Morning State Sports Roundup: Badger women's hoops remain winless in Big Ten playWisconsin Sports
-- The Wisconsin women’s basketball team fell to 0-4 in Big Ten play, after losing at Michigan yesterday 54-43.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team fell to 0-4 in Big Ten play, after losing at Michigan yesterday 54-43.
The Badgers were out-shot 38-to 35-percent, and the 43 points represented the third-lowest scoring output for Wisconsin this season. Wisconsin scored the first nine points of the game and led by two at the break – but the Wolverines took the lead for good with 13:45 left. Michigan jumped ahead by nine with about seven minutes to go. Wisconsin got within four twice down the stretch, but could not get closer. Jacki Gulczynski led the Badgers with 13 points. Jenny Ryan led Michigan with 19 points, and she committed six of her team’s 14 turnovers. Wisconsin made 17 miscues, and had the ball stolen 10 times. Michigan improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten and 14-2 overall. The Badgers are now 8-9 overall, and will play at eighth-ranked Penn State on Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Admirals lost a 3-2 shoot-out to Peoria last evening at the Bradley Center. The Admirals were held scoreless in the shootout, while Phil McRae and Sergey Andronov scored in the first-and-fourth rounds to give Peoria the victory. Ben Ryan and Taylor Beck scored in regulation for the Admirals. Coach Dean Evason said the Admirals were fortunate to gain one point in the standings, despite the losses of two players. Defenseman Mike Moore sat out due to contract issues which popped up after the NHL lockout ended on Saturday. And defenseman Joonas Jarvinen left in the second period after a puck hit him in the face. Milwaukee now has 40 points, tied for second with Rockford in the American Hockey League’s Midwest Division. Fifth-place Peoria has 38 points. Grand Rapids still leads the division with 46.
Three Milwaukee Brewers will play for their native Canada at the World Baseball Classic in March. Relievers John Axford and Jim Henderson were named to the Canadian roster over the weekend, along with infielder Taylor Green. That means five players on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster have committed to the world tournament. Outfielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy will be on Team USA. Only eight players can be designated from a Major League team’s roster – and that means three Brewers can still be chosen, and there are four possibilities. Starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada are expected to be named to Mexico’s team. Brewers’ outfielder Carlos Gomez is a candidate for the Dominican Republic squad. And catcher Martin Maldonado could join Puerto Rico. The players in the World tournament could miss up to three weeks of Spring Training – and the Brewers are giving plenty of others a chance to show their stuff in the exhibition games. Milwaukee has invited 18 non-roster players to their spring camp in Phoenix.
The University of Wisconsin wrestling team has won four straight dual meets, after coming from behind yesterday to beat Michigan 19-16 in Madison. The 11th-ranked Wolverines had a six-point lead with three matches to go. But Scott Liegel, Jackson Hein, and Connor Medbery all won to give Wisconsin its victory. Medbery capped it off with a 6-2 decision at heavyweight. The 22nd-ranked Badgers are now 3-0 in the Big Ten and 6-2 overall. They face stiff tests next weekend as they are at No. 1 ranked Penn State Friday and at No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday.
A 13-year-old New London boy was among the national champions in the NFL's Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. Jeff Noffke won the competition for 12-to-13-year-old boys on Saturday in Atlanta. He and the other winners were honored on national T-V after the third quarter of the Atlanta-Seattle playoff game yesterday. Noffke was one of three youngsters representing the Packers, after winning their age divisions in Green Bay's competition last month.