State Basketball Roundup: Michigan St. extends winning streak over Wisconsin to fiveWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin was eliminated from the Big Ten men’s basketball title chase last night, after losing at Michigan State 58-43.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Wisconsin was eliminated from the Big Ten men’s basketball title chase last night, after losing at Michigan State 58-43.
The 22nd-ranked Badgers shot just over 29-percent – their lowest since 1999 – as they dropped to fifth place in the conference at 11-6 with only one game left. 10th-ranked Michigan State pulled away with a 16-0 run early in the second half. Wisconsin committed 17 turnovers – almost double its season average of almost nine-and-a-half, which led the nation. The Badgers did not have a scorer in double figures until 1:22 left, when Ben Brust made two free throws. He had 10. Keith Appling scored all but five of his 19 points after the break, to help Michigan State move into a three-way tie for second place, one game behind front-running Indiana. The Spartans are now 12-5 in the Big Ten, and 23-7 overall. Badgers’ coach Bo Ryan has now lost five straight to Michigan State. Stats LLC says it’s his longest losing streak to a single team since he took over at Wisconsin 12 seasons ago. The Badgers are now 20-10 overall, and will close out their regular season at Penn State on Sunday.
The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team upset Illinois 58-57 yesterday in the first round of their Big Ten Tournament near Chicago. Morgan Paige made two free throws with three seconds left, to give the 11th-seeded Badgers their victory. Number-six Illinois came back from 10 points down to go up by three with 3:42 left, but they couldn’t hold on. Wisconsin made all 21 of its free throws. Paige went 10-for-10 from the line. She scored 18 on the afternoon, and Jacki Gulczynski added 15. The Badgers out-rebounded Illinois 41-29. Cassie Rochel pulled down 13 boards and scored 10 for Wisconsin, which improved to 12-18. Ivory Crawford scored 14 for the Illini, which dropped to 16-13. The Badgers will play Purdue this afternoon in the quarterfinals. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.
The UW-Green Bay women won their 20th straight game last night, 63-37 at home over Loyola of Chicago. The 20th-ranked Phoenix jumped out by 10 points early. They led by 13 at the break, and then opened the second half with a 17-3 run to go up by 27. The Ramblers only shot 29-percent, as they fell to 1-28 lifetime against nationally-ranked teams. Megan Lukan scored 19 for Green Bay, which improved to 15-0 in the Horizon League and 25-2 overall. Simone Law had nine points and nine rebounds for Loyola, which ended a seven-game winning streak and dropped to 9-6 in the conference and 14-14 overall. Green Bay plays at UW-Milwaukee tomorrow.
The UW-Milwaukee women ended four straight losses to Illinois-Chicago with a 72-63 home victory last night. The Panthers led by seven at the half, and as many as 13 after that. Milwaukee shot 44-percent, while out-rebounding the Flames 39-33. Ashley Green had 18 points and seven rebounds, as UWM improved to 5-10 in the Horizon League and 9-18 overall. Rachel Story scored 20 for Illinois-Chicago, which dropped to 5-10 in the conference and 9-19 overall. Milwaukee will close out its regular season tomorrow by hosting Green Bay.
Today, the Marquette women will open their Big East Tournament play against Pittsburgh. The Green Bay men will face Illinois-Chicago in the second round of the Horizon League tourney. And the UW- Parkside women play Quincy tonight in the Great Lakes Valley quarter-finals.
In the Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament…
UW-Parkside 65, Kentucky Wesleyan 56