Golden Eagles’ women’s team reels in a star
Milwaukee Academy of Science standout Williams to play at MU
Milwaukee Academy of Science senior Shemera Williams is one of the most prolific girls basketball scorers in state history.
The dynamic guard will get to continue to get buckets in her hometown after announcing Friday that she will attend Marquette.
Kansas State and Virginia were Williams’ other finalists.
Antetokounmpo, one of a handful of players who referenced the loss to Portland after the victory over the Warriors.
Yes, a team that ended Thursday’s game with a 9-2 record, one that has not yet lost consecutive games and has collected statistics that rank among the best in the NBA, was focused on turning things around after just one loss.
Not only did they have the desire to play better, they actually did. The Bucks outworked and overwhelmed the Warriors in every facet. Their defense, which looked shaky against the Blazers, was energetic and effective from start to finish. On offense, Milwaukee got highquality looks at will and put up a franchise-high 84 points in the paint.
It was a far cry from what happened in Portland just two days earlier.
“We knew that that wasn’t us when we were out there that we can be so much better,” center Brook Lopez said. “The great thing about that is even in the games we win we still feel we can be a lot better. That says a lot about our team as well.”
Of course, Thursday’s relatively subdued locker room wasn’t just about confidence or satisfaction surrounding a bounce-back win. Milwaukee’s group is an experienced one and the players know regular-season wins like this one – statement games as they may be – don’t matter much in the long run.
“As great of a win as this was, we’ve got to forget about it,” Khris Middleton said. “We’ve got a tough one in L.A. against the Clippers then a back-toback in Denver and they’re playing well. Both teams are playing well.”
Trial by fire: Rookie Donte DiVincenzo had a viral moment come at his expense Tuesday as Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, who cooked the Bucks for 40 points, shook DiVincenzo to the floor off the dribble before knocking down a floater.
The video of the moment made the rounds on social media and drew commentary from the Blazers locker room, including McCollum saying being guarded by the rookie was “very disrespectful.”
DiVincenzo shook it off quickly. Part of his ability to do that stems from the confidence he draws from his coaches and teammates.
“I think he knows and his teammates know how well he is doing defensively,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is having a big impact on games in a positive way defensively and that is our league, you got tough covers every night. … He has shown an ability to make things difficult. Overall, I would just tell him that the positives have been huge and he has to keep working and getting those assignments.”
Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons, right, loses control of the ball as he goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the second half Friday in Orlando, Fla.