GREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoIt was a big weekend for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team. After suffering an offensive hiccup against WCHA opponent Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, Wisconsin went on to trounce non-conference opponent Robert Morris this past weekend by the scores of 10-0 and 5-0.It was an especially big weekend for senior forward Sara Bauer, who recorded three goals and three assists en route to becoming Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 179 points.The previous record holder Meghan Hunter has 177 points.Bauer now has 33 points on the season, which leads the nation.Bauer, the reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, was as modest as always and quick to downplay the significance of her achievement.”It’s definitely [about] the team as a whole,” Bauer said. “Nobody plays by their self out there, you’ve got two linemates, two [defenders] and a goalie … helping you out.”Any individual accomplishment, for anyone on the team, I think is a reflection of the team.”Senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson also had a huge series last weekend as she recorded one goal and five assists in the series, which is the most offense she has produced in one series during her collegiate career.Mikkelson’s 6 points gives her 22 points for the season, which is the best in the conference for defenders.Bauer and Mikkelson are also tied for the conference lead in powerplay points with 14, while Mikkelson is tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.For their offensive production, Bauer was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week while Mikkelson was awarded with Defensive Player of the Week. It is the first time this season either player has received the award.”It’s nice to see Mikkelson do what she’s been able to do for the first 18 games,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “And obviously [Bauer] is … continuing to do what she did last year. After she won the Patty Kazmaier, she wasn’t complacent and she wasn’t sitting back on her laurels. She has continued to try to push herself and play at a higher level.”Bauer and Mikkelson are two of the most prominent and productive members on the team. However, just as they did last year, the Badgers have a very talented and oft-overlooked senior squad.”One reason why we’re going to be successful is … their leadership,” Johnson said. “Not only on the ice, but equally important off the ice. If Sara (Bauer) plays well and Mikkelson plays well, if Bobbi-Jo (Slusar) plays well and a couple key people in that core group, it gives you a good opportunity to win hockey games.”One of the most crucial players on the Badgers’ squad, however, is captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who was also a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award along with Bauer.Slusar is the anchor of a defensive line that features a nice mix of veteran and younger players, as well as being a key defender on the penalty kill and powerplay. Her career plus-minus rating is an impressive +86.Senior goaltender Christine Dufour has allowed just seven goals in her seven games this season, all of them coming in wins. She is often overlooked due to the stellar play of her counterpart, sophomore Jessie Vetter, who has made 11 starts compared to Dufour’s seven starts.Dufour holds a very impressive save percentage of .934, which leads the WCHA in goals against average and is the only goalie in the conference with zero losses. She put up similar numbers last year before losing playing time to Vetter and former senior Meghan Horras, who were simply playing hotter during the last stretch of the season.The Badgers also have the relatively unknown seniors Phoebe Monteleone and Heidi Kletzien. What Monteleone and Kletzien lack in offensive firepower, they make up for in experience and leadership. Monteleone was awarded the title of assistant captain this season and has a career plus-minus rating of +18 while Kletzien has a rating of +27.”I think we’re a good group,” Bauer said. “Obviously we’ve had some experience for the past few years … and we just take what we’ve learned and try to share it with the younger players.””With them being seniors now, they understand that there aren’t a lot of games left in their hockey career at Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “They want to get the most out of it.”
A group of mountain climbers from B&H set off for Greece last night for a two-day climb to Mitikas on Mount Olympus to mark the 100 years since the first ascent of the mountain.At the invitation of the Mountaineering Association of Greece, a group of 137 mountain climbers will climb the second highest peak in the Balkans.Mayor Litochorea will greet the mountain climbers upon their return on Friday. The Greek Ambassador to B&H Karolos Gadis, who recently met with the B&H Mountaineering Association, arranged this visit.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)
The tenth edition of the European Cup in Sarajevo kicks off on Saturday morning. This edition with a record number of participating countries. The number of participants can be higher with 231 and 80 women but the home crowd will look forward to some of those Bosnian women who may be able to reach the medal phase.The number of athletes though is decreasing although the event has such warm athmosphere and good but small organisation. Last year France (3), The Netherlands (2), Belgium (2) and Switzerland (2) took most of the gold medals. Who else then Aleksandra Samardžić was the last judoka from the host nation Bosnia Herzegovina who claimed a home victory in 2018. Samardžić won the tournament four times and is this time listed U70kg.Where Bosnia had a lot of talent it’s now time to claim the more important medals. So far only Larisa Ceric was able to win precious medals at senior level. In 2017 Samardžić finished with silver at the Junior World Championships but is now a senior herself, but not yet at the level close to Olympic qualification. Same counts for Harun Sadikovic the third ace for Bosnia. The heavyweight competes in Sarajevo +100kg.The third European Cup of the season has to set new records and gear up with a gold medal. Quite a challenge this weekend. The lightweights start on Sunday, the heavier athletes on Saturday.
After re-entering the NBA’s campus following an excused absence and being cleared to play in the restart opener, Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson scored 13 points in just 15 minutes as New Orleans fell to Utah in a tightly contested game. Williamson played the first five minutes of the fourth quarter but never returned after being subbed out with 7:19 left in regulation.When asked about Williamson sitting on the bench as the Jazz took control of the game, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters the 20-year-old was on a minutes restriction.”Well, of course we wish we could’ve played him down the stretch, but we had used the minutes that were given to us. That’s the way it is. We weren’t going to stick him back out there,” Gentry said. “Our medical people said that we played in the minutes that were allowed [for] us to play him, and we’ll just move on.”I thought he looked good. I thought he had some good moments, and obviously we’re a much better and a much different basketball team when he’s out on the floor.”Gentry’s explanation is confusing for a few reasons. First, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported prior to tipoff Williamson would play in “short bursts” but noted he wouldn’t necessarily be on a minutes restriction. So was Williamson on a burst plan, a minutes restriction or both?Second, if Gentry did know Williamson couldn’t play more than approximately 15 minutes, did he not plan to save some of those minutes in case the Pelicans needed Williamson in crunch time? Every “seeding game” matters for the Pels because they are fighting against multiple Western Conference teams for the final playoff spot. If New Orleans’ coaching staff didn’t consider this scenario, then that’s a major error.And third, what is Williamson’s status right now? Williamson said after the loss he hasn’t suffered any recent medical setbacks and denied he had to sit because of conditioning issues.”Not even just conditioning, it’s just getting my flow to the game back,” Williamson said. “This is the NBA. These are the best players in the world. You want to feel comfortable. I don’t want to hurt my team more than I help them in a sense.” Williamson is the future of the franchise. If there is any risk of him getting seriously hurt, then clearly he shouldn’t play. No reasonable person would question the Pelicans’ decision-making process in that situation.However, this appears to be more of a communication issue. If the Pels want to make a playoff push, then everyone needs to be on the same page.Otherwise, Ja Rule (and the rest of us) will keep asking the same question. Ja Rule — yes, Ja Rule — spoke for everyone who watched the Pelicans-Jazz matchup Thursday night (WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE BELOW).NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff bracket | Bubble, explained