Afternoon State Sports Briefs: WIAC names Athletes of the WeekWisconsin Sports
-- Quardell Young of UW-Whitewater and Katie Kitzke of Oshkosh are the men’s-and-women’s basketball players of the week in the WIAC.
Quardell Young of UW-Whitewater and Katie Kitzke of Oshkosh are the men’s-and-women’s basketball players of the week in the WIAC.
Young, a sophomore guard, scored 18 points in the Warhawks’ victory over Platteville, and 17 in a win over Superior. He shot 72-percent from the floor with 10 total assists. Kitzke, a senior guard, made a 27-foot shot with three seconds left to give Oshkosh an upset win over then-16th-ranked Stevens Point. And Kitzke made five free throws in the final 47 seconds to seal a victory over River Falls.
The WIAC also recognized Jordan Singer of Eau Claire in men’s hockey – Thurgood Dennis of Eau Claire in men’s indoor track – Chas Spanbenberg of Platteville in men’s field events – and Roland Dunlap of Whitewater in wrestling.
The final regular season home game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be played on Sunday, March 3rd against Purdue. The game was set for either Saturday or Sunday, depending on what the TV networks were planning to show. ESPN will carry the Badger-Purdue contest at noon that Sunday. Five Wisconsin seniors will be honored that day – Mike Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren, Ryan Evans, J.D. Wise, and Dan Fahey.
Most men’s-and-women’s basketball teams in the Midwest Conference have two regular season games left – and there’s a full schedule tonight. Grinnell and Saint Norbert are tied for the men’s lead at 13-3, and both have already qualified for next week’s conference tournament. Cornell has clinched the Midwest women’s crown. There are three men’s-and-women’s double-headers tonight involving Wisconsin teams. Lawrence plays at Lake Forest. Saint Norbert hosts Ripon College. And Carroll is at Beloit. In other games tonight, Finlandia plays Northland International of Dunbar in a men’s-and-women’s twin bill.
Devon Gorman of Alverno College in Milwaukee has been named the women’s basketball player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Conference. Gorman, a junior forward, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds to help her team go 3-0 last week. She hit 77-percent of her shots from the floor, and 90-percent from the free throw line. Luke Johnson of Benedictine won the weekly men’s basketball honors. Also, Mary Erickson of Wisconsin Lutheran is the women’s indoor track athlete-of-the-week. Erickson, a sophomore, won the mile and the three-thousand meters at last weekend’s UW-Platteville Invite. She set a new Wisconsin Lutheran record for the indoor mile at 5:15.27.