Dec. 30, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers (11-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) take to the road for the second time this Big Ten Conference season on Thursday, playing at Iowa (7-6, 0-2). Tip off is at 5 p.m. from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
UW, which is coming off a 62-54 win over No. 16 Michigan State on Monday night, is tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings.
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Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
- The Badgers play on the road over the New Year’s holiday for the second straight season. Wisconsin downed Illinois 53-38 in Champaign, Ill., on Jan. 1, 2009.
- Wisconsin is tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings a 1-1.
- Wisconsin ranks sixth in RPI according to RealTimeRPI.com. UW is also 11th 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 three games, UW has held its opponent to less than 20 points in the first half of play. Opponents are averaging only 46 points per game while shooting just 26.7 percent from the field over that stretch.
- UW upset No. 16 Michigan State this past Monday, the Badgers’ first win over a ranked opponent this season.
- Wisconsin receives four votes in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
- Junior Alyssa Karel has scored in double-figures in a team-leading 11 games this season, including the last five games in a row. She has 20-or-more points in four games, including the last two straight.
Senior Rae Lin D’Alie turned in one of the best games of her career vs. Michigan State on Dec. 28. The 5-3 guard had 13 points and led the team with six rebounds. She also added seven assists and six steals while turning the ball over only three times.
- Iowa lost at Penn State, 77-73 in overtime, on Monday night to fall to 0-2 in Big Ten play. Kamille Wahlin led the team with 27 points, including a career-high seven 3 pointers.
- The Hawkeyes are 7-6 on the season and have struggled with injuries all year. Iowa is 0-2 in the Big Ten, falling in overtime at Penn State this past Monday.
- Iowa lost senior Joann Hamlin for the season to a blood clot in her leg and also lost freshman Theairra Taylor to an ACL on Dec. 22. Taylor had been averaging 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
- Junior Kachine Alexander missed seven games due to a stress fracture but she returned to action vs. South Dakota State.
- Three of Iowa’s five losses have been by five points or less, with two of those being by three points. The Hawkeyes had a three-point attempt at the buzzer against West Virginia fall short, that would have sent the game to overtime. Against Boston College, Iowa missed a three-pointer with seven seconds left that would have tied the game. Against Michigan, Iowa missed the front-end of a one-and-one from the free throw line with both 27 and 11 seconds left, each time trailing by only one point.
- Junior Kachine Alexander, a 5-9 guard, averages a double-double for the Hawkeyes. She is second on the team with 15.2 points per game and also has a team-leading 11.3 rebounds per game.
- Sophomore Kamille Wahlin, a 5-8 guard, leads Iowa with 16.7 points per game. She shoots the most 3-pointers on the team, going 39-of-93 from behind the arc.
- The Hawkeyes have four starters that average in double figures. In addition to Alexander and Wahlin, freshman Jaime Prinity, a 5-11 guard, puts up 13.2 points per game. She also leads the team with 45 assists (3.46/game).
- Freshman Morgan Johnson, a 6-5 center, adds 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Johnson shoots a team-best 49.1 percent from the field
- Iowa outrebounds its opponents 39.3 to 37.7 and also averages 4.2 blocks per game. The Hawkeyes hand off the ball well, averaging 14.8 assists per game.