Badgers falter in late going in overtime loss

first_imgAs far as heart-breaking losses go, Wednesday’s game for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team against No. 22 Nebraska might be the hardest one to swallow this season.The Badgers (10-12, 3-7 Big Ten) hung tough with the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) throughout the first and second halves before the two teams would eventually need overtime to settle the contest. But after clutch baskets by Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper and guard Tear’a Laudermill in the overtime period, the Cornhuskers emerged victorious, knocking off Wisconsin, 71-70.During the first 20 minutes of action, baskets were hard to come by as both teams combined to make just 19 field goals. Wisconsin, however, was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and took a 26-21 lead at the break. Nebraska’s 21 points were a season low for any half this season, and the Badgers held Hooper to two points.Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. She finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.The story of the second half was redshirt junior Michala Johnson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second frame. Despite Johnson’s efforts, the Cornhuskers kept knocking down three-pointers to keep the game close throughout the half. The largest lead of the second half was just six, held by Wisconsin, and the two teams found themselves tied at 58 with just 1 minute, 18 seconds to go.Following a Hooper basket to tie the game at 60 with 36 seconds to go, Wisconsin took a timeout to set up a final play. Coming out of the timeout, senior Morgan Paige drove to the basket but slipped and fell forcing a turnover to give Nebraska the ball with three seconds left. In the last three seconds Nebraska couldn’t get a shot off, and Wisconsin was heading for its third overtime game of the season.In the overtime period, Johnson scored the first six points for the Badgers, but Nebraska continued to answer with three-pointers by Hooper and Laudermill that would give them a 70-66 lead. After a Johnson basket and Wurtz lay-in, the game was tied at 70 with a minute remaining.A Nebraska free throw gave them a 71-70 lead, and after missed shots by Wurtz and Hooper, Wisconsin had the ball coming out of a timeout with 8.8 seconds to go still down by one. Junior Jacki Gulczynski inbounded the ball and eventually tried to find Johnson in the post, but her pass was batted away by Nebraska’s Emily Cady that sealed the game for the Cornhuskers.“It came down to one play and we didn’t get it,” Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “[The last play] was to just get [Johnson] the ball. We had it right where we wanted it, but it didn’t go our way. She was scoring all night so we were going to get her the ball and let her see what she could do.”Nebraska was well prepared for the final play. They knew where the ball was likely going to go, according to head coach Connie Yori.“We thought the ball could go to Johnson, but we also thought they could run a ball-screen in that situation,” Yori said. “But we worked on that cross-screen in practice …You have to think that they’re either going to Johnson or run a ball-screen.”It’s a another tough loss for the Badgers who recently ended a four-game losing streak by beating Ohio State this past Sunday.In the end, Laudermill and Hooper were just too much for the Badgers. Laudermill, who was playing through illness, finished with 21 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, while Hooper ended up with 15 points and four rebounds.Despite the close game against a ranked team, Wurtz said there are no moral victories, but they can take away valuable information from this game. She added they’re going to use what happened tonight to come back even stronger later in the season.The Badgers will hit the road to face Indiana on Saturday before returning home next Wednesday for a battle with cross-state rival, Minnesota.“We played tough … but we don’t like moral victories,” Wurtz said. “We just have to get back into the gym, watch the film and correct the little mistakes. Now we know that we can play with anybody in this league and we’re going to make a statement towards the end of the season.”last_img read more

GHPL: Bechem United coach Kweku Danso, 2 others fined for misconduct

first_imgHead Coach of Bechem United Kwaku Danso has been fined GHc5000 and suspended from the Club’s next three league games after pleading guilty to misconducts in the Ghana Premier League Match day 8 against Medeama.Two other team officials of the Club, Collins Osei Bonsu and Godfred Yeboah Berko, have all been handed fines and suspensions after pleading guilty to the charges against them.Below is the GFA’s charge against Danso:Danso was slapped with a GHS 5,000 fine by the FA and was suspended for three league matches. He was also asked to be of good behaviour in subsequent matches.The GFA also detailed Collins Osei Bonsu and Godfred Yeboah Berko’s offences.This what the FA said of Collins Osei Bonsu:He was given a 2-game suspension and a GHS 2,000 fine.This is what the GFA said of George Yeboah Berko:George Yeboah Berko was given a 2-game suspension and a GHS 2,000 fine. Source: Ghana FAlast_img read more

Chelsea legend set to be offered a way out of Stamford Bridge

first_imgChelsea’s central defender and talismanic skipper John Terry has interested Turkish club Fenerbahce, according to the The Daily Mail. John Terry, 32, has one year left on his contract with the Blues and could decide on his future at the end of this summer.A new deal with club has not been worked out as yet and the Chelsea skipper also seems restless with the lack of game time he is getting at the club of late. Terry has just played 10 times for Chelsea in the Premier League this season and is clearly fourth choice in the club’s hierarchy under Rafa Benitez. This change in policy could signal the end of Terry’s Chelsea career and could propel him to move away from England.Fenerbahce, meanwhile, are looking to cash in on the situation as they are looking to compete with rivals Galatasaray for big name signings this season. While Galatasaray have brought in the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, Fenerbahce are looking to respond with the signing of 32 year defender Terry to add to the acquisition of former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt in the summer.last_img read more