|| W, 74-56
||at RV Gonzaga
|| L, 62-53
||at Washington State
|| W, 52-44
|| L, 55-60
|| W, 73-55
||at Virginia Tech
|| L, 38-47
|| W, 69-50
|| W, 71-68
|| W, 82-73
|| W, 76-47
||at Green Bay
|| L, 38-53
||vs. Delaware State *
|| W, 83-54
||at Miami *
|| L, 44-67
||at #25 Nebraska
|| L, 52-70
|| L, 55-60
|| L, 65-56
|| L, 54-43
|| at #8 Penn State
|| L, 40-84
|| OHIO STATE
|| W, 68-49
||at RV Iowa
|| L, 60-71
||#7 PENN STATE
|| W, 63-61
|| L, 56-64
||at Ohio State
|| L, 59-65
|| W, 65-53
|| L, 48-58
|| L, 53-60
|| L, 52-54
|| #20 NEBRASKA
|| L, 53-55
|| at RV Michigan St.
|| L, 48-54
| Mar. 7
|| vs. Illinois #
|| W, 58-57
| Mar. 8
|| vs. RV Purdue #
|| L, 62-74
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* Miami Holiday Tournament
# Big Ten Tournament
SEASON IN REVIEW
The Badgers wrapped up their second season under head coach Bobbie Kelsey with a 12-19 overall mark, a three-win improvement from last season. Wisconsin went 3-13 in Big Ten play, finishing 11th in the regular season standings. UW advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2010.
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The Badgers won 13 games this season, improving upon last season’s record by three wins. UW was 9-20 in head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s first season.
Wisconsin downed No. 7 Penn State on Jan. 31, its first win over a ranked team since the 2009-10 season, handing the Lady Lions their first Big Ten loss of the season.
UW also won a game in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2010, upsetting No. 6-seed Illinois 58-57 in the first round.
PAIGE, GULCZYNSKI EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Junior Morgan Paige was named third-team All-Big Ten and sophomore Jacki Gulczynski earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Gulczynski was also named the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship award recipient.
GULCZYNSKI, BAUMAN EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Freshman Nicole Bauman was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on Dec. 10 while sophomore Jacki Gulczynski was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 17.
DOWN TO NINE PLAYERS
The Badgers played with just nine players for most of the season as two players transferred and two were out with injuries. With the losses, Wisconsin was missing between 20-24 points per game and nearly 15 rebounds per game for most of the season.
That left the Badgers with nine players, including four freshmen and one first-year junior college transfer. Wisconsin’s bench got even shorter prior to the Big Ten Tournament as freshman Nicole Bauman was out due to illness. The 5-10 guard had played in all 29 games of the season, averaging 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
BADGERS LACK EXPERIENCE
The Badgers were the least experienced team in the Big Ten and were fourth nationally for inexperience. UW averaged just 0.89 years of experience per player after losing Taylor Wurtz and AnnMarie Brown to season-ending injuries.
BETTER THAN OUR RECORD
UW was better than its record as the team was within five points with less than five minutes to play in 11 losses this season. Wisconsin led with less than five minutes to play in three losses.
The Badgers also lost 11 of 19 games by single digits.
ONE OF THE NATION'S TOUGHEST SCHEDULES
Wisconsin had the 12th toughest schedule in the nation and the toughest in the Big Ten, according to the Sagarin Ratings released March 19. UW played 18 games against teams that competed in the 2013 post season, including 12 games against NCAA tournament participants.
The Badgers led the Big Ten with Iowa (16th), Penn State (17th), Nebraska (19th), Purdue (22nd) and Illinois (24th) all ranking in the top 25. Eleven of 12 conference teams rank among the top 47 teams in the national ratings.
HOLDING DOWN OPPONENTS
Wisconsin held six of its last seven opponents to 60-or-fewer points. The Badgers held five of six teams to more than 10 points below its season averages.
On the season, only five opponents scored 70-or-more points.
The Badgers improved their defense this season, allowing only nine opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the field.
Wisconsin held three opponents under 30 percent and seven under 35 percent. On the season, opponents shot just 37.2 percent, which ranks 91st nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.
