CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
The Badgers have battled teams close during the Big Ten season but can’t come up with the wins. Wisconsin has lost five conference games by single digits and has been within three baskets with less than four minutes to play in 10 losses. The Badgers have had leads in six of their last seven games, including leading in the second half in two contests.
Date Opponent Score Time Final
1/9 at Michigan -6 (58-64) 1:40 62-70
1/18 at Northwestern -8 (56-64) 3:53 58-74
1/23 at Minnesota -5 (51-56) 2:30 53-64
1/30 at Michigan State -3 (67-70) 0:22 67-71
2/5 vs. Nebraska +2 (60-58) 0:51Reg 70-71OT
2/8 at Indiana -6 (62-68 3:17 69-76
2/12 vs. Minnesota -7 (48-55) 1:53 50-63
2/16 at Penn State -5 (68-73) 1:11 68-78
2/20 Michigan State -4 (66-70) 1:53 66-76
3/2 Northwestern = (68-68) 0:28Reg 73-77OT
BADGERS PLAY FOUR OT GAMES
The Badgers wrapped up the regular season with a 77-73 overtime loss to Northwestern on Senior Day Sunday. It was the fourth OT game for UW this season, tying for the second most in program history. The Badgers also played four overtime games in 1990-91 and set the NCAA record for OT games with seven in 1998-99.
Wisconsin won two straight overtime games in late December and early January, defeating Green Bay 65-61 and Illinois 76-64 in OT. In Big Ten play, the Badgers lost to then-No. 22 Nebraska 71-70 and Northwestern.
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LOSING SEVEN STRAIGHT
UW has lost its last seven games, its longest losing streak of the season and its longest since 2010-11. The Badgers’ losing stretch began on Feb. 5 with an overtime loss to Nebraska.
Wisconsin lost seven-straight in 2010-11, 2002-03 and 1984-85, which ties for fourth on the UW single-season record list. The Badgers dropped eight straight in 1992-93 and nine in a row in 1987-88.
SHOOTING GOES UP AND DOWN
After two games where they shot 47.3 percent, the Badgers are shooting just 36.1 percent from the field the last two games.
Wisconsin put up 68 points and shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from field goal range at Penn State on Feb. 16 and shot a season-best 50.9 percent (27-of-53), scoring 66 points vs. Michigan State on Feb. 20.
UW struggled at Purdue on Feb. 23, shooting 19-of-56 from the field for 33.9 percent, suffering its worst loss of the season. The Badgers also shot just 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range against the Boilermakers.
The Badgers shot 37.9 percent (25-of-66) against Northwestern. Wisconsin hit a season-low 10 percent (2-of-20) from 3-point range against the Wildcats.
REBOUNDING UP AND DOWN
After outrebounding Penn State, the top rebounding team in the Big Ten, 37-36 on Feb. 16, the Badgers managed just 25 rebounds against Michigan on Feb. 20, a season low.
Wisconsin improved at Purdue on Feb. 23 but was outrebounded 41-33 while outrebounding Northwestern 42-37 on Sunday.
UW has been up and down on the boards this season, averaging 36.8 boards per game while giving up 37.5 rebounds per game. In Big Ten play, the Badgers average 35.6 rebounds per game while allowing 36.8 boards per game.
JOHNSON LEADS BIG TEN
Junior Michala Johnson led the Big Ten in conference-only games, shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Her percentage ranks fourth on the UW season record list in Big Ten play.
The 6-3 post averaged 17.1 points per game in Big Ten play, which ranked fifth in the conference. In all games, she leads the Badgers and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 16.5 points per game while shooting 55.2 percent, which ranks second in the conference.
She is averaging the most points for a UW scorer in six seasons, going to back to 2008 when Jolene Anderson averaged 19.9 points per game in all games and 19.6 points per game in Big Ten games.
STRUGGLING FROM DEEP
Wisconsin has struggled from 3-point range the last three games, averaging just 3.0 makes per game and shooting 19.1 percent (9-of-47).
