Nov. 16, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers (1-0) take to the road for the first time this season, traveling to the state of Washington for two games. Wisconsin takes on Gonzaga (2-0) on Friday in Spokane, Wash. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. CT. On Sunday, the Badgers travel just down the road, moving to Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State (0-2) at 3 p.m. CT.
“It will be a good test for us,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. “We have to match the intensity, exceed the intensity, of both of those games and see if we can come back with two wins.”
The Badgers had four players score in double figures against Milwaukee as they recorded a 74-56 victory on Sunday in the team's opener. After missing both exhibition games, Taylor Wurtz led Wisconsin with 16 points, while sophomore AnnMarie Brown tallied her first career double-double with career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“It's always nice to have a player of Taylor's caliber on the court,” said Kelsey. “We look to her for leadership and for scoring and just being out there.”
Three freshmen played five-or-more minutes against the Panthers, tallying career bests. Nicole Bauman scored a career-high 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. The 5-10 guard also pulled down five rebounds, added two assists, one block and one steal in 23 minutes of play.
Under head coach Kelly Graves in her 13th season, Gonzaga returns nine letterwinners from last year’s 28-6 team. The Bulldogs made it to the NCAA Sweet 16, before losing to Kentucky.
Sophomore Keani Albanez leads the Bulldogs with 17.0 points per game this season. Junior Haiden Palmer is the other Bulldog to score in double figures in both games, averaging 13.5 points. The 5-8 guard also leads the team in steals, recording 11 so far this season. Palmer is the one of two returning starters for Gonzaga.
“They're a good measuring stick for where we want to be and where we have to be to compete in the Big Ten,” said Kelsey. “I think it will be a very good game for us.”
Washington State is 0-2 on the season after losing two overtime games on the road. WSU dropped an 87-83 double overtime decision at Minnesota on Nov. 10 before losing to South Dakota State in overtime 65-56 in the consolation final of the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis.
Freshman Lia Galdeira leads the Cougars with 22.5 points per game this season. Galdiera set a Washington State freshman single-game record with 33 points as the Cougars dropped their season-opener to Minnesota.
“Washington State, they beat us last year,” said Kelsey. “They did graduate some of their heavy hitters as well. So we're looking forward to playing them. They always play well, very well coached team, and they will play hard.”