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Bench leads Badgers offensively

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoHead coach Lisa Stone and the Wisconsin Badgers have talked the entire season about how important a complete team effort is to their success. In Tuesday’s game against UW-Milwaukee, their mantra proved true as the Badgers’ bench outscored the starters 39-32.Leading the way off the bench was junior forward Mariah Dunham with a team-high 16 points, who also made a crucial 3-pointer with just 1:30 left in regulation to give the Badgers the lead.“Thankfully, we were able to go to our bench,” Stone said. “If you look at the bench scoring we got 39 points off the bench, and that’s pretty special.”Dunham has played well in the Badgers’ past few games as she returns from a back injury that kept her out of the first two games of the season. With the opportunity to watch the team play for two games and now play with her teammates, she sees how important a complete team effort is to the Badgers’ success.“[My] back is actually doing really, really well. It doesn’t bother me at all,” Dunham said. “Emotionally, I’m just really, really proud of the team. I’ve never been on a team that’s focused so much on the team. It doesn’t matter who starts … as long as we got the win.”As the Wisconsin offense stalled in the second half with the pressure defense from UW-Milwaukee, Dunham was able to come in off the bench and make some shots to get the Badgers rolling.“Mariah gave us a lift,” Stone said. “Their zone made us sputter, but I thought Mariah was effective, not only from the three, but also slashing into the middle and getting on the offensive boards for us.”Also making a big impact off the bench for UW was freshman guard Jade Davis. In the midst of a first half scoring drought for Wisconsin, Davis sparked the Badger offense, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to help the Badgers take a 29-18 lead into halftime.“Jade’s couple of threes in the first half opened it up for us,” Stone said. “We were getting shots off, but they [were] not going in, and Jade knocks down a couple of threes.”Davis finished the game with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. She also recorded two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play off the bench.Panthers steal momentum in second half with defensive changeDespite leading by as many as 16 points with just 11:15 left in the second half, the Wisconsin Badgers just couldn’t seem to put UW-Milwaukee away. The Badgers let the Panthers steal the momentum and send the game to not one, but two overtimes and leaving the Panthers with an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer.The biggest problem for Wisconsin was the defensive change UW-Milwaukee made after the second media timeout of the second half. As the Panthers turned up the pressure on the Badgers, the game’s momentum shifted and the Panthers seized the opportunity.“I felt like we just got Wisconsin off the rhythm that they were in,” UWM head coach Sandy Botham said. “That zone really was effective. Basketball is all about momentum, [and] we were able to get the momentum back on our side.”The Badgers were caught off guard by the defensive change, leading to turnovers and missed shots offensively, which in turn led to Panther scoring opportunities.“I think it was a good move on their part to switch up their defense,” junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said. “They kind of threw it at us, and I think we just kind of sputtered with it.”Compounding the Badgers’ troubles against the Panthers’ zone and three-quarter court trap was early foul trouble in the second half. Before reaching the second media timeout, Wisconsin had already reached the penalty, giving UW-Milwaukee the opportunity to shoot free throws on every foul the rest of the way.The Panthers made the most of it, shooting 11-for-16 from the line in the second half and overtime.“Our players really fought and put themselves in a position to beat the Badgers on their home court,” Botham said.Despite letting the Panthers take control of the game with pressure defense and strong shooting — UWM shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half — the Badgers battled back and found a way to deal with the change in defensive pressure.“After a while we found where the open shot was,” D’Alie said. “Most likely, on the two-on-one side, if you could get the ball in the corner you’d have an open jumper. I think, after a while, we found out how to work it.”last_img read more

Punjab: Arjuna awardee and former hockey captain Rajbir Kaur joins AAP

first_imgFormer Indian hockey captain Rajbir Kaur, aslo known as Golden Girl, today joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Chandigarh.Rajbir, an Arjuna awardee, is the only woman hockey player who represented the country for four consecutive Asian Games in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. She was honoured by many organisations for her achievements in the field of hockey.Addressing the media, Rajbir said that there is a dire need to uplift the standards of sports in Punjab that have deteriorated in the last few years due to government apathy. Besides drugs, she also raised the issue of minimum amount of pensions and lack of government help to the sportspersons in Punjab.DRUG ADDDICTION “Drug addiction among youth is the main concern in Punjab today and it is the need of the hour to attract the addicted youth towards sports in order to bring them to the main stream,” she said.Rajbir Kaur (centre) with Punjab AAP leaders. AAP MP and comedian Bhagwant Mann said it is heartbreaking to see that those who hold the tricolor high with their dedication and hard work are ignored by the government to an extent that the coming generation won’t be able to recognise them.FLAWED SPORTS POLICY Taking a jibe at Sukhbir Badal, Bhagwant said,” If Sukhbir claims that Akali government has done a lot for promotion of sports in Punjab then what is the reason that no one from Punjab could win even a single medal at any international level competition in last few years.” He said that with the help of the sportsperson who have joined AAP in the past, a special session of ‘Punjab Dialogue’ will be held with sportspersons to know their problems.advertisementLambasting Sukhbir Badal for denying the fact of drug addiction in Punjab, AAP leader Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said, “Even in the notification released by Punjab Government for the recruitment of constable, there is a clause that the ‘Dope test’ will be conducted before the recruitment. Is not it enough to know the status of drugs in Punjab?”.Welcoming Rajbir, Sanjay Singh said people who had made an impression in their fields are joining AAP in the hope of changing the system full of fault. He said that Rajbir, with firsthand experience will play a vital role in drafting policies for the sportspersons in the future.ALSO READ:AAP workers create high drama in Punjab over ‘foodgrain scam’, demand probe Punjab: Standoff between two Sikh groups acquires political overtoneslast_img read more