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Badgers head to Big Ten Tourney

first_imgJunior captain Rae Lin D\’Alie and the Badgers hope to win four games this weekend en route to the Big Ten title.[/media-credit]In preparing for Thursday’s first round matchup with Northwestern, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone brought in a special guest to practice this week.Wisconsin senior guard Joe Krabbenhoft — a member of last year’s men’s Big Ten Tournament championship team — talked to Stone’s squad, bringing the 2008 championship trophy along with him.“It was cool — he’s been through it and he’s won a Big Ten Tournament,” guard Alyssa Karel said. “It kind of just got us excited. He said it was a really cool feeling and we definitely want that feeling for our team too.”In order to take home the tournament crown, UW will have to win four games in a span of just four days, a daunting task for any team. What should aid the Badgers in their efforts is the Paradise Jam Tournament, in which Wisconsin won three games in three days en route to a tournament title back in November.“It’s four games in four days, so you’ve got to bring your toughness,” junior captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “That’s going to be the key. Whoever is the toughest team out there is going to win the Big Ten Tournament this year.”First up on the Badgers’ road to the Big Ten Tournament championship are the Wildcats, a team that used strong defensive play to deal a crushing 49-46 road loss to UW back in January.Northwestern used a slew of defenses in its attempt to slow down the Badgers, including a triangle-and-two in the second half to control UW guards Karel and D’Alie.Although Wisconsin controlled play in the first half, it could not put Northwestern away, leading by just three points, 29-26, at halftime.The Badgers started the second half strong, pushing their lead to five points over the first seven minutes of the half. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, however, after reaching 37-32 with 12:47 remaining, Northwestern went on a 7-0 run to take a 39-37 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.Although the Badgers would go on to tie the game at 39, the Wildcats controlled the final six minutes of play, edging out a 49-46 win after surviving a pair of missed three-point attempts by Wisconsin in the final six seconds of the game.“Offensively, we need to attack their zone more,” Stone said. “We flat out didn’t attack (last time). We have to attack their defenses and take care of the basketball offensively.”Despite limiting NU to just 49 points in the game — the fourth fewest scored by the Wildcats in 29 games this season — Stone added the Badgers must also improve their defensive performance from last time.“Our post D has to be the best it’s been all year,” Stone said. “Our ball pressure has to be at an all-time high, because Amy (Jaeschke) is going to get (everything). Everything goes through her.”If the Badgers manage to get past their first-round clash with the Wildcats, they will get another shot Friday at No. 2 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals.Wisconsin played MSU close on the road in a 59-50 loss back on Jan. 25 before upsetting the then-No. 1 Spartans at home, winning 54-51 on Feb. 22 at the Kohl Center.“We’re definitely looking forward to, potentially, that game,” D’Alie said. “The last time we played them was one of my favorite games of the Big Ten season.”Among the other teams Wisconsin hopes to face again are Indiana, Michigan and Purdue, each of whom the Badgers lost to at least once in the regular season.“There’s a ton of games this year where we had a win at our fingertips and we just kind of let them go,” Karel said. “Those are games that we know maybe if we could have won if we did just a few things different in the final minutes. So, you always want to play those kind of teams in the Big Ten Tournament.”The three of the four losses to IU and PU came down to the games’ final minutes, while the Badgers’ road loss at Michigan was one of the worst games Wisconsin played on the year.So, despite just a 2-4 record against the three potential semifinal opponents, Wisconsin feels pretty confident about its draw in the Tournament.“Looking at the schedule, I think we’ve got a good road to the championship on Sunday,” Karel said. “If we’re focused when we play in Indianapolis, I think we’ve got a great chance.”last_img read more


Unbeaten Mathare back at the top of KPL

first_imgAt Kasarani Stadium, unbeaten Mathare United had to depend on Chrispin Oduor to find the leveler in the 20th minute after veteran Allan Wanga had sent Kakamega Homeboyz ahead eight minutes after kick-off.Wanga easily tapped the ball home after being set-up by Peter Thiongo who has been instrumental for the Kakamega based side. However, the lead lasted for 12 minutes only as Oduor picked up James Kinyanjui’s pass to slam the ball home from close range.Mathare’s James Situma (L) vies for the ball with Festus okiring of kakamega homeboyz during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASAOduor, the Mathare United skipper was at it again, this time completing a brace in the 27th minute after banging in a rebound that saw Kakamega Homeboyz keeper Gabriel Andika spill the ball from a Kinyanjui cracker.Cliff Nyakeya Nyakeya should have scored a goal to make it three when he was set up by Kinyanjui but the former Gor Mahia Youth midfielder tripped before taking tapping the ball in when he had only Andika to beat.On the other hand, the visitors could have drawn level if Thiong’o could have utilized Luke Namanda’s pin point pass infron of the goal.Nyakeya made the amends in the 60th minute when Oduor teed up him who had a clear sight on goal and carried the ball forward despite being tripped by Sosthenes Idah to seal the winner.Namanda also made the amends, pulling one back for Homeboyz in the 90th minute when he made good use of a miss controlled touch by veteran defender James Situma to score in the near post but it proved a little too late as Mathare United walked away with three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega’s Allan Wanga (L) shields the ball from Andrew Juma of Mathare during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Mathare United claimed back their lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after coming from a goal down to edge out Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 in a match played at The Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.In other fixtures, Stephen Wakanya netted the equalizer as Vihiga United drew 1-1 away to KCB who got their goal from Mwinyi Kibwana.last_img read more


Burger King trolls Trump over Twitter typo — did it go too

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