July 22, 2013
2013-14 Printable Non-Conference Schedule
MADISON, Wis. – Head coach Bobbie Kelsey has announced the non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team. The Badgers will play 12 games, including seven against 2013 post-season teams.
“We’re happy with the schedule since we’re always looking to challenge ourselves,” said Kelsey. “We’re looking forward to playing teams that are comparable to what we’ve done but also challenge ourselves against teams that have gotten to the post season.”
The non-conference schedule features NCAA tournament participants Gonzaga (27-6 in 2012-13) and Green Bay (29-3) as well as a possible match up against Vanderbilt (21-12) at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament.
Two opponents competed in the WNIT – Marquette (16-16) and Washington (21-12) – while Elon (19-14) and Mercer (20-12), who the Badgers could face at the Vanderbilt Tournament, competed in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
“The opponents we’re playing obviously have great post-season experience and that’s going to bode well for us going forward,” explained Kelsey. “We’re trying to improve and strengthen not only our play on the court but our schedule and the opportunity to challenge ourselves against teams who have played in the post-season.”
After two exhibition games against Winona State and UW-Stevens Point on Nov. 3 and Nov. 7, respectively, the Badgers open the 2013-14 schedule at home against Drake (11-20) on Nov. 10.
Wisconsin faces its first in-state rival on Nov. 14, traveling to Milwaukee (9-20) and former UW assistant coach and player Kyle Rechlicz. The Badgers also travel to Marquette on Dec. 7 before wrapping up the non-conference season at home against Green Bay on Dec. 30.
“We’re looking forward to the in-state rivals – the challenge of playing all of our in-state opponents for state bragging rights,” said Kelsey.
Another former UW assistant coach is also on the schedule as Kathi Bennett brings her Northern Illinois (7-23) team to the Kohl Center on Nov. 17.
Wisconsin faces three opponents from last season with return games at Alabama (13-18) on Nov. 21, Gonzaga at home on Dec. 10 and at Washington on Dec. 13. The Badgers defeated Alabama but lost to Gonzaga and Washington in 2012-13.
“Teams from BCS conferences are always good to have on your schedule because they are going to be great contests,” said Kelsey. “When it comes down to making your mark, you want to play teams who are challenging their conference opponents. You always want to play teams who are climbing the ladder like we are.”
The Badgers travel to the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 29-30 and will play Mercer in the opening round while Vanderbilty will take on Elon in the other first-round game. The consolation and championship games will be played on Nov. 30.
“The Vandy tournament is going to be a nice segue into the second half of our non-conference schedule,” said Kelsey. “The entire tournament is going to be a good challenge in a different environment. The possibility of playing another SEC opponent will give us a chance to see where we stack up.
“We’re excited to go Nashville, which is a great city, and we know they’re going to put on a good tournament.”
Wisconsin hosts Boston College (12-19) in the seventh annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 5 and the Badgers return to the UW Field House for the second straight year for a game on Dec. 21 when Illinois-Chicago (9-21) comes to town.
“We’re excited about the Field House. It reminds us of how far the program has come and to pay homage to those who set the tone for where the program is going to be,” said Kelsey. “We always want to respect where the program has been and the people who have given us the opportunity to play in the Kohl Center.”
The Big Ten Conference schedule should be announced in August to complete the 2013-14 slate.