Women’s basketball: Losses pile up in yet another missed opportunity on Badgers’ home court

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-18, 0-10 Big Ten) couldn’t buy themselves a sorely needed win on Saturday, getting trampled by Ohio State (21-5, 11-1 Big Ten) 96-68 at the Kohl Center.Wisconsin has now blown a whopping 10 in a row, with their home record dropping to 2-10 on the year. As demoralizing as this already is, the vast majority of their recent losses haven’t even been close.Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldOSU entered Saturday’s match up ranked AP No. 14 in the nation and are sitting pretty in the conference standings. At 11-1 in Big Ten play, the Buckeyes only trail undefeated Maryland for the top spot in the conference.OSU’s leading scorer, Kelsey Mitchell, also leads the conference in points per game (23.2), and did not disappoint against the Badgers. It was business as usual for the junior guard and 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year as she scored 32 of her team’s points on six three-pointers and an outstanding 11-for-13 in field goals. Mitchell also totaled four assists and one steal in 25 minutes.Wisconsin’s leading scorer, on the other hand, had herself quite the unusual outing. Junior guard Cayla McMorris continued to distance herself from the dry spell she experienced in January. She tied Suzanne Gilreath for a team-high 14 points that came entirely from the free throw line.McMorris came up short on each of her nine attempted field goals but did not squander a single free throw attempt, sinking all of her 14 tries. In fact, success at the free throw line was contagious for the Badgers as they hit their mark 86.1 percent of the time.Women’s basketball: Badgers eyeing No. 14 Ohio State upset to end 10-game skidThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-17, 0-9 Big Ten) will try to avoid losing 10 straight games since Read…The points off turnover differential was symptomatic of the Buckeyes’ landslide victory. OSU more than tripled Wisconsin’s statistical earnings in that category, dumping in 31 points off of Wisconsin’s 19 giveaways.Second-chance points certainly had their influence on the outcome as well, as OSU scored 19 while Wisconsin only collected seven. The second-most prolific scoring offense in the conference did most of their damage in the paint as the Buckeyes pounded the lane with 38 points coming from the interior.Although easier said than done, at this point the Badgers just need to piece it all together. They’ve demonstrated all kinds of critical improvements over the course of their losing streak. Now it’s time they incorporate all they’ve learned so as to begin climbing their way out of the abyss that has been these last few months.This week Wisconsin stays home for another Big Ten match up, this time with Nebraska on Thursday at the Kohl Center. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. and will air on BTN Plus.last_img read more

Scientists Study Invasive Species To Track Chemical Contamination In The Great Lakes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Scientist from NOAA’s national headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland spent the week in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, working with their peers to gather the invasive zebra and quagga mussels.Since the 1980s, these invasive species have made their way into the Great Lakes, endangering other species along the way. However, the mussels that are reeking havoc are also helping these scientist identify other potential problems in the Midwest and in the Great Lakes.“They’re very good sentinel organism for monitoring the uptake or possibility of uptake of chemical contamination in any type of biological organism,” said Senior Scientist Ed Johnson.Zebra and Quagga mussels have been devastating to their own bivalves, putting several types of native mussels.The scientist are part of a national monitoring program called “mussel watch.” The program started in 1987 and helps track chemical contamination through bivalves, organisms with an enclosed shell like oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops. Their work in the Great Lakes began in 1992. With help from the members of the NOAA-Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, divers collected zebra and quagga mussels to examine their biology and study the biological responses to determine if certain variations of chemicals are causing problems for other organism in that habitat.“We as organisms respond in many ways similarly to stress, including chemical stress,” said Johnson. “Why take a salmon or a trout when you can take an invasive mussel that serves the purpose in many ways as a better tool for monitoring because they don’t move.”The mussels will be used as the a clean site reference. Next week, the team heads to Milwaukee to study chemicals coming from the river and waste water outfall. They will be looking for chemicals from pharmaceuticals, hormones, therapeutic drugs, etc.Funding for this type of research comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The work is also supported by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement which is a bi-national treaty between the United States and Canada.For more information of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/index.php/great_lakes-restoration-initiative/For more information on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, visit http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Great-Lakes-2015-Regional-Landscape-updated-05-28-15-4.pdf    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Center Working on New Greenhouse for Healthier Meal OptionsNext What’s Trending for June 8last_img read more