Wisconsin opens second half of Big Ten season on the road Badgers travel to Indiana for conference game
The Badgers look to get back on the winning track at Indiana.
Jan. 27, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers (15-5 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) return from a bye weekend and open the second half of the Big Ten season on the road. Wisconsin travels to Indiana (11-9, 4-5) on Thursday for a 6 p.m. game in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
Game 21| Wisconsin (15-5, 5-4) at Indiana (11-9, 4-5)
Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
The Badgers remain in third place in the Big Ten standings at 5-4. Wisconsin trails only Ohio State (8-1) and Penn State (7-2) and is tied with Purdue. Minnesota (4-4) is a half game back.
Penn State snapped the Badgers four-game Big Ten winning streak last Thursday and also handed the UW its first conference loss at home this season.
The Badgers are 15-5 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 5-4 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 scored a season-low 43 points vs. Penn State on Jan. 21 and tied season lows for first-half points (18) and second-half points (25). UW also made a season-low 16 field goals. The Badgers shot just 28.1 percent, another season low.
The Nittany Lions outscored the Badgers 29-25 in the second half, the first time in five games that the UW has been outscored in the second period.
Over their last six games, the Badgers have given up 54-or-fewer points per game. Wisconsin is allowing only 50.3 points per game over the stretch.
Junior Alyssa Karel got back on track vs. Penn State, scoring a game-high 15 points.
In the third NCAA RPI of the season released Jan. 25, the Badgers fell four spots to 21st. Ohio State fell to eighth and Michigan State dropped to 17th. All 11 Big Ten teams are among the top 104 teams in the country.
In the most recent NCAA statistics released Jan. 25, Wisconsin moved up to sixth in scoring defense, giving up only 52.3 points per game.
After struggling with turnovers early in the Big Ten season, the Badgers have been protecting the ball well the last four games. Wisconsin is averaging just 10.5 turnovers per game, well below its season average of 16 per game.
Wisconsin receives three votes is this week’s AP poll.
The Hoosiers are tied for sixth in the Big Ten at 4-5. Indiana has split its last six games, winning three and losing three to move to 11-9 on the year.
Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.1), third in steals (8.85) and fourth in scoring offense (67.8).
Only eight Hoosiers have played in all 20 games this season. Four of five starters average 25 or more minutes per game. Indiana lost freshman Sasha Bernard, a 5-6 guard, when she left the team and sophomore Sasha Chaplin, a 6-3 forward, has missed the last six games due to injury.
The Hoosiers are one of the poor field goal shooting teams in the Big Ten, ranking 10th at 39.8 percent. Indiana also ranks 10th in scoring defense, giving up 65.8 points per game. Like the Badgers, IU is also a poor free throw shooting team, ranking 10th in the Big Ten at 65.7 percent.
Junior Jori Davis, a 5-9 guard, leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big Ten, averaging 17.2 points per game. Davis shoots 42.3 percent from the field (115-of-272) and 42.9 percent from 3-point range (24-of-56). She also adds 6.6 rebounds per game, which ties for sixth in the Big Ten. Davis also takes the most free throws on the team, going 90-of-134 from the line for 67.2 percent.
Senior Jamie Braun, a 5-8 guard, adds 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Braun shoots and makes the most 3-pointers for the Hoosiers, going 28-of-95 from behind the arc.
Junior Hope Elam, a 6-1 forward, contributes 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Junior Whitney Lindsay, a 5-7 guard, adds 6.7 points per game and dishes out 3.0 assists per game. Braun adds 2.95 assists per game. Braun also leads the team with 1.8 steals per game.