|| W, 66-41
|| W, 85-60
|| W, 71-51
|| L, 62-70
||vs. Mercer *
|| W, 77-72
|| L, 81-69
|| 7 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
|| 9:30 pm
||UIC (Field House)
|| 5 p.m.
|| 6 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
|| 6 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
|| 2 p.m.
|| at Minnesota
|| 8 p.m.
||at Michigan State
|| 6 p.m.
|| 2 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
|| 7 p.m.
||at Penn State
|| 8 p.m.
|| 1 p.m.
|| Big Ten Tournament
|| NCAA First Round
|| NCAA Second Round
|| NCAA Regionals
|| NCAA Final Four
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* Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament
# Big Ten Tournament
BADGERS FACE BOSTON COLLEGE & MARQUETTE
The Badgers (4-2) host Boston College (3-4) at the Kohl Center in the seventh annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Wisconsin travels to Marquette (6-1) on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip from the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. The Badgers are 1-0 so far against in-state rivals as they will play all three DI state teams this season.
Big TEN/ACC CHALLENGE HISTORY
Wisconsin is 3-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. This is the second time the Badgers have faced Boston College in the challenge as UW downed BC 58-50 in Madison in 2011.
The ACC has dominated the challenge, winning five of six seasons with the 2011-12 challenge ending in a 6-6 tie. The ACC won 7-5 in 2012-13, 6-5 in 2010-11, 7-4 in 2009-10 and 2008-09, and 8-3 in 2007-08.
Wisconsin in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Nov. 30, 2007 lost at Virginia, 84-60 (Charlottesville, Va.)
Dec. 4, 2008 def. Virginia Tech, 61-52 (Madison, Wis.)
Dec. 3, 2009 def. N.C. State, 53-48 (Raleigh, N.C.)
Dec. 2, 2010 lost to No. 5 Duke, 60-49 (Madison, Wis.)
Nov. 30, 2011 def. Boston College, 58-50 (Madison, Wis.)
Nov. 28, 2012 lost at Virginia Tech, 38-47 (Blacksburg, Va.)
PROTECTING HOME TURF
The Badgers are 2-0 at home so far this season with wins over Drake and Northern Illinois.
Wisconsin was 8-6 (.571) in the Kohl Center last season, the best home mark for head coach Bobbie Kelsey. UW’s best home record was 17-3 (.850) in 2006-07.
WURTZ NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT
Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz was named to the all-tournament team at the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend.
The 6-0 guard averaged 21 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game over the weekend. Wurtz netted 24 points, shooting 8-of-14 (.571), against Mercer. She also added 14 rebounds, just one short of her career high. Against Vanderbilt, Wurtz scored 18 points while adding seven rebounds and five assists.
Five players are averaging double figures for the Badgers. Taylor Wurtz leads the team with 14.7 points per game, scoring in double figures in five games.
Junior transfer Michala Johnson ranks second with 14.0 points and has scored 10-or-more points in four games. She is joined by junior Jacki Gulczynski, who has also scored in double figures in four games and is averaging 11.8 points per game. Senior Morgan Paige also averages 11.8 points per game while sophomore Dakota Whyte is putting up 10.2 points per game.
Wurtz ranks 10th in the Big Ten while Johnson is tied for 14th. Gulczynski and Paige are tied for 28th.
BIG REBOUNDS TOO
UW is averaging 42.8 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the Big Ten. The Badgers have three of the top-eight rebounders in the Big Ten. Taylor Wurtz ranks fifth with 9.2 per game while Jacki Gulczynski is seventh with 8.8 per game and Michala Johnson is eighth with 8.0 per game.
All three have 10-or-more rebounds in two games this season to record two double-doubles on the year.
BENCH STRUGGLES TO SCORE
Wisconsin is averaging only 9.2 points per game off the bench while opponents are averaging 24.3 points from their reserves.
The Badger bench has been outscored all six games this season.
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After giving up just 50.7 points per game in their first three games, where they were 3-0, the Badgers are allowing 74.3 points per game their last three contests, going 1-2.
Opponents shot just 30.7 percent from the field the first three games but upped that to 42.7 percent the next three games.
A big difference is in rebounding where Wisconsin averaged 49.3 boards per game in the first three contests but just 36.3 rebounds per game the next three.
STOPPING THE 3
UW is holding down opponents’ 3-point percentage as teams are shooting just 23.3 percent (20-of-86) from deep, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
Northern Illinois shot 0-of-5 from behind the arc on Nov. 17, tying a school record for the lowest 3-point percentage by an opponent.
