Jan. 20, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers (15-4 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) look to make it five in a row as they host Penn State (13-4, 5-2) on Thursday in the Kohl Center. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions are a game ahead of the Badgers in the Big Ten standings.
It could be a defensive battle as PSU and UW rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten for field goal defense. Penn State allows opponents to shoot only 34.1 percent from the field while Wisconsin foes shoot just 35.1 percent.
Wisconsin takes the weekend off from competition as it has a bye week.
The UW Athletic Department is having a Twitter contest this weekend and you could win prizes! Attend any of the home Badger athletic events this weekend, post your creative or interesting tweets and you could win! Use the Twitter hashmark #BadgerWknd in order to qualify.
UW Student Night - UW Students will receive free admission with a valid student ID. Plus, students will receive free pizza courtesy of Papa John's, while supplies last.
Roster | Schedule | Stats | News | Record Book | Game Notes
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Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
- For the second week in a row, Taylor Wurtz has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. After earning the award outright last week, she shares the honor with Penn State’s Alex Bentley this week.
- Wisconsin receives 37 votes is this week’s AP poll, the first team in the receiving votes category.
- The Badgers have moved up to third place in the Big Ten standings at 5-3. Wisconsin trails only Ohio State (7-0) and Penn State (5-2).
- UW has won its last four Big Ten games, the longest conference winning streak since winning five straight from Feb. 14, 2008 through Feb. 28, 2008.
- The Badgers are 15-4 this season, the best start under Coach Lisa Stone and the best start since the 2001-02 season when the team was 16-1.
- The 5-3 Big Ten start is also the best for the Badgers under Stone and the best since the 2001-02 team started the conference season 7-0.
- Wisconsin needs only one more Big Ten win to equal its total from 2008–09 (6-12).
- UW is 8-1 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 4-0 at home this Big Ten season.
- Over their four-game winning streak, the Badgers have given up less than 51 points per game. Wisconsin is allowing only 48.8 points per game over the stretch.
- Junior Tara Steinbauer led UW over Illinois on Sunday with a career high 23 points.
- In the second NCAA RPI of the season released Jan. 18, the Badgers fell one spot to 17th. Ohio State is ranked fifth and Michigan State 15th.
- In the most recent NCAA statistics released Jan. 18, Wisconsin moved up to seventh in scoring defense, giving up only 52.2 points per game.
- After struggling with turnovers early in the Big Ten season, the Badgers have been protecting the ball well the last three games. Wisconsin is averaging just 10.7 turnovers per game, well below its season average of 16.3 per game.
The Nittany Lions are in second place in the Big Ten at 5-2, one game ahead of Wisconsin. Penn State is 13-4 overall, having won its last four games and eight of its last 10 games.
The Nittany Lions are in second place in the Big Ten at 5-2, one game ahead of Wisconsin. Penn State is 13-4 overall, having won its last four games and eight of its last nine games.
Both of Penn State’s Big Ten losses have come on the road. The Nittany Lions opened the conference season with a 56-48 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 6 and a 69-60 loss at Illinois on Dec. 31. PSU is 2-2 on the Big Ten road.
Penn State is one of the most improved teams in the Big Ten this season. The Nittany Lions were 11-18 last season and tied for seventh in the conference at 6-12. PSU was picked to finish seventh in the preseason vote of league coaches.
The Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot only 34.1 percent from the field. In Big Ten games, PSU opponents shoot 34.9 percent from the field, which also leads the league.
The Lions’ 13 wins this season ties for the most wins under third-year head coach Coquese Washington, equaling the 13 wins in the 2007-08 season.
Senior Tyra Grant, a 5-11 guard, leads PSU with 19.7 points per game. Grant has a propensity for getting to the free throw line. She has went to the line 133 times this season, making 109 for 82.0 percent. Grant has scored in double figures her last 29 games. Grant is a 2008-09 All-Big Ten first-team pick and is also a 2009-10 preseason All-Big Ten pick.
Freshman Alex Bentley, a 5-7 guard, adds 10.4 points per game and dishes out a team-high 3.8 assists per game.
Freshman Nikki Greene, a 6-4 forward, and junior Julia Trogele, a 6-2 forward, add 7.2 and 7.1 points per game, respectively. The duo lead the team in rebounds. Trogele has a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game average while Greene adds 6.2 rebounds per game. Greene also has 30 blocks this season.