Every Thursday, we send out the great OnMilwaukee Weekend Preview filled with awesome things to do. Some are sports-related; many are not. So every Monday, we recap what happened in the world of Wisconsin sports while you were doing all those other awesome things.
Bucks lose to Jazz, 84-81: In an ugly defensive struggle, Milwaukee lost its fifth straight game and for the 14th time in a row in Salt Lake City. The Bucks, who were led by Khris Middleton’s 18 points, actually outshot the Jazz from field-goal and 3-point range, but they committed 20 turnovers (Middleton had nine) and couldn’t convert their late chances into a victory. Jabari Parker scored just two points in 33 minutes.
Admirals beat Condors, 7-3: Because of illness and injuries, defenseman Trevor Murphy was moved to left wing, and he seemed to like it there quite a bit. Murphy had a hat trick and three assists, piling up six points – almost half his previous career total of 13 – to extend Milwaukee’s points streak to six games. Playing at home, Bakersfield scored the opening goal of the game, which was the Admirals’ first in California since 2000, but the Condors wouldn’t lead again.
Marquette women lose to Georgetown, 75-72: On the road in Washington, D.C., the young Golden Eagles blew what was a 17-point lead late in the first half against the Hoyas and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Freshman Allazia Blockton again led Marquette in scoring, with 19 points, but Georgetown steadily chipped away at its deficit and eventually prevailed.
Golden Eagles lose to Musketeers, 90-82: On the road in Cincinnati, at an arena in which it had never before won and despite leading for much of the game, Marquette folded late and failed to secure the upset over No. 6 Xavier. The hot-shooting Musketeers made 13 of 20 3-pointers (65 percent) and caught fire in the final four minutes, thwarting the Golden Eagles and precocious freshmen Henry Ellenson (22 points) and Haanif Cheatham (21 in 21 minutes).
Panthers lose to Norse, 75-71: After leading for much of the game and being up seven points with a little more than eight minutes left, Milwaukee couldn’t close it out against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. Both teams shot well on 3-pointers (Milwaukee was 11 of 23, Northern Kentucky was 11 of 22), but the Panthers committed seven more turnovers and barely got to the free-throw line (2 of 3, compared to 8 of 11 for the Norse). J.J. Panoske scored a game-high 21 points.
Milwaukee women lose to Green Bay, 69-46: The Phoenix used a 22-2 run at the start of the second quarter to fly away from the Panthers in Green Bay, with Tesha Buck scoring a game-high 23. Milwaukee shot just 26.9 percent from the field and was led by Jenny Lindner, who had 15 points.
Admirals lose to Gulls, 4-1: Scoring three goals in a little more than two and a half minutes during the second period, San Diego took control at home and ended Milwaukee’s six-game points streak. Gulls goalie Anton Khudobin made 30 saves in the victory, while Trevor Murphy got another assist on Stefan Elliott’s power-play goal.
Marquette women lose to Villanova, 81-60: A game after relinquishing their big lead and losing to Georgetown, the Golden Eagles were never even in this one in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats went on a 17-0 run to start the game and never looked back, with Alex Louin scoring a game-high 28 points. For Marquette, Natisha Hiedeman had 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Broncos beat Panthers, 24-10: But more important than the game were the off-field winners and losers.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.