Guards Jolene Anderson and Ashley Josephson racked up 23 points each as the Wisconsin women’s basketball team claimed its second conference win of the season, Sunday. The Badgers held off a late Michigan comeback to defeat the Wolverines 75-65 in Ann Arbor.
Wisconsin (8-13 overall, 2-7 Big Ten) held a lead the entire game—by as many as 14 points, 31-17, with 8:09 left in the first half—and by as little as 53-51, midway through the second period. But Wisconsin held off Michigan’s late-game rally. Josephson hit a 3-pointer to key a 9-2 run that put UW up 62-53, giving the Badgers enough of a cushion. Michigan (6-15, 0-9) came within four with 2:09 left but Josephson sank four free-throw attempts to secure the win.
Wisconsin made six of its first seven shots en route to a 13-3 lead and was up 31-17 before Michigan outscored UW 16-11 late in the first half. Wisconsin led 42-33 at the half.
Anderson grabbed 10 rebounds in addition to her 23 points, earning her sixth double-double of the season.
Sophomore guard Janese Banks scored 10 points and added nine rebounds in her second game after sitting out five contests due to a foot injury. Senior forward Jordan Wilson finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Wolverine forward Janelle Cooper finished with a team-high 13 points.
Wisconsin out-rebounded Michigan 45-34; the Badgers committed 23 turnovers to Michigan’s 20.
Wisconsin hosts Indiana Feb. 2.
Track hosts Elite Invitational
Senior Alonzo Moore earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump with a leap of 53 feet, 2 ¾ inches, while the Badger men’s track team won eight events at the Elite Invitational in Madison Saturday.
Junior Paul Hubbard won the long jump at 24-9 ¼, earning a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Senior Chad Melotte won the 400 meters in 49.37 seconds and participated in the first-place 1,600-meter relay.
For the Wisconsin women’s track team, sophomore Blair Luethmers set a school record in the pole vault with a clearance of 13 feet, ¼ inch. She broke a record of 12-6 ¼ set by true freshman Jenny Soceka just two weeks ago. Luethmers earned a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. UW athletes won 10 events, including the pole vault.
Women’s hockey easily sweeps BSU
Junior forward Sara Bauer moved into third on UW’s all-time points list as the Badger women’s hockey team swept Bemidji State (6-20-2 overall, 5-17-0 WCHA) 4-2 Saturday and 3-1 Sunday at the Kohl Center.
Bauer, the nation’s points leader, scored three points on a goal and two assists over the weekend to collect a personal-best 42 this season and 130 overall in her career. She is now tied with former Badger Sis Paulson (now Bemidji State’s interim co-head coach) in third place and needs 48 points to surpass leader Meghan Hunter, who has 177 career points.
Top-ranked Wisconsin (23-2-1, 18-1-1) out-shot BSU 38-17 Saturday and 56-22 Sunday. Bemidji State is now 1-26-1 all-time against Wisconsin.
Wrestling defeats Purdue
The No. 19 Wisconsin wrestling team (7-4 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) defeated Purdue 24-16 Sunday at the UW Field House in its second conference win of the season. Both teams won five matches, three of which were decided by fall. Badger senior Ed Gutnik pinned Jason Cook in 5:31 at 141 pounds, while sophomores Craig Henning and No. 18 Jake Donar also notched pins. No. 6 Chris Fleeger, wrestling for Purdue, notched a fall against Badger senior Tom Clum, who is ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds.
Women’s tennis: Badgers fall to Broncos
The Wisconsin women’s tennis team dropped its first dual of the year, falling 5-2 to No. 54 Western Michigan (2-2) Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin won the doubles point but lost five of the six singles matches to the Broncos. Wisconsin won its lone match at the top spot, when No. 32 Caitlin Burke defeated Malena Remynse 6-0, 6-2.
Wisconsin’s hosts the 19th annual USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship next weekend.
Swimming competes at Big Ten Duals
The Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the Big Ten Duals in Minneapolis over the weekend. The women swept the competition, defeating Purdue 177-176, Illinois 260-93 and Minnesota 179-174. The men fell to Purdue and Minnesota.
For the women, freshman Yi Ting Siow won four events: the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 19.33 seconds; the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.00; the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.62; and the 200 IM in 2:02.56. Senior diver Amanda Witte set a school record on the platform with a score of 245.95. Senior Sarah Hernandez claimed first in three events: the 100 freestyle in 51.07 seconds; the 200 free relay in 1:34.16; and the 50 freestyle in 23.61 seconds.
For the men, freshman Scott Rice won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.36, while junior Tom Molzahn placed second in the 500 freestyle in 4:30.77 and fourth in the 200 free relay in 1:23.10.