WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Bucks sign Mitchell to 10-day contract
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks today signed forward Tony Mitchell to a ten-day contract. He has spent much of the last two seasons with the Bucks' Developmental League team in Fort Wayne.
The 6-6 Mitchell was the league's rookie-of-the-year last season, and he's a two-time winner of the D-League's Slam Dunk Contest. General manager John Hammond says the Bucks can use a scorer at small forward, after the team bought out Caron Butler's contract and let him go to Oklahoma City. Mitchell played in China last fall. He returned to the Fort Wayne club in January, and has averaged 19 points and five rebounds this year. He went undrafted out of college, after leaving Alabama in 2012.
The Marquette University women's basketball team will play its regular season finale tonight at Villanova. The Golden Eagles are guaranteed a first-round bye in the Big East Conference tournament that begins this weekend. Tonight's contest will determine which seed the Eagles will get. Depending on the outcome of this game and others, Marquette can be seeded anywhere from second-to-fifth. In any case, the Eagles won't play until Sunday's second round. For now, Marquette and Villanova are tied for fourth in the Big East standings, both at 11-6 in league games. 'Nova is 21-7 overall, after a two-point win at Xavier last Saturday. Devon Kane led the Wildcats with 16 points in that game. Marquette also had a two-point win on Saturday, with Creighton as the victims. Katherine Plouffe had a career-high 33 points for the Golden Eagles, who are 20-and-8 overall. Marquette is 0-1 against Villanova this season, after losing by two at home on New Year's Eve.
Sally Linzmeier has become the first from UW-Superior to be named the WIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Linzmeier, a junior guard from Valders, also made the all-conference first team for the second straight time. She leads the conference with close to 19 points and nine rebounds per game, while averaging just over three assists and three steals. Linzmeier scored in double-figures in all 28 of Superior's contests this season, with a season-high 32 against Stout. Linzmeier and Kaitlyn Thill of Whitewater are the only repeat first-team selections from a year ago. Both also made the league's all-defensive team for the third straight season. Also, Kari Carollo of UW-Whitewater was named the WIAC coach of the year. Her Warhawks went 16-0 in the regular season, with an NCAA Division III tournament berth.
Jackie Diesch of Edgewood is the softball position player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The sophomore Diesch had six hits in four games, batting .500 for the week. She had doubles, two RBI's, and five runs scored. At one point, Diesch had hits in five straight at-bats. Megan Johnson of Concordia-Chicago is the NACC pitcher-of-the-week. Also, Drew Binversie of Marian and Kristen Schulz of Wisconsin Lutheran received the league's basketball honors for their performances in their respective conference tournaments. Both are headed to the NCAA Division III men's-and-women's tourneys this weekend. Also, Russell Johnson of Concordia-Wisconsin won the league's weekly honors in men's tennis.