HITTING FROM DEEP
Wisconsin has made more 3-pointers than all but one opponent this season (tying Drake with four apiece).
The Badgers have 41 treys this season while foes have made just 20 3-pointers. UW made a season-high nine long balls at Vanderbilt on Nov. 30, just three short of the school record of 12.
Taylor Wurtz leads Wisconsin with 11 3-pointers made while Jacki Gulczynski adds 10 makes and Morgan Paige nine. Sophomore Nicole Bauman leads the team in 3-point percentage at .462 (6-13).
UW is shooting 34.5 percent from deep while opponents make just 23.3 percent.
PAIGE HITS FROM THE LINE
Senior Morgan Paige found her scoring touch at Alabama on Nov. 21, putting up a season-high 28 points. The 5-9 guard was a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, setting a personal best and tying a school record for free throw percentage.
Her free throw makes tie her for fifth on single-game record list for free throws made. The UW record is 17-for-17 set by Michele Kozelka in 1989 and tied by Keisha Anderson in 1996.
On the season, Paige is 22-of-24 (.917) from the line, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
PAIGE COUNTING DOWN TO 1,000 POINTS
Senior Morgan Paige needs just 52 points for 1,000 in her career. The 5-9 guard has 948 points in her fourth season and will join fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz, who reached 1,000 points against Drake on Nov. 10.
Badger players have had six double-doubles this season, with two apiece coming from three different players.
Against Drake on Nov. 10, junior transfer Michala Johnson had 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her first career double-double.
At Milwaukee on Nov. 14, junior Jacki Gulczynski recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds Fifth-year senior
Taylor Wurtz picked up her ninth career double-double and first of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Panthers.
Johnson added her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Northern Illinois on Nov. 17.
Gulczynski and Wurtz both posted double-doubles against Mercer on Nov. 29, Gulczynski with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Wurtz with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Wurtz had 10 double-doubles in her career while Gulczynski has eight.
Only two players scored in double figures in the loss to the Crimson Tide, the first time this season that Wisconsin had only two double-figure scorers.
Senior Morgan Paige scored a game-high 28 points while junior Jacki Gulczynski added 15 points.
Five players scored in double figures at Milwaukee on Nov. 14 while the Badgers had three double-figure scorers vs. Drake on Nov. 10 and vs. Northern Illinois on Nov. 17.
The Badgers got back on track vs. Mercer on Nov. 29 with three players in double figures, including two with 20-plus points. Wurtz had a season-high 24 points while Johnson tied her career high with 21. Gulczynski added 13 points.
Against Vanderbilt, Wurtz (18), Paige (14) and Dakota Whyte (14) all scored in double figures.
Wisconsin has a scoring margin of plus 9.2 points and is averaging 71.7 points per game this season.
The Badgers have scored 70-or-more points in four games this season, including 85 points at Milwaukee on Nov. 14. It was the most points for a UW team under third-year head coach Bobbie Kelsey and the most for a UW team since scoring 86 points in an overtime game against Kansas on Nov. 21, 2010.
The Badgers averaged 58 points per game in 2012-13, an improvement of 13.7 points per game this season.
ANOTHER SEASON RECORD?
Wisconsin is shooting 74.3 percent (75-of-101) from the free throw line this season with a chance for a third-straight record-setting season.
The Badgers set the UW season record for free throw percentage the last two years. In 2012-13, UW shot 77 percent (341 of 443) from the line, breaking the previous year’s mark of 75.6 percent.
PROTECTING THE BALL
The Badgers are averaging just 13.5 turnovers per game this season, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Wisconsin turned the ball over just six times at Milwaukee, which ties for third on UW single-game record list.
UW ranks seventh in the Big Ten with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.0
SCORING IN THE PAINT
Wisconsin is averaging 30.8 points per game in the paint and 13.0 points per game as second-chance opportunities.
The Badgers also score 10.5 points per game off turnovers and 6.3 points per game on the fastbreak.
Though early in the season, the Badgers have improved across the board in several statistical categories.
WHAT TO WATCH
A pair Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
- Junior AnnMarie Brown needs just 10 points for 100 in her career and just five rebounds for 100 in her third season.
- Senior Taylor Wurtz will reach 100 steals with nine takeaways.
I GOT THAT!
One Badger picked up a career milestone last week at Alabama.
- Senior Taylor Wurtz picked up her 600th rebound at the Vanderbilt tournament.
THAT'S A LOT OF PLAYERS!
All 12 healthy players saw action at Milwaukee on Nov. 14 and vs. Northern Illinois on Nov. 17 while 11 Badgers played against Drake on Nov. 10, the most for the UW since early in the 2012-13 season
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