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2012-13 in Review

Nov. 16  ILLINOIS STATE  W, 71-60
Nov. 20  RV VANDERBILT L, 58-67
Nov. 23  at Drake L, 77-89
Nov. 27  Junkanoo Jam
vs. #1 South Carolina
L, 44-67
Nov. 28 Junkanoo Jam 
vs. East Carolina
 L, 43-61
Dec. 4  at Miami L, 54-66
Dec. 6  MARQUETTE  W, 89-64
Dec. 10  at Florida W, 51-48
Dec. 13  at RV Green Bay L, 43-53
Dec. 20  ORAL ROBERTS  W, 70-52
Dec. 28  MICHIGAN  W, 63-53
Jan. 1 at RV Northwestern  L, 46-68
Jan. 4 MINNESOTA  L, 60-72
Jan. 6 PENN STATE  W, 65-46
Jan. 11 at Indiana  L, 52-69
Jan. 15 at Purdue  W, 65-56
Jan. 18 #24 RUTGERS L, 73-63
Jan. 22 #16 NEBRASKA  L, 72-89
Jan. 25 at Michigan State  L, 71-77
Jan. 29 RV OHIO STATE  L, 73-85
Feb. 1 at Illinois  W, 73-62
Feb. 8 #16 IOWA  L, 75-87
Feb. 11 at Minnesota L, 82-93
Feb. 15 at #22 Nebraska  L, 63-70
Feb. 19 #5 MARYLAND  L, 70-81
Feb. 26 at #17 Iowa  7 p.m.
Mar. 1 at Penn State  1 p.m.
Mar. 4 Big Ten Tournament  TBA
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00 Shannon Malone Jr. F
1 Dakota Whyte Jr. G
3 AnnMarie Brown Sr. G/F
4 Nicole Bauman Jr. G
5 Roichelle Marble Fr. G
22 Tessa Cichy Jr. G
23 Cayla McMorris Fr. G
24 Malayna Johnson So. F/C
25 Michala Johnson RS Sr. F
30 Carly Truesdale So. G
32 Michaela Crall RS Fr. F
35 Jacki Gulczynski Sr. F
40 Avyanna Young Jr. F
41 Rosie Gambino RS Jr. C
43 Cassie Rochel RS Sr. F/C
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Wisconsin (8-18 overall, 4-12 Big Ten) wraps up the regular season with two road games. The Badgers travel to No. 17 Iowa (21-6, 12-4) on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game from Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

UW travels to University Park, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to face Penn State (6-21, 3-13) at 1 p.m. from Bryce Jordan Arena.

 GAME 27 | at No. 17 Iowa
 Date  Thursday, Feb. 26  | 7 p.m.
 Location   Carver-Hawkeye | Iowa City, Iowa
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 GAME 28 | at Penn State
 Date  Sunday, March 1  | 1 p.m.
 Location   Bryce Jordan Cntr | University Park, Pa.
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last WEEK
Rallying from a 17-point first-half deficit, the Badgers cut the lead to three points in the second half but could get no closer, falling to No. 5 Maryland 81-70 in the Kohl Center on Feb. 19.

Three UW players scored in double figures behind 17 points from Tessa Cichy. Cassie Rochel had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Wisconsin led by 15 points with less than 10 minutes to play before Northwestern began a comeback and downed UW, 86-83 in overtime, on Sunday. Nicole Bauman had a game-high 22 points while Rochel picked up her fourth double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

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battling to the end
Six teams are battling for a top-10 spot in the final Big Ten standings, looking to avoid playing on the first day of the conference tournament.

With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten Tournament has expanded to five days with the 11th through 14th seeds having to play on the first day. The top-four teams will receive byes for the first two days. Big Ten standings

UW has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, ranking 15th in strength of schedule according to RealTimeRPI.com. Wisconsin also ranks 21st for schedule strength by RPIRatings.com.

Junior Nicole Bauman leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a 3-point percentage of .466. The 5-10 guard is 69-of-148 from beyond the arc this season, which would set the UW season record for percentage and currently ties for fourth in triples made.

Bauman has already set the UW Big Ten-only season mark with 48 made 3-pointers while her .491 (50-of-106) shooting percentage from deep would also be a record.

