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Women's basketball: Anderson invited to try out with Team USA

Jolene Anderson, who will be a junior guard on the University of Wisconsin women's basketball team next season, is one of 37 players who have been selected to try out for Team USA's U-20 team, which will compete at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship Aug. 9-13.

Anderson, who had knee surgery April 6 to correct an injury suffered last season, has applied for a medical waiver and may not participate in the trials in May 18-21. Finalists will be announced May 21 and will meet in late July for a training camp. Last summer Anderson was a part of the U19 team that won a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship.

As a sophomore Anderson led the Badgers in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, and became the fastest basketball player — male or female — to reach 1,000 career points. She led the Badgers with 7.0 rebounds and had 20 or more points in 12 games. She finished in double figures 28 straight times.

Softball: Hnatyk and Daniels make All-Big Ten teams

Sophomores Katie Hnatyk and Joey Daniels were named to the All-Big Ten second and third teams, respectively, Thursday.

"Katie and Joey have been tremendous both offensively and defensively for us this season," Wisconsin head coach Chandelle Schulte said in a press release. "This is a big honor for them and for the program."

Hnatyk led UW with three triples, 10 home runs, 33 runs batted in and 83 total bases. She has 19 career home runs and now sits in third place on UW's career list.

Daniels drew a team-best 24 walks and batted a .322 for an on-base percentage of .473, fourth best in the Big Ten and tops among starters. She had a .327 batting average and 17 RBIs with two outs.

Senior Kaitlin Reiss was named Wisconsin's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Northwestern swept the individual honors, winning Big Ten Player of the Year (Garland Cooper), pitcher of the year (Eileen Canney), freshman of the year (Tammy Williams) and coach of the year (Kate Drohan).

Women's tennis: Burke to compete at NCAA Singles Championship

Caitlin Burke, a junior on the Wisconsin women's tennis team, received an at-large bid and will compete at the NCAA Singles Championship May 23-28 in Stanford, Calif.

Burke led the team with an 11-4 singles record despite missing eight weeks due to injury. She was ranked No. 40 in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, which came out May 1.

Women's basketball: McDowell picked to A.C.E. program

UW women's basketball assistant coach Tasha McDowell is one of 11 coaches selected to participate in the 2006 Black Coaches Association "Achieving Coaching Excellence" program for ethnic minority female basketball coaches. The national convention and expo are set for June 4-7 in Indianapolis.

Women's golf: Elliott named team Player of the Year

Sophomore Katie Elliott was named the Wisconsin women's golf team Player of the Year last week at the team's annual banquet at the Pyle Center.

Elliott had the team's best scoring average and led Badger finishers at six of 10 events this year, including all five this spring. She is eighth on UW's individual single-season scoring average list with a tournament average of 77 shots (2,387 in 31 rounds). She also received the Putting Award for the fewest putts in regulation and the Most Improved Award for the biggest improvement in scoring average from the previous season.

Other award recipients include: senior Jackie Obermueller (Badger Leadership Award, 3.5 GPA Recognition Award); senior Lindsay McMillan (Badger Leadership Award, 3.5 GPA Recognition Award, Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, and a special award for notching a hole-in-one); freshman Jeana Dahl (Newcomer of the Year); and junior Nicki Morse (Badger Power Award).

As a team, the Badgers had the fifth-best 72-hole score in school history at the Big Ten Championships, finishing with a 1,252. UW also had the second-lowest team season scoring average at 312.45 (9,686 shots in 31 rounds).

Swimming: Badgers sign 14

Eric Hansen, head coach of the Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams, announced the addition of 14 recruits for the 2006-07 class. With the seven that signed previously, there are now 21 recruits. Of the 14 new recruits, 11 are female and three are male; 10 are swimmers and four are divers.

"This is an impact class that will help us on the Big Ten and NCAA Championships level," Hansen said. "They all come in having accomplished so much, but their best is yet to come."

Women's cross country: Badgers earn academic honors

The Badgers were one of 10 Big Ten teams to earn All-Academic cross country team honors by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association. Runners Katrina Rundhaug and Maggie Grabow earned individual honors for achieving at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average while placing among the top 10 percent at the regional championships. Grabow placed 21st and Rundhaug took 12th at the 2005 Great Lakes Regional.

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