Women’s basketball: Badgers to face Boilermakers in first round of Big Ten tournament

first_imgA six point victory to close out the regular season against Penn State could not save the Wisconsin women’s basketball team from a bottom four Big Ten finish, and so the team will play Wednesday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament as the No. 11 seed.Facing off against 14th-seeded Purdue (6-23, 3-15 Big Ten), the Badgers (9-19, 5-13) will look to advance to the second round by dealing the Boilermakers their 11th consecutive defeat. Purdue’s last win came at Minnesota on Jan. 22, a 90-88 overtime thriller, and has since failed to score more than 70 points in nine of their past 10 contests.Wisconsin and Purdue have matched up one time already this season, resulting in a 65-56 Wisconsin victory in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Jan. 15. Offensive balance was key in the Badgers’ win, with guards Dakota Whyte, Tessa Cichy and Nicole Bauman scoring 14, 13 and 11 points, respectively. Purdue shot just 32 percent from the field, and the Badgers held the Boilermakers to 26 points in the second half despite 37 shot attempts.The winner will punch their ticket to face sixth-seeded Minnesota (22-8, 11-7 Big Ten), the same team that knocked the Badgers out of the conference tournament a season ago. In that game, the Badgers were on the verge of an upset until the Gophers crawled back from a late 16-point deficit to win in overtime.The possibility of revenge, however, is not a primary concern at the moment, according to head coach Bobbie Kelsey, who cited the dangers of overlooking a current opponent.“I think that’s setting you up a little bit,” Kelsey said. “You get caught up in the two and three ahead, and this is a hard run for any team that starts out on the first day. I just take it one game at a time, and I ask our kids to do that.”Wisconsin’s defense against Purdue poses a difficult matchup to predict, as neither side has been promising this season. While Purdue has had their fair share of scoring woes in conference play (60.8 ppg), Wisconsin has been equally ineffective at stymieing opposing offenses, allowing more than 72 points per game in the same span.The Boilermakers’ top scoring threat, forward and all-Big Ten honorable mention Whitney Bays (15.3 ppg), could create problems for Wisconsin’s suspect interior defense. But Purdue’s lack of offensive versatility could force it to rely on its lone star. If the Badgers can stop Bays, the Purdue offense might resort to their troubling outside shooting game, which has shot at a 23 percent clip this season.After losing star Michala Johnson early in the season to a torn ACL, Wisconsin’s offense has been led by the breakout efforts of junior guard and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection Nicole Bauman (15.1 ppg). Behind Bauman’s efficiency from behind the three-point line (47%, the second highest in all of Division I), the Badgers have revamped their scoring identity from a heavy post-minded approach to an outside-shot first mentality.Aside from her consistency from three-point range, Kelsey also pointed out Bauman’s versatility as a shooter. Unlike many players, Kelsey said Bauman has taken the time to adopt a mid-range game that involves searching for the best look.“That’s the one thing I preached when I first got here because I’ve seen it,” Kelsey said. “Kids either want to get all the way to the basket, or they just want to shoot threes.“When the defense gets on you, you got to be able to pull up, and I think that’s why Nicole is such a threat.”Game VitalsWhat: Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, first roundWho: Wisconsin vs. PurdueWhere: Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman States and ILWhen: Wednesday, March 4, 25 minutes after the conclusion of Indiana vs. Penn State at 5 p.m. CTWatch/Listen: BTN Plus/The Mic 92.1Records on a neutral court this season: Wisconsin (0-2), Purdue (1-1)Wisconsin Probable Starters: (With season scoring averages)Nicole Bauman – G (15.1 ppg), Dakota Whyte – G (11.0 ppg), Tessa Cichy – G (9.3 ppg), Jacki Gulczynski – F (9.6 ppg), F – Cassie Rochel (6.7 ppg)Key ReservesAnnMarie Brown – G/F (2.2 ppg), Cayla McMorris – G (5.1 ppg), Malayna Johnson – F (4.2 ppg)Purdue Probable Starters:Ashley Morrissette – G (11.1 ppg), Bridget Perry – G (10.2 ppg), April Wilson – G (8.9 ppg), Liza Clemons – F (8.8 ppg), Whitney Bays – F (15.3 ppg)Key ReservesAndreona Keys – G (5.5 ppg), Hayden Hamby – G (2.2 ppg), Bree Horrocks – C (2.3 ppg)last_img read more

Cats injury concerns ahead of Waterford clash

first_imgJackie Tyrell is definitely out, having undergone surgery after suffering a stress fracture in his foot while training last weekend.Brian Cody has also conceded that Richie Power’s continuing injury problems mean he won’t feature.While Michael Fennelly is unlikely to face the Deise as his back problems have limited his involvement in training.last_img

Melvin Ritsema: ‘Panda’ to the needs of the UK sports betting market

first_img Submit Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 In the first of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema takes a trip back to 2017 to talk us through his company’s decision to bring a sportsbook into its successful three-year-old online casino platform.Just over a year ago, we started out on a sportsbook adventure, having identified this as the best way to ensure continued growth and lift Royal Panda into the industry big league.It’s not to say that the growth had dried up – far from it, but we wanted to take it to the next step by expanding our offer, both to cater better to the wants and needs of our existing customers and to open up a wealth of new marketing sources.With this in mind, and given that we wanted to become even more focused on our main target market, it made sense to diversify our product portfolio with a sportsbook offering.As an online casino – we’d already entered the world’s biggest regulated market in the UK, which is dominated in all sectors by some massive companies, and not just survived but thrived. As such, we wanted to apply the same magic touch to the sportsbook.Having assessed the viability of this internally, we decided to ‘Panda’ to the needs of the UK market. Okay, not completely, because these discussions brought home the realisation that while there was no doubting our marketing know-how, or even our expertise in keeping customers happy, we needed to form a strategic partnership to conquer the sports betting space.More specifically, we needed some help on the software side. Now, everyone in the industry is aware of the competition in this area, but we were quickly impressed by the BetConstruct platform. It was also important to us that BetConstruct wasn’t yet being used by any of the UK’s biggest operators, so our product would stand out as a unique proposition to our target market.The deal meant we had two companies looking to make a name for themselves in a competitive sector through quick, decisive thinking and a proactive, winning mentality, as well as great platforms.Perhaps more importantly, we were impressed by the willingness of the BetConstruct team to work with us as a partner. They wanted a big client in the UK and we wanted a partner who would put our needs at the front of the queue – this was a win-win for both companies.However, we didn’t want to be seen as just another casino operator trying to eek out extra revenues by putting everything in the hands of a turnkey solution provider. For this reason, we made plans to combine the Royal Panda sportsbook rollout with a sporting statement of intent – namely to enter a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal with London-based Championship side Queens Park Rangers (QPR).This three-year deal with QPR instigated a ‘Royal’ traffic boost straight from the outset, put Royal Panda on the map with a traditional and well-known football club both in the UK and abroad, and gave us another focal point to apply our in-house PPC and marketing expertise.At this stage, we were keen not to overstretch ourselves or to attempt an unrealistic positioning of the brand, but instead careful to get a ‘feel’ for how best to go about this. Yet even back then, the end goal was clear – to take on the established sports betting operators in the lucrative UK market. This was just the first step in the company’s quest for greater success in the UK and beyond. Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Man steals package from Pembroke Pines apartment

first_imgSurveillance cameras captured a man stealing a package from the front door of an apartment in Pembroke Pines.The man could be seen walking up to a front door stoop, picking up the box and taking off.The package contained a computer.The theft took place Feb. 28, at the Arium Complex, located near Southwest 118th Avenue and 13th Street.If you have any information on this package theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more