Badger Sports Roundup

Women's hockey clinches title. Results from women's basketball, softball, tennis and track.

Women's hockey: Big day for Badgers

The Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated Minnesota 3-1 Saturday night, earning head coach Mark Johnson his 100th career win and clinching its first-ever regular season Western Collegiate Hockey Association title.

The Badgers (25-4-1 overall, 20-3-1 WCHA) lost to the No. 5 Gophers 3-1 Friday, but No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth fell to North Dakota 2-0 Saturday, helping the No. 2 Badgers clinch the conference title.

Wisconsin senior captain Sharon Cole helped out on all three Badger scores Saturday, notching a goal and two assists. Junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar contributed a power-play goal and an assist, while sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg—who competes on one of the nation's top-scoring lines with Cole and junior forward Sara Bauer—notched Wisconsin's other goal. Bauer had an assist on Slusar's goal, the first of the game.

Minnesota (20-9-1, 15-8-1) got its lone goal, scored on the power play, from sophomore forward Erica McKenzie.

Redshirt freshman netminder Jessie Vetter had 24 saves while UM rookie netminder Brittony Chartier collected a career-high 36 saves in her seventh loss of the season.

Women's basketball: MSU rally buries UW

The Wisconsin women's basketball team led by as many as 14 in the second half, but Michigan State used a 24-4 run to defeat the Badgers 53-47 Sunday in East Lansing.

The Badgers (9-16 overall, 3-10 Big Ten) led 43-29 with 10:09 left in the game after entering the second half with a 26-20 lead. MSU junior guard Victoria Lucas-Perry hit a layup with 9:19 left to begin the Spartan rally, helping MSU to its second come-from-behind win over the Badgers this season. Like in MSU's 69-63 win at Madison exactly one month earlier, the No. 15 Spartans (19-7, 9-4) rallied from a double-digit deficit to win by six.

"This game was such a mirror-image of the game at the Kohl Center it's ridiculous," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "In some regards I am very proud. We led the whole game until their final run. We were staying with the game plan. (Badger senior forward) Kjersten Bakke gave us tremendous minutes. But we had some costly turnovers against their pressure. We had it. We had it on national television. Then we hit the panic button."

During MSU's 24-4 run, Wisconsin made just 2 of 12 shots, committed seven turnovers, six of which came off MSU steals, and did not make it to the free throw line once. Badger sophomore guard Janese Banks, who tied for a team high with 11 points, committed three fouls during that stretch and fouled out with 20 seconds remaining. Bakke, who scored the Badgers' only two points off the bench, also fouled out late in the game. MSU meanwhile, made eight straight free throws in the final two-and-a-half minutes to help secure the victory.

Spartan senior guard Lindsay Bowen finished with 10 points—all of which were scored in the last eight minutes. She hit two 3-pointers and scored four free throws in that crucial stretch. MSU senior forward Liz Shimek finished with just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting but grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds. The two were honored on Senior Day, a game that was shown nationally on ESPN2 and featured the sixth-largest crowd in school history, with an announced attendance of 9,181. Junior guard Rene Haynes led all players with 14 points.

In addition to Banks, Badger senior guard Ashley Josephson and sophomore forward Danielle Ward each scored 11 points. Sophomore guard Jolene Anderson contributed 10 points and added nine rebounds and six steals but also committed five turnovers.

Wisconsin once again struggled to take care of the ball, committing 25 turnovers, which MSU turned into 24 points. MSU coughed up just 13 turnovers. The Badgers, though, out-rebounded MSU 42-37. The Badgers shot 33 percent, making 18 of 54 shots, while MSU was 19 of 60 (32 percent) shooting.

Men's track: Badgers come home with seven NCAA qualifying marks

The No. 3 men's track and field team earned seven NCAA qualifying marks while competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, over the weekend.

