Following a first-round victory over Rutgers University, the Wisconsin Badgers were scheduled to face off against Michigan State Thursday night, a team who defeated Wisconsin at home 81-57 earlier in the season.
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Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team most definitely did not exceed any expectations this season. After starting the season 2-0 in exhibition matchups to in-state teams, the Badgers dropped three straight to kick off the 2016-’17 season before snagging its first victory, a five-point win, at home against Butler.
It all came together Wednesday night for the Badgers, as they ended their home season with a combination of senior night, a senior reaching her 1,000-point mark and a buzzer-beater shot to seal the victory.
In what has become a long, challenging season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, redshirt senior forward Kendall Shaw is just grateful she has been able to come in and make an impact.
On Jan. 19, the Badgers (0-10 Big Ten, 5-18 overall) marched into Columbus to face off against then-No. 16 Ohio State (11-1, 21-5) and escaped with a just a nine-point loss. Sunday brought a different story for Wisconsin.
Despite piecing together a momentum-shifting third quarter and taking a lead, the Badgers (0-8 Big Ten, 5-16 overall) fell to Indiana (5-3, 15-6) Sunday afternoon by a score of 78-54.
Despite remaining winless in Big Ten play, freshman guard Suzanne Gilreath is focused on finding the silver lining.
In what was a night of back-and-forth play, as well as a night of comebacks, Wisconsin ultimately found itself with a nine-point loss when the final buzzer sounded.
After floundering to a 47-100 record over the past five seasons under head coach Bobbie Kelsey, Wisconsin women’s basketball fired Kelsey, looking for a coach to rebuild and retool the program.
In what was arguably Wisconsin’s (4-8) most well-played game of the season, the Badgers could not pull off the upset Sunday and knock off in-state rival Marquette. The Golden Eagles (7-2) escaped Madison with a 81-75 victory Sunday afternoon.
In what ended up being a sloppy, low scoring night for both teams, the Bengals of Idaho State came out on top Tuesday night in Wisconsin’s return to the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin, led by Cayla McMorris and Avyanna Young, dominated from the start as they rolled to Sunday over Illinois State.
Playing mostly a backup role, outside of one start in the game at UW-Milwaukee, sophomore forward Marsha Howard has been a sparkplug for this young Badgers team.
Wisconsin started the first contest of the Lady Rebel Round-Up as well as anyone could ask for, but shot itself in the foot with 31 turnovers, a season high, against Ole Miss.
The Badgers would have liked to leave Milwaukee and enter the upcoming UNLV tournament on a high note, but Milwaukee had other plans.
While the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-2-4 Big Ten, 9-5-8 overall) didn’t wind up with the result it was hoping for against the No. 9-seed Florida Gators (8-3-0 SEC, 17-5-1 overall), the Badgers will come back to Madison with nothing to hang their heads about.
What began as a promising night for Wisconsin women’s basketball ended up being a crushing loss in front of its home crowd.
Every state has a designated state flower. Wisconsin’s is the wood violet.
The Badgers’ season, and the Jonathan Tsipis era, did not start as they hoped it would.
A year ago, Wisconsin was surprisingly left out of the NCAA tournament. They would not experience that same disappointment this year, receiving an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.