February 1, 2015

Men’s hockey: Badgers fall to Gophers in series opener

Matt Ustaski

Matt Ustaski

For the second time in as many Fridays, the Wisconsin Badgers grabbed a first-period lead, leading 3-1 in their series opener against the rival Minnesota Gophers.  Unfortunately for the Badgers, they’re now 0-2 in those games.

Last weekend, Michigan came from behind and last night, so did the Gophers.  Minnesota scored four straight goals and went on to beat the Badgers 7-5 at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers (2-16-3, 0-6-1-1 Big Ten), after trailing 5-3, got back to 5-4 before the end of the second period, then gave up two goals in a 36-second span near the midpoint of the third to go down 7-4, before returning fire for a 7-5 final score. [Read more…]

Bauman poured in 31 but Badgers fall to Buckeyes

Nicole Bauman

Nicole Bauman

Nicole Bauman scored a career high 31 points and tied a school record with eight three-pointers but the Wisconsin Badgers fell to Ohio State 85-73 in women’s Big Ten college basketball at the Kohl Center on Thursday night.

The Badger junior scored 16 of the Badgers’ 33 first-half points and finished the game, shooting 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from the field, including 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from beyond the arc.  Bauman broke the old mark of seven 3-pointers, set by Kyle Black vs. Holy Cross on Dec. 2, 2001.

Wisconsin (7-13, 3-7 Big Ten) finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (28-63), its fifth-straight game shooting better than 42 percent.  UW went 12-of-24 (50 percent) from three-point range.  The twelve 3-pointers tied the UW school record and set a new Kohl Center mark, breaking the old record of 11 set four times before.

Ohio State jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game.  The Badgers could only climb to within seven points the rest of the way.

The Badgers went to the line just nine times in the game, making 5 of the 9 free throws.

Wisconsin returns to action Sunday when they face Illinois in Champaign.  Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.


Badgers are 5th in AP Top 25

MotionW_2ColorThe Wisconsin Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) moved to 5th in this week’s A.P. Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

The Badgers are coming off of Saturday’s 69-64 overtime win over the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Wisconsin is off until Saturday when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes for a second time this season, this time in Iowa City.  The Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in Madison, 82-50 last week.

Kentucky is number one again this week, followed by Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at number 4.  After the Badgers at number-5 are Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville.

New in the AP Top 25 poll this week is Georgetown at #21, Miami at #23 and Butler at #25.  Falling out of the Top 25 are Iowa, Seton Hall and Dayton.

Hockey Badgers blow lead, fall to Michigan

Kohl Center Ice 2The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team had scored just two first-period goals through its first 18 games.  Last night, the Badgers scored three times in the first period, marking the first three-goal period for the team since the third period on Jan. 10, 2014 against Michigan.

The Badgers took a 3-1 lead into the second period against the Michigan Wolverines.  Bucky went up 4-1 after a Jedd Soleway power play goal at 2:21 of the second period, giving the Badgers their first three goal lead of the season.

The good news stops there.  Michigan, which entered the game as the highest scoring team in the nation, would follow with two goals in the second and four more in the third period, to come from behind to beat the Badgers 7-4 at the Kohl Center in the series opener on Friday night. [Read more…]

Badger women fall to 16th ranked Nebraska – Women’s update

MotionW_2ColorThe 16th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers drained seven 3-pointers (7 for 10) and shot 61.8% (21 of 34) from the field, building a 53-31 lead at the half and going on to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 89-72 in Big Ten women’s action Thursday night.

Wisconsin started the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored Nebraska in the second half, but the damage in the first half was too big to overcome.

The Huskers were led by Tear’a Laudermill’s 24 points, 18 of which she scored in the first half.

Four Badgers tallied double-figure scoring totals, led by Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte with 15 points each.

The Badgers are back in action Sunday when they travel to Michigan State in East Lansing. [Read more…]