Badger Sports Roundup, April 10

Women's tennis falters; women's golf places 11th; women's basketball hands out awards; team USA wins women's hockey gold

Women's tennis suffers narrow defeat

After defeating Minnesota 6-1 Saturday, The No. 33 Wisconsin women's tennis team could not repeat that success and fell 4-3 to No. 54 Iowa Sunday in Madison.

Iowa (10-7 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) swept the doubles point from Wisconsin (12-6 overall, 4-3 Big Ten). In the top doubles match, Wisconsin senior Katie McGaffigan and sophomore Caitlin Burke fell to Iowa's Meg Racette and Milica Veselinovic 8-7 (5).

In singles, McGaffigan, ranked No. 91, narrowly held on and defeated Racette 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. Burke easily defeated Hillary Mintz 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot. Wisconsin, though, lost matches at the 3, 4 and 5 spots, as senior Lindsay Martin, sophomore Kaylan Caiati and redshirt freshman Nicole Beck all lost to their opponents. At the No. 6 spot, freshman Chelsea Nusslock defeated Hilary Tyler 6-4, 6-3.

Wisconsin hosts No. 53 Illinois next Saturday and No. 58 Purdue Sunday to close out its home season.

Women's golf finishes 11th at Boilermaker Invite

The Wisconsin women's golf team ended its regular-season competition by finishing 11th out of 13 teams at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Wisconsin finished with a team score of 938 (311-318-319) while Michigan and TCU tied to win the team competition with an 898.

Junior Lindsay McMillan was the top finisher for Wisconsin with a 230 (73-78-79) and tied for 21st with four other players. Freshman Katie Elliott was the next best UW finisher, shooting a 232 (79-75-78) and placing 31st. Junior Jackie Obermueller shot a 234 (79-76-79) to finish in a tie for 36th. Sophomore Nicki Morse carded a 247 (85-78-84) and finished 65th and sophomore Jill Ries had a 253 (80-85-88), placing 70th.

Rich named MVP at team awards banquet

Stephanie Rich, a senior guard with the Wisconsin women's basketball team, was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second year Sunday at the team's awards banquet at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.

Rich led Wisconsin (12-17 overall) with 4.0 assists per game and she was third in scoring average with 10.2 points per game. She also won the T. J. Flarup Media Award (by a vote of area media) for the third time.

Junior forward Annie Nelson was named the team's Most Improved Player after starting 24 of 28 games and averaging a team-high 6.8 rebounds in the 2004-05 campaign. Prior to her junior year, Nelson had played in just 20 games total.

Senior Ebba Gebisa and Rich earned the Captains' Award for their leadership and were honored with the Community Service award. Gebisa also received the Team Unity award.

Four Badgers earned academic all-Big Ten honors and were recognized at the banquet. Gebisa, Nelson, junior forward Jordan Wilson and junior guard/forward Kjersten Bakke all earned academic honors.

Team USA wins gold at IIHF

Team USA finally got its world championship, denying Team Canada a ninth consecutive crown at the International Ice Hockey Federation event. Two Badgers, senior defenders Molly Engstrom and Carla MacLeod, competed with Team USA and Team Canada, respectively, in Linkoping, Sweden.

Team USA did what no other team had done throughout the championships – scored on Team Canada. Prior to the game Saturday, Team Canada had out-scored its opponents 38-0. But neither team scored during regulation and a penalty shootout decided the winner. Minnesota forward and Championship Most Valuable Player Krissy Wendell scored the game-winning goal on USA's fourth penalty shot.

Minnesota forward Natalie Darwitz and former Harvard defender Angela Ruggiero also scored. Former Northeastern and UW netminder Chanda Gunn, named the Best Goaltender of the Championship, only allowed one penalty shot to pass into Team USA's goal — from Harvard forward Sarah Vaillancourt.

Team USA outshot Canada 40-19 in regulation and 9-7 in overtime.

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