Jennings County, In. — A report from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says a North Vernon woman was killed in a Monday morning traffic accident on U.S. 50 at the Ripley County line.At 6:30 a.m. deputies say two vehicles traveling in opposite directions sideswiped each other. After the impact, the vehicle driven by Brittany Comer went into the wrong lane and was struck by a vehicle driven by Michelle Hoover, 44, of North Vernon. Hoover was declared deceased at the scene. Comer was treated for minor injuries. Jason Hamm, 41, of Brownstown was not injured.The accident remains under investigation.
The biggest theme of the 2005-06 season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been growth, as the young, talented team tries to mature fast enough to repeat the success of recent Wisconsin squads. Whether they expected to find it or not, the Badgers found themselves in a situation where they couldn’t help but grow. Down 47-46 to an inferior but rabid opponent, UW faced a crossroads, where it could either crumble and fall or come together and rise, and UW took the road less traveled by young teams, breaking into a 22-5 run and playing like a veteran squad the rest of the way.”That game will help us, I’ll tell you that,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “The runs that happen, I don’t know if that all the time it is something magical or that you could put your finger on it. Energy has a lot to do with it. It happens.”The Badgers won the game on a team effort. Junior Alando Tucker (18 points) and sophomore Brian Butch (14 points) both had strong individual efforts, but the UW bench outscored UW-GB’s reserves 26-5. Wisconsin as a team committed only seven turnovers the entire game, a season low. The team held the Phoenix to under 30 percent shooting in the second half, behind team defense that was simply suffocating, forcing 11 turnovers and countless rushed shots.”The best part of Wisconsin basketball is that you never see them beat themselves,” said UW-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk, whose team is even younger than Wisconsin’s. “We may have beat ourselves a little bit in that run.””I just thought we were dead for a while,” Tucker said. “I think that at that point, we felt the urgency that we weren’t playing with.” Kowalczyk left the Kohl Center with firm respect for the Badgers’ level of play, one that he believes has yet to be discovered by the national media because of UW’s inexperience.”I think the University of Wisconsin is a lot better than anybody nationally gives them credit for,” the fourth-year coach said. “This is as well-coached a team as you are going to see anywhere in the country.” Flowers sparks victory: Sophomore guard Michael Flowers once again came up big for Wisconsin and had the most impressive line of the night. Flowers scored a career-high 12 points on 4-7 shooting, while also collecting six steals (another personal best) and four assists, both team highs.”It was needed,” Ryan said. “The definition of aggression is the disposition to dominate, and Michael gets that in his head. He’s been pretty good defensively.”Flowers started off UW’s game-changing run in the second half, making a short jumper and netting a steal on the ensuing UW-GB possession.”That’s when [Flowers] stepped up at point guard and took some confidence away from them,” Tucker said.Bragging rights: Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma won bragging rights for the year over former Randolph High teammate and UW-GB freshman Ryan Tillema with UW’s victory. Not only did Stiemsma win out on the scoreboard, but also in the box score.”When [Steimsma] was out there, good things were happening,” Ryan said.Stiemsma finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist, while Tillema went 0-for-8 from the floor and committed two turnovers. In Tillema’s defense, however, the freshman had a thumb injury that in all likelihood limited his game.”He hurt it in practice yesterday,” Kowalczyk said after the game. “He had a hard time catching the basketball. That’s what I think hurt him — catching the ball. I don’t think the pain was from shooting.”Ryan technical: Ryan was hit with his first technical foul of the season Wednesday night after vehemently arguing a no call on sophomore forward Brian Butch. Butch was knocked to the deck by an aggressive Phoenix player while attempting to go for an offensive rebound.”It was just one of those things where if I did [say something], I don’t even realize it and it was just a reaction,” Ryan said. “You are just trying to protect your players, and people see things different ways sometimes. That is all just part of the game.”