Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sports

Badgers beat Hoosiers again

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ryan Evans had 13 points and seven rebounds and Traevon Jackson added 11 points as Wisconsin upset No. 2 Indiana 64-59 on Tuesday night to take sole possession of the Big Ten lead.

The Badgers (13-4, 4-0) have won seven straight and beaten two top-15 teams in four days. They now have 11 straight wins over the Hoosiers and five straight in Bloomington.

Cody Zeller scored 18 of his 21 in the first half to lead Indiana (15-2, 3-1), which had a six-game winning streak and an 18-game home winning streak snapped. Christian Watford added 11 points as the Hoosiers finished with fewer than 60 for the first time this season.

"We just didn't hit shots," Indiana's Victor Oladipo said. "They made a lot of crazy shots. We didn't defend well."

The Badgers, as usual, dictated the tempo by running down the shot clock and forcing the nation's highest-scoring team into a precious possession-by-possession slugfest where baskets were scarce.

"(Wisconsin) was trying to play a game in the 50s," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "That's just the way it is, that's what they want to do. We missed 34 shots. A lot of things have to go right for you if you're going to miss 34 shots."

The Badgers committed eight turnovers and took advantage of seemingly every opportunity they had, especially in the second half as Hoosiers moaned and groaned about everything from missed shots to errant passes.

After Indiana opened the second half with a three-point play, it managed six points over the next 6:34, a drought that allowed the Badgers to take control. Wisconsin scored seven straight to take a 38-37 lead with 15:58 to play, then got a three-point play from Jackson to start a 9-0 run.

NO. 12 CREIGHTON 79, N. IOWA 68: Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 31 in the second half for the host Bluejays (17-1, 6-0 MVC), who won their 11th straight.

ST. JOHN'S 67, NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 63: JaKarr Sampson scored 14 of his 17 in the first half for the host Red Storm, which handed the Fighting Irish (14-3, 2-2 Big East) their second straight loss.

NO. 14 BUTLER: Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke said he is feeling better after Saturday's crash into a padded basket support, but the senior guard still has soreness in both shoulders and hasn't been cleared to resume contact.

USF women roll

TAMPA — Andrea Smith scored 17 and twin Andrell Smith added 16, all in the first half, as USF routed Cincinnati 77-44 at the Sun Dome for its first Big East win.

Freshman forward Alisia Jenkins added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls (12-4, 1-2), who outrebounded the Bearcats 42-32 and held them to 32.7 percent shooting from the field.

"We defended, we challenged and we rebounded," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 79, G'TOWN 64: Kayla McBride scored 17 and Skylar Diggins had 15 points and nine assists for the host Irish (15-1, 4-0 Big East), who made 33 of 36 free throws and cruised to their 10th straight victory.

NO. 3 UCONN 72, NO. 15 LOUISVILLE 58: Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley scored 16 each for the host Huskies (15-1, 3-1 Big East), who have won 12 of their 13 meetings with the Cardinals (14-4, 2-2).

NO. 24 IOWA ST. 82, NO. 16 OKLA. 61: Hallie Christofferson scored 24 and Nikki Moody had 20 points and 13 assists for the host Cyclones (13-2, 4-1 Big 12), who snapped a six-game winning streak by the Sooners (14-3, 4-1).

Texas: Medical conditions prompted senior center Cokie Reed and junior guard Chelsea Bass to retire. Reed cited exercise-induced hypertension. Bass reportedly suffered a fourth career concussion.

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