The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team released its final 2005-06 schedule, which includes 17 home games and seven contests against 2005 NCAA tournament teams.
Wisconsin opens its conference season Dec. 29 at Purdue and hosts Northwestern Jan. 1. The Badgers also host Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Minnesota and Purdue. Wisconsin's non-conference schedule includes exhibitions against Division II University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Division III UW-Platteville. During the regular season, the non-conference slate includes home games with Marquette and Notre Dame and a game at UW-Milwaukee.
Wisconsin opens its season against Houston Nov. 18 before facing Cleveland State Nov. 20. Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson is a former UW assistant coach, and former Badger guard Kyle (Black) Rechlicz is a Cleveland State assistant.
"Our non-conference schedule, I think, is competitive," head coach Lisa Stone said. "You've got Notre Dame and Houston and Marquette, three teams that we played last year that will bring great competitiveness, but we have them at the Kohl Center. If you compare one season to the next when it comes to schedule, I think this schedule is very competitive and will put us in a position to prepare for the Big Ten season."
Men's tennis: Badgers ink one more recruit
The Wisconsin men's tennis team will welcome another new addition to the 2005-06 team. Furman transfer Brennen Phippen will become a Badger and will be eligible to play this fall.
"We are thrilled that Brennen will be joining the Badger team this fall," Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. "He played many outstanding matches for Furman last year and has gained a ton of experience. Brennen is the type of player that is on the verge of realizing his potential."
As a freshman with the Paladins, Phippen played in 23 singles matches, mainly at No. 3. Prior to that, he competed at Saint Stephens Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla., and took his team to a state championship as a senior. He won the state singles and doubles championship as a senior and finished with a No. 18 ranking in the state.
Chambliss to play for Portugal team
According to the Racine Journal Times, former Wisconsin guard Sharif Chambliss has signed a one-year deal to play with Lusitania, a professional basketball team in Portugal. According to the article, Chambliss' agent, Bill Kent, did not make public the terms of the contract.
As a senior at Wisconsin, Chambliss averaged 7.5 points per game and had a team-high 95 assists while starting 30 of 34 games.
McCall new softball assistant coach
Martha McCall, a former assistant coach at College of Charleston, was named an assistant softball coach at Wisconsin, new head coach Chandelle Schulte announced recently. McCall was a camp director, field supervisor and assistant coach in charge of outfielders and catchers at Charleston.
"I'm excited to have Martha on my staff again," said Schulte, the former head coach at Charleston. "She is a great coach, and her familiarity with my system is a huge asset."
Badgers to compete for new UW CHAMPS Cup
Wisconsin's student-athletes have a new competition beginning this season. All of the Badgers' 23 varsity sports will compete in the CHAMPS Cup, which seeks to award the top team based on six categories: academic achievement, athletic achievement, personal enhancement, community outreach, Badger pride and Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) participation.
One men's and one women's team with the highest point total will be recognized at the Academic Excellence Banquet in April.