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Women's basketball: Badgers to play for championship

The Wisconsin women's basketball team knocked off Hawaii 77-67 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic Saturday in Manoa, Hawaii, to remain undefeated at 4-0 and set up a championship game with No. 17 DePaul Sunday evening.

Sophomore guards Janese Banks and Jolene Anderson had 18 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Badgers. Wisconsin out-rebounded Hawaii (2-2 overall) 40-34 in the game, including 22-15 in the second half. Badger senior forward Kjersten Bakke finished with seven rebounds and tied a personal-best 10 points. Fellow senior forward Annie Nelson finished with a team-high eight boards.

"That was a big win for us," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "To play a team on their home court and hold on for the win really sets the stage for what we came here to do, play in the championship game. We emphasized the adjustments at halftime to get on the boards. We came out aggressively in the second half."

Wisconsin and Hawaii traded the lead in the first 30 minutes but with about 10 minutes left, the Badgers took the lead for good and led 68-62 with three minutes remaining. The Badgers played a portion of the second half without starters Banks and forward Danielle Ward, both of whom fouled out.

Sophomore guard Akiya Alexander tied a career-best with nine points. Anderson also contributed six assists and had five steals. Hawaii's Amy Sanders led all players with a game-high 19 points.

Volleyball: Badgers finish regular season in second place

The No. 14 Wisconsin volleyball team knocked off Indiana 3-1 Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind., to finish second in the Big Ten behind Penn State. The Badgers finished the regular season with a 15-5 conference record (23-6 overall) and will learn of their NCAA tournament fate Sunday afternoon.

Wisconsin defeated Indiana (9-23, 2-18) in the first two games, 30-22 and 30-16. But Indiana came back to win the third game 30-28, sending the match to a fourth game, which Wisconsin won 30-15.

"It was our goal to get a win our last Big Ten match and we did," head coach Pete Waite said "We secured second place in the Big Ten and have a good ranking in the region so we should have a good seed in the NCAA pairings."

Junior middle blocker Maria Carlini hit a career-best .762, finishing with a team-high 16 kills on 21 attempts and no errors. The Badgers hit .359 as a team and held Indiana to .123 hitting, out-hitting the Hoosiers 69-52. Senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto had 15 kills, senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw added 14 kills and redshirt freshman outside hitter Audra Jeffers contributed 12.

Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson had a season-best 56 assists and added four kills, eight digs and three blocks. Wisconsin out-blocked Indiana 14-12. Shaw and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke recorded seven blocks each. Reineke fell one short of the school record for blocks in conference play in a season, finishing with 121.

Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack notched a match-high 25 digs, breaking her own record with 388 digs in the conference season. She set the school record of 374 as a freshman. Wack finished the regular season with 60 straight matches with double-digit digs (dating back to last season).

Indiana limited Wisconsin to a .170 hitting percentage in the third game as the Badgers fell behind 5-0 to start the game. Wisconsin came back to tie the game at 28-28 before an Indiana service ace and kill gave the Hoosiers the win.

In the fourth game, Wisconsin took a 5-0 lead and never relinquished it, holding Indiana to a .023 hitting percentage and 13 errors.

Women's hockey: Badgers defeat Dartmouth 4-3

The top-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team dropped Dartmouth 4-3 Saturday at the Dartmouth Classic.

Wisconsin (12-1-0) scored three third-period goals to preserve the win. Sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg notched Wisconsin's first goal at 10:27 in the first period but Dartmouth's Carrie Thompson scored a power-play goal two minutes later to tie the game.

Dartmouth (4-5-0) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period on a shorthanded goal from the Big Green's Maggie Kennedy. Badger senior goalie Meghan Horras stopped the puck between her knees but fell back and dropped the puck, which gave Dartmouth the goal.

In the third period, junior forward Sara Bauer took advantage of a Badger power play to score the team's second goal 2:26 into the period but Dartmouth pulled ahead four minutes later. Bauer scored her second goal 10:32 in the period, tying the game at 3-3 and Zaugg notched the game-winner 13 seconds later, with help from Bauer and senior forward Sharon Cole.

Dartmouth pulled goaltender Kate Lane with 38 seconds remaining but could not score despite the extra skater. Lane made 34 saves, while Horras stopped 15 shots as the Badgers out-shot the Big Green 38-18.

Wisconsin faces No. 4 New Hampshire Sunday with the championship of the Dartmouth Classic on the line. Former Badger Kendra Antony (1999-2003) is competing with the Ottawa Raiders, the fourth team at the tournament. She had an assist in the Raiders' 6-2 loss to UNH.

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