The Badgers are averaging 5.93 3-pointers per game this season while shooting 31.5 percent, which would rank second on its season record treys per game. Wisconsin has made 166 3-pointers this season, which ranks fourth on the season record list. The record is 181 long balls or 6.24 per game, set in 2011-12.
Taylor Wurtz leads Wisconsin with 42 3-pointers made, averaging 1.5 per game, which ranks 15th in the Big Ten. Nicole Bauman contributes 35 three pointers while Jacki Gulczynski (33) and Morgan Paige (32) have both surpassed 30 treys.
Bauman ranks 10th in the conference, hitting 37.6 percent from 3-point range, while Gulczynski ranks 11th at 37.5 percent. Both improve in conference-only games with Gulczynski ranking seventh at 40.9 percent and Bauman 10th at 39.1 percent.
BENCH HAS BEST GAME AGAINST WILDCATS
Wisconsin’s bench outscored Northwestern’s bench 19-8 on Sunday, the most points from its reserves this season.
The Badger bench has been outscored in all but six games this season. UW outscored Boston College (15-6), Green Bay (18-7), at Illinois (12-2), vs. Indiana (14-13) and against Nebraska (6-4). Wisconsin and Minnesota both scored 10 points off the bench in both games this season.
UW is averaging just 9.6 points per game off the bench while opponents are averaging 15.8 points from their reserves.
WHYTE PUTS UP NUMBERS
Sophomore Dakota Whyte came off the bench to score 13 points against Northwestern on Sunday. It was the guard’s first double-figure scoring game since tallying 14 points against Indiana on Jan. 15.
Whyte was 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) against the Wildcats. She also went 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line, setting career bests for makes and misses from the charity stripe. Whyte also added two steals, two rebounds and one assist.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Wisconsin is one of the best teams in the Big Ten for turnovers, averaging just 14.4 giveaways per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. But the Badgers give up just 11.4 turnovers per game, for a turnover margin of minus 3.0, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten.
UW’s margin dropped to minus 3.6 in conference-only games as the Badgers average 15.1 turnovers per game while opponents average 11.4 per game.
Wisconsin turned the ball over 14 times against Michigan State on Feb. 20, with the Spartans scoring 21 points off giveaways. On Feb. 23 at Purdue, the Boilermakers scored 18 points off Badger turnovers.
On the season, opponents average 14.2 points per game off turnovers.
PAIGE IS UW'S IRON WOMAN
Senior Morgan Paige played in her 100th straight game against Michigan State on Feb. 20. She has upped her consecutive streak to 102 games, which ranks her 10th on Wisconsin’s all-time tally.
The 5-9 guard has played in 117 games in her career and has not missed a game since her freshman season when she did not play against Purdue on Jan. 13, 2011. Paige has started 96 games in her four seasons, including the last 78 in a row. Her 78 straight starts ranks ninth on the UW career record list.
Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz has played in 125 games in her career, which ranks third on the Badgers’ all-time list.
WURTZ TURNS UP SCORING
Senior Taylor Wurtz has double-figure scoring the last eight games, her longest 10-plus scoring stretch of the season.
The 6-0 guard is averaging 15.6 points over the span and shooting 39.5 percent from the field. She is also averaging 10 rebounds per game over the period.
On the season, Wurtz ranks second on the team with 12.8 points per game while leading the squad with 8.3 boards per game.
For the first time this season, Wisconsin lost a game when it had four players score in double figures against Northwestern on Sunday.
It was the second time this Big Ten season that the Badgers had four players in double figures, marking their most balanced scoring performance of the Big Ten season.
The Badgers are 0-10 on the season when two-or-fewer players score in double figures while they are 10-8 with three-or-more players scoring 10-plus points.
One player in double figures: 0-1
Two players in double figures: 0-9
Three players in double figures: 5-7
Four players in double figures: 4-1
Five players in double figures: 1-0
The Badgers have 19 double-doubles this season, the most double-doubles for UW since the 2000-01 season when the Badgers had 20 double-doubles. Taylor Wurtz leads the team with nine double-doubles while Michala Johnson adds six. Jacki Gulczynski chips in four double-doubles.
