Wisconsin faces an uphill battle at home against Maryland

Badger coach Johnathan Tsipis believes his team is ready for the challenge of Big Ten juggernaut Maryland.
Badger coach Johnathan Tsipis believes his team is ready for the challenge of Big Ten juggernaut Maryland. Image By: Taylor Wolfram

Coming from a loss against Iowa on the road Sunday, the Wisconsin Badgers (3-12 Big Ten, 11-15 overall) are preparing for Wednesday’s home game against the Maryland Terrapins (13-2 Big Ten, 22-4 overall).

Their loss on Sunday was by an overwhelming score — the Badgers had inconsistencies in rebounding and three-point shooting — leading to an Iowa final 97-71. 

Maryland had a dominant win against Penn State (1-14 Big Ten, 7-19 overall) Sunday, 106-69, but going into halftime, the score was just 46-45 in favor of the Terrapins. That was before Maryland scored 60 points in the second half, making it their eleventh straight win. 

“We’ll get ourselves ready and that’s all you can do,” Wisconsin Head Coach Johnathan Tsipis said at a press conference on facing Maryland. “I like the way our kids prepare — I like how hard they play. It’s being able to capitalize on making sure we do that possession by possession, and to give ourselves the best chance to be successful.”

Against Iowa, Wisconsin Sophomore Imani Lewis scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, making it her eleventh double-double of the season. She is now tied for fifth for most in a season. It’s also her 16th straight game scoring double-digits. 

Senior Abby Lazewski has a double-digit streak of her own, this past Sunday’s game against Iowa her fourth in a row. 

Look out for their performances against Maryland, and the team’s extra motivation to finish the regular season strong, after a rocky play since the conference season started. 

“I think you’re always trying to look at what can you make better, what can you improve with your team, with your individuals,” Tsipis explained. “I’m a big Jon Gordon fan, and I think taking the phrase ‘you can be bitter or you can get better,’ that’s what we’re going to continue to do with our group.” 

Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Kohl Center.

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