No doubt there is work to be done this season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team as it hopes to relinquish its lost ground from its 2016-’17 season.
In a rugged and competitive Big Ten conference last season, there was a major difference between regular season co-champions, Ohio State and Maryland, and conference bottom feeders, Illinois, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Nebraska. But despite the major differences between first and last, the Big Ten was one of the deepest conferences in the country.
Men's Basketball: Hayes delivers dagger into Nova's repeat bid With 20.3 seconds remaining and the No. 8 seed Badgers tied 62-62 against the No. 1 overall seed Villanova Wildcats, Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard called a timeout, looking to draw up the most important set piece of the Badgers’ season.
The No. 11 seed Badgers opened up Big Ten Tournament play against the No. 14 seed Rutgers, and the two were tied 6-6 with 3:16 left in the first quarter. The game was never tied again, as the Badgers (3-13 Big Ten, 9-21 overall) went on to the win the first quarter 14-6, the first half 27-13, and ultimately the game 61-55 against the Scarlet Knights (3-12, 6-24). “We've talked a lot as a team since the game ended at Iowa on Sunday night about doing something that nobody in the program currently had done: win a first round game,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis told UWBadgers.com. Redshirt senior forward Avyanna Young led her young squad with 20 points, and also added four rebounds and three assists. While Young did pour in almost a third of her team’s points, Rutgers’ Shrita Parker did her best to keep her team afloat with 24 points in the game.
Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team most definitely did not exceed any expectations this season.
Women's basketball After closing the season by splitting a pair of games last week, head coach Jonathan Tsipis saw the Badger’s progression as an important accomplishment heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
On a campus like UW-Madison, where football and men’s basketball grab headlines week in and week out, women’s sports can go unnoticed, despite achieving continuous success.
In the annual “Think Pink” game, Wisconsin took the court covered in pink from headbands to shoelaces.
In former head coach Bobby Kelsey’s first season, the Badgers went 9-20, including a 5-11 record in Big Ten play.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis says he doesn't count losses, even as the Badgers’ losing streak was pushed to 10 last week.
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. “It definitely means the world to me,” Shaw said.
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 9-point loss.
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. A strong first quarter from Indiana made it look as though the Hoosiers would run away with the game from the very start.
The uninspired and unintimidating first-half play that has plagued the Badgers all season continued yet again Wednesday night.
Men’s Basketball Head coach Greg Gard didn’t have many complaints at Monday’s press conference following an excellent week that saw the Badgers take down two Big Ten opponents.
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. No. 16 Ohio State (6-1 Big Ten, 16-1 overall) outscored Wisconsin 12-8 in the first quarter and 29-11 in the third.
After falling to 0-4 in Big Ten play over winter break, the Badgers had a chance to salvage their sinking ship of a Big Ten record against a weak program.