Wurtz has 17 double-doubles in her career, which ties her for eighth on the UW career record list, while Gulczynski has 10, which ties for 13th.
Gulczynski, Jacki 14 pts, 13 reb; at Milwaukee, 11/14/13
Gulczynski, Jacki 13 pts, 12 reb; vs Mercer, 11/29/13
Gulczynski, Jacki 23 pts, 13 reb; vs. Indiana, 1/15/13
Gulczynski, Jacki 21 pts, 15 reb; vs. Ohio State, 2/2/14
Johnson, Michala 16 pts, 16 reb; DRAKE, 11/10/13
Johnson, Michala 12 pts, 10 reb; NO. ILLINOIS, 11/17/13
Johnson, Michala 14 pts, 12 reb; at Marquette, 12/7/13
Johnson, Michala 17 pts, 10 reb; UIC, 12/21/13
Johnson, Michala 32 pts, 10 reb: at Northwestern, 1/18/14
Wurtz, Taylor 13 pts, 10 reb; at Milwaukee, 11/14/13
Wurtz, Taylor 24 pts, 14 reb; vs Mercer, 11/29/13
Wurtz, Taylor 27 pts, 19 reb; at Illinois, 1/3/14
Wurtz, Taylor 13 pts, 10 reb; at Northwestern, 1/18/14
Wurtz, Taylor 17 pts, 14 reb; vs. Ohio State, 2/2/14
Wurtz, Taylor 18 pts, 10 reb; vs. NEBRASKA, 2/5/14
Wurtz, Taylor 14 pts, 10 reb; at Indiana, 2/8/14
Wurtz, Taylor 12 pts, 11 reb; at Purdue, 2/23/14
Wurtz, Taylor 18 pts, 12 reb; vs. Northwestern, 3/2/14
Several players look to finish the season ranked among the top UW athletes on the season record lists.
Junior Michala Johnson is shooting 55.2 percent from the field, which would rank sixth on the Badgers’ field goal percentage list. Senior Morgan Paige’s free throw percentage of 86.6 would rank third.
As a team, Wisconsin’s 3-pointers made and attempted will end up in the top four while its free throw percentage of .737 would be the fourth best all time.
The Badgers are averaging just 15.14 fouls per game, which would rank fourth. UW also has just 402 turnovers or 14.36, which would rank second all-time behind the 2010-11 mark of 14.29 giveaways per game.
CAREER HIGHS SET
Several Badgers are on track to have the best seasons of their careers in at least one statistical category.
- Nicole Bauman is shooting a season best 39.1 percent from the field. She is also hitting a season-best 37.6 percent from 3-point range. Bauman has also surpassed her freshman year total with 60 assists.
- AnnMarie Brown is shooting a season best 38.9 percent from 3-point range. She has also tied her season best with eight assists and upped her season best to four blocks.
- Tessa Cichy is hitting a season-best 52.9 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line. She has also tied her season high with seven steals.
- Jacki Gulczynski is shooting a season-best 88 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. She has also surpassed her sophomore season total with 40 blocks this year while averaging a season-best 6.7 rebounds per game.
- Junior transfer Michala Johnson is averaging season bests in nearly every category. She is averaging bests of 16.5 points and 7.12 rebounds per game. The 6-3 post is also shooting season bests from the field (.552) and line (.614) while recording season bests in assists (34), blocks (26) and steals (14).
- Senior Morgan Paige is shooting a season-best 86.6 percent from the free throw line. That mark would rank fourth on the UW season record list. She is also averaging a season-best 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game while tallying a season best six blocks.
- Sophomore Dakota Whyte is averaging season bests of 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. The 5-8 guard is also shooting a season-best 42.8 percent from the field while recording season bests of 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
- Senior Taylor Wurtz has a season best of 8.3 rebounds per game. She has also surpassed her junior season total of 67 assists.
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