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ON WISCONSIN <b>Barb Franke set the UW scoring record with 1,994 points in the UW Field House in 1996.</b>
Barb Franke set the UW scoring record with 1,994 points in the UW Field House in 1996.

Dec. 14, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - When the Wisconsin women's basketball team plays a game in the UW Field House on Saturday, it will be the first regular-season game played in the UW Field House since Jan. 11, 1998. Wisconsin (6-3) hosts Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m.

The Barn was the home to the team from 1974-98 where Wisconsin was 167-110 (.603) over 23-and-a-half seasons. More than 20 alumnae are also returning for the game and will be introduced at halftime, including 1,000-point scorers Barb Franke, Lisa Bonnell and Michele Kozelka.

All General Admission tickets are $1 and Reserved Seat tickets are just $3. Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

 Game #10  | EASTERN ILLINOIS (5-3)
 Date  Saturday, Dec. 15  |  2 p.m.
 Location  UW Field House  |  Madison, Wis.
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Here is a look back at some of the notable games and events in the Field House.

October 1974
First intercollegiate women's basketball practices were held in the UW Field House

The first women's basketball game in the UW Field House.

Jan. 11, 1975
The first women's game was held in the Field House, a 45-38 win over UW-Green Bay. The team goes 11-7, 6-2 at home, in its first season of competition under head coach Marilyn Harris

Edwina Qualls takes over the women's basketball program, becoming the first African-American women's head coach in the Big Ten. The Athletic Board also approves four women's basketball scholarships for 1977-78.

March 4, 1978
Wisconsin wins its first WWIAC state large school championship, beating cross-state rival UW-La Crosse for the first time in the process.

Feb. 8-10, 1980
Wisconsin hosts the fifth-annual "unofficial" Big Ten Tournament, losing in the first round to Minnesota.

The Badgers qualify for their first national tournament, winning the MAIAW Regional and advancing to the AIAW National Championship in Austin, Texas.

Dec. 5, 1982
UW sets the single-game scoring record, beating Bradley 123-79. Eight players score in double figures for the Badgers.

March 12, 1983
In the final game for senior Theresa Huff, the 5-11 forward scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in a 92-82 win over Purdue. Huff finished with a school record 1,879 points and 1,201 rebounds.

Mary Murphy becomes the Badgers' head coach and the first doubleheader with the men's team is held on March 1, 1987.

Feb. 27, 1989
The Badgers beat No. 11 Purdue, 81-67, the first home win over a ranked team.

Feb. 7-23, 1992
Wisconsin wins six straight, including four wins at home. The Badgers downed No. 5 Iowa, 74-58, on Feb. 7 and No. 9 Purdue, 80-69, on Feb. 21.

March 18, 1992
The first NCAA tournament game is played in the Field House. Wisconsin hosts Montana in the first round, losing to the Grizzlies 85-74.

March 7, 1993
Robin Threatt becomes the UW's all-time basketball scoring leader, tallying 13 points in a 77-57 loss to Purdue. She finished with 1,901 points in her career, breaking Theresa Huff's mark of 1,879 points set from 1979-83. 

Jane Albright on the Badger bench in the UW Field House.

The Jane Albright-Dieterle era begins with the Badgers going 20-9 the first season. UW also nearly triples its home attendance, averaging 4,944 fans per game.

Feb. 12, 1995
The first sellout for a women's basketball game in the Field House when 11,500 fans came to the game vs. Michigan State.

Jan. 26, 1996
Barb Franke became the Badgers' all-time leading scorer, hitting a career-high 38 points in a 98-95 double-overtime win over No. 21 Purdue. The 6-2 post finished her career with 1,994 points, a mark which held until Jolene Anderson broke her total in 2008.

Jan. 11, 1998
The final regular-season home game is played in the Field House, an 80-66 win over No. 19 Western Kentucky.  The Kohl Center opens on Jan. 17, 1998 with the first women's game being played in the new arena on Jan. 20.

March 1999
The Badgers return to the Field House for two WNIT games. Wisconsin defeats Siena 107-85 on March 14 and Memphis 92-73 on March 20.

March 22, 2008
Wisconsin plays one WNIT game in the Field House, losing to Villanova 60-54 in the first round.

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