In Seattle, junior Chris Solinsky finished third in 5,000 meters, finishing in a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13 minutes, 45.88 seconds, the fastest time in the nation by a collegian this season. Michael Aish, of New Zealand, won in 13:42.75. Four other Badgers earned automatic or provisional qualifying marks in the 5,000: junior Tim Nelson, 10th (13:48.97); redshirt freshman Stuart Eagon, 11th (13:51.05); senior Antony Ford, 14th (13:56.33); and senior Bobby Lockhart, 16th (14:04.51).

Senior Ben Gregory finished 10th in the mile in 4:01.75, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

At the Iowa State Classic, senior Joe Conway tied for fifth in the long jump at 24 feet, 7 inches, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Junior Demi Omole won the 60-meter dash in 6.68 seconds and took fifth in the 200-meter dash in 21.27 seconds at the Iowa State Classic, while Nathan Brown placed third in the heptathlon with 4,933 points.

Women's track: Two Badgers earn qualifying marks

Two members of the women's track team earned NCAA qualifying marks at the Husky Classic in Seattle Saturday. Junior Katrina Rundhaug placed fourth in the 5,000 meters in 16:13.69, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Maggie Grabow finished eighth in 16:17.41, also an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Also at the Husky Classic, senior Erica Schoeller won the 600 meters in a personal-best time of 1:32.59. Junior Michelle Bellford won the triple jump at 40 feet, 7 ½ inches and also finished 13th in the long jump at 18-7 ¾. Junior Shuntia Lucas placed second in the 200 meters in 24.48 and took ninth in the 60 meters in 7.63. Junior Melissa Talbot finished fourth in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.63, the second-fastest time ever run in school history, but she did not compete in the finals.

In the field events, junior Theresa Giorno and freshman Megan Seidl tied for ninth in the high jump with a mark of 5-5.

Competing at the Iowa State Classic, freshman Jenny Soceka placed sixth in the pole vault at 12-2, while sophomore Blair Luethmers and freshman Amy Dahlin tied for 12th at 11-8.

Senior Linsey Smith took 10th in the mile in 4:54.73, the only other top 10 finisher at the Iowa State Classic.

Men's tennis: Badgers drop two

The Wisconsin men's tennis team lost two road matches over the weekend, falling 4-3 at Western Michigan Saturday and 6-1 at No. 28 Notre Dame Sunday. With the losses, the Badgers fall to 3-3 overall.

Sophomore Jeremy Sonkin, sophomore Nolan Polley and junior Lachezar Kasarov picked up Wisconsin's three points against WMU, while Kasarov defeated Notre Dame's Barry King 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) and 7-5 to grab the Badgers' lone point Sunday.

Wisconsin hosts No. 55 Northwestern Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Women's tennis: Badgers defeat Iowa State

The Wisconsin women's tennis team won its first match since Jan. 21, defeating Iowa State 6-1 Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin (2-4 overall) took the doubles point and won five of its six matches in singles play. The doubles team of junior Caitlin Burke and sophomore Nicole Beck, ranked No. 33 in the nation, defeated ISU's Jill Palen and Eve Soriano 8-2 to help claim the doubles point.

Burke, Beck, junior Kaylan Caiati, sophomore Chelsea Nusslock and freshman Liz Carpenter all won their singles matches.

Softball: Badgers off to slow start after season-opening tourney

The Wisconsin softball team finished with a 1-4 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Host Arizona State, to which the Badgers lost 5-0 Sunday, kept its undefeated record intact and won the Kajikawa Classic, improving to 7-0.

Wisconsin's lone win came against New Mexico. The Badgers defeated the Lobos 5-3 Friday at the Kajikawa Classic to open the season. The Badgers, though, fell to No. 4 Texas 7-0, No. 17 Fresno State 11-2 and Nevada 9-1 over the weekend before getting shut out by Arizona State.

Wisconsin next heads to the Oklahoma State/Easton Classic in Stillwater, Okla., next weekend.

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