TWO OF THE BIG TEN'S MOST IMPROVED SCORERS
Wisconsin had two of the most improved scorers in the Big Ten this season based on scoring averages from 2011-12.
Jacki Gulczynski was the most improved scorer in the conference, improving her scoring by 10.5 points per game. The 6-1 forward dominates the list, more than three points ahead of the second-place player. Morgan Paige (+5.9) is sixth.
The Badgers improved in a number of statistical categories from last season, particularly on defense where they allowed seven fewer points per game.
UW also pulled down 4.7 more rebounds a game while averaging more assists, steals and blocks.
For the second straight year, Wisconsin set the school record for free throw percentage, shooting 77 percent from the line.
DEFEATING TWO OF THE TOP BIG TEN TEAMS
Wisconsin beat Ohio State (68-49 on Jan. 20) and Penn State (63-61 on Jan. 31) this season, the first time since 2000-01 that the Badgers downed both teams.
UW downed the Lady Lions 86-75 on Feb. 18, 2001 and the Buckeyes 81-62 on Feb. 25, 2001. The only other time that Wisconsin has beaten both teams was during the 1995-96 season.
FINALLY BEATING THE BUCKEYES
Wisconsin beat Ohio State, 68-49, on Jan. 20, the first time since Feb. 25, 2001, that the Badgers’ have beaten the Buckeyes. The losing streak was 20 games, UW’s longest Big Ten losing streak.
UPSETTING NO. 7 PENN STATE
Wisconsin’s win over Penn State on Jan. 31 was its first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 20 Michigan State, 48-45, on Jan. 14, 2010.
It was the highest-ranked team that UW has beaten since taking down No. 6 Baylor, 59-58, in the championship game of the Paradise Jam on Nov. 29, 2008. In program history, the Badgers have now beaten nine top-10 teams.
The win also handed Penn State its first Big Ten loss of the season and ended the Lady Lions’ 11-game winning streak.
DOUBLE OVERTIME LOSS
The Badgers played their ninth double overtime game in school history on Feb. 7, falling at Ohio State 65-59. UW dropped to 5-4 all time in double-overtime contests.
It was Wisconsin’s first double overtime game since defeating Minnesota, 76-74, in Minneapolis in Feb. 4, 2010.
WISCONSIN IN THE NCAA STATS
The Badgers ranked among the top 100 teams nationally in four statistical categories, according to the NCAA statistics released March 19. Wisconsin ranked 14th in free throw percentage (.770), 38th in personal fouls per game (14.0), 47th in blocks per game (4.5) and 91st in field goal percentage defense (.372).
UW players also rank in the top 100 in four individual categories. Cassie Rochel ranked 14th in blocks per game (2.67) and 76th in rebounds per game (9.1). Tiera Stephen was 45th in assists per game (5.0) and 50th in steals per game (2.65). All NCAA statistics
ROCHEL LEADS THE BIG TEN
Junior Cassie Rochel led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in blocks, averaging 2.67 per game. She also led the conference in Big Ten-only games, averaging 2.56 blocks per game.
The 6-4 post was also the top field goal shooter in league games, hitting a conference-best 54.5 percent from the field. All Big Ten statistics.
THREE GAME RECORDS BROKEN
The Badgers set three single game school records during the season.
UW shot a UW record 21-of-21 from the free throw line against Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 7. The previous best was 20-of-20 vs. Western Kentucky on March 28, 2007. Wisconsin has hit 1.000 percent from the free throw line with 14-or-more makes in four games. The school record mark also tied a Big Ten Tournament record.
Wisconsin tallied just three fouls against Indiana on Feb. 20. The previous low was five fouls at Western Illinois on Dec. 7, 1995 and tied vs. Ohio State on Jan. 16, 2004.
Sophomore Jacki Gulczynski also set a single-game record by playing in all 50 minutes in a double-overtime game at Ohio State, on Feb. 7, 2013. The previous high was 49 minutes by Keisha Anderson and Barb Franke against Purdue on Jan. 26, 1992.
11 SEASON RECORDS FALL
Wisconsin set 11 season records during the 2012-13 year.
