Badger Sports Roundup

Bauer, Slusar national players of the year; women's hoops, soccer, rowing and men's golf news

Women's hockey: Bauer USCHO Player of Year; Slusar and Burish pick up honors

Badger junior forward Sara Bauer was named the U.S. College Hockey Online Player of the Year, while junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and senior forward Nikki Burish received's Unsung Hero award.

Bauer, an assistant captain, was named's Player of the Week three times this season, most recently last week, after she scored a goal and seven assists in the semifinals and finals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament, which No. 2 Wisconsin won. A prolific scorer, the Patty Kazmaier finalist leads the Badgers with 57 points on 22 goals and 35 assists. Bauer has also been named the WCHA's player of the year and tournament MVP.

Slusar leads WCHA defenders in scoring with 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists). She leads all defenders nationally in points and is second in points-per-game. Slusar was also the WCHA's defensive player of the year.

Burish is third on the team with 116 shots and second in face-offs won with 453. She has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) this season, eighth on the team.

Wisconsin faces off with third-seeded St. Lawrence in a national semifinal Friday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

Women's basketball: Point guard commits

Waterford (Wis.) High School senior Rae Lin D'Alie, a 5-foot-3 point guard, has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin women's basketball program, according to several published reports. D'Alie can sign a letter of intent during the spring signing period, which begins in mid-April, and will enroll at UW in the fall.

According to the Capital Times, D'Alie averaged 15 points, 6.4 assists and 3.8 steals as a senior. She helped lead Waterford to a runner-up finish at the Division 1 state championships.

Women's soccer: Brown invited to U-21 camp

Marisa Brown, a former Wisconsin women's soccer player who recently completed her eligibility, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team Camp this week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Brown is one of 24 players who will train and scrimmage for six days as part of the selection process for the annual Nordic Cup in Norway this summer.

Brown was a first-team All-Big Ten selection at midfielder and a two-time UW most valuable player. She holds the school record for games played and games started.

Women's rowing: Varsity eight earns Big Ten Boat of the Week

For the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin women's openweight rowing varsity eight boat earned Big Ten Boat of the Week after the Badgers won all of their races at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The No. 8 Badgers defeated Texas, Miami (Fla.), Duke and Kansas State on the 2,000-meter course. Wisconsin's top boat raced a best time of 6:36.98 in its win over Texas.

Members of the boat include: senior Lindsay Bush, sophomore Shayla Dvorak, senior Emily Simonds, junior Ana Cox, senior Kirby Gallie, junior Kirsten Kuhn, senior Kari Harmon and senior Katie Pofahl. The Badgers used several coxswains, including senior Meghan Bradshaw, senior Megan Stevens and senior Erin Davies.

Men's golf: Badgers tie for ninth

The Wisconsin men's golf team finished in a tie for ninth out of 17 teams at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in Pinehurst, N.C., after the final round was canceled due to wet and unplayable conditions.

The Badgers finished with a score of 605 (305-300), tying with UNC Wilmington. Southern Methodist won with a score of 592 (291-301).

Junior Garrett Jones tied for 13th with a 149 (73-76) to lead the Badgers, while freshman Tyler Obermueller and sophomore Jeff Kaiser tied for 20th with a six-over 150. Freshman Pat Duffy (59th place with a 156) and freshman Nick Engen (87th with a 163) also competed for the Badgers. SMU's Colt Knost claimed individual medalist honors with a 1-under 143.

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