July 5, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (July 2-6) and Freshmen of the Year (July 8 -13).
Today we feature the women’s basketball win over Green Bay on Dec. 30 as a Game of the Year nominee.
• 2013-14 In Review
MADISON, Wis. – Head coach Bobbie Kelsey got a nice birthday present on Dec. 30 when her Badger women’s basketball team defeated Green Bay 65-61 in overtime in the Kohl Center.
“It was a nice birthday gift,” said Kelsey after the game. “This is better than any gift I could’ve gotten – any material gift. I’d rather have this all day long.”
Despite trailing for most of the game, including by 10 points with five minutes to play, a last-second 3-pointer from 30+ feet by Nicole Bauman sent the game into overtime. Two layups by Michala Johnson and four free throws from Morgan Paige in the extra period gave Wisconsin the win.
The Badgers also downed Milwaukee and Marquette earlier in the season, giving UW a sweep of all three in-state rivals for the first time since 2008-09.
Down by 10 (49-39) with 5:01 to go in the game, Wisconsin’s offense shook off the cobwebs and came to life. A pair of 3-pointers by AnnMarie Brown bookended a 13-5 run to get the Badgers within two, 54-52, with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
Thirty seconds later, Brown committed a foul that sent Green Bay’s Mehryn Kraker to the line for a pair of free throws. Kraker missed the first but made the second, giving the Phoenix a 55-52 lead with five seconds to play.
Wisconsin inbounded the ball with Paige passing to Bauman just inside half court. The sophomore banked a 35-foot shot in with less than one second to play to send the game into overtime. Bauman’s shot ended up on ESPN’s top 10 that night.
“We just have to pass, pass, pass, and then try to throw something up and hopefully make it,” added Kelsey. “This is kind of reminiscent of the shot the guys made last year (Ben Brust vs. Michigan).”
Johnson posted a game-high 22 points, shooting 90 percent (9-10) from the field, while Paige finished with 15 and Brown chipped in a season-high 10. Bauman finished with seven points, going 2-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-3 from behind the arc.