For the second straight season, the Badgers set the school record for free throw percentage. UW shot 77 percent (341 of 443) from the line, breaking last year’s mark of 75.6 percent. Wisconsin also averaged just 13.97 fouls per game, breaking the old mark of 14.86 fouls per game set in 2002-03. The Badgers set the season mark with 543 3-point field goals attempts.
In Big Ten play, UW scored the fewest points in a season (871), averaged the fewest points per game (54.4), made the fewest field goals (313), averaged the fewest field goals per game (19.56), shot the lowest 3-point percentage (.274), recorded the fewest fouls (219) and averaged the fewest fouls per game (13.69).
Junior Morgan Paige set the Big Ten season record by taking 122 3-point attempts.
Wisconsin had to be one of the fittest teams in the country this season with four starters averaging more than 33 minutes per game.
Against Illinois on March 7, four Badgers played all 40 minutes as Jacki Gulczynski, Morgan Paige, Cassie Rochel and Tiera Stephen played the entire game.
It was the second game this season that four starters played 40 minutes. It also happened in a 68-49 win over Ohio State on Jan. 20. Only UMBC, which had all five starters play all 40 minutes against Hartford on Jan. 16, has had more starters play more minutes.
Gulczynski set a school record by playing in all 50 minutes in UW’s double overtime loss at Ohio State on Feb. 7. Paige played 47 minutes against the Buckeyes which ties for sixth on the single-game list.
PAIGE AND STEPHEN PLAY BIG MINUTES
Junior Morgan Paige and senior Tiera Stephen averaged more than 34 minutes per game this season, ranking among the top 10 UW players for minutes played in season.
Paige averaged a team-leading 37.29 minutes per game, which ranks second all time. Her 1,156 total minutes ranks third. Stephen played 1,078 minutes, which ranks eighth, while her 34.78 minutes per game ranks ninth.
ROCHEL DOUBLES THE REBOUNDS
Junior Cassie Rochel had double-figure rebounds in 12 games this season, including seven straight from Feb. 10 - March 7. The 6-4 post had 273 rebounds this season, which ranks sixth on the UW season record list, while her 9.1 rebounds per game ties her for sixth. Her 163 boards in Big Ten games ranks third on the UW season record list while her 10.2 rebounds per game ranks second.
PAIGE SHOOTING THE 3
Morgan Paige took 209 3-point attempts this season, which ranks third on the UW season record list. She also ranks 10th in field goal attempts, taking 450 shots this season. The 5-9 guard set UW’s Big Ten season record with 122 3-point attempts.
Paige moved into ninth on the UW career record list with 392 3-point attempts in three seasons.
PAIGE TIES FREE THROW MARK
Junior Morgan Paige tied her career best by shooting 1.000 from the free throw line (10-of-10) against Illinois on March 7. She was one free throw shy of her all-time best of making 11-of-11, set earlier this season against Ohio State on Jan. 20.
The 5-9 guard ended the season leading the Badgers at the line, going 126-of-159 (.792) on the year, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten. Her free throws made (126) ranks fifth on the UW season record list while her 159 attempts ranks 10th.
PAIGE, GULCZYNSKI HIT FROM THE LINE
Junior Morgan Paige was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line against the Buckeyes on Jan. 20, tying her career best for free throw percentage. She is one of just four Badgers to hit 1.000 percent with at least 11 makes.
Paige ranks second on the UW list for consecutive free throws made with 23, from Jan. 6 - Jan. 20. The Badger mark is 29 consecutive free throws made set by Michele Kozelka over three games from Dec. 1-Dec. 12, 1989.
Sophomore Jacki Gulczynski made 22 straight charity shots, from Dec. 5 - Jan. 20, to rank third on the UW list for consecutive free throws made.
ROCHEL MOVES INTO FOURTH IN CAREER BLOCKS
Junior Cassie Rochel moved into fourth on the UW career record list with 114 blocks. Rochel tallied 80 blocks this season, which ranks second on the UW season record list. Her 2.67 blocks per game ranks fourth. She had at least one block in 27-of-30 games this season and three-or-more blocks in 15 games. The 6-4 post had a career-high seven blocks against Purdue on Feb. 14. She tallied 41 blocks in Big Ten play to rank second on the UW season record list while her 2.56 blocks per game in conference play ranks third.
