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-- The Marquette University women’s basketball team topped Louisville 76-65 last night at the McGuire Center.
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s basketball team topped Louisville 76-65 last night at the McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 12-nothing lead, and never trailed after that. They shot 67-percent in the first half, and were up by 12 at the intermission. Louisville got to within four with three-and-a-half minutes left, but Marquette made 12 free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory. Senior guard Tatiyiana McMorris scored a career-high 21 for the Eagles. Shoni Schimmel had 25 for Louisville, which dropped to 4-3 in the Big East and 13-8 overall. Marquette improved to 4-3 in the league and 16-4 overall. They’ll play at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Aaron Rodgers denies rumors that he suffered another concussion in last Sunday’s NFC Championship victory at Chicago. The Green Bay quarterback says he’s fine after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit by Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers. Rodgers has been using a special shock-absorbing helmet after he suffered his second concussion of the season at Detroit a month-and-a-half ago. He said the new helmet probably helped him avoid an injury. Rodgers also said he was disappointed that fellow NFL players questioned the toughness of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler. Some present and former players joined fans and reporters in questioning Cutler’s motives after he left Sunday’s game in the third quarter with a knee injury. It turned out that he sprained a knee ligament – and there was a report that he stayed in the game, he could have torn an ACL. Rodgers and Cutler are long-time friends, after Cutler helped Rodgers’ younger brother get settled at Vanderbilt. Rodgers called the criticism disrespectful.
Both the Packers and Pittsburgh released injury reports yesterday, as required by the NFL in advance of Super Bowl-45 on February sixth. The Packers listed seven players including receiver Greg Jennings with a knee problem, back-up center-and-guard Jason Spitz with a calf injury, tackle Chad Clifton with a bad neck. Four linebackers are on the injury report – A.J. Hawk and Frank Zombo with bad knees, and Erik Walden and Desmond Bishop with ankle injuries. The Steelers also have seven players on their injury report. The most talk has been about center Maurkice Pouncey with a bad ankle. He says he’ll be ready to play a week from Sunday. Also, safety Troy Polamalu has an injured Achilles’ tendon. The other Pittsburgh players on the injury list are safety Will Allen, corner Bryant McFadden, receiver Emmanuel Sanders, defensive end Aaron Smith, and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott.
In men’s college basketball…
UW-River Falls 62, UW-Superior 59
UW-Stevens Point 85, UW-Whitewater 59
UW-Oshkosh 83, UW-Eau Claire 58
UW-Stout 98, UW-La Crosse 93
Saint Norbert 73, Lawrence 52
Ripon 86, Beloit 71
Concordia-Mequon 82, Wisconsin Lutheran 65
Edgewood College 78, Marian 62
Milwaukee School of Engineering 64, Benedictine 60
Carthage 69, North Park 50
In women’s college basketball…
Marquette 76, Louisville 65
UW-Stevens Point 66, UW-Whitewater 47
UW-La Crosse 82, UW-Stout 36
UW-Oshkosh 62, UW-Eau Claire 53
UW-Superior 49, UW-River Falls 43
Saint Norbert 76, Lawrence 41
Beloit 54, Ripon 42
In boys’ high school basketball…
Milwaukee Messmer 55, Kenosha Saint Joseph 45
In girls’ high school basketball…
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 55, Milwaukee Washington 45
Milwaukee Pulaski 38, Milwaukee Reagan 35
Milwaukee South 46, Milwaukee North 28
Racine St. Catherine’s 68, Burlington Catholic Central 57
University School of Milwaukee 38, Milwaukee Saint John Antida 21