In the nifty male-female swap, Wisconsin’s women will hopefully play a rude host to #12 Michigan’s women. Gametime for the ladies is also 1 p.m. (CST) and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
The Lady Wolverines are a deep squad, with eight girls averaging double-digits in minutes. The Lady Badgers have started to go deeper in their bench and now have seven girls of their own that get ten or more minutes a game. A lessening of fatigue could possibly be a reason for their modest two-game win streak.
Michigan’s squad is led by senior guard Leigha Brown, who averages 18.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game.
Her backcourt mate, Laila Phelia, is the second-leading scorer at 17 points per game. She also brings in 3.9 boards per contest and shoots 41.1% from 3-point range.
The final girl in double-digit scoring is senior forward Emily Kiser, with 17.0 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 rebounds a game.
Michigan’s women scoring average is 75 points per game, which is 37th in the nation. Defensively, they average giving up 62.4 points an affair.
Gradual improvement in the Lady Badgers
The increased playing time for the bench has resulted in five different players that are in double-digit scoring. Out of that group, senior guard Julie Pospisilova is the leader at 13.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals. A true quadruple threat.
Freshman forward Serah Williams, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the week winner, is second in scoring with 13.0 points per game. She is also the team leader, among starters, in rebounding with 5.4 boards a game. Finally, she’s a monster on interior defense, with 1.9 blocks a contest.
As a team, Wisconsin’s women are averaging 68.7 points a contest and giving up 73.3
In her second year at the helm, head coach Maria Mosely definitely has the women headed in the right direction. They have already eclisped last year’s victory total of eight. She recruited and signed Williams. She’s utlizing her players more effectively.
It was a busy and successful weekend for the Wisconsin sports program. Here’s to hoping that Sunday is just as great as Friday and Saturday were!