Three current members of the Wisconsin women's hockey team, as well as two newcomers, are among the 40 hockey players who have been invited to the under-22 Canadian national team selection camp Aug. 12-21. Junior forwards Sara Bauer and Meaghan Mikkelson and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar have all been invited, as have incoming freshmen Tia Hanson and Alycia Matthews. Of the 40 invited to the camp, 22 skaters will make the final cut and compete against the Canadian Olympic training team Aug. 23, 25 and 26 in Calgary, Alberta. Former Badger defender Carla MacLeod is training with that team.
Bauer led the Badgers in scoring with 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) and will be an assistant captain in the 2005-06 season. Mikkelson scored 20 points (7-13) and Slusar had 10 points (1-9) and played on a defense that allowed Wisconsin to collect 13 shutouts last season. The Badgers finished 28-9-1 and earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament.
Anderson scores six as Team USA dominates
Team USA defeated Puerto Rico's basketball team 116-28 at the USA Women's U19 World Championships Tuesday in Tunis, Tunisia. Wisconsin sophomore guard Jolene Anderson scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in the win, while Stanford's Candice Wiggins led all players with 21 points.
On Wednesday, Team USA crushed South Korea 129-74, with Anderson contributing four points, four assists and one rebound. Team USA, with its 5-0 record, has earned the top seed in Group A and will face Hungary, the No. 4 seed in Group B, on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Banks contributes 11 in Foreign Tour win
Sophomore Wisconsin women's basketball player Janese Banks posted 11 points and a game-high six assists as the Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour team defeated the Netherlands 119-56 Tuesday.
McMillan named to scholar team
Wisconsin senior-to-be golfer Lindsay McMillan was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for the third consecutive time. A junior majoring in biology, McMillan has a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average and is one of 199 women's college Division I golfers to be recognized. McMillan, who is preparing for a career in medicine, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and averaged 78.8 strokes per round, the team's best.
Deadline for hockey ticket-holders to renew seats passed; fan packages announced
The deadline for ticket holders for Wisconsin men's hockey games to renew their seats has passed, unpaid accounts are considered past due and tickets will be removed from accounts. New season tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS or visiting http://www.uwbadgers.com.
There will also be game packages on sale beginning Aug. 22. Fans can pick any four games on the home schedule. The UW also has two upcoming dates where single-game tickets will be on sale. On Sept. 12, single-game tickets will go on sale for St. Lawrence (Oct 7-8), Alaska Anchorage (Oct 28-29), Colorado College (Nov 11-12), Minnesota State-Mankato (Nov 19-20), Michigan Tech (Dec 9-10), as well as the exhibition against USA Hockey U-18 (Dec 16), and the Badger Hockey Showdown (Dec 30-31). On Nov. 7, single-game tickets will go on sale for defending national champion Denver (Jan 20-21), Minnesota (Jan 27-28) and St. Cloud State (Mar 3-4).
Big Ten to shuffle bowl lineup in 2006
After the 2005 season, El Paso, Texas and Nashville, Tenn. will no longer be potential destinations for Big Ten bowl-bound football teams.
The Big Ten announced Tuesday that it had reached 4-year agreements (2006-09 college football seasons) with five bowl games, re-upping with three and adding two new destinations, which will replace the conference's previous affiliations with the Sun Bowl in El Paso and the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
The new events are the Champs Sports Bowl, played in Orlando, Fla., at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, and the Insight Bowl, which is moving to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., from Phoenix's Bank One Ballpark.
The Champs Sports Bowl, which has previously gone by the monikers Tangerine Bowl, Micronpc.com Bowl and Blockbuster Bowl, is played in the same venue as the Capital One Bowl, one of the three games the Big Ten signed contract extensions with.
Beginning next season, the Champs Sports and Capital One games will be played one-week apart.
The Capitol One will continue to select the Big Ten's top non-BCS team. The Rose Bowl or another BCS game receives the Big Ten's first place team each year, while another BCS bowl can potentially select a Big Ten school as an at-large choice.
The Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., which also signed an extension with Big Ten, will have the next choice after the Capitol One. The re-upped Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and Champs Sports Bowl will rotate the next two choices, followed by the Insight Bowl's selection.
The Big Ten may still add a seventh bowl agreement for 2006. The conference currently has a seventh agreement in place with the Motor City Bowl in Detroit.
The Insight Bowl will match a Big Ten school with a Big 12 opponent. The opponent for the Champs Sports Bowl is still to be determined.
Wilkinson, Penney, competing in summer leagues
Former UW men's basketball players forward Mike Wilkinson and guard Kirk Penney have participated in NBA summer league games.
Wilkinson, competing with the Utah Jazz at the Rocky Mountain Revue, has played in three games and is averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest.
Penney took part in the Milwaukee Bucks 5-game schedule at the Minnesota Summer League. He averaged 8.8 points per game.