Badger Sports Roundup, March 24

Johnson earns weekly honor; Pendleton featured in SI; Harris receives Congressional kudos

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Johnson earns third golfer of the week award


Senior golfer Malinda Johnson picked up her third Big Ten golfer of the week award this season for her play at the Baylor-Tapatio Springs Shootout.


At the shootout, Johnson placed first with a score of 217 on 54 holes and helped Wisconsin finish fifth.


Johnson also earned Big Ten honors Feb. 28, after the Central District Classic and March 4, following the Mo-Morial Invitational. She has placed in the top five individually at every tournament this spring.


Johnson and the Badgers will next play at the Indiana Invitational April 3-4.


Pendleton a face in Sports Illustrated's crowd


Senior swimmer Bethany Pendleton is featured in this week's issued of Sports Illustrated, the March 29 edition, in its Faces in the Crowd section.


The issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday, honors Pendleton's record-setting performance at the Big Ten Championship Feb. 18-21. Pendleton won the 200- and 400-yard individual medley races; her mark in the 400 IM broke a conference record by almost three seconds. She was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Big Ten Swimmer of the Meet.


Tammy Baldwin praises Harris in Congress


U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, recognized junior guard Devin Harris' outstanding performance when she made a statement this season in Washington Tuesday that will be entered into the Congressional Record.


She mentioned, among other things, that Harris is only the fifth player in Wisconsin history to earn Big Ten Player of the Year and the first to do so since 1950. She also praised his style of play.


"Beyond statistics and awards, Devin has continually amazed the Badger faithful with his effervescent style of play and penchant for playing even better when it mattered most," Baldwin said. "His silky smooth ball-handling and signature step-back jump shot contribute to his astounding ability to break down a half-court defense and find a way to score, while his speed and leaping ability have led to some spectacular dunks in transition. His versatile game makes it difficult for one defender to stay with him, which opens up opportunities for his teammates, and he consistently gets them the ball when those opportunities arise. Everyone plays better when Devin is on the court, and that is what makes him a truly special player."

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