JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin women’s hockey team won the national championship last season, it marked one of the finest seasons that the program had ever seen. It was the first time a team outside of Minnesota’s borders had won the national championship, in addition to head coach Mark Johnson receiving Coach of the Year honors and Sara Bauer being named Player of the Year. All of that happened in just one season. And now the Badgers have the opportunity to do it all again.The Badgers are just two victories away from another national title this weekend, as Wisconsin will take on St. Lawrence Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. The winner will then take on either Minnesota-Duluth or Boston College in the national championship game Sunday.Sandwiched in the middle of the two games is the Patty Kazmaier Award presentation, which recognizes the best player in the country. UW senior forward Bauer, the reigning Kazmaier winner, is one of three finalists. Bauer, who has 66 points on the season, would become the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.While Wisconsin (34-1-4) has plenty going in its favor this weekend, the Badgers come off a tiring quadruple-overtime 1-0 victory over Harvard in the quarterfinals.”It was very difficult to stay in the game,” sophomore goalie Jessie Vetter said after last weekend’s game, which lasted 120 minutes. “It was hard for both teams to stay in it, but it was a really fun game, and we’re just glad that we came out with the win.”Whether Vetter or senior Christine Dufour starts, Wisconsin will have to look out for St. Lawrence’s leading scorer, junior forward Sabrina Harbec. She has racked up 70 points so far this season, good for second most in the nation. On top of that, the Saints are coming off a big upset from last weekend when they topped New Hampshire 6-2, and the team will certainly be playing with some confidence. “Right now, I don’t think there are really any concerns about St. Lawrence,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “Playing our game and recognizing situations on the ice and doing things [are what] we need to do.”However, history hasn’t exactly been on the SLU’s side. This will be the fourth consecutive year St. Lawrence has made it to the Frozen Four, but the Saints haven’t been able to make it past the semifinal game.”Their defense is very strong, and their forwards on the powerplay can do a lot of good things,” Slusar said. “But five-on-five is going to be important for us.”While many are looking for the UW women’s hockey team to defend its national title this weekend, the Badgers aren’t looking past the first game one bit.”I don’t think [we’ve thought about the second game],” Slusar said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on the first game against St. Lawrence.”It’s going to be a tough battle.”
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Haldeman scored 21 points, Trae Berhow made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 19 seconds and Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State 69-64 on Wednesday night.Berhow made the second of two free throws for a three-point lead, 67-64, with 19 seconds remaining. Indiana State’s Cooper Neese missed a 3-pointer and the Sycamores (10-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley) sent Berhow to the line again. He made both to seal the win.The game was last tied, 53-53, with 4:41 remaining. UNI (8-10, 3-2) led the rest of the way but Indiana State was twice within two points in the final minute and a half.Haldeman made 4 of 8 3-point tries for Northern Iowa, while his teammates went 2 for 15.Berhow made one 3-pointer and went 3 for 4 from the line for six points.Jordan Barnes had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana State. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria. Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. BOONE — The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams picked up road wins at DMACC in Boone last night. In the women’s game, Jada Buford led the Lady Trojans with 39 points in a 110-86 victory. Mandy Willems added 24 points, Autam Mendez had 14 while Lexi Jones chipped in 10. NIACC led 61-44 at the half. The Lady Trojans are now 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The NIACC men won their 11th straight game with a 106-100 victory over DMACC. The 11-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in school history, and the longest since the 1984-85 team also won 11 straight. Quentin Hardict led the Trojans with 37 points, while Deundra Roberson and James Harris both scored 21. The NIACC men are now 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Both NIACC teams travel to Kirkwood on Saturday. IOWA CITY — The 22nd ranked Iowa Hawkeye women host Michigan Thursday night. The Hawkeyes are coming off a win at 23rd ranked Minnesota, a game in which they outscored the Gophers 49-23 in the second half.Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says a key for the Hawkeyes is perimeter scoring.Iowa is 3-2 in the Big Ten. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 6:45 tonight. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to the same position. The Jaguars also filled five other staff positions. DeFilippo replaces Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired in late November and landed in Green Bay. The Vikings parted way with the 40-year-old DeFilippo in mid-December. He previously spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia and was praised for his work with Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Michigan — 6:45 STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA — The 23rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes rallied for a win at Penn State. A late three pointer by Jordan Bohannon was a dagger in an 89-82 win. The Hawkeyes finished the game on a 10-2 run after the Nittany Lions had used an 8-0 run to erase a seven point Iowa advantage. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.Iowa played without leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cook who warmed up but was unable to play on his injured ankle.McCaffery hopes he will play Sunday against Illinois.Sunday’s game starts at noon, with an 11 o’clock pre-game on KGLO PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Nick McGlynn had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Drake built a big first-half lead to beat Bradley 69-52 on Wednesday night.Drake (13-5, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) has defeated the Braves (8-10, 0-5) in three of the last four meetings.The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 26-6 run for a 33-15 advantage at the break. Brady Ellingson made three 3-pointers during the surge.Tremell Murphy scored eight of his 11 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 rebounds. Ellingson had 15 points and D.J. Wilkins chipped in with 10.Elijah Childs had 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Bradley. The Braves shot just 19 of 61 (31 percent) from the field that included 12 missed 3-pointers while Drake was 26-of-50 shooting (52 percent).Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points and Luqman Lundy had 10 for the Braves. LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night, handing the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss.The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game losing streak coming off a 17-point win over No. 7 Kansas that gave them a 2-0 start in conference. Iowa State matched its win total from last season, the school’s lowest in 16 years.The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1) were the last team without a conference loss and missed on a chance for their first 5-0 start in the Big 12, going back to 1996-97. The Red Raiders, whose only other loss was to No. 1 Duke, and Jayhawks are tied for the Big 12 lead.Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Winnington scored 11 points apiece, including a bucket for each after the Red Raiders had pulled even at 61-all with less than two minutes remaining.Weiler-Babb hit a tiebreaking jumper, and Winnington added an alley-oop layup from Tyrese Haliburton after Jacobson blocked Jarrett Culver’s layup attempt.Culver had 20 points and 16 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Davide Moretti scored 10 points.Jacobson’s double-double was his third of the season.