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Taylor Wurtz
Taylor Wurtz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brandon, Wis.

High School:
Ripon

Height:
6-0

Position:
G

Experience:
4 letters

Taylor Wurtz Photo Gallery | 2013-14 Game-by-Game Stats | 2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats | 2011-12 Game-by-Game Stats | 2010-11 Game-by-Game Stats | 2009-10 Game-by-Game Stats

Honors: 2014 consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten ... 2014 Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Player of the Week, Jan. 6, 2014 ... 2013 Vanderbilt Thanksgiving All-Tournament ... 2011-12 third-team All-Big Ten by league media ... 2011-12 honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches ... 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 team captain ... 2011 Omni Classic All-Tournament team ... 2010-11 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Jan. 11, 2010 ... Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, Jan. 18, 2010

Of Note: Became the 22nd UW player to score 1,000 points as a senior; ranks 16th all time with 1,367 points ... also ranks third in 3-pointers made (206), third in 3-point attempts (605), seven in rebounds (793), third in games played (126), ninth in minutes played (3,703) and tied for eighth in career double-doubles (17) ... versatile player who can play anywhere from 1 to 4 ... father played basketball at Ripon College

2013-14: Started all 29 games, averaging 34.3 minutes per game ... ranked second on the team with 12.8 points per game ... scored in double figures in 21 games ... had three 20-plus games, including tying her career best with 27 points at Illinois (Jan. 3) ... also added a career-high 19 rebounds against the Illini to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors ... scored her 1,000th career point with a 3-pointer at the 8:51 mark in the first half against the Bulldogs ... had a team-best nine double-doubles -- 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Northwestern (March 2); 12 points and 11 rebounds at Purdue (Feb. 23); 14 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana (Feb. 8); 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska (Feb. 5); 17 points, all of which came in the second half, and 14 rebounds vs. Ohio State (Feb. 2); 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northwestern (Jan. 18); 27 points and 19 rebounds at Illinois (Jan. 3); 24 points and 14 rebounds vs. Mercer (Nov. 29); and 13 points and 10 rebounds at Milwaukee (Nov. 14); ... led the team with 8.1 rebounds per game, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten and was best among guards ... recorded 10-plus rebounds in 10 games ... named to the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving All-Tournament team, averaging 21 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games ... ranked second on the team with 2.3 assists per game ... dished off a season-high five assists at Vanderbilt ... had at least one assist in 26 games ... tied her career high with three blocks vs. UIC (Dec. 21) ... played a career-high 44 minutes vs. Green Bay (Dec. 30) ... added a team-best 1.0 steals per game ... had a career-high five steals vs. Northwestern (Jan. 18)

2012-13: Took a medical redshirt for the season due to a lingering back issue ... played and started five games ... led the team in scoring vs. Milwaukee (Nov. 11) with 16 points and Washington State (Nov. 18) with 13 ... scored in double figures in all five games ... averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game ... pulled down nine rebounds against UWM, just missing her ninth career double-double ... hit two 3 pointers against Washington State (Nov. 18) and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line ... went 3-for-4 from 3-point land against Evansville (Nov. 25) ... averaged 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game

2011-12: Started all 29 games, averaging 34.7 minutes per game ... led the team with 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game ... scored in double figures in 27 contests ... tied a career-high with 27 points against Iowa (Feb. 2), playing 41 minutes and netting five 3-pointers ... scored a then-season-high 26 points against Montana State (Nov. 25), netting a career-best nine free throws and tying a career-best five 3-pointers ... tied her career high with four steals at Colorado (Nov. 26) ... named to the all-tournament team at the Colorado Omni Classic ... recorded a team-leading six double-doubles on the season with double-figure rebounds in six games ... pulled down a career high-tying 15 boards vs. Oral Roberts (Nov. 13) ... went 6-of-6 from the free throw line against Penn State (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Feb. 2) ... led the team in 3-point field goals made and attempted at 69-of-183 (37.7 percent) ... also led the team in free throws made and attempted (79-of-103) ... recorded a career-high seven assists at Ohio State (Feb. 6)

2010-11: Only player to start all 31 games ... had double-figure scoring in 12 games including five in a row from Jan. 23-Feb. 10 ... had double-figure rebounds in five games ... slated two double-doubles ... led the team with 6.4 rebounds per contest ... team's leading rebounder in 12 games ... ranked fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game ... led the team in scoring in four games ... third on team with 24 steals ... led the team with 46 3-pointers made ... notched season-high five assists against Butler (March 16) ... had career-high three blocks at Minnesota (Jan. 20) ... tied season high with 19 points and also tied career-high with five 3-pointers against Purdue (Jan. 2) ... pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds at Oklahoma State (Dec. 5) ... pulled down a then-career-high 10 rebounds against Marquette (Nov. 24), recording her first career double-double as she added 10 points ... had her second career double-double with 11 rebounds and 12 points at Wyoming (Dec. 15) ... played a career-high 41 minutes vs. the Cowgirls ... had a season-high 19 points, including four 3-pointers vs. No. 5 Duke (Dec. 2)

