Golden Ea­gles’ women’s team reels in a star

Mil­wau­kee Acad­emy of Science stand­out Wil­liams to play at MU

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Ben Steele

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.”

JOHN RAOUX/AP

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.

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