St. Paul, Minn.
Alyssa Karel Photo Gallery
Honors: 2011 second team All-Big Ten ... 2011 third team Academic All-American ... 2011 Academic All-District ... 2010-11 Preseason All-Big Ten by media ... team co-captain ... 2009-10 All-Big Ten second team by coaches and media ... 2009 World Vision Invitational MVP ... 2008-09 honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media ... 2008 Paradise Jam MVP ... 2009 and 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District ... 2009-10 and 2008-09 Academic All-Big Ten
Of note: Became UW's 20th 1,000-point scorer, notching her 1,000th point against Purdue (Mar. 5, 2010) in the Big Ten Tournament ... has 1,476 points in her career, which ranks 13th on UW career list ... plays much bigger than 5-7 with her 24-inch vertical and ability to drive to the hoop; has a very accurate pull-up jumper ... very intelligent player with great court awareness ... traveled to South Africa during the summer of 2009 to experience nursing in that country; visited hospitals, clinics, nursing schools and an orphanage ... both parents played basketball at St. Thomas University, where her mother is in the Hall of Fame
2010-11: Missed the first three games of the season due to a leg injury ... returned to the Badger lineup vs. Kansas (Nov. 21), scoring 27 points--her second-highest single game point total ... reached double-scoring figures in 10-straight games (Dec. 9-Jan. 20) ... led team with 15.3 ppg ... was the team's leading scorer in 12 games ... recorded double-digit scoring in 22 games, including eight 20-plus games ... knocked down 12 points against Indiana (Feb. 23) to surpass 1,400 career points while also tying career high with eight rebounds ... led all scorers with 19 points against Northwestern including a season best 6-of-8 (.750 percent) shooting from the field ... played a career-high 42 minutes against Michigan State (Feb. 3) ... notched career-high eight rebounds vs. Purdue (Jan. 13) ... notched 23 points including three 3-pointers against Penn State (Jan. 2) ... nailed 24 points on three 3-pointers and seven free throws vs. Drake (Dec. 9) ... scored 21 points at Minnesota (Jan. 20) ... had season-high six assists vs. Michigan (Feb. 19) and vs. Butler (March 16) in the first round of the WNIT ... led the team with 13 points at Saint Mary's (Nov. 27) ... recorded 14 points, three assists and two steals against No. 5 Duke (Dec. 2)
2009-10: Started all 32 games ... led the Badgers and ranked 11th in the Big Ten with 14.3 points per game; was the UW's leading scorer in 18 games ... scored in double figures in 26 of 32 games, including eight games with 20-or-more points ... scored a career-high 31 points against Ohio State (March 6) in the Big Ten Tournament, just four points shy of tying the tournament record of 35 points ... averaged 22.5 points per game in the Big Ten Tournament... led the team with 14 points per game at the World Vision Invitational, earning MVP honors ... shot 48.6 percent from the field in the tournament and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line; added 2.7 rebounds per game as well as five assists, three blocks and one steal on the weekend ... scored a then-season high 23 points vs. Green Bay (Nov. 24), shooting 10-of-16 from the field ... tied her then-career best with four 3-pointers made vs. Robert Morris (Dec. 15); also took a career-high nine attempts from behind the arc ... took a career-high 19 field goal attempts at Iowa (Dec. 31), tying her then-career-high with nine 3-point attempts ... shot 9-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range vs. Purdue (Jan. 7), scoring 21 points ... tied her career best with four steals vs. Cleveland State; turned in one of her best all-around games vs. CSU, adding five rebounds, five assists while guarding their top player in the second half of the game ... ranked second on the team with 1.5 steals per game ... pulled down a season-high six rebounds at Michigan State (Jan. 14) and at Minnesota (Feb. 4) ... averaged3.0 rebounds per game ... had three blocks vs. Indiana (Feb. 14) ... led the team with 0.8 blocks per game ... scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down five rebounds with two assists, one block and one steal vs. Vermont (March 21) in the NCAA tournament
2008-09: After not starting any games as a freshman, was the only player who has started all 34 games ... scored in double-digits in 26 of 34 games; led the Badgers in scoring in 18 games ... led the team and ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 12.8 points per game; also ranked eighth in 3-pointers made (1.62/game), tied for seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (36.7) and 14th in minutes played (33.62/game)... led the team in 3-pointers made and attempted (55-of-150) ... scored a then-career-high 25 points vs. Northern Illinois (Dec. 7), hitting 11-of-14 (.786) from the field ... scored the game-winning points vs. Baylor (Nov. 29), putting in a jumper with seven seconds left ... had a career-high seven rebounds vs. Villanova ... averaged 3.4 rebounds per game ... had a season-high five assists at Iowa (Feb. 19); added four assists vs. Kentucky (March 22) ... had four steals and three assists vs. UW-Milwaukee (Dec. 2); scored a 3-pointer that sent the game into the second overtime period
