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Badgers rebound to knock off Gophers in OT

Brevin Pritzl

Just days after the Wisconsin Badgers rebounded in the second half to knock off then, sixth ranked Purdue, the Badgers did it again.  UW came from four down in the final minute and a half of regulation to force overtime and then beat Minnesota 73-63 on Monday night at the Kohl Center.

Earlier this season, Brevin Pritzl had a hard time throwing the ball in the ocean while standing right next to it.  But Pritzl has found his stroke again,  He came in averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds in the last three games.  Monday night, Pritzl finished with 20 points, including 6 of 9 from three-point distance to lead the Badgers to victory.  Two of the teams four overtime field goals were Pritzl three’s.

Brad Davison added 19 points, hitting 5 of 8 three-pointers.  The Badgers made 12 of 29 from distance as a team.

Ethan Happ was held scoreless in the first half, but Happ scored ten points in the second half, to go along with the tying basket with 5.2 seconds left in regulation that sent the game to overtime.

Khalil Iverson added seven points and 12 rebounds.  Aleem Ford hit just 1 of 8 from three-point range, but finished with nine points and four rebounds. [Read more…]

Champions Tour event in the fold through 2020

Steve Stricker

The American Family Insurance Championship has finalized contract extensions through 2020.

The extension calls for the event to continue at University Ridge, which will undergo a number of improvements, including Bunker renovation, expansion of the players’ locker room and dining facilities, expansion of tournament operations staging locations as well as other on course improvements.

This years event will be held June 18-24 at University Ridge in Madison.  The three round event is hosted by Madison’s 12-time PGA Tour winner Steve Stricker.  Stricker partnered with American Family Insurance to bring PGA Tour competition back to the state.

In just two years, the tournament has raised more than $2.7 million for charity and more than 100,000 fans came to watch.

Fred Couples won last years event.  Stricker, who made his debut last year, tied for third.

 

 

Borseth gets contract extension in Green Bay

 

Kevin Borseth

Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth has agreed to a contract extension with the school through the 2024-25 season on Monday.

“We hare very pleased to extend Kevin Borseth’s contract through the 2025 season,” said Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie.  “KB is unquestionably one of the finest basketball coaches in the country.  He embodies UW-Green Bay’s ongoing commitment to the development of our student-athletes.  We are thankful to Kevin and his family for all they’ve done to this point and we look forward to our program’s bright future under his leadership.”

Borseth, who recently led the Phoenix to its 19th-consecutive Horizon League title and the program’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance last season, is in his 15th season overall at Green Bay and owns a winning percentage of .798 with the Phoenix.  He is 213-24 (.899) all-time in Horizon League play.

This season, Green Bay has piled up an impressive 23-3 record and is currently ranked in the Top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls.  Borseth has led GB to a 13-2 record in Horizon League play thus far, and is now two wins away from securing at least a share of the program’s 20th-straight Horizon League Regular Season Championship this season.

Borseth owns a career coaching record of 685-264, approaching the 700 career wins milestone.  he has coached a total of 31 years, including 15 years for Green Bay where he has amassed an impressive record of 373-94.  He has garnered Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in eight of his 14 seasons at Green Bay and will look to secure yet another No. 1 seed at Motor City Madness in Detroit.

 

U.S. and Canada set for Olympic Gold rematch

The United States women’s hockey team knocked off Finland 5-0 in the Olympic semifinals to move into the Gold Medal game against rival Canada on Wednesday night.  Canada advanced to the finale by beating the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0.

Ten women on the U.S. team played on the Sochi Olympic team that lost to Canada 3-2 in overtime.  The U.S. had a 2-0 lead with under four minutes left in regulation, but the Canadians rallied to tie and force the overtime.

Dani Cameranesi scored a pair of goals for the U.S., giving her a team-high three in these Olympics.  Goaltender Maddie Rooney, making her fourth career Olympic start, pitched her second shutout.  The Americans outshot Finland 38-14.

The Americans have lost three of the last four gold-medal games.  Their only win came in 1998, over Canada.

The Canadians are riding a 25-match Olympic-winning streak, having not lost since that gold-medal game against the U.S. in 1998.

Canada also pulled out a 2-1 win over the Americans in this tournament, despite being outshot and outplayed.  Will the Americans finally end the drought?  It’s what they’ve been working towards for the last four years.  We’ll see if that work will pay off.

 

 

 

 

Badger women fall to Iowa

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team got off to a slow start and were no match for the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Despite outscoring Iowa 23-17 in the fourth quarter, the Badgers early deficit was too much to overcome, falling 88-61.

The Badgers (9-19, 2-13 Big Ten) fell behind 23-13 after the first quarter, shooting just 38% from the field.  They dipped to 28.5% in the second quarter and finished at just 38% for the game.

Iowa (21-6, 9-5) shot an opponent season-high 56.9 percent (33-58) for the game but hit just 29.2% (7-24) from beyond the arc.

The Badgers were outrebounded 42-32 and were outscored in the paint 46-26.

Senior Cayla McMorris had 14 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth career double-double.  The Badgers will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans.