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Thanksgiving with the Badgers!

After an early 6 a.m. departure, the Badger women's hockey team landed in Providence a little before 9:30 a.m. ET. The team headed straight to Schneider Arena to unload the bus (props to Jim Lamboley for making the two-day drive to meet us here), and get ready for practice. As per usual, the team ended practice with the showdown (after Thursday practice the team participates in a shootout and the winner picks someone to sing in front of the team for pregame meal the next day). For the second week in a row, Stefanie McKeough won the shootout. See who McKeough chose to sing in the Badgers Thanksgiving video.

Badgers in beantown!

While the Badgers continue their run in the NCAA tournament, I (Jacqueline Boscacci, Athletic Communications Assistant), will be documenting the journey. The Badgers landed in Boston last night, getting settled in the hotel for a good night's rest.

The team started its Sweet 16 journey over 24 hours ago, check it out here.

The sweetest thing

By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeeper

The sweetest, most satisfying feeling in the world HAS to be a hard fought victory! Certainly the game Monday night was nothing less than a battle. Northwestern, in my opinion, was the game with the greatest amount of energy we've experienced all season. It was nothing less than electric. During an injury in the second half, I took a deep breath and had a minute to collect my thoughts. I looked to my right and both benches we're on their feet incessantly encouraging us to stay in it. I looked up and realized how dark the sky had become and how bright the lights were. I closed my eyes and realized how loud the crowd was yelling. Perhaps the stats didn't reflect the energy. Two and three saves respectively for the goalkeepers isn't a very impressive statistic, but that doesn't mean both sides didn't have solid chances. Luckily, we were the team that used the energy the most to our advantage.

Get out your brooms, Badger fans

By Olivia Jakiel, Wisconsin women's hockey

Finally! Our first sweep of the season! And it feels that much better because it was against second-ranked Minnesota. I think it's safe to say that the entire team is pumped. We may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but I'm getting a good vibe (I think it's my indigo child instincts) that this is the start of real Badger Hockey - the kind of hockey we all know and love.

It's our time

By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeeper

Hello Badger fans! I'm hoping this blog is able to give you some better insight into what it means to be a Wisconsin student-athlete and how it feels to chase an NCAA berth! For us, this is the first time any of us would have an NCAA experience, and for the seniors it is their last shot at this opportunity!

Nosbusch named to first team academic all-district

Laurie Nosbusch gained another award to her list of honors this season being named to the first team academic all-district on Thursday, Oct. 29. The sophomore is currently on track to major in Biology and has a 4.0 GPA .

As the returning leading scorer from last season, Nosbusch leads the team with six goals and four assists to total a team high 16 points. She recorded her first hat trick against No. 19 Indiana for the 3-2 win and has three game-winning goals this season.

A lot on the line

The Wisconsin women's soccer team will play its regular season finale on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern. The Badgers, who will get some extra practice time before facing the Wildcats, are trying to secure a win to better their chances for a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin sits at 32nd in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released last Monday (Oct. 19) by the NCAA. That rating was before the Badgers earned a 1-0 win over Michigan State and played to a scoreless draw at Michigan.