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UW women's basketball returns home for two games

ON WISCONSIN Taylor Wurtz scored 14 points at Illinois
Taylor Wurtz scored 14 points at Illinois

Jan. 6, 2010



MADISON, Wis. - The Badger women's basketball team (11-4 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) returns 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.

 Game 16|  Wisconsin (11-4, 1-3) vs. Purdue (7-7, 2-1) 
 Date  Thursday, Jan. 7 |  6:30 p.m.
 Location  Madison, Wis.  |  Kohl Center
 TV  Big Ten Network
 Radio  Wisconsin Radio Network or InsideBadgerSports.com
 UWBadgers.com  GameTracker  |  Live Gameday Blog
 All-Time Series  Purdue leads

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Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.


  • UW makes its second appearance of the season on the Big Ten Network on Thursday.
  • Wisconsin has lost its last two games, both on the road, for the longest losing streak of the season.
  • The Badgers fell to 0-3 on the road this Big Ten season and 4-3 on the road overall after losing at Illinois this past Sunday.
  • UW is 5-1 at home this season, including a win over No. 16 Michigan State on Dec. 28, the Badgers first win over a ranked team this year.
  • In their last two games, the Badgers are averaging just 51.5 points per game.
  • In the most recent NCAA statistics released Jan. 4, UW ranks 16th in scoring defense, giving up only 53.1 points per game.
  • The Badgers have struggled from the free throw line the last four games. Wisconsin is shooting just 55.6 percent from the line (40-of-72).
  • Freshman Taylor Wurtz scored a career-high 14 points at Illinois this past Sunday, hitting a career-best four 3-pointers.
  • Junior Alyssa Karel’s streak of double-figure scoring came to an end at Illinois. The 5-7 guard, who had scored in double figures in six straight games, including three games with 20-or-more points, was held to nine points vs. the Illini.
  • Wisconsin ranks 12th in RPI according to RealTimeRPI.com. UW is also eighth in strength of schedule.
  • Senior Rae Lin D’Alie pulled down a career-high nine rebounds at Illinois. The 5-3 guard led all players with her career best.


  • The Boilermakers struggled during the non-conference season, going 5-5 but have turned up their play of late. Purdue is 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten to tie for second. The Boilers have won four of their last six games, including the last two conference games. Purdue defeated Minnesota, 51-43, and Indiana,76-66, last week. The Boilermakers fell to No. 3 Notre Dame this past Monday, 79-75.
  • Purdue is 0-1 away from Mackey Arena in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers fell at Northwestern on Dec. 6.
  • The Badgers and Boilermakers have nearly identical statistics. Wisconsin gives up 53.1 points per game while Purdue gives up 54.9 points per game on the season. UW averages 60.6 points and 35 rebounds per game while the Boilers average 61.6 points and 36 rebounds per game.
  • Purdue has only one player that averages in double-figure scoring but five other players that contribute five or more points per game.
  • Sophomore Brittany Rayburn, a 6-0 guard, leads Purdue with 15.4 points per game.
  • Senior Jodi Howell, a 5-11 guard, adds 9.6 points per game. She makes the most 3-pointers on the team with 26 while Rayburn adds 24 treys. Howell shoots 47.3 percent from the field, including 41.9 percent from behind the arc.
  • Senior FahKara Malone, a 5-3 guard, chips in 7.4 points per game. She also dishes off 4.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game, which rank second in the Big Ten.
  • Freshman Sam Ostarello, a 6-2 forward, comes off the bench to lead the Boilermakers with 6.1 rebounds per game. She also adds 5.2 points per game.
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