Julie Pospisilova entered the DATE Valparaiso women’s basketball game with 997 career points, after scoring 18 in their last matchup against Penn State. Pospisilova, the Czech Republic native, hit a 3-pointer to finally reach 1,000 after she forced a turnover.
She ended the night with 10 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four steals.
Her first steal led to the record-breaking 3-point shot in the final three minutes of the first quarter. Pospisilova had her moment and also became the first Badger in program history born outside of the US to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
"I never really look to be the main scorer, I try to put the team first, but accomplishing something personal is always cool and I will never forget this moment, ever," Pospisilova commented after the game.
On top of the incredible night for Pospisilova, Wisconsin was able to complete the comeback and snap a three game losing streak. Wisconsin fell to No. 6 Indiana, Maryland and Penn State in just the past week. Their record had dropped to 6-14 and 2-7 in their conference after starting off the season winning four of their first five.
Wisconsin had a rough start at home as they struggled to score and had to fight back after starting down 12-2.
Pospisilova’s historical basket was a turning point in the game for the Badgers — as the energy immediately shifted and spirits rose at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin finished the first quarter strong after taking a 13-12 lead.
Leading the Badger’s in total points was Sereh Williams who contributed 18 along with seven rebounds and four blocks. Williams shot just above 50% from the field and made all six of her free throw shots.
Valparaiso’s Leah Earnestt was a force on the court as she posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Earnest shot 50% from the paint and nailed two of three 3-point attempts.
Wisconsin and Valparaiso both played their last non-conference game of the season, after it was rescheduled from Dec. 22 due to severe weather. Wisconsin will host Northwestern on Sunday at 1 p.m., while Valparaiso will return home to face Illinois State.