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Badgers return to action Monday vs. Michigan State

ON WISCONSIN Alyssa Karel led the Badgers with 12 points in a win over Michigan State at home in 2009.
Alyssa Karel led the Badgers with 12 points in a win over Michigan State at home in 2009.

Dec. 27, 2009


MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's basketball team (10-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) resumes Big Ten Conference play after a 13-day break from competition due to finals week and the holidays. Wisconsin hosts No. 16 Michigan State (9-3, 0-1) on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.

 Game 13 |  Wisconsin (10-2, 0-1) vs. No. 16 Michigan States (9-3, 0-1) 
 Date  Monday, Dec. 28  |  7 p.m.
 Location  Madison, Wis.  |  Kohl Center
 Live Video  BigTenNetwork.com
 Radio  The Big 1070 (WTSO) AM or InsideBadgerSports.com
 UWBadgers.com  GameTracker  |  Live Gameday Blog
 All-Time Series  Michigan State leads 34-23 overall

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Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.


  • Wisconsin wrapped up the non-conference season with a 10-1 record, which ranks second on the UW
    season record list.
  • Wisconsin ranks eighth in RPI according to RealTimeRPI.com. UW is also 16th in strength of schedule.
  • In the most recent NCAA statistics released Dec. 20, the Badgers are 10th in scoring defense, giving up
    only 52.4 points per game.
  • In their last two games, UW has held its opponent to a season-low points in the first half of play.
  • Wisconsin has the second-best overall record in the Big Ten, heading into the conference season, at 10-2.
  • Wisconsin leads the Big Ten for rebounding defense, giving up only 31.2 rebounds per game.
  • Junior Tara Steinbauer leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage at 93.5.
  • Junior Lin Zastrow leads the conference in field goal percentage at 55.2.
  • Junior Alyssa Karel has scored in double-figures in a team-leading 10 games this season, including the last four games in a row.
  • In its last three games, Wisconsin is averaging 39.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
  • UW dished out a season-high 19 assists vs. Robert Morris on Dec. 15, led by a
    season-high seven from senior Rae Lin D’Alie..

Michigan State

  • No. 16 Michigan State is 9-3 on the season and wrapped up its non-conference season on Dec. 21 with a 67-59 win over St. Bonaventure. The Spartans are 0-1 in the Big Ten this season, falling to Indiana, 68-63, at home on Dec. 6.
  • The Spartans are picked to finish second in the 2009–10 Big Ten race by a preseason vote of conference coaches and media. MSU is led by pre-season All-Big Ten pick Allyssa DeHaan.
  • Michigan State returns all five starters for the second-straight season. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, losing to Iowa State.
  • Senior Allyssa DeHaan is only 35 blocks away from surpassing Sandora Irvin (480) of TCU for the most blocks in
    NCAA history. DeHaan is currently tied for third all-time nationally with 446 rejections and ranks second in the Big Ten this season with 44 stuffs.
  • DeHaan leads the Spartans with 13.0 points per game while Lykendra Johnson adds 9.9 points per game. Johnson shoots 51.2 percent from the field and also leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
  • Senior Aisha Jefferson became the 20th Spartan with 1,000 career points against Indiana on Dec. 6. She is 19th all-time with 1,028 points and 20th with 571 rebounds.
  • Michigan State gets strong scoring off its bench as Kalisha Keane and Lauren Aitch are one-two in bench scoring in the Big Ten. Keane averages 9.0 ponts per game while Aitch puts up 8.7 points per game.
  • The Spartans have had seven different leading scorers in this year’s 12 games. MSU is the only team in the Big Ten to have had four different 20-point scorers.
  • MSU is the first team in the nation to beat two top-10 teams and play three of them. The Spartans upset No. 4 North Carolina, 72-66, on Dec. 3 and downed No. 8 Xavier, 66-53, on Dec. 9. MSU lost to fi fth-ranked Notre Dame, 68-67, on Nov. 19. All three games were played in East Lansing.
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