Jan. 6, 2010
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Welcome to the Badger Women's Basketball Insider, a service of BuckyMail and your source for news on the Wisconsin women's basketball team. Once a week during the season you'll get news from around the Web and official reports from associate director of athletic communications Diane Nordstrom delivered to your email in-box. If you're a Wisconsin women's basketball fan, this is your ultimate resource for news and features.
The Badgers (11-4 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) return home for two games, looking to get back on the winning track. Wisconsin hosts Purdue (7-7, 2-1) on Thursday in a game that will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. from the Kohl Center. UW hosts Michigan (9-5, 1-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Kohl Center.
FOLLOW THE BADGERS
If you can't make it to the Kohl Center this week, Thursday's game airs live on the Big Ten Network. Mark Neely and former UW head coach Mary Murphy will call the game. You can also listen to the voice of the Badgers Mike Heller call the game on the Wisconsin Radio Network (locally on WIBA AM 1310) or on line on InsideBadgerSports.com under the Live Events tab. Live stats and live in-game Blog are available at UWBadgers.com.
Sunday's game vs. Michigan will be Web streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com for $2.99. You can also listen to Heller's call on the Wisconsin Radio Network (locally on the Big 1070 WTSO) and on InsideBadgerSports.com under the Live Events tab. Live stats and live in-game Blog are available at UWBadgers.com.
On Sunday, receive a free youth ticket with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket. To purchase, visit the Ticket Center on UWBadgers.com and select the Pre-Sale/Promotions tab in the left-hand column. Enter promotional code: TAKEAKID.
Sunday is also Janesville Community Day in honor of freshman Catie O'Leary. Residents of Janesville can take advantage of $1 general admission tickets. To purchase, visit the Ticket Center on UWBadgers.com and select the Pre-Sale/Promotions tab in the left-hand column. Enter promotional code: JANESVILLE.
Fans will enjoy a very special halftime performance on Sunday featuring the Red Panda Acrobat, courtesy of Coke Zero.
"Krystal, the Red Panda Acrobat, rides a seven-foot unicycle, kicks several bowls at a time into the air and lands them in an ever-growing and wobbly stack of bowls on her head. Each successive flip is done with a greater number of bowls. Krystal hold the world record for this act."
IN THIS WEEK'S GAME PROGRAMS
- The CDW Badger Chronicles features stories on the Badgers' recent travels as well as what the players are doing to keep busy over break.
- Read all about assistant coaches Ty Margenthaler and Kathi Bennett on the Johnson Bank "We'll treat you like family" page.
- UW is 5-1 at home this season, including a win over No. 16 Michigan State on Dec. 28.
- Read all about the UW team in the Badger Briefs on the Gameday page.
BADGERS RECEIVE VOTES IN POLLS
Following the Dec. 28 win over No. 16 Michigan State, Wisconsin receives votes in the Associated Press poll this week. The Badgers pick up two votes in the AP poll for Jan. 4. UW also received four votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll for Dec. 29. The last time Wisconsin received votes was on Dec. 1, 2008, after defeating then-No. 6 Baylor at the Paradise Jam.
GANT WRITES DIARY FOR HOMETOWN PAPER
Senior tri-captain Teah Gant is writing a diary for her hometown paper - the Aurora Beacon News. Gant and Nick Fruendt, a sophomore at Northwestern, share their thoughts with The Beacon-News on a variety of topics. Both are former Beacon players of the year.
Gant, who was recently named to the Beacon News All-Decade team, has written two diaries so far.
WHAT THEY'RE WRITING
Various media outlets have written about the Badgers in the last week. Read a feature on Anya Covington as well as recaps from recent games.
WURTZ SCORES CAREER HIGH
Freshman Taylor Wurtz scored a career-high 14 points at Illinois this past Sunday, including hitting a career-best four 3-pointers. The 6-0 guard was the only Badger in double-figure scoring. Wurtz was 4-of-6 from long range, including 3-of-5 in the second half. She hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining to put UW up 52-49. The versatile Wurtz is averaging 6.7 points this season, scoring in double figures in six games. She leads the Big Ten in conference-only games at 63.6 percent from 3-point range.
In addition to season ticket packages and single-game tickets, Badger fans can take advantage of a number of family and group packages. The Famous Footwear Family Four Pack, group tickets for 15-or-more people or choose any three games to attend and buy your tickets now. Season tickets are also still available. Log on to WisconsinHoopsTickets.com to order yours!
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