Badger Sports Roundup, The Week in Preview

The week ahead in Wisconsin Athletics

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Cross Country: NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, Nov. 24


The men's cross country team won the NCAA Great Lakes regional championship this past Saturday and will prepare this week for the 2003 NCAA Championships next Monday, Nov. 24, in Waterloo, Iowa.


The women's cross country team finished sixth at the Great Lakes regional race and will learn today whether or not it will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, also in Waterloo on Nov. 24.


Men's Basketball: Wisconsin v. Charleston Lowgators (NBDL), exhibition, Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin at Penn, Friday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.


The Badgers close out their exhibition slate this evening and then get set for a trip to Philadelphia to start the regular season against Penn.


Football: Iowa at Wisconsin, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m. CST (ABC).


The Badgers (4-3 Big Ten, 7-4 overall) will look to end the regular season on a high note on Seniors' Day at Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday. The winner of the game with Iowa (4-3, 8-3)  will likely receive the third or fourth selection from the Big Ten-affiliated Bowls.


Wisconsin got back on the winning track Saturday with a 56-21 trouncing of Michigan State. Lee Evans set a number of Wisconsin records with a performance that included 10 catches, 258 yards receiving and five touchdowns. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the performance. In addition, Dwayne Smith ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns, Jim Sorgi threw for 380 and the five touchdowns and the defense produced five sacks.


Team Leaders

Rushing: Dwayne Smith (737 yards, 8 touchdowns)

Passing: Jim Sorgi (2,039 yards, 16 touchdowns)

Receiving: Lee Evans (56 receptions, 1,086 yards, 12 touchdowns)

Tackles: Jim Leonhard (88—59 solo, 29 assists)

TFL (Sacks): Anttaj Hawthorne 18.0 (4.0); Alex Lewis 14.5 (8).


Women's Basketball: Wisconsin v. Northern Illinois, Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m.


Wisconsin begins its first regular season under new coach Lisa Stone when the Huskies come to the Kohl Center this Sunday.


Volleyball: Wisconsin at Ohio State, Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and at Penn State, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.


The Badgers look to end a three-game skid with road matches against Ohio State and conference-leader Penn State. The three straight losses have dropped Wisconsin into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten with a 10-6 conference mark. Wisconsin has fallen out of the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 for the first time this season.


Team leaders

Kills: Aubrey Meierotto, 355

Assists: Morgan Shields, 1,381

Digs: Jill Maier, 349

Blocks: Sheila Shaw, 84

Aces: Shaw, 47


Men's Hockey: Wisconsin v. Colorado College, Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8:05 p.m.


Unbeaten in their last six games, the Badgers (3-2-1 WCHA, 6-3-1 overall) find themselves tied for third in the WCHA after taking three of four points from reeling two-time defending national champion Minnesota. The Tigers (3-1-0, 6-1-1) are a point below Wisconsin in the WCHA standings.


Team Leaders

Points: Ryan MacMurchy and Rene Bourque, 11

Goals: MacMurchy, 6

Assists: Rene Bourque, 8

Saves: Bernd Bruckler, 237 (2.93 GAA, .898 save percentage, 5-3-1 record)


Women's Hockey: Wisconsin v. St. Cloud State at the Eagle's Nest in Verona, Wis., Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:05 p.m.


The Badgers have won five straight to move into second place in the WCHA with 10 points (5-3-0 WCHA, 9-3-0 overall). Due to men's hockey's home games, the Badger women's team will play its one home series in Verona this season. Wisconsin is 13-3-0 all-time against the Huskies.


Team Leaders

Points: Karen Rickard, 9

Goals: Rickard and Jackie Friesen, 6

Assists: Sara Bauer and Carla MacLeod, 7

Saves: Christine Dufour, 110 (1.50 GAA, .909 save percentage, 6-1-0 record)


Swimming and Diving: Men's and Women's at Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis from Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23.


The Badger men's and women's swimming and diving teams (3-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) each posted dual meet victories over Northwestern at the UW Natatorium last Thursday. The women posted a 143-91 victory while the men won 121-110.


The Badger women are ranked 10th in the most recent CSCAA dual meet poll and the men are tied for 14th.


Both teams will compete in the Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., this Friday through Sunday.


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