STEPHEN RANKS FOURTH IN SEASON ASSISTS
Senior Tiera Stephen moved into fourth on the UW season record list with 155 assists. The 5-7 point guard averaged 5.00 assists per game, which ranks ninth on the UW season list. Stephen also had 82 steals this season, just missing the top 10 season list. She averaged 2.6 steals per game this season, the highest average for a UW player since 2002.
GULCZYNSKI, ROCHEL TALLY DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Sophomore Jacki Gulczynski led the Badgers with six double-doubles this season while junior Cassie Rochel added five double-doubles. The duo both had a double-double at Iowa on Jan. 24. Rochel scored a career-high 17 points while adding 14 rebounds and Gulczynski had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Gulczynski had three straight double-doubles from Dec. 10 - Dec. 23.
OUTREBOUNDING BIG TEN FOES
After failing to outrebound eight-straight Big Ten opponents, Wisconsin outrebounded seven of its last 10 foes. When the Badgers outrebounded Illinois 35-31 on Feb. 3, it the first game since Delaware State (Dec. 27) that UW had outrebounded an opponent. Wisconsin had been outrebounded by seven-of-nine opponents prior to Illinois, including four-of-six games with at least a 15-rebound deficit.
UW ended the season averaging 36.9 rebounds per game, an improvement of 4.7 boards per game from last season, while opponents averaged 36.7 rebounds per game.
BENCH STRUGGLES TO SCORE
Due to limited numbers, the Badger bench struggled to score this season, averaging 7.1 points per game compared to 13.3 points per game for opponents. In Big Ten play, Wisconsin scored only 2.8 points off the bench while conference reserves averaged 11.5 points per game.
WE LIKE IT AT HOME
The Badgers played well at home this season where they were 9-6 (8-6 in the Kohl Center and 1-0 in the Field House), compared to a 1-12 mark for away games. UW was 2-1 in neutral games.
UW averaged more than 15 more points per game at home (64.3 - 48.7) while it shot 42 percent from the field at home compared to 33.8 percent on the road. Wisconsin struggled on the road this season, going 1-12 away from home, including a 0-8 mark in Big Ten play. It was the fourth time in program history that the Badgers failed to win a conference game on the road, going 0-9 in 1986, 1989 and 1991.
BADGERS SECOND AT MIAMI INVITATIONAL
UW finished second in the Miami Holiday Invitational at the end of December, defeating Delaware State, 83-54, on Dec. 28 before losing to host Miami, 67-44, on Dec. 29.
Jacki Gulczynski and Morgan Paige were named to the all-tournament team, earning their first all-tournament honors. Gulczynski averaged 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds against the Hornets. She had a team-high 16 points against the Hurricanes while adding six rebounds. Paige averaged 13 points per game, including a team-high 17 points against Delaware State.
LOSING SIX STRAIGHT
Wisconsin dropped six straight games from late December through mid-January, its longest losing streak since losing six straight twice last season. The Badgers opened the Big Ten season 0-5, their worst start since 1989-90 when the team was also 0-5. The worst Big Ten start in program history was a 0-14 mark in 1985-86.
BEST SEASONS EVER!
All four returning Badgers had career seasons in 2012-13, improving upon previous season bests.
- Morgan Paige scored more than 200 more points this season than her sophomore year. The 5-9 guard had 492 points this season and averaged a career best 15.9 points, an improvement of 5.9 points per game from last season. Paige also had 26 steals and 45 assists this year, surpassing her totals from last season.
- Tiera Stephen averaged a season-best 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She also averaged a season-best 5.0 assists per game, totaling 155 dimes this season, more than her first three seasons combined. Stephen also surpassed her season-best total for steals with 82 takeaways this year.
- Jacki Gulczynski scored more than six times her freshman season total with 402 points and more than five times her rebounding total with 183 boards this season. She averaged a season-best 13 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while dishing off a season-best 51 assists and tallying season bests of 22 steals and 25 blocks.
- Cassie Rochel averaged season bests of 7.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She had 80 blocks and 30 steals this season, more than her first two seasons combined.
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