When the Wisconsin Lady Badgers last met Rutgers on February 5th, they let 4th quarter lead evaporate and lost the game 73-67. They made sure that wasn’t even a remote possibility this evening, grabbing the lead 3 minutes and 25 seconds into the contest and won going away, 88-62.
Hot shooting for Lady Badgers
Wisconsin’s female freshman phenom, forward Serah Williams, torched the Lady Scarlet Knights to lead all scoring with 21 points on 9-14 shooting from the field. She also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and had three of Wisconsin’s eight blocked shots.
Do not be surprised if she earns her third Big Ten Female Freshman of the Week award with this game starting off her week.
Julie Pospisilova, the senior guard from the Czech Republic, was second in scoring for Wisconsin with 17 points on 7-14 shooting from the floor and 1-2 from 3-point land. She also tallied seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocked shots for an all-around impressive game.
Every one of the Lady Badgers starters was in the double-digits in scoring and as a whole, they shot 31-55 (56.4%) from the field and a blistering 11-21 (52.4%) from beyond the arc.
Proving that foul-shooting woes are only a male issue, they went 15-19 (78.9%) from the charity stripe.
They do seem to suffer from the same rebounding affliction, averaging for the year two rebounds less than their opposition.
Last night against Rutgers, the Lady Badgers flipped the script, outrebounding the Lady Scarlet Knights 32-27.
What’s next for the Lady Badgers?
With only two games left in the regular season, after playing their best conference game of the year Monday night, it would appear that the Lady Badgers are playing their best basketball.
Currently sitting in a tie for 12th place with Penn State (who hold the current tiebreaker with their win over the Lady Badgers earlier in the season), there isn’t a lot of room for Wisconsin to jockey into position.
However, they do travel to Evanston to take on the last-place Northwestern Lady Wildcats on Thursday. Wisconsin has a chance to avenge an earlier 70-67 loss that gave the Lady Wildcats their first conference win of the season.
Then on Sunday, the Lady Badgers host the current #12 Michigan Lady Wolverines in the regular season finale.
If they could somehow leapfrog the Lady Nittany Lions, they stand a very good chance of getting into the 10th seed, which would have them play their first game on Thursday instead of Wednesday. It would be fantastic to see the Lady Badgers get a win or two in the conference tournament and get a couple of extra practices in.
Even though this season has been a difficult one for our girls, one thing is certain. With a couple of seasons of impressive recruiting and development of players, head coach Marisa Moseley definitely has this program headed in the right direction.