UW tied a school record and Kohl Center by making 12 3-pointers against Northwestern on Sunday. The Badgers also hit 12 triples against Ohio State on Jan. 29 and 12 at Ohio State on Feb. 6, 2012. The mark also tied the Kohl Center mark set against the Buckeyes. Wisconsin attempted a season-high 29 3-pointers, which ties for fifth on the UW single-game record list.

The Badgers lead the Big Ten in conference-only games, shooting 38 percent from behind the arc. Wisconsin ranks third in all games at 36.5 percent.

UW has made seven-or-more 3 pointers in its last eight games to up its season average to 6.1 makes per game. UW ups that to 7.1 makes per game in Big Ten play, which ranks sixth.

Wisconsin has shot 41 percent or better from deep in six of the last eight games, shooting better than all eight foes. UW has hit 50 percent or better from 3-point range in five games this season, including a season-high 64.3 (9-of-14) from 3-point range against Marquette on Dec. 6.

This season’s team will go down in Badger history as one of the best long-ball shooting teams ever as it ranks in the top three for most 3-point goals and percentage.

improvement across the board
The Badgers have improved in nearly every statistical category compared to last season. The only two categories in which UW trails are in free throw percentage ang points per game.

 2014-15  2013-14
 .421 (635-1507)  FG%  .412 (698-1693)
 .365 (158-433)  3-pt FG%  .314 (174-555)
 .703 (248-353)  FT%  .733 (329-449)
 38.2 (303+689=992)  RPG  37.0 (306+768=1074)
 14.8 (385)  APG  12.2 (354)
 5.4 (130)  SPG  4.5 (130)
 5.5 (144)  BPG  4.0 (115)
 64.5 (1676) PPG  65.5 (1899)

The Badgers have struggled on defense the last nine games, giving up 80 or more points in six contests. No. 5 Maryland scored 81 points on Feb. 19 and Northwestern hit 86 points in overtime on Sunday, marking the sixth and seventh times this season an opponent has scored 80-or-more points. Foes are averaging 81.1 points per game over the last nine.

Minnesota scored a season-high 93 points on Feb. 11 while Iowa put up 87 points on Feb. 8. Nebraska scored just 70 points on Feb. 15, the fewest points by a foe since UW won at Illinois 73-62 on Feb. 1 but No. 5 Maryland scored 81 points on Feb. 19 and Northwestern scored 86 points in overtime on Sunday.

Opponents are averaging 69 points per game this season while shooting 40.3 percent from the field.

that's a foul problem
Fouls have given the Badgers problems the last four games as they are averaging 20 fouls per game. On the season, Wisconsin ranks fifth in the Big Ten, averaging 15.8 fouls per game.

UW had 20 fouls at Minnesota on Feb. 11, a season-high 22 fouls at Nebraska on Feb. 15, 18 fouls against Maryland on Thursday though six fouls came in the last 2:28 of play when the Badgers were forced to foul, and 20 fouls against Northwestern on Sunday.

The Badgers have had four foul outs in the last four games.

shooting BACK UP
After shooting just 40 percent at Nebraska on Feb. 15, Wisconsin got back on track the last two games, hitting 45.2 percent (28-of-62) against Maryland on Feb. 19 and shooting 43.3 percent (29-of-67) against Northwestern on Sunday.

The Badgers had went eight straight games, connecting on 42 percent or better from the field before Nebraska. Wisconsin is shooting 43.8 percent over the last 11 games while hitting 42.1 percent on the season.

scoring Also IMPROVES
Wisconsin also hit the 70-point mark against Maryland and more than 80 points against Northwestern, marking the eighth time in nine games that UW has scored 70-or-more points. The Badgers scored just 63 points at Nebraska on Feb. 15.

UW is averaging 63.7 points per game on the season while balancing 73.6 points per game over the last nine. The Badgers scored a season-high 89 points against Marquette on Dec. 6 and have tallied 70-or-more points in 12 games this year.

big rebounding advantage
Wisconsin outrebounded Northwestern 48-28 on Sunday, marking the fewest rebounds by an opponent this season and the largest rebounding advantage (+20) by the Badgers this year.

