Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Bucks look to make it six in a row over PacersWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks have beaten Indiana five straight times – and they’ll try to make it six tonight at the Bradley Center.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have beaten Indiana five straight times – and they’ll try to make it six tonight at the Bradley Center.
The Pacers are coming a 124-100 rout of Toronto on Monday night. It gave Indiana its 10th victory of the season – which the Pacers didn’t get until January second a year ago. Third-year pro Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 against the Raptors. Danny Granger leads the Pacers with just over 21 a game. Meanwhile, the Bucks have only shot 38-percent in their last nine games – and they’ve lost eight-of-their-last-10 overall. They’re coming off a 10-point home loss to Miami on Monday night. The Bucks are 7-13. Andrew Bogut has had two straight double-doubles since returning from back spasms on Saturday night. He had 11 points and 13 rebounds against the Heat.
The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team will host Duquesne tonight. The Phoenix are 4-4 in coach Brian Wardle’s first season. They split a pair of Horizon League contests last week, and they’re coming off a victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night. Despite being .500, Green Bay was 99th in this week’s RPI Rankings. They’ll face a Duquesne squad that’s 3-3. The Dukes are coming off a four-point loss at Penn State last Saturday. And Duquesne leads the nation in three-pointers made, with just over 11 per game. Green Bay will again be without starting power forward Jarvis Williams, who has missed six games with a sprained ankle suffered November 17th against Marquette.
Conference play resumes tonight in the WIAC. In men’s action, fourth-ranked UW-Stevens Point is at home against Whitewater. Eau Claire plays at River Falls. Oshkosh hosts Platteville. Stout is at La Crosse. And Superior has a non-conference men’s-and-women’s double-header at Northwestern of Minnesota. Double-headers are also the rule in the Midwest Conference for tonight. Saint Norbert plays at Beloit, and Ripon is at Carroll. The Saint Norbert men are ranked sixth in Division-Three. In the Northern Athletics Conference, three men’s games are scheduled. Concordia-Mequon hosts Marian. Lakeland travels to Madison Edgewood. And Milwaukee Engineering is at Aurora. In WIAC women’s contests, number-15 Whitewater hosts 18th-ranked Stevens Point. Number-20 La Crosse plays at Stout. 25th-ranked River Falls is at Eau Claire. And Platteville hosts Oshkosh. Carthage, which is ranked fifth, travels to Calvin College. And Lawrence of Appleton will play Southeastern at a women’s tournament in Lakeland Florida.
The Milwaukee Admirals will play at Grand Rapids tonight. The Admirals are 2-and-1 against the Griffins this season, and all three victories came on the opponents’ ice. Grand Rapids won at the Bradley Center by three goals last Friday night. Milwaukee is 13-7-1-4, and it has 19 points in road games – the third-largest in the league. The Admirals have won three-of-their-last-four overall. Grand Rapids is 10-10-1-4, with the third-lowest point total in the Western Conference. The Griffins have won just two-of-their-last-10 contests.
Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer has been named the Big Ten’s female swimmer-of-the-week. She has the nation’s fastest time in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:51:39. That came last weekend at the Texas Invitational, and it set a new UW record. She also won the 100-yard backstroke at Texas, and helped the Badgers take third in the 400-medley relay.
A former All-American volleyball and track athlete at UW-Oshkosh has died from injuries suffered in a traffic crash last weekend. 40-year-old Amy Cayemberg was removed from life support yesterday at a hospital in Neenah. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband – and it collided with another vehicle last Saturday on Highway 10 in Calumet County. Authorities continue to investigate the crash. Cayemberg graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1988, and later went on to be a 10-time All-American at Oshkosh in both volleyball and the high-jump. She was inducted into the Oshkosh Hall-of-Fame five years ago. Cayemberg also coached volleyball at Manitowoc Roncalli High School from 2002-through-’05.
Former Milwaukee Bucks’ coach George Karl will try again tonight to earn his one-thousandth NBA coaching victory. He’ll lead the Denver Nuggets into Boston for a battle against the Celtics. Karl’s first effort to get a-thousand wins failed last night at Charlotte, where the Nuggets lost 100-98. It won’t get any easier for him tonight, since the Celtics are on a seven-game winning streak. This is Karl’s seventh year at Denver, after he coached in Milwaukee for five seasons. 205 of his victories came with the Bucks. The 59-year-old Karl is in his 23rd season as an NBA coach.
The UW-Milwaukee women’s basketball team will open a four-game road swing at Michigan State tonight. The Panthers hope to even their 2-3 record – but they’ll have to end the Spartans’ five-game winning streak to do it. Michigan State is ranked 15th by the AP with a record of 7-1. Their only loss came against second-ranked Baylor. Kalisha Keane leads the Spartans in scoring with just under 20 points a game. Lindsay Laur became the 10th player in UW-Milwaukee history to get a-thousand career points and 500 rebounds, when she scored 19 in a home loss to Northern Iowa last Saturday.
Jake Kalinowski of UW-Milwaukee is the men’s swimmer-of-the-week in the Horizon League. And Emily McClellan of UWM is the top female swimmer. Kalinowski, a senior, had his best times of the season in the 50, 100, and 200-yard freestyle events. His highest finish was third at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational. McClellan, a freshman, had season-bests in the 100-and-200 breast-strokes at the Iowa event. Her best finish was second. Matt DiMasso and Kacey Cummings, both of Cleveland State, won the league honors in diving.