Oct. 8, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Seniors Tiera Stephen and Taylor Wurtz as well as junior Morgan Paige have been elected tri-captains for the 2012-13 Wisconsin women’s basketball season, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today. The trio was selected by a team ballot.
"Taylor, Tiera and Morgan all bring extensive playing experience and vocal leadership for our younger players,” said Kelsey. “We are extremely confident that each one of them will step up and do whatever is necessary, both on and off the court, to bring our team together in our quest to improve upon what we are building here at Wisconsin.”
Wurtz, a 6-0 guard, earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season, leading the Badgers in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (7.6). She was one of the most improved scorers in the conference, nearly doubling her scoring average from her sophomore season. Wurtz led the team with six double-doubles as a junior and scored in double figures in 27-of-29 games.
Stephen played in 27 games, starting two. She averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game while dishing off 1.2 assists per game. The 5-7 guard scored a career high six points in two different games, setting career bests in nearly every statistical category.
Paige played in all 29 games as a sophomore, starting 27. She averaged a career-best 10.0 points per game, including a career-high nine points against Illinois. The 5-9 guard scored in double figures in 14 games, including three 20-plus point performances.
“These players have gained the trust and confidence of their teammates therefore making their appointment as tri-captains a pretty unanimous choice,” said Kelsey. “As always, we expect each member of our program to lead in different ways however, Taylor, Tiera and Morgan will be expected to be an extension of myself on and off the court. Each will do a wonderful job."