Dec. 31, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Taylor Wurtz, a senior on the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, has elected to take a medical redshirt for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. The 6-0 guard has been bothered by a re-occurring back problem this season.
"The health and well-being of Taylor has been and will continue to be our first priority so we are in total support of her decision to redshirt and have surgery,” said head coach Bobbie Kelsey. “The decision has always been up to Taylor and her parents with the guidance of our athletic trainer, Holli Dietrick, as well as our team physicians.”
“After talking to my parents, my coaches and doctors, I decided that it was in my best interest to proceed with surgery,” said Wurtz. “I’m looking forward to being back on the court and coming back stronger than ever and as coach says, walk off the court on my own terms.”
Wurtz is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday before a six-to-eight week recovery period. She will slowly progress into rehabilitation activities and return for the 2013-14 season.
“At this time, it is imperative that Taylor’s long-term health guide her final decision,” added Kelsey. “Her desire to continue her athletic career has always been secondary but we are happy that our team doctors exhausted all possibilities to find a viable solution to her on-going back problem that will allow her to finish her athletic career on the court. We expect for her to return next season stronger and more focused that ever."
Wurtz played in the first five games of the season, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game, but has missed the last eight games due to her back problem. She earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season, leading the Badgers with 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Wurtz has played in 97 games in her career, starting 65. She has averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in her years at UW.