The Wisconsin Women’s Basketball team knows who they will play in their conference games during the 2023-2024 season. Their conference opponents were released on Thursday, with dates and times for the games coming later.
2023-2024 Big Ten opponents announced for Wisconsin Women’s Basketball
At first glance, the team will have a favorable schedule for the upcoming season. Of the five Big Ten teams that finished last season ranked, the only one that the Badgers will have to play twice is Iowa.
With Iowa coming off of a National Championship Game appearance and returning Naismith College Player of the Year Caitlin Clark, it would’ve benefited the team more if it had been one of the other top teams. Overall, the schedule still went in a way that will favor the Badgers as they continue to rebuild.
The Badgers will play Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Rutgers twice while playing Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland, Nebraska, Michigan, Penn State, and Ohio State once.
The 2023-24 season will be the third season for head coach Marisa Moseley as she looks to continue to build Wisconsin Women’s Basketball into a contender within the conference. The team improved their win total from the previous season in Moseley’s first two seasons.
After losing three of their top four leading scorers from last season, continuing to progress in the win column will be a significant challenge for the Badgers. The Badgers are a very young team with only two seniors and one junior, so there will be plenty of opportunities for young players to get their feet wet in college basketball.
A part of that youth will be Serah Williams, who finished last season second on the team in scoring and earned Big Ten All-Freshmen team honors. If Williams can improve from her outstanding freshman campaign and take the other young Badgers under her wing, they could have a team that could surprise us this season.
Considering the program’s state, the Big Ten gave the Badgers a good schedule. Coach Moseley has had the program trending in the right direction in each of her first two seasons and has a schedule this season that could allow the rebuild to continue to be accelerated. Patience will be key with a young Badgers squad, but the future is bright if they continue to grow this season.
Stay tuned for updates on Wisconsin Women’s Basketball and other Wisconsin Athletics throughout the summer as we head towards the fall and start of new seasons.