forward Carlos Delfino is at least two weeks away from returning, after having symptoms of a concussion. Shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts remains out indefinitely after being poked in his right eye at practice a few weeks ago.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will try to end a four-game losing streak tonight, when it hosts Michigan in the College Hockey Showcase. The Wolverines have won three straight, and they come in at 8-3-3. Wisconsin is 6-6-2 overall, and they haven’t won since November fifth when they blanked Minnesota 6-0. The Badgers are coming off a pair of overtime losses to top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. Wisconsin will also host Michigan State tomorrow night in the hockey showcase.
Also, the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s team will host Minnesota-Duluth this afternoon and Sunday afternoon. The Badgers are coming off a pair of 7-1 victories at Robert Morris last weekend. They’re 7-1 in the WCHA and 11-1 overall.