Jan. 19, 2013
The following feature ran in a Badger Gameday program earlier this season. Pick up your Gameday program at Sunday's game vs. Ohio State to catch up with former Badgers Anya Covington and Alyssa Karel, who are current playing in Germany.
MADISON, Wis. - Nicole Bauman, a 5-10 guard from New Berlin, Wis., joins the Badgers after being named 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year and 2012 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Miss Basketball.
Bauman leads the Badgers with a 93.8 percentage at the free throw line this season. She is 15-of-16 at the charity stripe this season, making her last 15 straight with her only miss coming on Nov. 11 against Milwaukee.
On the year, Bauman has started the last 13 games and ranks third on the team with 6.8 points per game. She ranks second on the team in 3 pointers made and attempted at 27-of-73 for 37 percent.
Bauman scored 15 points against Iowa on Jan. 10, just one shy of her career high, and followed that up with 11 points at Michigan on Jan. 13. It was her fifth and sixth double-figure scoring games of the season and her first since scoring 15 points against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 15. Bauman also played a career-high 35 minutes of play against the Hawkeyes.
She was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Dec. 10, the first Badger honored since 2008-09, after her play against Marquette on Dec. 5. Bauman had a career-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting (62.5 percent) against the Golden Eagles. She also added three rebounds, one blocked and a career-high five steals.
What was it about Wisconsin that made you want to become a Badger?
I really fell in love with the college sports town atmosphere Wisconsin has. The team and coaching staff was also really welcoming. When I was young, it was my dream to be a Badger.
What will it be like to play for your home state?
It is an honor and I’m glad that my friends and family can come watch us play.
How is practice different at UW than at Eisenhower?
Practice is a lot longer than it was in high school. The intensity of it is also different and we run a lot more.
What were you most nervous about for the first practice?
I was nervous that I would not be in good enough shape. I was also nervous about picking up on the plays.
Did those nerves go away after the first practice?
It took about a week for the nerves to go away. I went in for help on the plays and I got used to what to expect.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
I am looking forward to playing away games to see other schools. I also am looking forward to playing Marquette and Milwaukee because they’re in Wisconsin also.
Who is your biggest fan?
My mom. She has always been there for me through everything. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.
Who is your basketball idol?
Kobe Bryant because he can score from anywhere on the floor. He can also take over the game whenever he wants to.
What is it about basketball that you love the most?
The teamwork aspect of the game is what I love the most. I like when everyone on the floor gets involved in the offense, that way anyone out there is a threat.
What was it like to be named Gatorade Player of the Year?
I was incredibly grateful to receive that award and couldn’t have done it without my teammates and family.