After closing out 2016, the Badgers looked to be turning the corner following a stretch of promising basketball, which concluded with an upset road win at UW-Green Bay.
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. The team found that person in new head coach Jonathan Tsipis, a former Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, and a key component of Notre Dame’s recruitment corps that built a powerhouse program. This season, the team has welcomed in eight new players––six of which are freshman.
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.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis and his Badger squad lost last Tuesday night in a game in which it seemed neither team wanted to win.
Wisconsin, led by Cayla McMorris and Avyanna Young, dominated from the start as they rolled to Sunday over Illinois State.
Facing a 22-point deficit coming into the second half, the Badgers showed no signs of life, as North Carolina put on a clinic of a first half, doing damage on both sides of the floor.
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 (2-5) has been struggling to find its identity all season. After a pair of early losses, a down-to-the-wire loss against Saint Francis and a close victory over Butler University, the Badgers don’t necessarily possess the record they wish they did.
The Badgers would have liked to leave Milwaukee and enter the upcoming UNLV tournament on a high note, but Milwaukee had other plans. Behind the strong play of junior guard Jenny Lindner and senior guard Sierra Ford-Washington, the Panthers (3-1) were able to dismantle Wisconsin (1-4) fairly easily by a score of 80-63. Lindner finished the night with 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting.
After suffering a plague of closeout mishaps and blowout losses to open the season, the Wisconsin Badgers scratched and clawed their way to a win Sunday evening.
What began as a promising night for Wisconsin women’s basketball ended up being a crushing loss in front of its home crowd. Wisconsin (0-3) welcomed the Dayton Flyers (1-2) to the Kohl Center in what truly was a tale of two halves and would eventually result in Dayton snagging its first victory of the season.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis leads his Badger squad into a battle with an old foe Wednesday as the Atlantic-10’s Dayton Flyers come to town.
Sidney Cooks long-awaited decision came and passed Tuesday, as the six-foot-four-inch senior forward declared her allegiance to Sparty.
The Badgers’ season, and the Jonathan Tsipis era, did not start as they hoped it would. After two solid showings at the Kohl Center in exhibition matches, the team traveled east to take on the University of Charlotte for the season opener this past Friday. The Badgers lost to the Conference USA team 63-48.
The Badgers hosted their second and final exhibition game Tuesday night, with the in-state UW-Stout Blue Devils in town, part of an annual matchup between the Badgers and one of the UW schools.
It wasn’t pretty, nor was it easy, but Wisconsin left the Kohl Center floor with a ‘W’ after taking down Winona State 78-71 in Sunday’s exhibition match. The Badgers left the first quarter up 22-11 and extended that lead in the second to make it 41-19.
There are certain moments in any sport that define a player’s career: Michael Jordan’s Flu Game in the 1997 NBA Finals, Derek Jeter’s walk-off hit in his final at-bat, Rafael Nadal’s grueling five-set win over Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. Nicole Bauman’s historic three-point barrage against Ohio State was her moment.