2009-10: Played in all 32 games ... fifth on the team with 6.5 points per game ... scored in double figures in 10 games ... tallied a career-high 27 points vs. Michigan (Jan. 10), shooting 9-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range ... pulled down a season-high nine rebounds vs. the Wolverines ... second on the team and ninth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (39.6) ... led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting at Michigan State (Jan. 14); scored the game-winning basket vs. the Spartans with 52 seconds remaining ... chipped in 18 points vs. Ohio State (Feb. 18), hitting 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range ... added eight rebounds vs. the Buckeyes ... scored 14 points at Illinois (Jan. 3), hitting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead basket with 1:33 remaining ... scored the game-winning basket vs. Cleveland State (Nov. 22) with 1:39 left on the clock; tallied 10 points vs. the Vikings ... led the Badgers with 13 points in only 14 minutes at NC State (Dec. 3); shot 5-of-8 from the field (.625) vs. the Wolfpack ... averaged 3.3 rebounds per game ... had four assists vs. Portland State (Nov. 27) ... had a career-high four steals at Marquette (Dec. 11) ... shot a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc vs. Robert Morris (Dec. 15) ... finished season second among all-time UW freshmen in 3-pointers made (40), fifth in 3-point attempts (101) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (39.6)

High school: Ranked No. 85 in the class of 2009 by ESPN HoopGurlz ... two-time Associated Press first-team all-state ... earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore ... four-time Eastern Valley Conference Player of Year, leading Ripon High School to three consecutive conference titles ... averaged 25.4 points per game as a senior, which ranked first in the state ... added 9.4 rebounds per game ... the Tigers were 78-13 in four years, with Wurtz starting all 91 games, and 55-5 in conference games under Coach Bill Peters ... Ripon's all-time leading scorer with 1,910 points, averaging 20.9 points per game ... holds school records for total assists with 354 (3.8 per game), steals with 357 (3.9 per game) and 3 pointers with 240 (2.6 per game) ... Tigers' season record holder for scoring, assists and steals and ranks in the top 10 for career rebounds ... earned all-conference honors in track as a freshman and sophomore on the 3200-meter relay ... second-team all-conference honors in tennis as a junior ... ranked among the top-10 students in her class, earning high honors every quarter of high school ... member of the National Honor Society

Personal: Parents are Lud and Jane Wurtz ... has three sisters Callie, Cora and Tiffani and two brothers, Lincoln and Preston ... nicknames are Tay and Rocky ... born Aug. 13 ... graduated in May 2013 with a double major in legal studies and sociology ... currently working on her master's degree in educational leadership and policy analysis

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Career Highs

Points: 27 (3x; MR at Illinois, 1-3-14)
Field Goals: 9 (4x; MR at Illinois, 1-3-14)
Field Goal Att: 17 (3x; MR at Purdue, 2-23-14)
Field Goal %: .750 (9-12) vs. Michigan, 1-10-10
3-pt FG: 5 (4x; MR vs. Iowa, 2-2-12)
3-pt FG Att: 11 vs. Oral Roberts, 11-13-11
3-pt FG%: 1.000 (3-3) vs. Robert Morris, 12-15-09
Free Throws: 9 vs. Montana State, 11-25-11
Free Throw Att: 10 vs. Montana State, 11-25-11
Free Throw %: 1.000 (6-6); (2x; MR vs. Iowa, 2-2-12)
Rebounds: 19 at Illinois, 1-3-14
Assists: 7 at Ohio State, 2-6-12
Steals: 5 at Northwestern, 1-18-14
Blocks: 3 (2x; MR vs. UIC, 12-21-13)
Minutes: 44 vs. Green Bay, 12-30-13
Double-Doubles: 17

Why Wisconsin?

"It gives me the opportunity to compete at the highest level in front of my family
and the city is a great college town."

Off the Court with Taylor Wurtz

Favorites -Spot on campus: Kohl Center; Cartoon Character: Scooby Doo; Movie: Love and basketball; TV Show: The Game; Book: To kill a mockingbird; Car: Mercedes; Athlete: Dwayne Wade, my husband!; Basketball Player: Pistol Pete Marvich; Sports team: Miami Heat baby!
First started basketball (age/grade): At the age of 6
My favorite thing about Wisconsin women's basketball is: My teammates and coaches
Before each game, I: First I pray. Than eat a Snickers! Superstitious
One word that describes the team: Hard working
My teammates say I am: A talented musician. My voice especially.
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: I like to go to movies with my teammates. Any type of team bonding is fun!
Most memorable basketball achievement: Getting this scholarship to UW
This summer, I: I took classes six credits and worked out with the team
The best thing about the Kohl Center is: It is open late and it has everything I need to get better at basketball.
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate basketball? I have no idea!
The best thing about Madison is: The Kohl Center
Fantasy job/career: To play basketball for the rest of my life
Persons most admired: My parents. They are great Christian role models.
My most prized possessions are: My Bible and my basketball
I can't live without: My basketball
My secret addiction is: Chocolate especially Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I sometimes sleep with my basketball.
The community service activity or group I most like: Talking to girl scouts and shooting with them
If you could guest star in a TV show it would be? Jersey Shore
If you could be a cover of a magazine it would be? Sports Illustrated
The best sporting event you ever attended was? Milwaukee Bucks game against the 76s with AI.
One word that describes me: Determined
You won't catch me eating: A lot of things but Indian food
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: The iPod
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Anywhere warm and sunny!
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world: It would be in Italy
A non-athletic talent I have is: I can do Scooby Doo voice
If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pistol Pete Maravich
If I had a million dollars: I would buy a basketball court and give the rest to my family. I might buy some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups too.
If you could have any talent: I wish I could sing like Whitney Houston.
One thing I absolutely have to do before turning 40: I have to beat my dad in one-on-one

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