July 20, 2012
• 2012-13 Schedule
MADISON, Wis. --Six teams that competed in the 2012 post-season highlight the 2012-13 non-conference schedule for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today.
“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a challenge but we’re up for the challenge,” says Kelsey. “We want to prepare ourselves for the Big Ten season and play competition that will ultimately get us ready to play the type of teams we’re going to see in the conference.
“We are able to play some of the other big conferences – SEC, ACC, Big East and Pac-12. I think it will be some very good competition for us.”
The Badgers play three teams that were ranked in the final USA Today/ESPN rankings from 2012, including No. 13 Green Bay (31-2 in 2011-12), No. 19 Gonzaga (28-6) and a possible matchup against No. 11 Miami (26-6) at the Hurricanes’ Holiday Invitational. All three teams also competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with the Zags advancing to the Sweet 16. The Phoenix and Hurricanes both lost in the second round.
Three WNIT teams are part of the UW’s non-conference schedule. Washington (20-14) advanced to the elite eight, while Eastern Illinois (22-9) and Florida Atlantic (17-13) both lost in the first round of play.
Wisconsin will play seven games at home during the non-conference season, including its season opener vs. Milwaukee (9-21) on Nov. 11. The Panthers are under new head coach Kyle (Black) Rechlicz who served on Kelsey’s staff last season.
“We hated to see Kyle go but that was her dream to run her own program,” explains Kelsey. “That’s going to be a fun game with her returning here as a head coach. I’m excited for Kyle.”
Other home games include Washington on Nov. 21, Evansville Nov. 25, Alabama Dec. 1, Marquette Dec. 5 and Florida Atlantic Dec. 10.
The Badgers return to the UW Field House for a game on Dec. 15 against Eastern Illinois, due to graduation ceremonies in the Kohl Center.
“That game is really a tribute to all of the fans that have been supporting us for so long,” says Kelsey. “We thought it would be fun idea to throw one back to the old school. It’s a nostalgic feel and something to look forward to. There were some good games in the Field House, some memorable games.”
Another game Kelsey is looking forward to is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Virginia Tech (7-23). Kelsey spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Hokies from 2004-07, while assistant coach Stacy Cantley also served as an assistant coach at Tech from 2004-11. Director of Operations Jill Jameson also worked at Virginia Tech in the same capacity for seven years.
“Three of us worked there for quite some time and are looking forward to returning,” explains Kelsey. “It has a special place in our hearts. It will be a fun game, one we are looking forward to and we want to represent the Big Ten well.”