For the second time in as many years, the UW women’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Central Connecticut State University 75-45 Friday night.The Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) saw five of their players score in double figures, as well as two others scoring 9 points.”We had almost seven players in double figures,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “That would be pretty nice if we had that every game. I’m pleased with the fact that we shared the ball and found good shots.”Wisconsin, which never trailed in the game, took the lead just five seconds into the game and never looked back. Off the opening tip, point guard Rae Lin D’Alie found a wide-open Danielle Ward under the basket for an easy layup.”I think the biggest thing we talk about is we have to have a strong start,” guard Janese Banks said. “At halftime, we went in saying we need to keep this up. We don’t want to have any letdowns. I think that’s been one of our strong points, is how we start the game.”Leading the way for the Badgers was sophomore Caitlin Gibson with 12 points. Junior guard Jolene Anderson kept her double-digit scoring streak alive at 32 consecutive games by adding 11 points. Anderson and Mariah Dunham each had eight rebounds.Coach Stone also saw strong contributions from her new players. Freshmen Teah Gant and Dunham both notched career-high point totals, scoring 10 apiece. Ivana Mijalcevic added 9 points, including her first three-pointer as a Badger.Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field while holding Central Connecticut State (0-2, 0-0 NEC) to just 35 percent.”We did not execute our offense, and that hurt us,” CCSU head coach Yvette Harris said. “We did not get the leadership at the point guard that I was looking for, and consequently, we did not run our plays.”Gabriella Guegbelet, CCSU’s team captain, was held in check by the stifling Badger defense. Guegbelet made just three of 11 shots on the game for 6 points.”I think that Gabby was rushing her shot,” Harris said. “She just felt a lot of pressure. She was in a hurry to try and make something happen. That hurt us because we look for her to lead us in our scoring, settle us down, and that didn’t happen for her tonight.”Leading the scoring for CCSU was senior guard Brittney Dixon. Dixon scored 12 points, including two three-pointers, and was the only Blue Devil to score in double figures.Coach Stone liked the hustle she saw out of her team Friday night, especially the play of Banks. Early in the first half, the junior went flying into the press row after diving for a loose ball.”Janese took out the monitor, the popcorn and the Coke all at once,” Stone said. “Our players are now appreciating the fact that they have an opportunity to play a game and be on the Kohl Center floor and compete, regardless of what the score is or who the opponent is. That is a tremendous sign, particularly with a young team.”Wisconsin was much improved Friday night at the free-throw line, something the team has been struggling with so far this season.Other than an early miss by Banks, the Badgers made the rest of their free throws to finish 15-16 from the line.”Janese apologized for starting off on the wrong foot because she missed the first one,” Stone joked. “This team is impressionable in what we ask them to do. We tell them to focus on certain things. They study the game plan.”UW was also successful at working the ball down low, with 44 of the team’s points coming in the paint.”We definitely emphasized that we had the height advantage,” Gibson said. “We wanted to take it to the hole. We are pretty accurate when we get it inside.”Early in the game, freshman forward Brittany Heins suffered a left ankle injury. She is listed as day-to-day; in addition, guard Annie Crangle will be out several weeks with a lower-leg injury.”It’s an overuse injury,” Stone said. “She’ll be out for a little bit. We hope to get her back as soon as we can.”Wisconsin will look to continue their home winning streak as in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (1-3, 0-0 Horizon) comes to the Kohl Center tonight.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” There will come a point in this season when Wellington wonâ€™t be so dominating, wonâ€™t have to contemplate when or if to rest the starters in the second half, or wonâ€™t go home feeling invincible. That is likely to happen next week against you-know-who.But for the time being, letâ€™s just relish the moment. Â Wellington destroyed Clearwater 47-7 to improve to 4-0 at Sellers Park.In the past three weeks, the first team defense has not allowed a touchdown (except very late when no one was paying attention). And the offense has been dominating – scoring on its opening drive every game.In the first four games, Wellington has outscored its opponent 115-7 in the first half.Winning is fun, indeed.The Crusaders opened this game much like they left off against Circle. The Crusaders would lead 19-0 at the end of the first quarter scoring on all three possessions. It was 40-0 at the half scoring on all six of its possessions.Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger scored four touchdowns.â€œThese guys have been working hard ever since they were freshmen,â€ said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. â€œNow the dividends are paying off.â€For the fourth consecutive week, Wellington scored on its opening drive. Trevor Nance directed Wellington on an eight-play drive that ended with a 14-yard rollout touchdown.Wellington then scored less than two minutes later after Reichenberger intercepted the ball on the next possession and Nance ran it in two plays later.Then another ineffective Indian drive resulted in a punt and Wellington was backed up at the 18.Connor Phelps then found himself open deep and Nance threw an arrow into his numbers for an 82-yard score. It turned out to be the third longest pass in Wellington history.In the second quarter, Wellingtonâ€™s stout defense stopped Clearwater and the offense rolled downfield with a drive capped by Reichenbergerâ€™s second touchdown of the night on a 10-yard slant. Then on fourth down, Wellington scored again on a Reichenberger one-hand grabber to make it 33-0 with 6:22 in the second.Adam Condit made his debut as running back and soon got his first offensive going in on a 1-yard carry.With the lead 40-0, the second half was a formality. Crusaders scored on Reichenbergerâ€™s 5-yard touchdown reception – his fourth reception of the night. He tied the single game touchdown mark held by Larry LeMaster in 1976.Wellington hosts some team from up north next Friday on homecoming weekend Phelps182Rushing110 Nance to Phelps 82 pass (Reichenberger kick) Nance1 Rushing (yards)165182 Penalties1-53-25 Clearwater000747 Beard23100Wright18140 Passing19382 Condit 1 run (Reichenberger kick) Second quarter Nance to Reichenberger 7 pass (Reichenberger kick) Third quarter Gilkey3 Hines2 Wellington 47Â Clearwater 7 First downs113 Pfalzgraf3 Rushing: Norris5 Nance to Reichenberger 5 pass (Reichenberger kick) Total10193Wright13 Reichenberger132Thomas429 Hyde1 Total3816532182 Reichenberger9111Rausch217 1234Total Nance to Reichenberger 14 pass (PAT no good) Clearwater Phelps4 Ast4 Team stats:WelligntonClearwater Scoring Wiens435 Condit412Bates14 Tackles (Wellington) Witham1 Bruns3 Reichenberger4 Condit5 Whetstone217 Phelps2-7 Struble4 Total offense358264 First quarter Hines411Ellis416 Total1082 Wellington1921707 Passing:att/comp.YardsTDs Ferguson1 Bodkins4 Nance to Reichenberger 10 pass (Reichenberger kick) Receiving Nance 1 run (PAT no good) Brand6 Burnett5 Troutman6 WellingtoncatchesyardsClearwatercatchesyards Hall10-27820 Nance10-171935 Nance417Hail5-7 WellingtonattemptsyardsClearwaterattemptsyards Wellington Fumbles/Int.12 Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago Shout out to Coach Ryan for acknowledging some of the players “behind the scenes” and that Colin Reichenberger is a class act…never once accepted full responsibility for an amazing performance, even though he’s breaking records and taking names almost every game. So proud to be a Crusader Football mom!!! Great game boys!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago And I forgot to thank Tracy McCue as well for posting up the defensive stats!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 306 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 306 weeks ago You have to give credit to Ken Adams, who was hired on as the Sumner Newscow statistician this week. He did a great job. If I was doing stats, it would be all bad. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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