Wisconsin has 40-plus boards in 12 games this season and has been outrebounded only 10 games this season.

Senior Cassie Rochel leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, including 12 games with 10-or-more boards. Her average goes up to 9.4 rebounds per game in conference play to tie for eighth. Her Big Ten-only average would tie for third on the UW season record list.  

The Badgers have two of the most improved scorers in the Big Ten this season, compared to last year’s points per game. Juniors Nicole Bauman (+8.9) and Tessa Cichy (7.5) rank second and fourth, respectively, among all Big Ten players.

Rk  Name, School  2013-14  2014-15  Diff.
 1.  Ashley Morrissette, PUR  2.2  11.3  +9.1
 2.  Nicole Bauman, WIS  6.1  15.0  +8.9
 3.  Aerial Powers, MSU  13.4  22.2  +8.8
 4.  Tessa Cichy, WIS  1.8  9.3  +7.5
 5.  Candice Agee, PSU  3.1  10.5  +7.4
 6.  Laurin Mincy, MD  6.3  13.3  +7.0
 7.  Bridget Perry, PUR  3.8  10.4  +6.6
 8.  Brionna Jones, MD  6.9  12.8  +5.9
 9.  Jenn Anderson, IND  3.4  8.5  +5.1
 10.  S. Walker-Kimbrough, MD  9.3  14.0  +4.7

ball control an issue again
Wisconsin has struggled with turnovers all season long, tallying 20-or-more giveaways in eight games this season, including 23 against Northwestern on Sunday. The Wildcats had 18 steals in the game, tying an opponent season high.

UW is currently averaging 17.4 turnovers per game, which ranks 13th in the Big Ten. Opponents are averaging just 12.1 turnovers per game, ranking the Badgers 14th in the Big Ten with a minus 5.3 turnover margin.

Opponents have taken advantage of UW turnovers, averaging 18 points per game off Badger giveaways. Steals by foes have caused Wisconsin to struggle this season as opponents average 10.2 takeaways per game while the Badgers average just 5.4 steals per game. All Big Ten stats

Rochel with another double-double
Senior Cassie Rochel has a team-best five double-doubles on the season, including 12 points and 13 rebounds against Northwestern on Sunday. It marked her 12th game this season 10-or-more rebounds, all coming in the last 19 contests.

On the season, the 6-4 post is averaging 6.7 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten. In conference-only games, Rochel is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game, to tie for eighth. She is also averaging 2.6 blocks per game in Big Ten play, which ties for fourth. Rochel has two-or-more blocks in 13 games this season.

bauman up to nine straight games with 10+ points

Junior Nicole Bauman leads the Badgers with 15 points per game this season, scoring in double figures in a team-best 20 games. The 5-10 guard has scored in double figures in the last nine games, marking a season best for consecutive games with 10-plus points this season. She had a game-high 22 points against Northwestern on Sunday, marking her sixth 20-plus game this season.

Bauman also played all 45 minutes in the overtime game against the Wildcats for a career high. She averages a team-high 34.2 minutes per game.

Bauman leads the team with 69 made treys this season while shooting 46.6 percent from behind the arc. She has already set the UW Big Ten-only season record with 52 made 3-pointers while shooing a school record 49.1 percent (52-of-106) from behind the arc. Bauman has at least one 3-pointer in all 25 games she has played this season, including a school record eight treys against Ohio State on Jan. 29.

counting down
Three Badgers are counting down to career milestones.
  • Junior Nicole Bauman needs seven assists for 200 career dimes.
  • Junior Tessa Cichy will reach 100 career assists with three handoffs.
  • Junior Dakota Whyte needs nine rebounds for 200 career boards. She is also counting down to 200 assists, needing eight helpers.
Two Badgers passed career milestones against Maryland on Feb. 19.
  • Junior Nicole Bauman scored 16 points to go over 700 points for her career. The guard added 22 points against Northwestern to bring her career total to 732 points.
  • Fifth-year senior Cassie Rochel pulled down 11 rebounds against the Terrapins to go over 600 career boards. The 6-4 post chipped in 13 boards against Northwestern to up her career total to 623. She also had five assists on the week for 103 in her fourth season.

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