Nov. 30, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin women’s basketball (3-3) hosts Alabama (5-0) for the first-ever matchup in program history on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The Badgers return home after a 37-48 loss at Virginia Tech in the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge.
Leading the Badgers is junior guard Morgan Paige, averaging 14.3 points per game and scoring in double-digits each of the six games this season. Playing without senior Taylor Wurtz due to injury, AnnMarie Brown is the next leading scorer, putting up 7.7 points per game and pulling down a team high 7.0 rebounds per game.
The Crimson Tide owns a perfect 5-0 record on the season, winning their five contests by an average of 21 points. Alabama’s biggest test of the year came against North Texas. Sandwiched between double-digit home victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana, the Tide’s home matchup against North Texas went into triple overtime before the Tide finally pulled out an 88-83 win.
The Tide is powered by its high-octane offense. Averaging 85.4 points per game, Alabama has five players that average double-figures, led by Shafontaye Myers. The 5-8 junior guard comes off the bench to lead the Tide with 15.6 points per game. At 6-1, sophomore Kaneisha Horn gives Alabama an interior presence, leading the Tide with 6.8 rebounds per game and chipping in 11.2 points per game as well.
“They play a very similar style, very aggressive, very athletic,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey when asked to compare Virginia Tech and Alabama. “They'll jump over you if you don't do the little things.”
Saturday’s game against Alabama kicks off a four-game homestand for Wisconsin that ends on Dec. 15 when the Badgers host Eastern Illinois at the UW Field House.