Rally falls short as Stone’s squad stumbles against SDSU

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team used a furious second-half rally to climb back into the game Thursday night, but fell short to South Dakota State 68-65. The first half proved the downfall for the Badgers as they dropped their fourth game in a row.”We just had a horrendous time handling the basketball in the first half,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I’m disappointed in the first half. We got down and lacked intensity. It was a courageous battle for us to come back, obviously, but it was too little, too late.”South Dakota State had just two field goals in the last 14 minutes of the game, including an eight-minute scoring drought when the Badgers cut it to two. The Badgers trailed by 16 at the half and as many as 21 early in the second half, but went on a 19-0 run that brought the 4,670 in attendance to their feet.The team was sparked by freshman Christine Spencer, who came off the bench to help with defense and even knocked down a 3-pointer for her first points of the year.”I thought we got a nice little lift from Spencer. That’s probably the silver lining of the second half,” Stone said.”When [Christine Spencer] came in, she was determined. Her defense and just our intensity was completely different from the first half,” sophomore forward Danielle Ward said. The teams then traded baskets until the final minute, when Janese Banks, who had a team-high 15 points, hit a runner in the lane to cut it to one with just under a minute to go. On the ensuing defensive possession, Banks took a charge to give the ball back to the Badgers with a chance to take their first lead since early in the first half. Jolene Anderson drove and kicked it to Ashley Josephson, who had a good look, but missed a 3-point attempt. The Badgers fouled, freshman Jennifer Warkenthien missed the first end of a 1-and-1 and the Badgers had a second attempt to take the lead, but Danielle Ward’s jumper rimmed out. This time, Warkenthien dropped both free throws to take a three-point advantage. The comeback attempt came to an end when Banks’ desperation 3 at the buzzer missed everything. Banks earned her first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough on this day.”[South Dakota State] wasn’t afraid of us at all, and they shouldn’t be,” Stone said. “(Head coach) Aaron (Johnson) does a great job. They are a good team that knows how to win.”Sophomore guard Andrea Verdegan, who finished the game with 19 points, led South Dakota State. The Wisconsin native had hit just three shots from beyond the arc all year, but knocked down five in the game.”I did grow up a Badger fan and it feels nice. This is a big game and I was really excited. We knew that they were going to be really tough, especially on their home court,” Verdegan said.The South Dakota State defense caused the Badgers fits all day as evidenced by the total number of turnovers (26) to field goals made (25) by the Badgers.”We feel like if we just allowed Wisconsin to go through their half-court offense and execute and have to try and stop those guards, it would be really hard to do that,” Johnson said. “Defensively, one of the things we try to do is be really distracting. We’re not always going to be the quickest and most athletic team out there, but we have a style and a system that really requires us to try and disrupt other offenses.”Wisconsin must now search for answers, and it gets no easier as they head to Lawrence, Kan., for a date with the Jayhawks. The University of Kansas is currently undefeated at 6-0 and is outscoring its opponents by 20.8 points per game. Senior Crystal Kemp leads the team in scoring (15.7) and rebounds (6.5). The last meeting between the two was 10 years ago in the NCAA tournament, where Wisconsin upset the Jayhawks in the first round 73-72. “We have to start over now. Our record is now 0-0. A brand new season starts tomorrow and there’s going to be some changes,” Stone said.last_img read more

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Jerry Rice believes Larry Fitzgerald could pass him on receptions list

first_imgLarry Fitzgerald is in elite company. The Cardinals wide receiver reached 1,326 catches Sunday against the Seahawks and passed Tony Gonzalez for second all-time on the NFL receptions list. Fitzgerald trails only Jerry Rice with 1,549 catches, but the Hall of Fame receiver thinks it’s just a matter of time before he passes him, too.”He told me one thing. He was like, ‘You know what, there’s no celebration in being second,'” Rice said Tuesday on NFL NOW. “So, he’s got me looking over my shoulder right now, because if anybody can do it, I think it’s Larry Fitzgerald, because of his conditioning, his worth ethic and stuff like that. He’s just a great football player. Related News “This is just Year 16 for him. I played 20 years and I think with the game today, I think you’re going to see guys play much longer.”While Rice is rooting for Fitzgerald to break his reception record one day, he noted that career catches isn’t the only NFL record he holds.”It would be great to see. It’s gonna take a couple more years,” Rice said. “I told him, I said, ‘Well you know, Larry, if you break one of my records, I still got 36 more.'” Bears’ Khalil Mack ‘can’t wait’ to play Raiders in Londoncenter_img Fitzgerald, 36, has spent his entire NFL career in Arizona and considered retirement this offseason before returning to the Cardinals on a one-year deal.He finished 2018 with 1,303 career receptions, breaking Rice’s record of most receptions (1,281) with one team.Arizona (0-3-1) is slated to visit Cincinnati (0-4) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. John Ross injury update: Bengals receiver (shoulder) placed on IRlast_img read more

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Michael Parsons, 58, Oxford: Feb. 4, 1955 – April 30, 2013

first_imgMichael Parsons, 58, of Oxford died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at his home in Oxford.Following cremation, no services will be held.  A Memorial has been established with the Humane Society and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Michael D. Parsons was born on February 4, 1955 the son of Darl C. and Jo Ann (Paton) Parsons in Winfield. He was a 1973 graduate of the Oxford High School in Oxford. Michael was an Auto Mechanic as well as an Oil Field Pumper for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and also liked to garden.Survivors include his parents, Darl and Jo Ann Parsons of Oxford, brother, Scott Parsons of Wichita, Kans., sisters, Barbara Dietz and husband Steven of Merriam, Kans. and Judith Parsons of Independence, MO, and nephews, Joshua and Brian Parsons of Overland Park.Preceding him in death are his grandparents.last_img read more

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