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March 1, 2015

Badger women open WCHA playoffs with a win

MotionW_2ColorThe 3rd ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team took an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 5-1 win over St. Cloud State in the opening game of the best-of-three WCHA first round playoff series on Friday night at LaBahn Arena.

Five different players scored for the Badgers in the win (Sarah Nurse, Brittany Ammerman, Katy Josephs, Baylee Wellhausen and Rachel Jones).

The Badgers (25-6-4) got on the board four times in the first period against St. Cloud State (8-27-1).

The Two teams meet for game two of the series tonight (7 p.m.) at LaBahn Arena.  The winner of the series will skate in the WCHA Final Faceoff, March 7-8, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Badger men fall in Ann Arbor

The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-21-4, 2-11-2-0) was shutout for the second-straight game, as No. 17 Michigan (18-11-0, 10-5-0-0) took down the Badgers 3-0 on Friday night at Yost Arena.

The two teams wrap up the series this afternoon at 3 p.m., on the Big Ten Network.

Jackson not expected to play on Senior Day

Traevon Jackson

Traevon Jackson

A week ago, Wisconsin senior guard Traevon Jackson said he would be ready to return to action when the Badgers played host to Michigan State on Senior Day at the Kohl Center Sunday.

As of Friday, Jackson hasn’t been cleared by the team’s medical staff to even return to practice.

Jackson broke his right foot in the second half of Wisconsin’s Jan. 11th loss at Rutgers and has missed 11 games since then.

Jackson did discard the boot on his right foot, but it would appear he won’t be available for the Badgers when they look to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title against Michigan State on Sunday.

 

Badger late rally falls short at Iowa

Jacki Gulczynski

Jacki Gulczynski

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team saw their second-half rally come up short, falling to 17th ranked Iowa 78-74 in Big Ten Conference action in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (22-6 overall, 13-4 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 points with just 3:27 to play.  The Badgers (8-19, 4-13) stormed back and cut the deficit to just three twice with less than a minute to play before Iowa sealed its four-point victory.

Wisconsin finished the game shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc (10 of 18).

Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by a double-double from senior Jacki Gulczynski with 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range and 11 rebounds.  Junior Nicole Bauman added 18 points for the Badgers, who close out their Big Ten regular season at Penn State on Sunday.

 

Badgers finally arrive home safely

MotionW_2ColorThe 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers finally arrived home safety on Wednesday afternoon after problems with the Charter flight that was their mode of transportation from College Park, Maryland.

Wisconsin Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Patrick Herb described the ordeal in a blog at UWBadgers.com.

The Badgers fell to 14th ranked Maryland 59-53 on Tuesday night.  They’ll face Michigan State on Senior Day at the Kohl Center this Sunday.

 

Badgers will have to try again for Big Ten crown

Bo Ryan

Bo Ryan

5th-ranked Wisconsin was trying to gain a share of the Big Ten regular-season basketball title, but a poor first half had the Badgers doing nothing but playing catch-up.

Wisconsin scored just 20 points in the first half and a late rally fell short against 14th ranked Maryland.  The Badgers fell to the Terrapins 59-53 in College Park, Maryland.

Wisconsin (25-3, 13-2) saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end, shooting just 30% from the field in the first half and hitting just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.  The 20 points in the first half is the fewest total in a half for the Badgers this season.

Wisconsin trailed by 11 at halftime but battled back in the second half to eventually draw even at 47-47.  But Maryland finished the final six minutes of the game on a 12-6 run to pull away and win. [Read more…]