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College Report: Bartlett’s Jackie Gulczynski gives scoring boost to Wisconsin

Bartlett’s Jacki Gulczynski (35) scored team-leading 23 points Wisconsin’s victory over Indiana. | Steve Gotter/UW Athletic Communications

Bartlett’s Jacki Gulczynski (35) scored a team-leading 23 points in Wisconsin’s victory over Indiana. | Steve Gotter/UW Athletic Communications

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Updated: February 21, 2014 6:18AM

The Indiana University women’s basketball team entered its game with Wisconsin with a 14-1 record.

But to Bartlett graduate Jacki Gulczynski, that did not matter as the Badgers posted a 65-60 win.

“We knew what we could do and we also knew what they could do,” said Gulczynski, who scored a team-high 23 points. “The ball felt really good in my hands against them. Even my shots that did not fall felt good. I needed a performance like this, I had been struggling a bit.”

The 6-foot-1 junior forward hit 8-of-14 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws. Gulczynski completed the double-double with 13 rebounds, six blocked shots and two assists. She also led the team in rebounds and blocked shots.

“Blocking shots is always a big deal for me,” said Gulczynski. “If you can stop someone from scoring, that is as important as scoring. I had a couple of key blocks at the end of the contest. We all pulled together.”

Through 16 games, Gulczynski has 143 points and 106 rebounds, averageing 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.

The 16-game starter, who averages 30.3 minutes per game, also has 26 blocked shots, 10 assists and seven steals. She has scored her points by hitting 52-of-126 field goals and 16-of-18 free throws. She has hit 23-of-58 three-pointers.

Becca Smith (South Elgin) scored a career-high 25 points to help Loyola dump Missouri State 63-61. Smith nailed 9-of-16 from the field, which included 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-7 from the line. The starting guard, who played 39 minutes, also grabbed seven rebounds and doled out three assists. Loyola is 6-10 overall, 2-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Alyssa Schneider (Bartlett) won the mile at the Illinois Open. The Illini junior finished the race in 4 minutes, 53.83 seconds. Moriyike Akinosun (Waubonsie Valley), an Illini senior, finished fifth in both the 200-meter dash (26.30 seconds) and the 60 (:07.95). Illinois easily outdistanced DePaul to win the team title, 188.33-107.

Michigan senior Angela Chokran (St. Charles North) placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.06) and the 200 breaststroke (2:18.08) in a meet between Michigan, Nortre Dame, Northwestern and Rutgers. She was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay, which finished in 1:41.26. Michigan defeated Notre Dame (168-132), Northwestern (172-128) and Rutgers (219-81). Notre Dame was ranked 25th in the county at the time of the outing.

North Dakota State’s Kory Brown (Elgin) scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 87-64 win over Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis. Brown shot 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line. He also had two assists and two blocked shots. In the 91-69 win over Nebraska-Omaha, Brown finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. The guard started and played 29 minutes against IUPUI and 28 minutes against Nebraska-Omaha. North Dakota State is 13-5 overall, 2-1 in the Summit League. They have won six of their last seven.

Eastern Kentucky defeated Morehead State (76-65) and Belmont (74-63) in Ohio Valley Conference play. Marcus Lewis (Streamwood) had eight points, four rebounds, four steals and three steals in the win over Belmont. He tallied six points, three rebounds and two steals for EKU (12-6, 3-2) in the win over Morehead State.

Western Illinois thrower Kevin Bauers (Bartlett) started his indoor season by taking fourth in the shot put in the Iowa State hosted Holiday Classic. He recorded a toss of 45 feet, 9.75 inches. For the Western Illinois women, Megan McGlone (Streamwood) finished ninth in the high jump, leaping 4-11. She was also 14th in the 60 hurdles, finishing in :09.75. Western Illinois’ men finished second with 95.5 points. Drake won the men’s title with 139.5 points. The women were fifth with 49 points. Iowa State won with 119.5.

The Illinois women’s swimming team tied with Rutgers 150-150 in a dual meet. Illinois swimmer Rachel Burke (Rosary), a Wayne resident, finished fifth in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at :54.60.

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