October 4, 2015

Badgers hoping to rebound after Big Ten opening loss

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Wisconsin Badger coaches and players say they did it last year and they can do it again.  Dropping the season opener against Northwestern didn’t stop Wisconsin from winning the 2014 Big Ten West Division title.  They’re hoping Saturday’s 10-6 loss to Iowa will be followed by a similar winning streak.

A crowd of nearly 81-thousand at Camp Randall Stadium left disappointed, even though the Badger defense kept the team in the game.  Iowa managed only 221 total yards of offense, fewer than 70 in the second half.

Iowa turned two Wisconsin turnovers into ten-points in the first half and beat the Badgers in Madison for the first time since 2007.

A fumble with the Badgers on the Hawkeye one-yard line was the most critical offensive failure.

Unlike last year, U-W doesn’t have a super-star tailback like Melvin Gordon to help lead the comeback from the troubling start.  The Badgers (3-2) play at Nebraska (2-3) this coming Saturday.  The Cornhuskers fell to Illinois 14-13 yesterday.


Badger women’s hockey sweeps Providence

Motion WCalifornia native Annie Pankowski scored a hat trick and junior Sarah Nurse added two more goals in Wisconsin’s 8-1 rout of Providence on Saturday in San Jose, California.  It completed a weekend sweep to open the season.

The Badgers outscored the Friars 13-2 in the two-game series.

Freshmen Sam Cogan and Sophia Shaver each scored their first collegiate goals.  Sophomore Emily Clark joined the offensive barrage as well.

Wisconsin out-shot Providence 47-11.

Badger goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens had all seven of her saves in the first period.  Providence didn’t put a single shot on goal in the second-period.

The Badgers will return to Madison and will host Ohio State next weekend at LaBahn Arena.


Badger women’s hockey team rolls in opener

Motion WThe 3rd ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team opened the flood-gates with a four-goal second period and went on to beat Providence 5-1 in their non-conference college hockey opener on Friday night in San Jose, California.

Five different Badgers scored goals as Wisconsin outshot the Friars 38-19.

Annie Pankowski redirected a shot for the first goal of the season.  Sarah Nurse, Mikayla Johnson, Molly Doner and Katy Harding all found the back of the net for the Badgers.  Johnson also had two assists.

Wisconsin’s defense was dominant down the stretch.  They held the Friars to just two shots on goal in the third-period.

Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 18 shots in the victory.

The same two teams will wrap up the California series with the puck dropping this afternoon at 5:00 p-m Central time.

Parker makes it through Bucks three-hour workout

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

Second year forward Jabari Parker made it through the Milwaukee Bucks three hour training camp opening workout on the UW Campus yesterday.  The 20-year-old Parker is trying to bounce back from a torn A-C-L that cut his rookie season to just 25 games.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Parker “looked great”.

Guard O.J. Mayo missed the workout due to a family matter.

Badger coach Bo Ryan was on hand for the workout and it allowed him to re-unite with one of his former players, Marcus Landry, who was signed to a non-guaranteed deal a month ago.

The Bucks are holding four days of practice at the U-W’s Nicholas Johnson Pavilion.  It’s part of an effort to show more of a statewide presence.  The Bucks will also return to Madison on October 20th for an exhibition at the Kohl Center.


Wisconsin’s Deal is Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Taiwan Deal  (Photo by David Stluka).

Taiwan Deal (Photo by David Stluka).

Wisconsin running back Taiwan Deal has been named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week.

Deal rushed for a career high 147 yards on 26 carries in the Badgers 28-0 win over Hawaii.  Deal recorded a pair of first-half touchdowns, giving the Badgers a 14-0 lead at halftime.  It  came in his first career start.

The last Wisconsin freshman to win the award was Corey Clement on Nov. 18, 2013.  Clement is sidelined and is expected to undergo sports hernia surgery this week.  Clement is expected to miss most if not all of the season.