The Badgers have lost six games this year, and heading into Saturday's contest, had rebounded from each of the first five defeats with wins the next time out. So when Wisconsin played host to a struggling Indiana squad just four days after suffering a 63-56 home loss to Illinois, head coach Bo Ryan had some simple words.
Senior forward Jasmine Giles has never missed a game in her playing career at Wisconsin, but Sunday's win over Minnesota State is probably one that won't get lost among her countless starts. After starting the game with a ceremony honoring the graduating class of four seniors, the Badgers made sure their last game at the Kohl Center would not be a disappointment.
Coming off a weekend that saw two very different performances from the Badgers against Bemidji State, the No.10 Wisconsin women's hockey team looks to have a big weekend against another WCHA rival, Minnesota State, as points become increasingly crucial.
Every year, the four weeks of February seem to produce a knockdown, drag-out fight for bragging rights atop the WCHA, and this year is no different. With four weeks remaining in the regular season, the top five teams are separated by only four points. The Badgers (11-6-3 WCHA, 16-7-4 overall) enter the stretch run looking to gain ground against a Minnesota State team that has long since exited the race and is attempting to play spoiler. The puck drops at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
It has been a roller-coaster few weeks for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. The Badgers (7-6 Big Ten, 17-7 overall) have gone just 2-3 over their last five games. That stretch has included a few heart-wrenching, second-half meltdowns, a double-overtime win against Minnesota, and a last-second loss last Sunday night against Purdue.
Last Tuesday, the unthinkable happened when Bo Ryan's Badgers dropped a home contest to an unranked Big Ten squad, something which has never happened before under his watch. But after another loss by Michigan State, Wisconsin has an opportunity to stay in the Big Ten race with a home game against a squad in the lower-half of the Big Ten —Indiana.
I couldn't believe what I heard after Super Bowl XLIV. After a season of reading and watching virtually every NFL analyst declare Peyton Manning the best quarterback in NFL history and a player performing at the height of his career, sports pundits were now debating whether, after one game, Drew Brees is now better than Manning.
Down four with just over two minutes remaining before the Badgers would be hit with their first home loss of the season, sophomore guard Jordan Taylor split between two Illinois defenders and saw an open lane to the basket. The lay-up would cut the Fighting Illini's lead to two, and just like Wisconsin has done all season in the Kohl Center, they would ride the momentum to escape defeat.
Sophomore forward Matt Thurber has been suspended from the men's hockey team for unspecified alleged violations of the UW Department of Athletics' Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, the department announced Tuesday. Thurber did not take part in team practice Tuesday afternoon and will not be a part of any games or practices until the suspension is lifted.
In his second year as a Badger, sophomore center Derek Stepan has become one of the team's top players. The Minnesota-native was second on the team in points last year and has become a fixture on this year's top power-play unit, garnering six goals and 25 assists.
The Badgers entered the contest with home-court advantage and a higher ranking than the Fighting Illini, but with junior guard Demetri McCamey playing well, the Fighting Illini knew they had a chance if they received offensive production from their frontcourt against the much smaller Badgers. That's exactly what the underdogs did to earn a major victory for their team this season.
Two storms are brewing on their inevitable paths toward campus. One brings drifts of snow, and the other, if weathered, could bring the Wisconsin's men's basketball team another Big Ten regular season title.
The Wisconsin men's tennis team notched two more wins this weekend with a pair of straightforward victories over Southern Methodist University 4-0 and University of Illinois-Chicago 6-1.
Less than three days after defeating the Minnesota Gophers in dramatic, double-overtime fashion, the Wisconsin women's basketball team had the tables turned against them Sunday night on the road at Purdue.
After the emotional high of a victory in the first ever Camp Randall Hockey Classic, men's hockey head coach Mike Eaves said he is not worried about a letdown as his team prepares to face struggling Minnesota State this weekend. According to Eaves, the No. 3 Badgers will have plenty of motivation because of their high ranking and chances for postseason success.
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