The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-19, 6-12 Big Ten) and Northwestern (9-19, 2-15) battled it out to the very end until the Badgers pulled ahead 64-57 last Thursday night.
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Wisconsin women’s basketball played a well-rounded game from start to finish. They’ve had problems in the past finishing games, often giving up leads in the fourth quarter. But this game turned out different, and the home crowd provided a necessary boost.
The Wisconsin Badgers (8-19, 3-12 Big Ten) could not keep up with the second-best team in their conference, the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-5, 13-2), in Wednesday night's Big Ten women’s basketball matchup.
Wisconsin (8-18, 3-11 Big Ten) traveled to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota (9-16, 2-12) for the second time this season. Earlier this season at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin won 81-77.
Ohio State (20-3, 9-3 Big Ten) traveled to the Kohl Center to face Wisconsin (7-16, 2-9 Big Ten) on Wednesday night.
The Wisconsin Badgers faced a tough loss to the Northwestern Wildcats, losing 67-70 in the last five minutes of Sunday’s women’s basketball game.
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.
After another dominant season, including a 21-game win streak, the Wisconsin Badgers were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by the No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, after defeating No. 11 Penn State on Friday.
On Dec. 2, the Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-15, 10-8 MAAC) traveled to Madison to face the No. 1 seed Wisconsin Badgers (27-3, 19-1 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Wisconsin Badgers won their 10th consecutive match against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, in four sets on Friday night. Earlier in the season, the Badgers took the Cornhuskers down in three sets at the UW Field House.
Wisconsin had beat Rutgers in three sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-12) just a week prior at the UW Field House. On Friday, Wisconsin (23-3, 17-1 Big Ten) faced Rutgers again (7-21, 1-15 Big Ten) and dominated offensively with almost double the amount of kills. Wisconsin started off with a strong 8-0 lead, which included a service ace from Izzy Ashburn, two kills by Devyn Robinson, one kill by Julia Orzol and four blocks.
In late September, Wisconsin lost 0-3 to Minnesota in Minneapolis – the Badgers’ first and only Big Ten loss. In the nine games since, Wisconsin dropped only five of 27 sets. The Badgers’ win against the Gophers is their 10th in a row, tied with Ohio State for the longest streak in the conference.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers just recently claimed the No. 1 spot in the nation over Texas, heading into the match with an 18-1 overall record and 10-0 in the Big Ten. Nebraska is the toughest and highest ranked competition the Wisconsin Badgers have faced this season, but not only did Wisconsin get the win — they managed to do it in three sets, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18. These two teams are now tied for first in the Big Ten at 10-1 alongside Ohio State.
On Friday, Wisconsin’s strong offense and impenetrable defense guided them to a win over Michigan State. Key defensive player Gulce Guctekin led Wisconsin with 11 digs and also contributed on offense with a service ace.
The Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team finished their away series with a sweep in Iowa on Friday, Oct. 14, taking the match 27-25, 25-15 and 25-19. The Badgers dominated the Hawkeyes – holding them to a hitting percentage of less than .180.
The Wisconsin volleyball team began their three-game away series by facing Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 5. They swept the Hoosiers, winning 25-23, 25-18 and 25-19. Sarah Franklin had a match-high 13 kills, followed by Danielle Hart who totaled 10. Wisconsin out-blocked Indiana 13-4 and grabbed their 14th-straight match win against the Hoosiers.
Wisconsin returned to the Field House for their third conference game on Friday night to face No. 9 Penn State. Penn State entered with an overall record of 12-1 and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin, ranked 12th in the nation, was also 1-1 in the Big Ten conference and was 7-3 overall.
On Friday night, Wisconsin hosted Northwestern for the Big Ten Conference opener at the UW Field House. Northwestern entered Friday’s game 11-1 facing the No. 6 national ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin is coming off of a relatively easy win against Rhode Island from the previous weekend — taking all three sets. The Badgers looked to begin another win streak.
Wisconsin volleyball stepped foot in the Kohl Center for the first time in 24 years, taking on No. 16 Florida. The Badgers shattered the previous record for largest attendance in a regular season match with a sold out arena holding 16,833 people. Unfortunately Wisconsin was not able to pull out the win, falling 2-3 to the Gators.
While the Wisconsin Badgers lost 17-14 to Washington State, Graham Mertz stepped up and proved himself as their starting quarterback — making many impressive throws despite strong defensive coverage.