Jan. 13, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Wisconsin women's basketball team (13-4 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) take to the road on Thursday, facing Michigan State (11-5, 2-3) for the second time in 18 days. Game time is 6 p.m. CT from the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.
Wisconsin looks to sweep the Spartans for the first time since 2001. The Badgers upset the then-No. 16-ranked Spartans on Dec. 28, 62-54, in Madison. Junior Alyssa Karel led all players with 21 points but senior Rae Lin D’Alie turned in one of her best allaround games. D’Alie had 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and six steals.
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Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
- Taylor Wurtz was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the first honor for a Badger in the inaugural season for the award. Wurtz tallied a career-high 27 points to lead the UW over Michigan this past Sunday.
- UW’s 13-4 overall start and 3-3 Big Ten beginning equals its record of a year ago. The 13-4 start equals the best beginning for the UW under Coach Lisa Stone.
- UW is 7-1 in the Kohl Center this season, including a win over No. 16 Michigan State on Dec. 28, the Badgers first win over a ranked team this year.
- Wisconsin is 3-0 at home this Big Ten season. The Badgers were 1-2 in the Kohl Center at this point last year.
- Sophomore Jade Davis came off the bench to score a season-high 10 points vs. Michigan, the first double-figure scoring game of the season.
- Wisconsin got a season-high 41 points off its bench vs. the Wolverines behind Wurtz’s 27 points and Davis’ 10 points. Michigan scored only eight points off its bench.
- In a game between the top-two defensive teams in the Big Ten, UW scored 64 points against Purdue, a team which had been giving up just 54.9 points per game.
- In its last three games, Wisconsin is giving up an average of 50.7 points per game, two points below its season average.
- In the most recent NCAA statistics released Jan. 11, Wisconsin moved up to 11th in scoring defense, giving up only 52.7 points per game.
- UW ranks 15th in RPI and 24th in strength of schedule according to RealtimeRPI.com.
- In its last two games, Wisconsin is averaging 66 points per game and shooting 47.1 percent from the field. Opponents are averaging just 49.5 points per game while shooting 34.4 percent.
- Wisconsin won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time this season and for the first time since early in the 2008-09 season.
- The 20th-ranked Spartans are 2-1 since losing at Wisconsin on Dec. 28. MSU defeated Michigan and Indiana before losing to No. 6 Ohio State, 65-62, this past Saturday. Michigan State is 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten.
- Michigan State is the top rebounding team in the Big Ten, averaging 44.4 rebounds per game. The Spartans have outrebounded last 14 of their last 15 opponents, including a 30-29 edge over the Badgers on Dec. 28.
- Sophomore Lydendra Johnson, a 6-1 forward, leads the team with 8.4 boards per game. Senior Allyssa DeHaan, a 6-9 center, adds 6.7 rebounds per game.
- MSU is second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (71.4), rebound margin (+6.9), offensive rebounds (15.69) and third in scoring margin (+8.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.90) and assists (16.25).
- The Spartans lead the Big Ten with 7.2 blocks per game led by DeHaan with 3.1 per game. She is on track to break the NCAA record for blocks in a career, currently held by Sandora Irvin, who had 480 blocks at Texas Christian.
- DeHaan leads the Spartans with 12.8 points per game while Johnson adds 10.4 points per game. Johnson shoots a team-best 49.5 percent from the field.
- Junior Kalisha Keane, a 6-1 forward, has earned a starting role, averaging 9.1 points per game. She shoots the most 3-pointers on the team with 23, connecting on 37.7 percent of her shots behind the arc.
- Junior Brittney Thomas, a 5-10 guard, runs the Spartan offense, averaging 3.0 assists per game. Keane adds 2.75 assists per game. Thomas contributes 6.5 points per game.
- Senior Aisha Jefferson, a 6-1 forward, complete the MSU starting lineup. She adds 7.8 pooints and 3.9 rebounds per game.