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September 17, 2020
The Badgers have been relying on Jolene Anderson since herfreshman year at Wisconsin. Unfortunately for UW, Anderson shot 3-of-12 fromthe field Tuesday night, notching a season-low 11 points against UW-Milwaukee.With Anderson’s lack of offensive presence against UWM, theBadgers needed another player to lead their team to victory over their in-staterival.Luckily for Wisconsin, its other two seniors showed up toplay.Seniors Janese Banks and Danielle Ward each recorded andtied their season highs with 23 and 10 points respectively, leading the Badgersto a commanding 79-59 victory.The two seniors knew that with Anderson not playing up toher normal standards, it was important for them to take charge of the game andpull together the team to make up for their star teammate’s atypicalperformance.”I think Jolene knew that if she was struggling, herteammates would be there to rally behind her,” Banks said. “She wasn’t heretonight, and everyone has those nights. If she were up here, she’d be sayingthe same thing — that we would be behind her 100 percent.”Compared to her 22.4 points per game average, Anderson’sperformance was anything but impressive. Without the other seniors’contributions, the game could have looked different.Banks took charge from the start of the game, leading theBadgers when Anderson was on the bench. The senior forward led both teams inscoring, and Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone did not let that point gounnoticed.”Janese Banks was on fire and our team found her, and Ithought she did a great job on getting on the offensive boards and got nice putbacks, made her free throws and did some nice things for us,” Stone said.Ward’s presence on the floor was felt right from the start,when the opening tip-off went to her for an easy lay-up, followed by animpressive block on the defensive end of the court.Ward, who usually is not a main source of offense forWisconsin, grabbed six rebounds and had three blocks. She also saw Anderson’sseeming inability to score as an opportunity for the other players to step upoffensively.”Of course we want Jolene to do what she has to do, but wejust have to do whatever it takes to win the game,” Ward said. “Even whensomeone is back on the boards, or points, or whatever, we just have to dowhatever we can do to win.”Matched up against UWM star Traci Edwards, Ward used herathletic ability to contain the powerful forward.”She’s very athletic,” Edwards said. “I liked coming in andplaying against her, it was a good match-up for the most part, and we played toour advantages.”Banks and Ward, however, were not the only significantcontributors in the victory. Sophomore guard Rae Lin D’Alie had an impressivestat line, registering eight points, seven assists and six rebounds.”Rae was great, she gave us the energy,” Stone said. “I giveher the keys to the car, and I tell her to take over and drive that team. Ithought she had great energy and made tremendous decisions, especially in thesecond half.”Above all, the Badgers have the ability to win withoutAnderson being the only source of offense. In fact, in beating Milwaukee, 11 of15 Badgers scored.”I think Lisa has done a nice job with this team,”UW-Milwaukee head coach Sandy Botham said. “There’s no doubt that she’s got themost depth she’s ever had, and they have a lot of different options now, whichmakes them that much more dangerous.”
August 26, 2020
76ers star Joel Embiid has “no idea” whether he will be ready to play when his team takes the court Saturday to face the Nets in the opening series of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embiid, who has missed 14 of the 76ers’ final 24 games, provided an update on his knee before Philadelphia’s practice Friday, revealing that the pain has gotten worse in recent days. “Even within the pain, it is still possible [to play] but whatever I have been feeling the past couple of days has been different. It still hasn’t changed,” Embiid said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Everything is good on the scans but the pain level hasn’t changed. It got worse.”Embiid explained the decision is ultimately his to make, but the official injury report lists him as doubtful. Related News NBA playoffs 2019: Eastern Conference first-round previews, predictions “Just got to keep working through it and see how I feel every day. You never know what’s going to happen,” Embiid told reporters. “Extremely frustrating but you can only control what you can and that’s the work I put in every day. I have to treat my body and I take care of it, but I guess the rest is going to follow. “We got a real chance to go to The Finals.”Now the question is, how much, or will, Joel Embiid play?#Sixers #Nets pic.twitter.com/WG1IqRfsk6— Dave Uram (@MrUram) April 12, 2019Embiid, who has averaged 27.5 points with 13.6 rebounds per game this season, reiterated he wants to play but also said he needs to be smart about his return. “Everybody who knows me knows I want to be on the floor and play through injuries and pain,” he said. “But if I can’t go, it means it is pretty painful.” NBA playoffs 2019: Western Conference first-round previews, predictions “I am the one feeling the pain and I know my body,” Embiid said. “They (the medical staff) are going to do whatever they can as far as getting me ready, but if my body doesn’t respond based on the pain level, there is really nothing you can do.”The 76ers also released a statement (via the Inquirer) saying Embiid’s status for Saturday’s game will be revealed after Friday’s practice. In addition, coach Brett Brown said Embiid wouldn’t practice, according to KYW Newsradio.“Since the game at Chicago on April 6, Joel has continued his treatment program including conditioning, strength training and physical therapy. He will be a partial participant in practice today. An initial status for Embiid’s availability in Saturday’s game vs. Brooklyn will be determined after practice today (by the 5 p.m. league reporting deadline).”Embiid said he has been working through his treatment program, and explained the determining factor as to whether he plays will come down to the amount of pain he feels.