2007-08: Led the team as a freshman in 3-point percentage and a UW freshman record (17-of-31 for 54.8 percent) ... averaged double figures the last four games of the season and hit 7-of-9 3-pointers (78 percent) ... had 15 points, hitting 6-of-6 from the field (2-2 3-pointers), in 20 minutes vs. Iowa (March 2) ... hit 3-of-3 3-pointers for 11 points to help spur the comeback at Michigan (Feb. 28) ... had her bust-out freshman game vs. Michigan State (Jan. 2) with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 3-pointers in 18 minutes of play ... had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, five assists and three steals at Northwestern (Feb. 18) ... had a career-high seven assists vs. Northwestern (Jan. 27) and five vs. Minnesota (Jan. 7) ... played 21 minutes at Iowa, tying a then-career-high with three steals ... had a career high three blocks vs. Indiana (Feb. 20)
High School: Three-sport standout who as a senior averaged 19.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals per game ... started since the ninth grade ... earned all-conference and team MVP honors all four years ... named all-state three years ... team was 20-8 and lost in the sectional finals to the eventual state champion ... one of five finalists for 2007 Minnesota Miss Basketball ... named first team all-state by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association, the St. Paul Pioneer Press defensive player of the year, first team all-metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Associated Press first-team all-state after her senior season ... was a McDonald's All-American nominee and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-American ... was also named to the Timberwolves Top Five list and was the St. Paul Athena Award winner ... member of the Minnesota North Tartan AAU team with UW teammate Tara Steinbauer ... named to the all-tournament team at the 2006 Nike `End of the Oregon Trail' AAU Tournament ... National Honor Society member, who was a 4.0 student and earned several academic awards, including Academic All-State in 2007 ... lettered four years as a shortstop in softball and three years as a goalie in soccer
Personal: Parents are Steve and Taffy Karel ... has three brothers, Dan, Nick and Sam ... major is nursing where she is in the honors program
Points: 31 vs. Ohio State, 3-6-10
Field Goals: 12 vs. Kansas, 11-21-10
Field Goal Att: 31 vs. Illinois, 3-3-11
Field Goal %: 1.000 (6-6) vs. Iowa, 3-2-08
3-pt FG: 5 vs. Ohio State, 3-6-10
3-pt FG Att: 9 (3x; MR vs. Illinois, 3-3-11)
3-pt FG%: 1.000 (5-5) vs. Ohio State, 3-6-10
Free Throws: 8 vs. Michigan State, 12-28-09
Free Throw Att: 12 vs. Michigan State, 12-28-09
Free Throw %: 1.000 (4-4) (5x; MR vs. Ohio State, 2-27-11)
Rebounds: 8 (2x: MR vs. Indiana, 2-23-11)
Assists: 7 vs. Northwestern, 1-27-08
Steals: 4 (3x; MR vs. Michigan, 1-10-10)
Blocks: 3 (2x; MR vs. Indiana, 2-14-10)
Minutes: 46 at Minnesota, 2-4-10
Why I Chose Wisconsin
"I liked the distance from home, loved the coaches and players, and I knew I would get a great education here."
Off the court with Alyssa Karel
First started basketball (age/grade): First grade
Most memorable basketball game: Beating Baylor in the championship game at the Paradise Jam tournament
My favorite thing about Wisconsin women's basketball is: My teammates
Before each game, I: Take a nap
Best UW road trip: Virgin Islands, Paradise Jam
One word that describes the team: Unified
My teammates say I am: A goof
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Eat
Most memorable basketball achievement: Earning a college scholarship
This summer, I: I started the summer taking a trip to South Africa with a group of nurses, then I took four weeks of classes. I then went on vacation to the East Coast, Cape Cod and Boston.
Is there something significant about your jersey number? It was the only number left my freshman year of high school.
The best thing about the Kohl Center is: The jumbotron
Who is the funniest player on the team? Taylor
Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Anya
Who is the sloppiest player on the team? Rae Lin
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate basketball? I'd probably be going to school somewhere on a coast.
The best thing about Madison is: The fact that the whole town revolves around the college
Dream as a collegiate player: Big Ten champs
Fantasy job/career: Working as a nurse practitioner in South America or Africa
Person most admired: My brother
I can't live without: My phone
My secret addiction is: Facebook stalking
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can do an incredible monkey impersonation.
The community service activity or group I most like: YMCA family night
If I could guest star on a TV show, it would be: Dexter or Entourage
IfI could be on a magazine cover,it would be: US Weekly
One word that describes me: Balanced
You won't catch me eating: Peas
Nobody knows how much I love to... Paint
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: George Foreman
If I could live any place in the world, it would be: The Caribbean
A non-athletic talent I have is: I can burp super loud on command.
If I had a million dollars: I would donate a lot, and save the rest.
IfI could have any talent, it would be: Singing
One thing I absolutely have to do before turning 40: Go sky-diving
Career goal: Become a nurse practitioner and start my own clinic in Africa or South America
Most famous person I've ever met: James Lafferty (Nathan from One Tree Hill)