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.
Panthers lose to Crusaders, 80-76: In yet another close defeat, Milwaukee fell in overtime at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to Valpairaso, which clinched the Horizon League regular-season title. Alec Peters poured in a game-high 23, while Matt Tiby scored 21 points for the Panthers (18-12, 9-8), who lost by four points or fewer for the eighth time this season.
Admirals beat Wolves, 4-1: Max Reinhard netted his second hat trick of the season, and Milwaukee beat Chicago at the BMO Harris Bradley Center to move into a first-place tie with Rockford in the Central Division. Goalie Marek Mazanec made 29 saves for the Admirals (33-17-3-0).
Bucks lose to Pistons, 102-91: Milwaukee began a five-game home stand with an ugly performance against Detroit at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks once again allowed their opponent to burn them from outside, as the Pistons made 10 of 14 three-pointers, with all five Detroit starters scoring in double figures. Khris Middleton had a game-high 26 points for Milwaukee (24-35).
Golden Eagles lose to Wildcats, 89-79: In front of a sellout crowd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on National Marquette Day, the home team couldn’t muster enough of an effort to upset No. 1 Villanova. Guards Haanif Cheatham and Jajuan Johnson scored 19 apiece, but freshman phenom Henry Ellenson was quiet with just 13 points and six rebounds. Marquette (18-11, 7-9) committed 17 turnovers and allowed Villanova to shoot 57.7 percent from the field.
Milwaukee women beat Wright State, 68-57: The Panthers moved into second place in the Horizon League, behind conference-leader Green Bay, with their win over the Raiders at the Klotsche Center. Sierra Ford-Washington led the way with a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds, Syndey Howard scored 15 and Milwaukee (17-10, 11-5) recorded its most victories since 2007-08.
Marquette women lose to DePaul, 98-65: The Golden Eagles were no match for the No. 19 Blue Demons, the Big East’s top team, who got 23 points and nine assists from Jessica January at the Al McGuire Center. Allazia Blockton scored 16 to break a 21-year-old freshman points record for upstart Marquette (14-15, 9-9), which will have a first-round bye for this weekend’s conference tournament.
Admirals lose to Wolves, 2-1: In the return game in Rosemont, Ill., Milwaukee was quieted by Chicago and fell back into second place in the Central Division. Colton Sissons scored 14 seconds into the second period, the fastest goal the Admirals (33-18-3-0) have recorded to start a period this season, but Wolves rookie Justin Crandall netted the game-winner at the 5:07 mark in the third.
Wave beat Ambush, 6-5: In its regular-season finale and with a playoff spot already clinched, Milwaukee (13-7) beat woeful St. Louis at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Marcio Leite had two goals and an assist, while Max Ferdinand had a goal and two assists for the Wave, who will face Chicago in the first round of the MASL playoffs this weekend.
Panthers beat Flames, 98-85: Milwaukee (19-12, 10-8) scorched Illinois-Chicago with its outside shooting in the regular-season finale, making a season-high 15 three-pointers during the win at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. All five starters scored in double figures, led by J.J. Panoske’s 20 points. Matt Tiby and Austin Arians added 19 apiece, while Jordan Johnson set a school record with 15 assists.
Wisconsin women lose to Purdue, 68-48: The Badgers concluded a disappointing season in West Lafayette, Ind., scoring 12 points combined in the second and fourth quarters against the Boilermakers. Ashley Morrissette had a game-high 28 points for Purdue, as Wisconsin (7-21, 3-15) finished in second-to-last place in the Big Ten.
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.